Many of us have been feeling lost over the past couple of weeks with the recent transition to virtual learning. It can be challenging to concentrate and stay motivated without a physical teacher, encouraging us to stay focused. This week I wanted to share with some ways I have learned to adapt to this new learning environment.
As human beings, we crave structure, and we have gone from a dramatic shift of having every minute planned out for us in the classroom to now having an abundance of time in which we do not have to be accountable to anyone but ourselves. That is why, for me, it was so important to create a routine that I could strictly follow right from the start. To do this, I simply opened my calendar app and thought, “What would a regular day consist of for me?” Even including everything I usually do, I found that I still had a lot more time to fit in things that I often wouldn’t have time to enjoy in a physical school. I have had time to explore myself and new interests!
Another change I had to adjust to was that I have been used to teachers using a central portal to share all of our assignments with us. With this virtual learning change, different teachers have been using different approaches and various programs to share our homework and classwork. I was getting overwhelmed having to visit all these different sites, which resulted in me losing track of my assignments. To combat this, I organized myself and created a place where I can centralize all my tasks so that I can easily keep track of what I have to do and focus on completing those things instead of trying to remember what I have to do.
I also find myself losing motivation to sit down and work when there are so many possibilities of other things I could do during my free time. What I do to combat this is to set small goals that I can accomplish every day that keep me on track for the long term goals I want to achieve. These goals aren’t just academic, but instead revolve around different facets of my daily lifestyle. One of my most important goals has been setting a boundary between my work time and my relaxing time, even though they have both been taking place in the same environment. This allows me to enjoy my free time, and have a sharp and focused mind during my work time.
For this week’s #MakeItHappen, set aside some time for setting up a daily plan with small goals that you can achieve to keep you on track. Keep track of what you have to do by centralizing your tasks and planning ahead. Remember that you can always use the YTeach App if you need any academic help. And most importantly, let us know what you’re doing to be a virtual learning champion by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Stefano & the YTeach Team
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
– Mahatma Gandhi