Remote learning can become stressful. It’s a massive shift for parents and children compared to going to school. If you feel like this, just know you are not alone!
We want to share our top tips with you to help ease any difficulties and make a better impact on your children. Home learning has shaken up our children’s education and as the nation adapts, we learnt a few things which could make a difference for you! We’re here to share our insights on making homeschooling more impactful.
1. Our first tip to parents - create a study space!
Dedicate a room or study area for your child’s education. This will allow children to simulate a serious environment to ensure they are solely focused on their remote learning. Get rid of any possible distractions during the school day. Get your child involved in creating their study space so they take ownership of their learning environment, this sense of ownership will help develop and direct their mindset towards learning.
2. Our next tip is - allow your child appropriate study breaks!
Another lockdown is not easy, especially for our children. Remember, they are adjusting to the situation just like everyone else. Give your child the opportunity to take meaningful breaks throughout the day to take their mind away from studies at allocated times. A fresh and rested mind can make a big difference for your children. Breaks are also good for memory retention. Short bursts of studying can be more effective in helping children concentrate, compared to non-stop studying for hours.
Oue - Sit with your child and get them to recall something they’ve learned.
This is a great way to help them focus on the areas they know and will also highlight the ones they need more revision with. ED TREE can help you highlight your child’s strengths and weaknesses with a short diagnostic process, which is extremely helpful and allows you to understand your child’s subject and topic needs.
You can book a free assessment here: Understand Your Child's Academic Ability Tickets, Multiple Dates
Our fourth tip we want to share with you - Get creative!
Let your child release their creative energy! Encourage your child to get involved in an activity that they really enjoy. Not all learning has to take place inside a textbook or using numerous worksheets. Let them engage in alternative forms of learning such as drawing diagrams, making posters for their bedroom or get them involved in the ED TREE writing competition to win a variety of prizes including a month of FREE tuition...that last part may not be the most creative idea but there are loads of cool prizes to be won!
ED TREE Writing Competition: https://www.edtree.co.uk/writing-competition
Our last tip - Don’t let tech issues win!
We know how frustrating it can be when there is a lag in WiFi or a slow loading computer, especially if the devices are being used by more than one person. Don’t let this put you off! As the majority of us are working from home, WiFi problems will be more common. It is a good idea to get your child to sit as close to the WiFi router as possible and to get your online meeting links open in good time before the lessons start to avoid those long computer updates and slow loading times. There are ways to check your internet speed for free or you can call your Internet Service Provider to do a quick check to see if you are getting the maximum you have been promised. Alternatively, close any tabs that may be taking up too much of the WiFi such as YouTube or other meeting apps that you don’t need. You can also check through your computer/laptop applications and uninstall apps you haven’t used in a while as these sometimes contribute to a slow loading computer (always get the permission of the main device user before doing this!)
It is proven happier students tend to perform better academically. Take a step to look after your mental health as well as your children!