Five Distance Learning Tips to Start Your School Year Off Right

Pivot operates on the belief that all students can reach their goals and succeed in their education. This is why Pivot provides students with online access to their courses 100% of the time, providing a flexible schedule.

Since Pivot will begin the school year completely online, we have compiled some tips to help students and families adjust to and succeed at distance learning.

“Distance learning can be a significant adjustment for some students, especially if they are used to going into a physical classroom each day,” said Pivot Charter School Regional Director Craig Hobart. “At Pivot, we have developed processes and curriculum to meet each student where they’re at and ensure they have all the tools they need to reach their goals. However, it is also important that students prepare themselves and set themselves up for success.”

  1. Establish a Daily Routine and Expectations

Before the school year begins, set up a structured schedule or a set timeframe to work on your online courses. It can also be helpful to write out a plan to complete your work and cross tasks off when they are finished. Share that plan with your Educational Coordinator and parents to hold yourself accountable.

  1. Set Up a Dedicated Workspace

Laying on your bed is not an efficient way to learn. Maintaining a place, such as a desk or table, where you will complete your daily school tasks will help to provide consistency and establish a separation between school time and personal time. In addition, consider using headphones while in your dedicated school space to minimize distractions.

  1. Take Breaks 

Locking yourself in your room all day is not a productive way to study. Start with small chunks of dedicated time to work and then take a break for one-third of the time you spent studying. Use the break time to take breaks, stretch, move and get away from their workspace for a few minutes in the middle of the day. Older students should make a goal to study for 90 uninterrupted minutes and then break for 20 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day.

  1. Take Notes

At Pivot, students can use their notes on every test. Get creative with your notes by using color coding, drawing diagrams, and labeling whenever possible to make studying and taking tests as smooth as possible.

  1. Communicate with Family, Friends and your Teacher

Not meeting in person for school may make you feel lonely or isolated. It is important that you continue to communicate with family about your mental wellbeing as well as expectations you have for being a successful distance learner. 

In addition, you can attend Pivot workshops with your Educational Coordinator and other students in your classes to collaborate, get help, and find motivation. 

Learn more about Pivot’s individualized curriculum and how the program works for our students.

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