Tips for Jamaican Students Success Using Virtual Learning

Below are some tips and strategies for students to help make the transition to virtual learning as easy as possible.  As we adjust to our new normal over the next few weeks, it’s important to remember that this is a new challenge that we are more than capable of tackling together.

•   Decide on a workspace.  This could be a room, desk, or area of your home where you feel the most comfortable to complete schoolwork.  Having a designated workspace with necessary books and materials signals to our brain that it is time to work on assignments. Space may be limited in many of our homes- this workspace can be any area of a room where school materials are stored, likes books or a computer.

•   Set “school” hours.  It can be easier to become distracted when school takes place at home. Establishing a time frame every day that will be dedicated to school assignments can be very helpful. Make sure apps/games like Snapchat, Tiktok, and Fortnite are not open during this time. Wait until “school hours” are over, just like you would on a typical school day.

•   Have a routine and write it down. Know your teachers’ expectations for logins and submitting assignments. Keep your routine similar to what you are used to: get up, shower, and get ready for your day.  If you have siblings at home, brainstorm what your routine might look like together!

•   Take breaks during your day. Make sure to step away from schoolwork during lunch and add breaks for movement- your brain needs time to relax and recharge. “Brain breaks” could be:

•   Playing outside

•   Watching a Youtube video

•   Stretching

•   Eating a snack

•   Playing a board game with your siblings/parents

•   Intentionally end your day. This signals to your brain that your work is done for the day. Putting away your books, stretching, or running in place can all give your body that needed signal. Find something that you can stick to each day!

•   Practice gratitude. Studies show that practicing acts of gratitude can actually change the brain to focus on the positive and help you feel more at ease in times of stress or uncertainty.  Try and think of 3 things you are grateful for each day. Share with a family member or friend!

•   Check in with a positive friend. Reach out to someone each day to have a non-school related conversation. We may not be able to see our friends in person, but there are many ways we can continue to connect with them,

•   Get enough sleep. Schooling at home can impact your sleep patterns. Be sure that you are getting enough rest (8-10 hours). If you have trouble sleeping, there are free apps to help (Calm, Breathe, Headspace, etc.).