As students start a new school year during the COVID-19 outbreak in which they have to keep a safe distance from one another, in-person learning is impossible. Distance learning is the use of technology to generate and facilitate teacher-student and student-student communication that promotes individual and independent learning. Since this is a new approach to acquiring education, difficulties and struggles are expected to arise.
Students have to basically learn on their own as teachers are not always available to answer their queries. They are in a situation that is similar to how adults work from home and likewise struggling to cope with the new working conditions in which distractions are present. Without the knowledge and life skills learned through time and age, students are expected to act the same way as adults and face struggles on their own.
What Students Need to Do to Get Past the Obstacles
Fortunately, with the right mindset and teaching methods, overcoming the difficulties accompanying distance learning is achievable. Below are some tips on how students can get past the obstacles and make the most of distance learning:
Learn How to Manage Time
Learning how to manage one’s time helps improve productivity and gives students lots of extra time to recreate and do things not school-related. Since everyone has different times when they feel productive, a student has to figure out what time he or she works best and then create a routine or schedule around that particular period. Setting plans for oneself at the end of the day will give a student something to look forward to as his or her reward for the good work.
Avoid Procrastination and Remove Distractions
Having easy access to different kinds of distractions and with no teacher to facilitate studies, make it easy for a student to procrastinate. Students should bear in mind that procrastinating can only worsen what they perceive as already a heavy load of activities. Finishing work early or on time based on one’s schedule equates to a more rewarding experience.
Set a Study Space
Setting a place or environment that promotes studying can improve productivity. Make sure the study space is tidy and functional, as it is very convenient to have all the materials needed within easy reach.
Students can customize their study space and choose aesthetics that motivate them to sit down and do some work; maybe even put motivational print-outs such as inspirational pictures or quotes. Lastly, avoid using one’s bed for studying; a desk, kitchen table, or anything with a flat surface is preferable.
Communicate With Others
Be familiar with professors, teachers, and classmates to allow communication. Building relationships can make asking for help easier and less intimidating, especially with professors.
Create a Safe Space
Creating a safe space where one can retreat and be comfortable is also important. To cast away feelings of isolation, spend free time with members of the family, talk to friends online, or reach out to someone who poses as inspiration. Remembering that you are not alone in this situation can really help.