Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Coronavirus Pandemic is an ongoing pandemic that has been recognized by the World Health Organization, labeled as COVID-19. It was recognized as a pandemic in the United States on March 11, 2020 and has caused many problems since then. The most difficult part in adjusting to the “new” normal due to the pandemic is the schooling process.
Since March 2020, many schools around the country and all over the globe have been forced to close, affecting many elementary, middle and high school students. A lot of children and families are confused and upset about the adjustment; the schools had closed down in the middle of the 2019-2020 school year and turned many kids’ lives upside-down. School events such as football games were cancelled to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Teachers had to continue teaching through virtual platforms like Zoom. Every student now has to own at least one computer in order to do virtual learning, which is not easy to do.
Fortunately, there are ways to help students of all ages cope with their educational opportunities as we continue in the 2020-2021 school year. One way to do that is to manage your time. Separate your free time from your school time by creating a school schedule. Make sure your child has a planner so he or she can write assignments for each day. Teachers often give students homework assignments that have a certain due date to be completed, as well as tests online, so students have to learn to manage their time so they don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s also important to set aside time for lunch.
Another way to help students with schoolwork is by creating SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. An example of a SMART goal is “I’ll study pre-algebra for 30 minutes each day this week in order to earn at least a B+ on the quiz.” Teachers should be available for contact if a student doesn’t understand the subject or a topic covered within the subject. Keep in mind that students should email their teachers during school hours, not late at night. Parents are encouraged to help their kids set SMART goals; they should help their children do well in school by not pushing them to their limits.
Finally, students are expected to set quiet study times. It’s hard to set time for assignments when everyone is at home. Parents are encouraged to set house rules that are adjustable to each student’s school schedule. If they can, students should have their own quiet spaces at home without things that might be distracting. If this is difficult, then parents should work with their children on making adjustments to their schedules so they have time for studies. In addition, parents can reach out to No Closed Roads, a nonprofit organization that offers tutoring for students who need help with any school subject.
No Closed Roads offers tutoring even virtually. Our mission is to help students in K-12 be successful in school, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your child is having trouble coping with school assignments due to the current circumstances, we are here to help.