Organization Tips for Distance Learning

Organization Tips for Distance Learning

Margaret Holmes

This new school year will be different than any we’ve had before. Learning from home half, or all of the time can be stressful and hard to manage at first. Here are some tips to help you adjust to this learning model.

Tip #1: Keep a work space specifically for school

Try to keep your distance learning workspace separate from areas where you do other activities. This will help you get into the right mindset for school and also help keep you more organized. Put all the materials you need for the day in your designated work space so that you have easy access to what you will need while learning. Find a space with a hard surface for writing and keep it in an area away from other people who might be distracting. Have a ‘Plan B workspace’ that you can set up easily in case your regular workspace is unavailable.

Tip #2: Remove distractions.

Keep all electronics (except for your Macbook) outside of your designated work area. These will make it much harder to concentrate on your school work. 

Tip #3: Take breaks.

Take small breaks between synchronous learning sessions. Go to the bathroom, get a snack, or stretch your legs. Taking breaks will refresh your mind and will help you concentrate on your work.

Tip #4: Keep a routine.

Do your best to keep a routine similar to days when you are at school. Wake up at the same time, do the same morning routine, and eat meals at the same time. Developing a routine will help you move at a faster pace and stay more organized.

Tip #5: Keep school supplies together.

Use folders and/or binders for different subjects like you would if you were at school. Keep them in order of your classes so that they are easy to find. Make sure you have pens and pencils for taking notes or filling out worksheets. Bookmark frequently used websites for easy access during the day.

Tip #6: Use a planner or calendar.

Write down homework assignments as soon as you get them. Write down the due date as well, so that you can prioritize what needs to be done first. Mark test and quiz dates on your calendar.

Following these tips will not only improve your mental and physical health, but will also help you stay on top of your work and get good grades.