10 Top Tips for Learners during Lockdown

04 April 2020

The current lockdown situation has never happened before and we want to make sure that you (our learners) are getting all the help you need. So, we’ve put together a few tips to try and help you stay on top of your school work during this time. Also keep in mind, feeling more calm and focused can be one deep breath away.

  1. Take control of your own learning process.

This is easier than it sounds. Although you may be in touch with your teachers in some way, much of what you do as far as your school work is concerned, will depend on you whilst this lockdown lasts.

  1. Identify a quiet working place without distractions

The study area that you choose should allow you to focus. Keep your study materials here only. There should be no interruption from family or house members. Good lighting is essential.

  1. Decide on a daily routine and draw up a schedule

A daily routine will give structure to your day. This is of vital importance as you will not be going to school for the foreseeable future.

Allocate as much time as you think you will need to each of your subjects. Some might need less time than others. Bear this in mind when drawing up your schedule.

  1. Identify what learning material from each subject needs to be covered

Systematically work through each topic of each subject.

Figure out:

  • what you already know
  • what you need to revise
  • what you don’t understand at all
  • what new work you have to learn independently.
  1. Establish what you can access from home

Take time to do independent research in order to find out what is available on the internet. Make sure that the resources you use are reliable at all times.

Avoid generalized searching. Use Google Classroom, Snapplify and reputable educational on-line videos instead. Remember that all Answer Series study guides are available as e-books.

  1. Revise work from the start of this year and/or previous grades

Go through every section of your work — this applies to all subjects — and determine whether there are sections or concepts you don’t grasp. Work through these again and again until you have mastered the content (also see tip 7).

  1. Get help from teachers and fellow learners when you are stuck

If you are battling with a concept or section of work even after you have revised it, approach your teacher or a class mate on-line to help you. A fellow learner could possibly explain something to you in such a way that you understand it.

  1. Use past exam papers and tests to practice

Working out past exam papers and tests enables you to find out what you already know and also what you do not know well enough or not at all.

  1. Don’t lose motivation

This too shall pass. Hang in there. Many others all over the world are in the same position at the moment. You are acquiring new skills and conquering independent learning.

  1. Drink enough water and take a break

Staying hydrated improves concentration. Taking breaks, though not too frequently, energises you.

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