Now that I’ve begun my second year of studying amidst the global pandemic, I’ve started to review my homeschooling methods to make sure I remain productive and effective. I can still remember a time where I had to travel to school. While the physical toll of traveling back and forth is no longer a concern, I constantly strive to put my newfound time to meaningful use. As such, I have boiled down my personal homeschooling methods into three tips that should be useful in your own homebound endeavours.
Effective time management
“一年之计在于春，一天之计在于晨” is a Chinese proverb that speaks to the value of planning; just as how one’s whole year might depend on one’s planning in the spring, our day depends on our planning in the morning. For however long you might be homeschooling, having concrete goals and a clear schedule will help you achieve your objectives. As part of a weekly schedule, mark out parts of your day for studying, eating, and exercising. Essential activities aside, allocate some free time as a buffer for unexpected events or simply for personal time to relax, unwind or explore. Cultivate the discipline necessary to stick within your schedule, and you will find yourself becoming more productive and thrive during your homeschooling.
The flexibility and time afforded by homeschooling allow for multiple ways of learning. Whether you consider yourself an audio learner rather than a visual learner or prefer hands-on learning to theory-based education, using various approaches will improve your ability to retain information. Change up your studying methods from simply reading the materials to making your own notes in a manner that you understand best. Consider creating diagrams and pictures in addition to noting down important points.
To ensure that you are focusing on your work, create a designated space for you to do so. In a physical sense, this might involve moving your workstation away from distractions such as your bed. In addition, keep all the materials you might need close by to remove the need to retrieve items from elsewhere. Other considerations might involve eliminating distractions from your devices, such as uninstalling leisure or gaming applications.
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