With the whole country and the wider global economy rallying together to help defeat the Covid-19 threat, people from all walks of life are having to adjust to a new way of living, albeit temporarily.
Parents can often be the hardest hit, having to juggle working from home (and getting used to it in the first place) along with maintaining a focused environment for children to continue their learning throughout the disruption.
We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you navigate this tricky time; tips that should make things a bit easier for the whole household.
1. The Environment
This is no different to when a student is at home studying for exams. Spending some time thinking about the environment in which your child will study is crucial to making sure their time is spent effectively. Many will study in their bedrooms, or even communally around a dining table. Whatever the location, make sure it is free from distractions like televisions, phones and tablets (unless they are being used for studying purposes).
Any effective studying needs input from the teacher or tutor, so make sure both you and your child have a clear idea of what they are expected to be doing. If possible, regular check-ins with them can help guide your child through the work they’ve been set. These days, this can all be done by Skype, FaceTime or other methods of video communication. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the teacher if you have questions or need more guidance.
This is an unprecedented time for all of us, so don’t ignore the need for your child to still have some contact (digitally) with their friends. Encourage them to solve things together and work through their own problems. This creates a culture of mutual self-development, just as it might exist in the classroom.
Whilst in ‘lockdown’, students can’t venture far from their desks! However, it is important for them to maintain some forms of mental and physical escape and to utilise these during regular breaks. Generally speaking, for every hour that you work or study you should take a 10-15 minute break to allow your brain to focus on other things and your body to stretch and move. Gardens, pets, exercise equipment or music can all help with achieving this. Breaks aren’t a treat, they are an important part of a successful studying regime.
5. Be Organised
Most of us need structure to our days, giving us both something to follow and to feel a sense of achievement about when completed. This structure is critical to studying from home, so help your child plan out their weeks in advance. Discuss their strengths and weaknesses; if they study better in the morning than the afternoon, then schedule the topics they struggle with most for the early sessions.
If you follow these simple steps you will hopefully have a positive impact on your child’s ability to study successfully during this period of uncertainty.