Online learning: here’s tips to help you with your online learning
Psychosocail support for chidlren during the COVID 19 pandemic
Here are some tips to help you with your online learning
Think it through: What obstacles do you face? Which are surmountable, which are not? We all encounter barriers to learning, but often we can overcome them with a bit of extra effort, hard work, and support:
1. Can’t find a quiet and comfortable learning space at home?
- Tidy and clean up your learning space and make it more comfortable. A tidy desk and comfortable chair can go a long way to help us be productive learners.
- Make a plan. Talk to your family to come up with a specific time during the day for online learning. Ask them for help to create a quiet learning environment. This includes refraining from watching TV, talking loudly, listening to loud music, or anything else that might distract you from your learning.
2. Feeling anxious or unhappy about being stuck at home, and it’s making it hard to concentrate?
- Believe you can do it! Remember that this period of online learning at home is only temporary. Once it is over, you’ll be able to go back to school. This has been a challenge, and you’re doing great. Keep trying and don’t give up!
- These feelings are normal. It is quite natural for us to feel uncertain or worried when changes happen. We should accept our feelings and emotions, and try to think of ways to improve how we’re feeling. Maybe call a friend, help make dinner, or play a board game with a family member to raise your spirits. Creating a normal daily routine can also help to both bring a sense of normalcy and define your study time.
- Embrace change. Change can remove us from our comfort zone, but we can come up with coping strategies. For example, we can reflect on things that have remained stable, and the opportunities and advantages that may emerge out of ups and downs. You can also take some time to reward yourself for the small steps you’ve made and share it with your friends. Even if you cannot meet each other in person, you can still share how you feel through phone calls and the internet.
3. Finding it uncomfortable to stare at the screen or that your eyes hurt?
- Make sure your computer is well set-up. Adjust the distance you’re sitting from the screen (with your head roughly arm distance from the screen) and screen height (with your eyes at roughly the same level as the top of the screen), and make sure the room is well-lit.
- Take a break. Make sure to take a break for 10 minutes every 30-40 minutes to give yourself a chance to stretch and move around and to give your eyes a rest from staring at the screen.
- In addition to your online learning, it is best to limit your non-learning screen time to 15 minutes at a time and no more than a total of 1 hour a day.