So, you’re doing lessons from home, you’re stuck inside for hours on end and you’re watching the same old stuff on the TV. Talk about boring. But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of tips and advice to keep you going until you’re back in school.
As you work from home and the school closes, we urge you to follow Government advice to protect yourself and those around you from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that, if possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. You should only leave the house for exercise, and even then, you should keep a safe distance from others. The Government recommend maintaining a space of around two metres between yourself and others as you head outside for your exercise.
If you leave the house it is important that you remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before you leave and as you come back inside. If you have a cough, you should use a tissue to cough into and then bin the tissue, after this wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.
These measures are in place to protect you and others, especially those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Please remember to think of others and follow the Governement’s advice.
These can be extreme measures which could result in schoolwork getting boring and you feeling lonely. You may have no one who really knows how to help with your work or someone in your house to keep you entertained. We know this can be hard and so we’ve put together some tips to stay motivated and progressing with your schoolwork while you work from home:
- Set goals, if you don’t have a target to work towards it’s very hard to get started. Set some short, easy goals to start yourself off and add more as time goes on to keep on track.
- Timetables, map out slots for when you’re going to do your revision. You don’t need to do a full day of revision or cover every subject in a day. Space out your work slots, just like lessons, and make sure you give yourself plenty of breaks in between topics to really digest the information.
- Practice papers and questions, these can help you to understand your subjects better by giving you scenarios to use your new knowledge. Questions and example scenarios can also help you to see where you’re struggling on a subject so you can ask for further help for that topic.
- Study groups, even if you are in isolation, video calling or phoning your friends who are in the same class as you can be a great help. Get advice and help your friends when you’re stuck on something or can’t remember how to get the right answer. You may be able to help each other out and fill in bits of knowledge between you, plus you’ll get to interact with your friends!
- Mix it up, if you’re finding that schoolwork is getting boring and hard to focus on add a bit of variety to how you go through your notes and resources. Colours are a great way to make boring words stand out and look appealing, putting key points of information onto posters, post-it notes or even create a podcast to help make home learning a fun and motivating experience.
Don’t forget you should be using all our handy distance learning tools to support your education while you’re not able to come into school. These include Microsoft Teams, GCSEPod, Hegarty Maths and Educake. Need help getting access to these tools? We have some handy guides for you to use here.
You can also use this link to find a range of helpful links for exercise advice and videos, helping to keep you active while you’re social distancing and in self-isolation.