By JACK GOLDINGHAM NEWSOM
Given that we’re all confined to our homes for the foreseeable future, many schools and universities have turned to online learning in an attempt to continue to deliver lessons and keep the education system running. I take my hat off to all the teachers out there who are working to change their courses into more digital formats, because it’s not easy.
It’s not that easy for students either, because we’re not used to having classes delivered only through the computer. You might find that you prefer this to more traditional teaching methods, or it might take you quite a while to get used to. This is completely understandable, and many people are feeling frustrated just as others are quite enjoying the experience.
The key difference between these learning methods is how the content is delivered to you. You will still need to learn the same stuff, it will just be shown to you in a different way. This means that if you find that you’re struggling to learn using the new methods proposed by your teacher, you can recreate the classroom-style learning at home. You can also ask your teacher if you can do some of the work on note paper at home, and then send a picture of it to them.
How do you go about retaining some of the in-person classroom experience at home? By pretending to be the teacher yourself. It might sound a little strange, but if you can effectively and clearly explain something to someone else, it means that you understand the material, and the more times you explain it, the more likely you are to remember it later on. Just listen to or read the content given to you by your teacher, and use a pen and a piece of paper to teach your siblings, parents, or an empty room about the things you need to learn. This is not a substitute to attending your classes and doing the required work over the internet though – just a way to help you make the most of the time you will spend studying.
If you like the style of online learning given to you by your school or teacher, then that’s great! You’ll be able to engage in what’s given to you, and be able to learn through these new methods. You might even consider reaching out to your friends and family who are struggling a little more with online learning, and asking if you can share some of the strategies that you’re using that make it easy for you to learn online.
It’s important to remember that we all learn in different ways.
Getting used to online learning is something we will have to do, but it will happen slowly. Trying to recreate the environments you’re used to at home is one way to help with this change, and it has the added benefit of helping you learn the things you need to know. Plus – the other people in your household might learn something new too!
Jack might live in Paris and might be seen philosophising at a cafe or discussing culture and the arts in an alleged hipster hangout… Free spirit, lover of good things: mostly exploring our incredible natural environment.