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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

Some Advice for the New Term

20th Apr 2020

As we begin a new term, we have quite a few weeks of remote learning ahead of us. Some of you may be enjoying this new way of learning, whilst others might find it hard to stay productive throughout the day when you aren’t in a traditional school setting.  But there are strategies you can use to help ensure that you make the most of this time.   With adequate planning and dedication to doing your best work, your days away from school can be really productive.

1. Start your day off right

It can be tempting to stay in bed all day when you study at home, but you’ll be more productive if you actually get up and start your day as you normally would.

Get out of bed, shower, eat a good breakfast and get dressed. Following other routines you would on a school day can also help put you in the correct mindset. 

2. Create a workspace

Now that you’re out of bed, where are you going to work? It's really important to find somewhere away from distractions and with an uncluttered space to set up your computer and anything else you need. 

One option during good weather is to take your work outside. The fresh air of the great outdoors can keep you energised, but remember to avoid distractions. 

3. Make a schedule

Make a schedule for your day.  It's a good idea to follow your school timetable.  This is week A, so use the timetable in your diary to structure your work for each day.  It's also important to keep a regular check on Teams and Google Classroom, as your teachers may be posting additional resources and tasks.  

4. Minimise distractions

A major problem for remote learners is getting distracted. These distractions may come from other people in your home or from your mobile phone.  Find a quiet place where you can study and try leaving your phone in another room so that you are not tempted to keep checking it. Alternatively, if you are using your phone to access school resources, switch off notifications so that they don't distract you during work time. 

5. End your day on time

Once you get into your workflow, you might find it hard to stop. One danger of working remotely is overworking.  With this in mind, once you’ve set goals and made a careful schedule, plan what time you’ll end your workday and stick to it.   

As we start this new term, plan to work hard and achieve your best!  We are really proud of the hard work that many of you have done so far, so keep going.  

     “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Tim Notke

     “There is no substitute for hard work.” Thomas A. Edison

Romans 12:11-12 
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.