A year ago, distance learning could be at best a curiosity or a convenient supplement to classical education. The outbreak of the pandemic meant that overnight for many people it became the primary form of contact with the school. At the beginning of 2021, there are no signs that we will be able to return to our old lives quickly. And if so, it is best to adapt to digital reality. How to learn online.
Distance learning is fundamentally different from classroom learning, as the lack of direct contact with teachers and peers has to be compensated by modern technology. Here are some ideas to make e-education more effective.
Organize your study space well
In the classroom or at the university, there is no choice – you have to use the equipment of classrooms and lecture rooms. There are more options at home. When preparing a study position for yourself or your child, there are a few important things to remember. Although sometimes you may be tempted to sit on the couch or lie down on the couch, it will not be the best idea. A comfortable office chair, which will help to maintain a proper figure (which is important considering the number of hours spent in e-school), will be much better.
It is best to take a seat at a desk or table with a table top at a height appropriate for the student’s height. Details such as order in the room or easy access to all the necessary utensils can also affect the effectiveness of learning.
The place to study should be in a well-sounded room. The sounds coming from the speakers of the TV set in the next room may make it impossible to concentrate fully, so it is worth concluding a “pact on non-noise” with other household members.
Look at the equipment from a broader perspective
The basic device for remote learning is a computer (tablets and smartphones are also used, but may be less convenient). In 2019, on the eve of the pandemic, 83.1% of households with at least one person aged 16–74 had at least one computer1.
As schools began to go online, parents with several children of school age faced a challenge. In such a situation, the only solution was and often the purchase of a new computer, and this is associated with the dilemma: “What equipment to invest in?” choose a computer that will also allow children to develop their extracurricular interests (music, graphics, or maybe film?). You should also not forget about useful accessories – for example, good headphones that will help you fully focus on the content of the lectures and an ergonomic mouse.
Buying a computer is an investment that can make your home budget feel. After all, not everyone was able to predict such an expense, and there are families that struggle to make ends meet. What to do in that case? It is worth finding out about state subsidies or looking for an attractive offer in the installment system.
Remember that high-speed internet means equal opportunities
Digital exclusion is a term that has been known for a long time, but in the current situation it takes on a new meaning. Although the percentage of households that do not have access to the Internet is small today (in 2019 this problem affected 13.3% of the total number2), in the era of remote education, the speed of the connection is of great importance. Jamming transmission, poor quality sound or unreadable image can be a serious barrier to communication between the student and the teacher. Because how to gain knowledge when the recipient receives only scraps of information? Poor-quality connection may also be a reason for being cheated by peers. If there are more students at home or parents were also forced to work remotely, this problem will increase. So it turns out that the possibility of providing children with equal opportunities in e-school depends to some extent on having a fast connection.
Think about optical fiber
How to adapt your network to new realities? The perfect answer to the rush to remote learning and enthusiasm for online work is optical fiber. The secret of this technology lies in the cables made of fiberglass and plastics, the design of which allows data transmission via a light wave. This allows you to significantly increase the speed and eliminate interference.
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Optical fiber is becoming more accessible thanks to investments in infrastructure, but also attractive offers for subscribers. Do not forget about active rest and cultivate healthy habits
The outbreak of the pandemic forced students and students to radically change their lifestyle. The time they previously spent offline with their friends, colleagues and teachers, now they have to devote to video sessions. It’s no secret that staring at the screen for a long time is bad for your health. Effective learning also depends on the proper use of free time. After school, it is worth minimizing online entertainment, go for a walk (which will compensate for the lack of commuting to school) or go to training. Sitting late in front of the computer will not be conducive to concentration on the next day’s classes.
It is also good to develop some habits – ventilate the room in which there is a study station before class and regularly water yourself during the lesson. Healthy snacks (e.g. nuts) will also help you stay focused.
Make a plan of the day and take care of the motivation system
In the era of remote learning, with significantly limited social contacts, such aspects as: good planning of the day and appropriate motivation to work are even more important. It is worth controlling the chaos and acting according to a previously adopted plan. It’s important not to go overboard with the amount of material, as the brain is better at dealing with smaller amounts of information. Regular breaks are important to help rest your eyes and head.
It is also good when self-discipline is combined with a reward system. After all, after intensive study, you should spend a while with your favorite series or a fascinating book. E-education makes it even more important to maintain a healthy balance.