Tips for Improving Your Home-Based Learning Experience

It has only been two weeks since the government closed schools and introduced home-based learning. Most parents find themselves in uncharted territory, having never taught before. So, we rounded up our expert tutors and asked them to share some advice. They are veterans in the teaching business and know just the thing to make home-based learning a little bit easier and more enjoyable for your family.

In today’s article, we will focus on some general principles and guidelines. You can expect some more specific tips in the upcoming weeks.  




Set up for Success

Kids need routine and structure. Any parent who has ever dared to disturb a toddler’s routine can tell you as much. That’s why it’s important to have a designated space and time for studying – it allows your child to get in the right mindset for learning.

In addition, come up with a basic learning plan. What are your goals for the week? Which subjects do you want to study and how much do you want to cover?

Be flexible in your approach! As with everything you are trying for the first time, there will probably be a little bit of trial and error before you find a system that works for you. One more thing to remember: include your child in the decision-making process as much as possible. They will be far more likely to comply with the rules if they helped create them. 



Outsource a Bit

Although you are self-isolating, you don’t have to do it all alone. The internet is full of useful resources to help you – from activities you can do together with your kids to resources they can use independently (while you get on with your own work).

Concerned about too much screen time? It might be difficult to avoid entirely with these restrictions, but one thing you can do is make sure screen time is used productively. KooBits, for example, is really fun for kids to use, even though learning math is its main goal. You can use it as a substitute if you think your kids are playing games too much.


Set Aside Time for Reflection

How are things going? What progress have you made in the last day/week? What areas could use some improvement?

Setting aside time to ask yourself these questions regularly will stand you in good stead for the weeks to come. While it’s true that experience is the best teacher, it will do far more good if you spend just a bit of time reflecting on it. Knowing what works well and what you might want to change will allow you to adapt your plan on the go.


And Finally… Be Kind to Yourself

Now is not a time for harsh criticism. If you are working from home and homeschooling your kids in the midst of all of this uncertainty, you are doing brilliantly. Keep in mind that these are stressful times and that it’s perfectly normal not to be at our best. So set the bar a little lower than you normally would – for your kids, but also for yourself.



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