Lausanne Collegiate School began distance learning this week, and we have heard so many stories of teachers that have been hard at work providing the best learning experience possible for students across grade levels.
The partnership between the school, students and our families is vital to make sure online learning is successful. All of us have a responsibility to support meaningful engagement in learning, including through virtual means. It also involves some changes in thinking as to how students approach the day. Here are some tips and tools to help identify specific actions that can be taken in support of both student and parent.
Sustained periods of virtual education are successful when students have a routine to follow and a space in which to work and learn.
Ideally, your learning space should have:
When an online learning space is in a shared area like the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room, it also allows parents and guardians to readily support learning.
To stay on track with your class, make sure that you always keep focused on what you hope to accomplish. Create notes that are closely related to your objectives, and make sure that you review them thoroughly every time you start an assignment so that you stay focused on your goals.
Consider starting with the tasks you find most difficult. This will improve both the effectiveness of your study and your performance, and give you more time to reach out to your teacher for help!
A study plan is critical to online learning. Here are some tips:
While it may be constructive to look for answers to your online course-related questions independently, hesitating to contact your teacher when you are stuck may be problematic. If you do not ask for help when necessary, you may end up falling behind. This can lower your self-esteem, as you may not be able to keep up with the online coursework. Use the relationship with your instructor to avoid misunderstandings by contacting them regularly and letting them know how they can help you. Keep in mind that if you don’t ask for help when you need it, your instructor may never know that something is wrong.
Your performance will decrease if you are feeling tired or frustrated while studying. Integrate some personal time into your study routine and you will be able to work more effectively on your online course goals.
When taking a break, make sure that you get away from your study space. You need to have a change of scenery.
A mild physical activity, such as a walk around the block, will help you maintain balance, renew energy, and go back to studying with a clear mind.
Finally, do not underestimate the effort needed to fully commit to your online course. To make sure that you stay motivated and engaged, consider following these tips:
Part of what makes Lausanne special is the community, and to help everyone stay connected while we are away from campus, we will continue to keep you updated via the website and our social media outlets.
You can also visit the Lausanne Parent Connections Facebook page to ask questions, see COVID-19 and campus updates, chat with the Lausanne community and find information broken down by grade level.
We love you, Lynx! See you all online!