Staying engaged with academics
Jeff Greene, the McMichael Distinguished Professor in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies, offers the following guidelines and suggestions:
Routine is important
Most schools are not suggesting that students learn at home the exact same ways they do at school. Students will likely spend less time learning at home than they would spend at school, for example. That is appropriate. But to the degree possible, establish a regular routine for “school” days with a set wake-up time and scheduled time for learning, snacks, lunch, and breaks. Establishing a routine will help students focus during learning time.
Where to study — it matters
Maintaining motivation, interest and willpower
Students can use this experience to build skills in finding motivation, building interest and exercising their will to stay on task. A first thing to do is to recognize and talk about the challenges. Also, accept that no one, including students, can be highly motivated for every task, all the time. But students can learn to monitor and control their motivation, interest, and willpower – helping them find a good, steady state for each.
Motivation is the energy and direction for getting started. Parents and caregivers can help support motivation.
Volition (or, willpower)
Volition is the ability to stay on task, avoid distractions, and overcoming obstacles. Parents and caregivers can help students build and maintain willpower by having frank conversations about challenges and coming up with strategies for overcoming them.
Learn and use good study habits
Variety is the spice of studying!
Engage! Active engagement is needed.
Learning at home, particularly learning online, can be challenging. Try to make it as engaging as possible.
There are many apps that can turn off social media and other distractions during learning time. Outside of learning time, keep track of the time your student spends on devices and apps. Perhaps try apps that shut down or limit social media. Use apps that track time spent on devices, and make an agreement with your student that a parent or caregiver can review.