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Tips for Effective Distance Learning

With the announcement that BA will continue distance learning, we wanted to provide parents and students with some tips to help with our new learning environment. Experiencing distance learning in high school has some great benefit for students, since many post-high school educational institutions and many places of employment have online components. Below are a few tips addressed to students on how to make the most of their experience working from home.

  1. Create a work space. Try to have a work space at a table or desk that you use consistently while in class or working on class work.
  2. Free yourself from distractions. During distance learning, there are going to be different distractions than a student might have experienced in a traditional classroom. Be aware of new distractions and move them away from your designated work space.
  3. Ask questions. Students, talk to your teachers or advisors about the things with which you are struggling. We are all in this together, and the faculty wants to help you be successful.
  4. Take breaks. It is important to take breaks periodically. Be aware of your screen time, and do things away from screens during your breaks. Going outside to get fresh air is a great quick break.
  5. Organize your new schedule. A lot has changed in the last few weeks, and change can be overwhelming. Lack of organization and preparedness can lead to anxious feelings. Create an organizational practice that works for you. A planner, online calendar, and a to-do list notebook are all great tools.
  6. Give yourself grace. Distance learning is a new experience for you. Understand that there are going to be some frustrations, and do your best to work through those issues without letting yourself get discouraged. We are here if you need support.