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Tips for Successful Distance Learning

Distance learning is an adjustment for all of us -- your teachers included!  We are all learning and can learn better when we work together.  Be patient with yourself, your peers, your teachers and staff. 

Follow these tips to create the best learning environment at home. 

Create a Learning Space

  • Your environment has a huge impact on your learning and productivity. To the best of your ability, choose a location in your home where you can focus - away from noise and distractions. 
  • Make sure everything you need to learn is located within arm’s reach at your work space, including water and a snack. 
  • Clear your learning space of clutter and non-essential items. Tidy up before you start learning each day - a clean space boosts productivity.
  • Minimize distractions. You know yourself best: what in your home is likely to distract you? How can you avoid it? Keep your cell phone charged in different room while you study. It will be there when school is over!
  • Talk to the people in your household and let them know about your distance learning plans - where you’ll be working and what you’ll need from them.
  • Maybe you work best by a window, or sitting on the floor, or like to have a bright lamp nearby, etc. Personalize your learning space in a way that works best for you.

Communicate

  • Check your School Loop mail and Google Classroom every day for the latest updates from your teachers.
  • Ask questions. If you’re stuck on something, don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher for clarification or to set up a meeting. They’re here to help! 
  • Connect with your classmates. Learning is social and collaborative, even online! Participate actively in your classes, stay in touch with your peers and classmates, support each other, and collaborate as much as possible.

Stay Organized

  • Stick to a routine. Structure your day as much like a “regular” school day as possible. Wake up, get dressed, and get ready as if you were leaving the house at the same time every day. Consistency is key!
  • Use a calendar or organizer. Write everything (classes, assignments, due dates) out on a paper calendar or use your Google Calendar. Check your calendar daily so that you are on track. Color code your classes for easy reading.
  • Follow the schedule. Display your schedule somewhere you know you’ll see it daily. Use the break and lunch time for (good) breaks to let your brain rest. Move, breathe, sing, draw, or do a few jumping jacks to break up your day.
  • Use your resources! Get creative with what you have at home: stick post-its up as reminders, write a calendar on a whiteboard, or set alarms on your phone to act as bells between classes.