It’s been over a year since the first lockdowns began. People went inside for work and school. Now, as people get vaccinated and go back to school, the adjustment will be difficult. Learning in the room is easier and the best way for students to get the most out of their education, but it is definitely different than doing school on Zoom. Whether you’re a student or a parent of a student, here are some tools to facilitate the return back to school successfully.
A great tool to utilize comes in the form of note-taking templates. There are a variety of options. Whatever you are learning, there is a great template to make use of. You can even use it to write Cornell notes. Whether you’re studying for a test or need to brush up on the previous year’s curriculum, note-taking is essential to being a successful student. More importantly, taking effective notes will help the student overcome their shortcomings and learn more effectively. It will help the student ace that test.
Work With a Study Partner
Humans are social beings. We’ve been without adequate social interaction for a long time. As we go back to school in person, you should utilize all the benefits of working with other people. One version of that is to study with someone else. This tactic will help you remember details because you will have discussed with somebody, but it can also be a great way for you and your partner to quiz each other before a big test. Whether you’re good friends or not, studying with the right person will make all the difference in the world.
Use Writing Enhancement Software
If you’re writing an essay, be sure to use software that enables you to enhance your prose. We’re all guilty of typos and grammatical errors. Spelling skills have gone with technology like this, so it is only natural that you will rely on these tools more. Even if you’re just writing an important email, making use of software that goes with Microsoft Word to improve the style and correctness of your writing will help you in everything you do at school. It’s important to keep up your spelling and grammar skills, but just to be sure to run everything you write through software that will bolster your work.
Get Outside and Exercise
Staying inside makes concentration difficult, but as you or your child return to in-person school it is important to keep up those good habits you developed. Getting outside, feeling the sun, and exercising will help the student concentrate and facilitate their overall health. When your physical health is kept up, your brain works better. You might not think about it, but exercising outside will make you more productive. The student will do the work more quickly and easily. Don’t overlook physical education and its fundamental role in the concentration and cognitive functioning of students.
Take Breaks & Switch Subjects
It has been proven that taking breaks improves productivity. When a student is grinding for hours and cramming for a test, they will not likely digest the information. It is absolutely imperative to take enough breaks and switch subjects when the student is burned out on studying a particular topic or doing homework that is taking a long time. You or your child will be surprised when the work gets done faster after a break or a switch in trajectory. If you think you are doing a good thing by studying the same thing for hours, you are likely wasting your time.
It will be tough for everyone to go back to work and school, but there are tools that will facilitate the process and help students readapt to the classroom. Social learning, the importance of spending time outside, taking breaks, and utilizing online tools will come together in tandem and make the process a lot easier for students. These tools and methods are just the beginning. If you or your child are nervous about returning to school, putting the tools in front of the student to help them succeed will make a world of difference. Don’t fear, we are all in the same boat.
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