5 Quick Distance Learning Tips


1: Keep Your Area Clean

One of the best ways to ensure your distance learning goes as smoothly as possible is to keep your area clean. Before you start school each day, make sure to clean all of the clutter off of your desk or workspace. This maximizes the space available on your desk and allows you to work comfortably without having to worry about bumping into garbage or snacks that you might have lying around. It also allows you to have extra room for the study materials that you need for your classes, saving you the extra time it would take to make room on your desk for those items.

2: Stay Organized

This is one of the most important tips on this list, due to how crucial it is for your success during remote learning. Because you’re typically going to be in one place at all times during your remote learning, things are naturally going to get cluttered. Instead of losing your assignments underneath the pile of textbooks you have laying around, try to organize all of your materials. Make sure you have a dedicated spot on your desk for everything you need so you can easily access it when needed. Not only will this allow you to be more efficient, but you’ll feel less overwhelmed as well. Remember, a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind!

3: Get Familiar With Technology

This tip might not be very difficult for most, considering we’re interacting with technology on a daily basis anyway in this digital world, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. Prior to the start of school, make sure you familiarize yourself with the device you will be using for remote learning and all of its features, especially Zoom. If you’re having technical difficulties with Zoom, you want to be able to fix them quickly so you can get right back onto the call and not miss anything. You also should learn more about your wireless router in case your internet connection suddenly goes out in the middle of school. You don’t have to be a technology expert, but just spending a little time looking through these things can ensure that if something goes wrong, you’ll be ready.

4: Always Be Prepared

This might seem somewhat obvious, but you never know what you might be missing, so it’s always good to remind yourself to be prepared. Make sure that you have everything you could possibly need for school before classes start, otherwise you could easily fall behind. While these materials can vary from school to school, some key items consist of scratch paper, a calculator, plenty of pens and pencils, a pencil sharpener, your textbooks, a planner, notebooks to take notes in, something to drink and eat, earbuds (if you want), the device you will be calling in from, and the charger for that device as well. Your school might request that you have some extra materials, but generally, these are the things you will need to be absolutely prepared for your classes. One more important note on this subject is to charge your devices the night before class! These devices are your only way to be able to learn remotely, and if they’re out of battery, there’s nothing you can really do except wait for it to charge up while school is in session.

5: Don't Stress

This is a new experience for everyone, whether it’s students, teachers, parents, or principals, and we’re all learning as we go along. It’s extremely important not to stress out about these unique times, because we all understand that this is difficult for everyone. If you ever feel worried about your grades or workload, just know that you’re not alone and that everyone is going through this together. If you feel worried that distanced learning isn’t providing you with the materials needed to succeed in a certain class, don’t hesitate to check out our free AP course materials.


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