Ten Ways to Power Through Virtual Learning
It’s the third week of virtual learning at COHS and the start of the fourth quarter! It may be a relief that those papers that you waited to do are done, but there’s no stopping now! Energy may be low and boredom may be a reality, but we have only one more quarter left before seniors graduate and new freshmen fill the halls. How can students stay motivated, be on top of school work, and get good grades? Check out these tips that have helped me stay motivated during this transition to online learning!
- Create a schedule.
Even though school doesn’t “start” until 9:00am, maintaining a routine similar to your regular one is beneficial. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat meals, and have some time to relax. This will keep you energized throughout the day and allow you to get your work done efficiently.
- Use a planner.
With six or seven classes worth of work, assignments, papers, and other deadlines can easily be forgotten. Using a planner ensures that there are no surprises in PowerSchool regarding missing assignments. It also allows you to plan ahead and be on top of your schoolwork!
- Find your own workspace (other than your bed).
Having all of your books consistently in the same place is another easy way to stay organized and prevents the panic of a missing book. While our beds are great, it is better to sit up while working. Find a desk or table, claim it as yours, and keep on working!
- Take breaks!
The fastest and most productive way to finishing your schoolwork for the day is by taking breaks in between subjects! This is something that I struggled with at the beginning of virtual learning, but once I started walking outside or reading a book not related to school, I noticed I was in a better mood and got work done hours before I used to. Whether you FaceTime with your friends or get fresh air from a reasonable distance, this tip is certainly going to brighten your mood for the day.
- Ask for help if needed.
Not being able to talk face-to-face with your teachers when you need help is difficult. Utilize the gift of email or Zoom to ask any questions if you’re not understanding the material or are confused about an assignment’s due date. Remember, teachers are eager to see their students achieve.
- Stay hydrated.
Now that every aspect of school is digital, hours of staring at technology is inevitable. Make sure you’re drinking enough water and making healthy choices to power you throughout the day.
- Spend time with your family.
Spending time with the other people in your house is another way to brighten your mood. Watching a movie, playing board games, or just talking to your family members is a great way to alleviate the never-ending boredom that comes with the quarantine.
- Make time for God.
It’s okay to be scared or afraid of what the future holds. By talking to God through prayer and watching Mass on Sundays not only are we passing time, but we are growing stronger in our relationship with Him. Whether it’s a simple thank you or a deep conversation, God hears our prayers and worries.
- Have hope that this too shall pass.
Staying positive is vital during this time! Looking forward to and planning for the rest of 2020 can help you stay motivated! Check out new movies, TV shows, books, etc. that will be coming out later this year and focus on the future!
- Wash your hands and stay safe!
Make sure to keep washing your hands frequently and staying homebound! Stay safe. God bless you and your families!
-Written By: Katie Tuberosa ’21