5 Tips for Helping Students Get the Most Out of Virtual Learning During COVID
Dr. Mike Hill
Love it or hate, as we move deeper into the Fall season, it appears virtual learning will be around for quite some time. While brick and mortar learning certainly remains the default option, due to COVID conditions, many parents are electing to keep their students’ learning online. While some students can manage the transition well, for most, virtual learning remains a challenge. Although learning from home is a viable option, there are also several pitfalls that must be avoided for students to maintain their learning progression in a virtual setting. Below are five tips for helping students learn more effectively from home.
1. Create an academic environment. One of the most significant predictors of student learning is the ability to engage with the learning content. While learning from home, it is imperative that, as much as possible, students work in an environment that is conducive for learning.
Minimize distractions. Avoid unnecessary background noise such as televisions, background activities, and conversations among other family members, which can be equally distracting for classmates.
Avoid working from bed. If possible, students should avoid learning from their beds. When working from their beds, students are prone to get “too comfortable”, fall asleep, and develop poor habits for when they eventually return to brick and mortar i nstruction. Additionally, lying in bed too long can cause students to have trouble sleeping at night, which can also have a negative impact on their learning and mental health.
Make sure the learning space is well-lit. Adequate lighting helps students to remain alert, and work more effectively, while also making them more visible on camera.
Dr. Mike Hill is the Principal of University Preparatory in West Palm Beach, FL. He has a passion for serving others through education. He has more than 16 years of experience in various instructional and leadership roles in both public and private sectors of education.