Even though our children are no strangers to computers, online learning is a new and challenging experience for many kids, parents and teachers. Not only is it completely different from learning in a classroom, it’s also much easier to lose focus and potentially miss crucial information. Here’s some ways you can help your kids get the most out of their online learning and help them thrive academically.
Limit Other Devices
It’s important to try and limit your child’s use of other devices during their online learning sessions. There’s only so much time per day a child should be looking at a screen, so it’s crucial they complete their work online first. Devices such as mobile phones and TV’s are also a big distraction and for effective learning to take place your child must be able to focus their attention on one thing at a time.
Create A Dedicated Learning Space
One of the biggest challenges with online learning is creating a space that allows your child to focus quietly. Many homes are busy shared spaces, so this can be tricky. We recommend trying to make a dedicated learning space that’s free of distractions, comfortable, calm and a different set-up to where they spend their down time. Not only will this mean your kids know when they’re in this area it’s time to work, they’re also much more likely to achieve better results.
Having a consistent schedule with online learning is key when it comes to your child getting the most out of it. We recommend having a dedicated time for them to sit down and complete their online sessions, as well as some homework time afterwards to help them stay on track for when they head back to school. Make a colourful learning timetable and stick it up as a visual reminder on the fridge!
Use Alternative Learning Methods Too
Overuse of screen time isn’t good for anyone, which is why it’s important to mix up your child’s learning by using print outs, reading material and textbooks. This will give your child’s eyes a break from the screen and keep their brains active and engaged.
Discuss Learning Together
Online learning can sometimes feel a little lonely and if your child doesn’t quite understand something, they might not know who to ask now they’re not in a classroom setting. Remind them to make a note of any areas they’re finding difficult so you can either help them or email their teacher for more information or an alternative explanation. We also recommend having regular discussions with your child about what they’ve been learning online and getting them to tell you about it in their own words. This method helps test their knowledge but also provides them with an opportunity to tell you if they’re not quite understanding something or find a subject difficult.
Breaks are extremely important when it comes to learning effectively. Make sure your child is taking 15 minutes off after every 45 minutes of work, as this will give them a chance to get away from the screen and also give them time to absorb what they’ve been learning.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get A Tutor
Finally, don’t be afraid to get an online tutor to provide some additional help and support for your son or daughter with their online learning journey. Having a private tutor means they’ll have your child’s full attention at all times, meaning they can freely ask questions, spend longer on a subject or ask for alternative material. For more information on our online tutoring programmes, check our webpage here.