Tips for Success in Remote Learning

Tips for Success

After years of being accustomed to in-person learning, it’s no secret that transitioning and getting used to remote learning can be an obstacle in your students’ education. When we’re in the school building, there are limited distractions: students know they are coming there to learn and fraternize with friends on breaks. When students are remote learning, often they are going straight to a desk in their room or maybe the kitchen table in the center of the house. All of a sudden, students lack a classroom setting, no matter how hard teachers might try to create that within their Zoom classes or other online learning resources. Students now have access to the distractions of being at home, and it can be hard to focus or get in the groove. 

While remote learning may not be the ideal for many of us, it is something we have to live with right now, when facing this pandemic. That’s why we wanted to collect some Tips for Success in Remote Learning from a couple of our dedicated BCPS teachers -- please read and feel free to implement these tips in your students’ remote learning education. 


Ms. Elizabeth Yates, from Nichols Elementary School, says: 

“Having a dedicated space for school allows students to focus. When we’re learning remotely, we have a tendency to want to curl up on the couch, cuddle with our pets, or multi-task. Sometimes, those things can be bigger distractions than we realize! Sitting up straight and having supplies at hand helps to keep focus, and trains our brains to know what when we are in that space, we will be productive.

“Another thing I’ve noticed my kids doing is making daily goals. Now that they are more familiar with their schedules and teachers, they can focus more on what needs to be done by the end of that particular day. This wasn’t something that came naturally -- it happened after a few trials and errors.” 



Ms. Christine Bickett, of North Bullitt High School, suggests: 

“I have three tips I believe will help your students infinitely! 

  1. Ask questions -- and when you ask, try to be as specific as possible. This may mean taking a photo of your work to show your teacher exactly what you are confused about. Advocating for yourself is important; if you don’t understand, get help from your teacher and/or collaborate with classmates. 

  2. Take advantage of every opportunity. Attend all Zoom meetings, even the optional study sessions; complete all assignments; if an enrichment or extra assignment is given, take advantage of that. It will not only improve your grade, but will increase your understanding of the material. 

  3. Mistakes are okay! Learn from them and do better the next time.” 



Ms. Kim Schraut, Discovery school math teacher, advises: 

“While the current learning environment is new and challenging for most everyone right now, it’s critical that we take this opportunity to accept and embrace these challenges set before each of us. Opportunities for growth and improvement are often very tough, particularly in the beginning, but with consistency and perseverance, we can conquer anything we set our mind to achieve. Here are a few simple tips I’ve discovered for navigating remote learning: 

  1. Organization

    1. Designate a clear, calm space for all learning activities. The fewer distractions, the better. 

    2. Set timers on devices (phones, watch, Chromebook, tablets, iPad) to remind you of recurring class meetings. 

    3. Use a paper calendar (or a sheet of notebook paper) to keep track of items to be completed and their due date. Check each item off as you complete it. This very simple activity is very gratifying and will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment. 

  2. Communication

    1. Keep in constant communication with you teacher(s), classmates, and your family. 

    2. If you don’t understand how to do something or are unclear on the expectations for an assignment, consult with a classmate, and then request a virtual meeting with your teacher(s) to clarify any misunderstandings. 

    3. Asking for help can often feel intimidating, but it shouldn’t. It’s a necessary part of the learning process. Right now, every teacher wants nothing more than to see every student be an advocate for their own learning outcomes. 

  3. Collaborate

    1. There is power in numbers! As a math teacher, I love this quote, but as a learner myself, I embrace this motto. While we might be limited on in-person contact, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of technology to keep us connected to our families, friends, teachers, and classmates. Choose a study buddy, using any means of technology, and tackle your learning activities together. Just because the in-person discussions are fewer than normal does not mean that you are limited on partnering up with a classmate (or two or three). Students can still have those poetry readings, play math games online, host a virtual science experiment, or engage in discussions about historical events.” 



We hope these tips help your students have better success in remote learning! Try implementing one suggestion at a time, and start with something simple, like a check-list. Building students’ confidence in their own ability to get things done at home is just as important as getting anything done! 


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