Covid-19 Schooling: Hybrid Learning

Our third and final piece of the covid schooling mini series focuses on hybrid learning. Although there are similarities between online and in person learning, there are different ways you can focus and break down tasks in a hybrid learning environment. So here are five more tips to help you find success in your education this year!

1. Organize Everything

Organization is going to be key for hybrid learning situations. It is likely that you will be attending school in person some days, and completing work online at home other days. While this may make the week feel as though it passes faster or seem easier than previous years, things can easily get overlooked. Starting assignments in one place and finishing them in another means you will have to keep track of more than normal. Try and make notes in a planner, or notebook that you take home with you every day, on what items you need to complete an assignment. Forgetting things in your locker can make it extremely difficult to finish your assignments on time!

Example:

  1. Math Worksheet 2.3 – Due Wednesday
    1. Worksheet
    2. Ruler and Protractor 
    3. Notes From Class
  2. History Study Packet – Due Friday
    1. Packet
    2. HIstory Book
    3. Notes From Class

2. Make it Fun

You have to wear a mask right? Whether it’s all day, just in the hallway, or during certain classes, you have to wear it at school, so you might as well make it fun. Pick out fun designs for reusable masks that you can change throughout the week. Be sure to clean them regularly so the bacteria you breathe into them and have them around doesn’t make you sick. If you have disposable ones, draw on it. Why not? Spend some time enjoying yourself and making this one mundane thing a little more fun (Don’t use toxic markers right before you put the mask on!).

As for when you’re at home, do something fun on your breaks. What do you enjoy? Reading, listening to music, using an instrument, playing video games, dancing, or drawing are all great ways to unwind and relax for a bit before getting back to work. Find something that you love and spend some time doing it to help break up your days.

3. Manage Your Time

Here it is again. Manage your time! Schooling this year is going to require more responsibility on the student’s end than normal. Learning online takes a good amount of self determination and motivation, so it is important that you stay on track. Making a schedule, keeping a planner, and jotting down assignments are all great ways to do this. Keep in mind that your schooling at home will be different than your schooling in person. Schedule breaks for yourself while at home. At school these are automatically scheduled for you in between classes or during lunch and homeroom. When learning online it is your responsibility to choose when breaks are needed. Try to sit in front of a computer for only a few hours at a time, and on your breaks get up and stretch or head outside for a breath of fresh air. This will help you rejuvenate thus gaining energy to finish your work on a high note. 

*Bonus Tip

Schedule in extra time for unexpected technical difficulties. For example, if an assignment is due Friday at noon, aim to complete it by Thursday night. Not only will you feel less stress because you’re ahead of schedule, but if you have any issues uploading or signing in, you will have an adequate amount of time to contact your teacher or troubleshoot the problem. 

4. Keep a Positive Attitude

Thinking the worst of your situation will often make you feel crummy, and when you feel like that it is difficult to stay focused and motivated on the task at hand. It can be easy to feel defeated or stressed when attending school in a hybrid situation because of the constant back and forth, but it is still important to try and keep a positive outlook on your schooling. Find and lean on your support system to help lift you up during these times. 

Think about the people who care about you, encourage you, and help show you what is right. This can include family, friends, teachers, coworkers, counselors, neighbors etc. Can’t find a good support system? Reach out to us at The Hub, we are more than happy to listen to and encourage you along your journey! Regardless of who is and who isn’t a part of your support system, do your best to look on the bright side. It can make your schooling substantially less stressful. 

5. Use Your Resources

Resources can include books, websites, teachers, classmates, assignments, librarians, friends and more. Find resources around that can benefit you and use them! You are not expected to know how to do everything. If you are struggling to upload assignments, ask a friend for help. If you can’t make sense of the math assignment, email your teacher for help. If you can’t locate a required book, ask the librarian for help. If you’re striving to excel in a class, find a book on the subject and study some more. In any type of setting you can use a multitude of resources around you to help you conquer this school year! 

Schooling for the 2020-2021 school year is unique. Regardless of if you’re attending in person, online, or both, you can succeed! Lean on others for support when you need to, find an effective way to manage your time, use your resources wisely, make time to focus on yourself, eliminate distractions and keep your head up. Honestly, just find what works for you and run with it! You are in charge of making this school year great!

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