As we are all finding out this year, sometimes online learning is the only option available to complete your school work. For some students, working only online will be a breeze; for others, it will be challenging. Whether it is your preferred method of study or not, there are some things you can do to have a better experience doing schooling from home.

  1. Create a space: Instead of hauling your laptop to the couch or laying on your bed, set up an area in your room, living room, or other free space that is a dedicated learning area. Try and choose a space with minimal or no distractions (i.e. not in front of the TV) so you can really concentrate.
  2. Make goals: It’s a great feeling to set daily goals for studying, course work, help sessions, etc. and achieve them. To-do lists are easy to use as well and checking items off your list can sometimes motivate you to get your goals accomplished. Your goals can change depending on how busy your day is, but try to keep them realistic.
  3. Sit down at the same time every day: Creating a similar schedule for studying and learning every day will help you stick to your goals and be efficient with all your other daily tasks.
  4. Track your progress: Your teachers will likely give you a deadline for tasks, but adding your major assignments or tests to your own calendar will help you keep track of everything you need to get done.
  5. Write everything down: It’s proven that taking notes helps most learners remember the subject matter. Whether you’re in a virtual class or just doing a reading assignment, writing down key terms, questions, and important points is a good practice.
  6. Take some breaks: Taking a brain break when you feel you need to is essential for learning. We shouldn’t be chained to our computers when working at home. Taking a walk, eating and virtual chats are important too!
  7. Have virtual meetings with peers and teachers: Chatting in real time can be useful when you’re on your own. Whether its’s a study session, a help session with your teacher, or just a brainstorming chat, it’s important to stay connected.
  8. Figure out how you learn: Some people are at their best in the morning, while others thrive in the afternoon. This is your chance to maximize your learning potential by learning in the style that best suits you!
  9. Be accountable: Even when you are submitting assignments and tests to teachers, ultimately you are responsible for the quality of your work, and sticking to deadlines. You will always be successful if you take responsibility for your work.
  10. Ask for help: Learning at home can be tough, but your teachers are still there for you to ask questions, and reach out to. Whether you can’t figure out the math unit you’ve started, or you just need some encouragement or feedback, they are always there to help.

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