Last Updated on 14th April 2020
As the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic develops further young people in your care will begin studying at home.
This is a massive change to their standard routine (and yours). Independent home study might present a challenge for a lot of young people as they adapt to new forms of learning. We’ve talked to the experts about the impact on young people working from home.
Here are five ways you can support young people learning independently at home.
1. Help them plan their time
Without structure, young people are likely to struggle with managing their time. This means that they may not complete set work, or overwork way beyond what they should. When working independently, young people can falsely assume all their time should be spent studying, but this can lead to stress and burn out. Young people should be encouraged to work hard, but they also need adequate sleep and leisure time to recharge and relax.
You can support them to manage their time while seizing the opportunity to build their time management and organisational skills.
2. Support their mental wellbeing by listening to worries and stress
Sudden and unplanned change can affect young people in different ways. Some will rise to the challenge and others may be overcome by anxiety and fear. As schools close young people may feel worried. We need to be careful not to ignore the real feelings of young people once the novelty of being off school dissipates.
3. Monitoring negative habits
Online, you’ll find lots of ways on how young people can study independently, but little attention is given to how not to study independently. Keep in mind that anxiety can sometimes cause avoidance, where a young person puts off something because it’s worrying them.
There are several of negative habits that young people can fall into:
4. Make sure they get enough sleep.
The importance of sleep for cognitive performance cannot be overstated. It’s thought that when we sleep, our brains process information to create memories, a vital function when learning and retaining information.
5. Make sure they get enough exercise
Exercise has many benefits for our physical and mental health. Being outside in the fresh air will also boost energy levels and help young people’s ability to focus.