Part 2 of our Covid-19 Schooling mini series will focus on in person schooling. This virus has been scary to many people and it is completely understandable if you have any fears or feelings of unease reentering a more public environment this school year. Even without the pandemic school can feel repetitive, stressful and hard! So we have created another 5 point list to help make your transition back into the classroom this year a smooth one.
1. Take Advantage of Your Surroundings
This year class sizes will likely be substantially smaller than in previous years. Take advantage of this! According to Fremont College, students generally learn better and retain more information when in an intimate setting (Fremont College). This is often because there is more one on one interaction with the teacher and peers. So seriously, take advantage of that! Ask as many questions as you can come up with, discuss topics in depth, give and ask for examples. Even if you’re shy, try to step out of your comfort zone. It will be hard, but start by making a goal for yourself. Ask one question a day, or one per class. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Any amount of active interaction will help you focus and retain knowledge. Plus, the day may feel as though it goes by faster when you’re consistently and actively working and participating.
2. Wear the Mask
Regardless of your stance on mask wearing, you will likely be required to wear one on school grounds. It is also understandable if you feel uncomfortable wearing a mask. There are some people who feel claustrophobic, itchy, or simply annoyed by having something cover their face. However, each school will have different requirements for students to follow, so try and make it easy on yourself. Find out what these requirements are, and abide by them. There is a time and a place to fight for your beliefs and political standings, but if you want to get the most out of your schooling it is important to understand that the best way to do this is by following the rules.
If having something on your face makes you uncomfortable, try out different types of masks until you find one you can tolerate. Ask those around you if they have any tips or tricks that they use to get through the day. If you are using a reusable mask, be sure to wash it regularly to keep it fresh. Ultimately, wearing a mask isn’t going to prohibit your learning unless you let it. Remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you, so do what you can with what you have and continue on the road to success. Just wear the mask!
3. Keep Your Extracurriculars
Sports, clubs, arts, and other activities that you normally do outside of class may be put on hold right now. That doesn’t mean that you should just give up on them though. Life is not meant to be solely focused on education, so even if your school isn’t providing these extracurriculars currently, it is important that you still find things to do outside of your regular studies.
Can’t play sports during school? Practice at home with family or friends. Watch your sport on TV or YouTube and focus on things that the professional players are doing which you can improve on. You can even research the history of your sport if that is something that interests you. Or maybe sign up online here, any week day from 3-5pm, for open gym at The Hub!
Book club cancelled? Create an online forum to meet with the members of your club. You can continue reading and discussing through different things like Zoom, Google Meetings, or even over something like Facebook.
Marching band put on hold? Continue practicing on your instrument. March at home, or practice your roll step while walking down the hall at school.
Extracurriculars aren’t going to be the same at school this year, but it is important to keep them a part of your life. All work and no play isn’t a motto that most people follow joyfully, so try to keep a balance and find new ways to add these fun educational opportunities in your life. Also, don’t forget to keep up with The Hub as we slowly open back up and begin offering more activities. Take a look at the programs we offer on our website and see if there is a right fit for you! You can also follow us on Instagram or Facebook (@thehubjxn).
4. Manage Your Time
You may notice this is a repeat from last week’s online schooling post. That’s because time management is going to be one of the most important aspects you’ll learn and come to appreciate throughout your entire life. Managing time can help any person become successful in their goals and is an especially important aspect of successful schooling.
One advantage of attending school in person is that the majority of your time is already managed for you. Classes and breaks are set at certain points and the teacher decides when and how to provide lessons. As the student, it is your job to decide when to study, complete homework, and have free time. This is where your time management comes in. Every day, every week, every month, every class, you have certain things that need to be completed. Look at a chunk of time that isn’t overwhelming to you and break it down into what tasks need to be done. Then write it down and schedule when you will complete the task.
- Complete math worksheet. Due Monday – Work on Sunday
- Read chapter 5 for history. Due Wednesday – Read on Monday
- Study for English test. On Friday – Study on Monday and Thursday
- Free Time. Ball with the boys – Saturday
Writing down your schedule is going to be extremely beneficial. Create a bullet journal, pick out a planner, add to your calendar or notes on your phone, or even jot it down on sticky notes. Whatever works best for you is the perfect way to manage your time effectively!
Yes, we are actually telling you to sleep. Not during class, but at night when you’re playing on your phone, watching TV or reading a book rather than catching some Zs. Sleep is something that many of us take for granted, but it is important to keep a healthy brain and your slumber helps with that. Sleeping on a decent schedule can be difficult to do, but one way to work on that is by keeping distractions at bay. Charge your phone on the other side of the room, leave your book on the bookshelf, put the remote in a drawer, and try to keep a generally clean room. Clutter is an easy distraction for the mind, even if you don’t realize it. Being surrounded by a jumble of items when trying to rest can actually drain energy and keep you from replenishing it effectively. Do what you can and make sleep a priority.
Again, it is important to remember everyone is going through similar things right now. You aren’t alone. We all have our own battles to fight, but schooling shouldn’t be one of them. Do the best that you can, set goals, and find what works for you. You’ll make it through!
Fremont College. (n.d.). Benefits of a smaller class size. Fremont College. https://fremont.edu /5-benefits-of-smaller-classes/
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