Online Learning Tips
Student Tips for Online Learning
- Set up a ‘study area’ with a desk or table. Make it your own!
- When you are working on school work make sure your mobile phone is on silent and put away so that it does not distract you.
- Schedule in recess, so you can go outside and get some fresh air.
- Give yourself 10-minute breaks between lessons.
- Grab a healthy snack to eat while learning, and have your water bottle nearby.
- Give yourself time to socialize with family throughout the day.
Balance Out Your Day
- Eat healthy snacks throughout the day
- Drink lots of water
- Check-in with friends remotely
- Try a new stress reliever or mindfulness technique
- Listen to music that makes you happy
- Get outside and enjoy the fresh air
- Find a free exercise video
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your teachers, counselors, and administrators are just an email away.
How to Stay Focused and Motivated
- Pick a place that will be your consistent study area and make it your own - Keep your study area clean and organized, with no clutter. Your study area should include a desk/table with a comfortable chair.
- Minimize distractions - Choose a location for your study area that is as quiet as possible, let your family members know that this is now your study area, and don’t forget to put your mobile phone on mute and out of eye-range when you are studying.
- Take breaks - Taking regular short breaks helps with learning and maintaining your focus.
Parent At-Home Learning Tips
- Please use resource lists as a menu from which to explore and select activities of interest. Everything is an opportunity to learn; keep it fun and explore out-of-the-box ideas.
- Have a family meeting to develop a daily schedule/routine and post it somewhere where everyone can see it. Routines help provide a sense of security, help children develop self-discipline, help children take charge of their own activities, and maintain consistency in expectations.
- The schedule could include slots for different types of activities (reading, math, science, social studies, writing, physical activity, arts/creativity, free time, and educational TV/podcasts). Slots could be between 20-30 minutes long unless children want to extend them on their own. Learning periods can be distributed throughout the day with plenty of active, creative, free choice or play, snack/lunch or break times in between.
- Help students create a workspace at home. Children benefit from different workspaces for different types of activities (i.e. table or desk for writing/drawing), comfortable chair for reading, indoor/outdoor spaces for physical activity). Set up the workspace(s) with materials needed for learning like pencils, paper, art/drawing supplies, books, and puzzles.
- Have a daily wrap-up meeting. Check-in with children about what they are learning, what they liked best, what support they need or questions they have. Don’t be afraid to adjust the routine or schedule based upon reflection and feedback.
- 10 Tips for Digital Learning at Home
- Common Sense Media - Family Engagement Resources