As schools across Australia start delivering their lessons online, Park Ridge News’ school-based trainee, Lily Yang, shares her experience so far.
I’ve loved the flexibility of homeschooling. We can learn at our own pace, whether fast or slow and complete our lessons at any time of the day. Also, because we’re doing it online, I can complete my tasks in my pj’s, while listening to music and eating snacks. The reduced workload, means I’m no longer bombarded with schoolwork, or stressed.
However, with online schooling is also a myriad of problems. Many students are not going to be very motivated to do school work, especially if there are no teachers around to check it, which in turn, will lead to us falling behind when school goes back to normal. However, hopefully, being holed up at home can make us bored enough to catch up on our lesson plans.
For some students, online schooling means they cannot do their schoolwork due to limited internet access, and for some, this means that they will not be able to comprehend the provided content without a teacher to guide them. These students will not be able to interact with their notes or take in the information because they were not taught why the processes our teachers take us through are important.
With this transition to digital learning, students should motivate themselves to finish the set lesson plans, as only their effort will determine how well they do when school resumes. And hopefully, during online schooling, they learn the processes that they, as individuals, need to take to be able to comprehend the material.
Tips to stay motivated: • create daily goals
• ask a parent to check up on the progress
• take small breaks in between work
• set a specific time just for school work