Living in a time where work-from-home regimes and covid-norms have taken the utmost priority, students are pushed towards leading a life of self-isolation, be it for work or play. The pandemic along with bringing numerous problems to our daily lives, also caused upended family lives. Adding to this, school closures, physical distancing and so on, too brought considerable changes to the whole world. Considering all of today’s terms, and due to the experience, we have as a educational media hub for a considerable amount of time now, we have interacted with the student fraternity across the globe, and thus, we bring you the latest guide to continue learning and stay focused during the pandemic, irrespective of the stream or area you are pursuing your studies.
- Plan a routine
Try to establish a routine that factors in age-appropriate education programs that can be followed online, on the television or through the radio. Also, factor in play time and time for reading. Use everyday activities as learning opportunities, and don’t forget to come up with these plans together where possible.
Although establishing a routine and structure is critically important for us, we suggest that you switch up your activities, by flipping to a more active option. Do not forget that planning and doing house chores too is great for development of fine and gross motor functions.
- Relax, and take your time
Start with shorter learning sessions and make them progressively longer. If the goal is to have a 30- or 45-minute session, start with 10 minutes and build up from there. Within a session, combine online or screen time with offline activities or exercises.
- Manage your anxiety
Covid-19 makes a lot of people worry and it is important that concerns do not take over and limit life. Sometimes the worry is so strong that it becomes difficult to live with and then it needs to be managed. Our usual and natural reaction to cope with discomfort is avoidance. Sometimes it can feel like that strategy works well. Avoiding others completely, avoiding news or pushing away all the troublesome thoughts. However, it is often negative in the long term and other strategies are needed. Others instead try to gain total control by reading everything they can about it. This also tends to lead to increased worry and anxiety
- Touch base with your teacher often
Just as it’s important for you to communicate with your groupmates and your classmates, it’s important that you also communicate with your professor or instructor. Make the effort to touch base with your professor, whether you have questions about an assignment or just want to let them know where you’re struggling.
Don’t struggle with questions or concerns on your own; the professor is there to help you. A five minute phone call with your instructor can save you days of stress. You’ll feel better, you’ll get clarification, and you’ll be more successful.”
Don’t think that you can only communicate when something is going wrong, though. Letting your professor know when something has gone right—whether it’s a lesson that you took particular value out of, or appreciation for a groupmate – can go far in helping you build a relationship with your instructor.
- Be flexible, always!
Online learning requires flexibility, for yourself as well as others in your course—including your professors. “Remember that your instructors had to make the switch to remote teaching in as little as a weekend’s time, the same amount of time that it took for you to transition into online learning,” says Small. “Nobody planned this. By simply demonstrating empathy, being active in your course material, talking to your classmates and instructor, it’s possible to recreate the community that you had on campus and make this transition as smooth as possible.”