Tips for Remote Learning Success
From adjusting to asynchronous classes to curbing screen time, learning remotely comes with its own unique challenges. But students can ease the transition and empower themselves for academic successes by adhering to these recommended best practices for online learning.
- Optimize your environment: Minimize noise and distractions as much as possible, and try to have a dedicated space for learning—somewhere you “go” for classes. Designating a physical space can help you get in the right mind-frame and better focus on the work ahead.
- Maintain routines: We are hewing to our normal weekly schedule as much as possible; you should too! Wake up to your regular alarm, get dressed as you normally would (in non-pajamas!), take your usual snack and meal breaks, etc. It may be also helpful to think about traversing the online school as you usually would, “going through doors” by clicking links.
- Take extra breaks: Between the sedentary nature of online classes and the eye fatigue caused by increased screen time, it is critically important that you take more frequent and purposeful breaks. Be sure to take advantage of the scheduled breaks between classes, and step away from your computer!
- Prioritize mental health and wellness: Give yourself the foundation you need to succeed in this new virtual environment by taking care of your body and your mind. It may be clichéd advice but it bears repeating: try to get ample sleep each night (eight to nine hours!), eat balanced meals and snacks, engage in physical activity, maintain connections with friends and loved ones, and be mindful of your mental state.
- Adjust your expectations: Remote learning comes with a unique set of challenges, so expect reduced capacity and productivity. There is a learning curve to all new endeavors, but you will acclimate to the virtual experience. Just try your best.
- Remember that attitude is everything: The way you mentally frame a situation will inevitably color your response to it. Cultivate fortitude, gratitude, and positivity in yourself. Possunt quia posse videntur: They can because they think they can.
- Disconnect: We go online to socialize, to be entertained, to find tools and advice. With classes happening online too, it’s easy to spend an unhealthy amount of time staring at a screen. Instead, try to spend as much time offline as you can, stepping away from your computer—and phone!—after school and on the weekends.
- Ask for help: Your teachers, advisor, and our school counselors are all here to support you through academic and personal challenges alike. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.