We’re now a couple of weeks into lock down, and if you have children at home you are probably finding out that it’s not easy to be a teacher, especially if you have children of different ages, and with differing levels of study. Not all homes have the space for messy play or outdoor sports, and most of us would find supporting students at GCSE or A level across multiple subjects a challenge too far! Thankfully, most schools are now set up to send out regular work to be completed whilst at home, but what can you do to help your son or daughter remained focused on their learning whilst at home at this time? Here are some tips that can help your child keep studying at home successfully.
- Ask them to get dressed – it sounds very simple but don’t underestimate how tempting it can be for students who don’t need to physically go to school to stay in their pyjamas. Getting dressed can bring a sense of action and kick start the day.
- Create a workspace for them– students need space to study so it might mean giving up a section of the kitchen table or a part of your own home office.
- Get a routine going – easier said than done at the moment but if your child is missing daily chats with classmates, get them to establish regular FaceTime, Skype or Zoom sessions.
- Switch off distractions – phones should be on silent and if working on a PC or laptop, it’s also a good idea to switch off notifications.
- Make them take a break and eat lunch – studying alone can be draining so students should take regular breaks and most importantly, have a lunch break.
- It’s ok for everyone to have an off day – it’s a challenging time for everyone and there may be moments or days when studying is the last thing on anyone’s mind, and that’s ok. Remember – the situation is far from ideal so it’s about adapting as best we can.
If your son or daughter is finding learning at home unsettling, we can help provide a structure each week with our home tutoring online. With sessions running throughout the day and evening, you can book a 75 minute slot with one of our subject specialists who can provide dedicated support for your child. To find out more, take a look at the subjects we cover, call us on 07747 037441, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form.