5 tips to excel in the virtual classroom

By Jonathan Meeson, EFL Teacher at Wiltshire Academy

1. 𝙈𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙖 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣 (𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙩)
Making a to-do list or a daily plan or schedule is one way to actually get things done, despite the temptations and distractions present at home.

2. 𝘼𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜
Procrastinating is very likely to happen in the online distance learning set-up, especially when it comes to asynchronous activities like homework and offline reading assignments. To avoid this, it must be emphasised that sticking to a plan, as raised in the first point, is an effective way to fight procrastination, ensure productivity, and facilitate learning.

3. 𝙃𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙙𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙮 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚
One of the challenges that learners have had from the shift to online learning is the lack of a conducive environment that the traditional classroom offers. This is why having a dedicated study space is a must in this new learning set-up, as it helps in increasing productivity and helps the learner concentrate and take control over his or her academic work.

4. 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜
With a set plan or schedule and a dedicated study space away from distractions, multitasking is effectively avoided. Needless to say, resisting multitasking is an important key to successfully facilitate learning.

5. 𝙂𝙚𝙩 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩
Allow your mind and body to rest after a productive day of accomplishing tasks and ticking them all off your to-do list! A healthy and well-rested body ensures that learners have the necessary energy to carry on with remote learning and all the activities and responsibilities it entails.