Out of both necessity and choice, many people are now learning from home. This is beneficial in many ways suits modern lifestyles much more than having to go into college to learn. Due to evolving technologies, everything we need for education can be accessed by a laptop or even phone, all you need is internet access.
If you are looking to learn from home for college, or already are, we have put together some tips for you to make sure you’re getting the best out of it.
Set up a workspace
Trying to learn from home can be difficult if you do not set up boundaries between your personal space and your workspace. Avoid doing work from the bed as this will disrupt your normal sleeping pattern and try and keep an organised area so you feel clear of mind. It can help to have music playing during work hours to keep you focused.
Give yourself breaks to eat as if you were in college. This is important when you learn from home as sometimes you can neglect your needs. If you’re not eating your brain is not working at full power! Make sure to have lunch and some snacks while working. If you find it hard to get away from work, set yourself a timer to keep on track.
There can be a lot of distractions at home, from pets, children, chores, and television. Make sure you are doing the work that needs to be done, remember deadlines, and set up a timetable so you do not spend hours procrastinating. If you’re making the commitment to learn from home then you’ve already shown your determination so make sure you are giving it your all.
While you learn from home you can feel isolated without classmates, make sure to stay in contact with people and reach out if you’re struggling. Setting up virtual calls helps people feel connected and will help the ideas flow.
During the unprecedented times, we are all living in many colleges have adapted to distance learning rather than on-site learning. Luckily, many of these institutions provided distance learning before the pandemic because of the many benefits that accompany learning from home.
What is distance learning?
Distance learning gives anyone, anywhere the opportunity to learn without the need to travel. Instead, the learning comes straight to you either via tangible resources or virtual classes and lectures. Studying should be available to anyone who wants to learn, and thankfully technology has made this a possibility. So what are the benefits of distance learning?
As previously mentioned, distance learning means no traveling and no long commutes to college. This saves you time, money, and stress. You can also spend that extra time preparing yourself for the day, taking care of your wellbeing, or getting an extra hour in bed.
Many people who choose to do distance learning often have prior commitments with family, either taking care of an elderly relative or raising children. By working from home, you are still able to be there for your family and learn, no one should have to make the choice between education and taking care of the family.
We have already mentioned that no traveling means money-saving, but there are other ways you will save money with distancing learning. Firstly, those lunchtime runs to Tesco will be cut down so you will be saving a lot of money by eating at home. Secondly, you will not have to spend extra money making sure you look the part for college as you’ll be in the comfort of your own home, which will save on laundry costs too. As all resources will be sent to you or accessible online, you will also have to spend less on stationery supplies and reading material.
Finally, you will be more comfortable with college distance learning as you can work at your own pace within your own space.