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How to Handle the Virtual Learning Environment

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These days, preparing a home virtual learning environment for your student is as common as working from home. Just like adults who have transitioned to at-home work, students who are new to MUSE Virtual’s learning platform may experience an adjustment period when first starting out. 

Whether they struggle with the new mental, social, or even physical demands of online learning, there are plenty of helpful ways to steer your child toward success. To be sure your student not only learns, but thrives in their educational experience, here are a few ways you can help them stay organized, focused, and engaged.

Communicate expectations early

Everybody needs a routine—especially when the one we’re used to no longer exists. Make a plan with your student to maintain a similar structure to what they did before the pandemic or at their previous school. Design a routine to incorporate activities that will boost mental alertness like eating nutritious meals, doing yoga or some light physical activity, and starting the day with plenty of water. You may also consider special weekend activities to help break up the weekday routine. This could include day trips, reducing screen time, or taking on passion projects together.

Set up a “classroom”

Take advantage of the opportunities online learning affords your child! As long as they have a connection, they have the freedom to stand and move when they need to. 

Some students work best with a static, designated workspace they can settle into, but others may do better with some rotation as classes change. Consider setting up learning stations they can move through during the school day. A kitchen table is a great place for art or science projects, reading time could be spent on the couch, and physical tasks can be taken outside, into the sunshine. Concentration and engagement are far more attainable when the student is not stuck in their bedroom all day. 

Help them stay present with clarity and organization

A key component of a productive learning environment is organization. Reducing clutter, noise, and other distractions helps eliminate common stumbling blocks for concentration. Encourage them to create an intuitive organizational system for school supplies, computer files, and anything else they may need for classes. That way, they’ll know exactly where everything is and won’t miss anything while they’re digging around for their textbook. If your student really struggles with focus, a checklist is a great tool they can use to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

Let them decide when to power through and when to take a break

It may seem counterintuitive, but research confirms taking breaks can actually help increase concentration. If they can’t focus up, they may benefit from a small, purposeful break to recenter themselves. There are endless ways they can use this time. Popular stress-busters include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and rehydrating. If they seem like they’re falling asleep at their computer, they can pump up the energy with a brisk walk, some upbeat music, or a good stretch.

Provide encouragement and motivation

Getting comfortable in a Virtual learning environment requires some high-level mental endurance! Even though you may see (and hear!) your student’s entire school day, be deliberate in engaging them about what they’re learning, how they’re feeling, and what they’re processing day-to-day. So many hours in front of screens takes a toll on everyone, regardless of age. Celebrate their successes, provide encouragement on tough days, and don’t forget: MUSE Virtual has the tools and resources your student needs for a consistent, supportive, and thoughtful education. 

 

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