School closure has been difficult for both Parents and Students. Amidst the closure, learning did not come to a halt. Education is recording a rapid change, which meant we had to mobilize quickly and efficiently to get our teachers fully set up virtually. Providing educational support to ensure that our students lost no academic time.
According to a Parent “School is a learning place with little or no distractions, but the same cannot be said about the home as a learning environment”. This is true and can be challenging for Parents to balance both their child’s education and their work. Being able to work from the comfort and safety at home is a plus for some students. Although, there is a huge tendency for students to get distracted, which can be problematic.
There are many ways that parents can support learning at home. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Create a routine: Creating a routine can help students better manage their studies and can give them a sense of normal school days. A good routine will include learning, practice or other creative activities and time to relax throughout the week.
Stay committed to a Schedule: Persistence is a key element in virtual learning. Switching from work/study to relaxation mood can be quite difficult, especially when you are home all day. We should encourage students to be true to their studies. Online classes need to be treated with the same importance as a physical class. Being consistent with virtual class appointments is also critical to a study plan’s success.
Engage in a group discussion: Virtual learning environment promotes open communication and peer learning. However, students need to be encouraged to take part in group conversations. When one is quiet throughout a virtual group discussion the individual can be mistaken to be absent in class.
Always enter a virtual learning space with a note and be ready to write: Students should be encouraged to go into the virtual classroom with a note just like they would in a physical learning environment. In this age of fast technology, important pieces of information can be easily missed if noted are not taken.
Take study breaks: Sitting in front of a learning device for long hours can be overwhelming, studies have shown that blue lights from tech-devices can deteriorate one’s health. It is very important for students to take breaks to rest their brains, eyes, and refresh their minds.
Discover subjects beyond the curriculum: Learning doesn’t stop at Mathematics, Biology, and English, etc. Students can benefit from learning about culture and traditions, history, and some life skills, such as time management, emotional intelligence, and other topics beyond the classroom that they find interesting.
Do not be afraid to ask for help from Teachers/Tutors: Teachers/Tutors are very important when navigating the virtual learning environment, do not be afraid to ask them questions or ask for help when you need assistance. Parents need to also recognize that they are not their children’s teachers, and focus on helping when they can while keeping in touch with their teachers.
Learning at home is not easy and you are not alone in this, you need to remember that everyone is struggling and adjusting to the changes necessary to cope in this new normal. If you and your family can get through this pandemic, then you are already a winner.
Bridge House College virtual classrooms are up and running. We provide quality educational support that will guarantee students entry into university.
Entrance exams are ongoing, and you can also register for the early progression online class.
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