How to Make the Most of Distance Learning

Picture of an organized desk. Photo courtesy of Ally Andre.

Does distance learning make you feel unfocused? By revamping your study space, you can create a whole new atmosphere for studying hard and earning those A’s.

The first step to create a study space is to pick a spot in your house that will be dedicated to school work. According to powerhomeschool.org, it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable by adjusting the temperature, finding natural light and choosing the perfect seating option.

According to Ransom Patterson, writer for CollegeInfoGeek, the next step is to remove all distractions. This will ensure you stay focused while studying. Distractions include your phone, messy food or drinks and possibly other people.

Lastly, build the environment to your tastes! Adjust the temperature if it’s too hot or cold. Fix the lighting until it’s just right and make sure you have everything you need close by and ready to go.

Some more ways to stay focused at home and study hard are the pomodoro method and maintaining a growth mindset. 

According to francescocirillo.com, Francisco Cocirillo invented the pomodoro technique. To begin, set a timer for 25 or 55 minutes and study for the entire time without getting distracted. Then after the 25 or 55 minutes of studying, take a 5-10 minute break. Try stretching or going outside.

While setting up a good studying environment is important, maintaining a growth mindset can be the difference between giving up and making strides forward. According to a TedTalk by Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford, there is power in the word “yet.” Dweck explains further that “if you fail, you’re nowhere, but if you get the grade ‘not yet,’ you’re on a learning curve.”  By creating a well-rounded physical and mental environment we can turn challenges of distance learning into an exciting new learning curve. 

Written By: Ally Andre