Now that we’ve returned to blended learning we’ve at least started to return to a little bit of normality, but we know having remote lessons isn’t the same as learning at college. If you’re struggling to get motivated and stay focused when you’re participating in virtual lessons, we’re here to give you some advice!
You’ve already got your college timetable, so use this as your base and plan around your remote lesson times. Schedule in some breaks and try to plan what you are going to focus on during your independent study time – if you have this plan set out at the start of the day it’s a lot easier to avoid distractions!
Planning out your day will give you a sense of purpose and make you feel more productive and motivated to achieve everything on your list!
Having a designated study area to work at on the days when you are remote learning will help you feel more motivated and productive. We know that this is difficult for most people as you’re likely to be sharing the kitchen table with parents/carers who are working from home, so talk to them and work out a solution that works for everyone.
It’s a good idea to get a box to keep everything you need for remote learning, meaning everything can be easily packed away at the end of the day and you don’t have to spend all morning hunting for a pen and paper.
Start your day by setting yourself small goals that you want to achieve. Breaking down your workload into these smaller chunks will stop tasks from feeling so daunting and make you feel more motivated to get started. Each time you achieve one of your goals you’ll get that little boost of feeling productive that will help you stay motivated throughout the day!
Knowing how you best study is really important to working efficiently. What works well for your friend might not work for you, everyone is different! So find a method of studying that works for you.
Just because we’re remote learning this doesn’t mean you have to change your study style. If you’re something that likes typing notes then that’s great! But if you prefer handwriting your class notes, then there’s no need to stop doing this.
If you like working in silence then try investing in some noise-cancelling headphones to block out the sounds of your household items such as washing machines, tumble driers and noisy siblings! If you prefer some background noise while you work then why not check out our Study Sounds or Ultimate Focus playlists!
Studying at home can feel quite isolating at times – we know our teachers are really missing seeing you all in class!
Remember to communicate with your classmates and your teacher. If you have a group of friends that you usually study with then why not set up a virtual study group so you can still work together. Sometimes the biggest motivation is knowing that you’re not alone and we’re all in this together. Being able to discuss ideas and problems is a key part of learning so keep on communicating!
Don’t forget, your teachers are still available for you to contact in normal college hours (9am – 4:10pm) and although they do still have all their classes to teach they will get back to you as soon as they can. If you need some extra support then reach out and ask if you can arrange a teams meeting with them to go over your questions.