As we all know the education sector has been drastically impacted by Covid causing multiple staff absences resulting in some students home learning. Students who find themselves in such a predicament can still reap the benefits whilst home learning if they strategically focus on their studies.
Remote learning and alternative provision sites, such as EDClass Ltd, have been supporting students during these unprecedented times. Senior Manager of EDClass Ltd Lee Bell said:
“EDClass has been an established alternative provision provider for over 13 years supporting thousands of students. Due to the pandemic, there has been an increased realisation in the popularity and requirement of remote learning.
The recent increased demand, due to staff shortages and student absentees, has demonstrated the important role online education can play in ensuring education for students is continued. The mental health benefits it can provide for certain students are also undeniable.”
The long-term effects of the pandemic are still unknown, but here are five tips that can assist with home learning:
1. Continuously assess yourself whilst learning
In one study of evaluating practising in relation to end results:
“students improved by nearly 25 percentage points from their practice test to the actual test grade in all three exams in all three classes.”
If you are not constantly testing yourself whilst learning a certain topic then the content could be wasted away. Continuously assessing yourself could enable you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and allow you to focus your learning towards a particular area to improve.
2. Proactive learning is better than reactive
Referring to Benjamin Franklin’s quote “fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Undertaking preparation before your study could allow for increased productivity.
“In two studies, students who strategized their resource use before studying outperformed comparable classmates in the control group by an average of one-third of a letter grade in the class. In the first study, students scored an average of 3.45 percentage points higher in the class, and in the second study, the average difference was 4.65 percentage points.”
Formulating a strategic plan for your studies could not only maintain current grade performance but actually increase it. This way you won’t approach tasks blindly and struggle to complete certain aspects of your learning.
3. Ensure you are in a safe learning environment
“One study shows that the classroom environment can affect student’s learning and academic progress by as much as 25%.”
In order to achieve maximum results during learning, you have to be in an environment that you are comfortable with. Take all necessary measures to ensure you are safe when in your own home. You could inform someone of what and when you are studying and also remove any distractions that could hamper your learning process.
4. Explore different learning methods and use the one that works for you
“In a 2012 study, 93% of a sample of 137 UK school teachers agreed with the statement “Individuals learn better when they receive information in their preferred learning style (e.g. auditory, visual, kinesthetic).”
Everyone learns differently so it is important to find what learning method works for you. This works in combination with tip #2 as you will then be able to find what is your best method.
Nevertheless, the benefits of trying different methods could be astronomical as you may discover a method you may have been previously unaware of that allows you to absorb information significantly better than your traditionally preferred method.
5. And of course, take your breaks!
It is vital that you take breaks so you do not ‘burn out’ during home learning. A good rule of thumb we’d recommend:
“Work for 52-minutes and take a 17-minute break for increased productivity.”
Implementing a structured timed schedule could allow you to focus your learning. Taking breaks can also replenish motivation and improve creativity. The mental health benefits are also prevalent as you won’t be inundated with work.
EDClass can help with home learning
EDClass is fully-equipped to assist students who are home learning, evident with pre-made content of 17,000 interactive lessons and over 1,000 video lessons that continuously assesses throughout learning.
A gap analysis model is also instilled for each learner so that structured learning can be visualised and areas of improvement can be identified.
Safeguarding features including webcam chat, alert buttons and registration forms are also included. UK-qualified teachers also provide one-to-one support for students with their learning and mental health and wellbeing.
For the younger users, EDClass also includes EDArcade. A fun and informative learning gaming platform targeted towards primary learners in an alternative engaging way to learn topics.