Remote learning can be a great experience, but to avoid certain pitfalls, we’ve put together a list to help keep you on track

Get up and get ready

It may be tempting to sit around in your pyjamas all day. However, getting up, showered and dressed not only goes a long way to improve your mental health but psychologically helps you to understand it’s time to start studying.

Organize your workspace

The home is full of distractions so it’s important to set up a quiet study space where you can concentrate. There’s no right or wrong way to do this but think about a quiet spot with some natural light. Some people like having the radio or even the television on in the background – it’s about whatever works for you.

Take breaks

Sitting glued to your computer all day isn’t what is expected; it’s not going to help anyone. Get away from your screen, get outside (if you’re not self-isolating) and take in some fresh air. It will do you the world of good. A time tested method is the Pomodoro Technique, breaking your day up into segments of 25 minutes of work followed by 5 minutes of break.

Keep a positive mindset

If you’re struggling, remind yourself of a time when you succeeded. Think about what techniques you used to succeed last time and use them again this time. Remote learning can be difficult as the more traditional support structures are not always there so believe in yourself and trust in your abilities. Your teacher is always there to help you – so remember to ask for help if you need it.

Talk to people

Remote learning will be a unique experience for most so try to enjoy it, but it can be a lonely place if you’re at home by yourself. Remember, you’re not expected to be glued to your screen – take the time to message your friends, or better yet, ring them! It will do you the world of good and help you feel like you’re not alone.