A September 2020 study found that nearly 60 percent of students in the U.S. were learning from home full-time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While many students have since returned to school, variants of the virus and new closures have sent many of those students right back to studying at home.
If you have a student participating in distance learning, keep reading to learn a few tips to help you to create a productive remote learning environment.
The first thing you’ll want to do when setting up a productive remote learning environment is to choose a space that allows you to provide everything your child or children will need within easy reach. If your little learners have to go from one room to the next when they switch from working on the computer to working on paper or have to constantly get up to retrieve calculators, books, and other supplies, they’ll no doubt get distracted every time.
Even little disruptions to their work and focus can have big consequences. These individual instances add up fast — suddenly, instead of losing a minute of work here and there, they’re losing an hour or more of work time a day.
Don’t just consider school supplies when making sure your students have everything they need within easy reach. Ensuring you have a strong, reliable internet connection and dependable electronics is one of the top distance learning tips you can follow. Having great WiFi and the right tech for the job means fewer distractions for your student, and more power to tackle every subject and problem.
If you’ve ever tried working from home, you know how easy it can be to get distracted. For adults, distractions like that basket of laundry that needs to be folded or your dog begging for a walk can get your mind off of your work. Older students may be distracted by texting, social media, or TV. But kids of all ages can get distracted when learning from home. Choose a space in your home where you can remove any toys or televisions that might tempt your child away from their work.
When you’re setting up a home workspace, a desk and chair might seem like the obvious answer. However, if your child doesn’t sit well at a desk, you might need to get creative.
Your child will focus more and learn better when they are comfortable. This doesn’t mean that they should be learning from bed or from somewhere that they could easily dose off. But they should be comfortable. For some students, this could mean working from a cushion on the floor with a coffee table for a desk. Others might prefer a more traditional workspace, but with the addition of a comfortable desk chair.
Setting up a productive remote learning environment is key to helping your child focus and learn while away from school. From creating a comfortable space that offers everything your student needs to limiting distractions and checking that your internet connection is strong and reliable, these tips can help you give your student the tools they need to succeed.