The government’s recent national lockdown announcement means many of us will be remote working and learning until at least 8 March.
We know remote learning can be challenging at times, so here are some useful tips to help you learn effectively from home.
Set your alarm for the same time you would for school. This helps structure your day, giving you plenty of time to wake yourself up, have some breakfast and prepare for the day ahead.
Changing into some comfortable clothes when you wake up will help make you feel more productive.
Find a work space
Choose an area which is comfortable and quiet, away from noise and distractions. Set up a desk space somewhere, such as your kitchen table, so you can feel like you’re in a classroom.
Make sure to schedule in regular breaks where you can stretch your legs, move around and get a drink or a snack. It’s a good idea to have some time away from your screen or phone during these breaks, leaving your brain feeling refreshed and ready to learn when you get back to your desk.
Try and use your college workbooks when studying, this will help to keep all your work in one place and will avoid the risk of losing any work. Find a safe place, such as a spare drawer, to keep your work in.
When you’ve finished learning for the day, pack up your things and move away from your workspace. This is really important, as it allows you to relax and reach a good study/life balance.
Fresh air and exercise
Try to get some fresh air and exercise each day. During your breaks, head outside for five minutes to keep you feeling refreshed. At the end of your study day, try to get outside for a walk, this will really help to clear your mind and relax.
We appreciate that working and learning from home can be difficult for many, and we’re here to support each student. Please get in touch with your tutor or mentor at the college if you want to have a chat.
To find out more about online activities and groups to join during this time, get in touch with email@example.com.
There are also many local support groups who can help you through lockdown.
A charity promoting positive mental health across the district. Provides support through a telephone and email service.
Free confidential service where you can discuss your mental health by calling 0800 561 0076.