Managing Your School Life during COVID-19
If it were a typical school year, you'd be at school, chatting with a friend while waiting for your teacher. But because of the pandemic, a lot changed. Social distancing is the new normal, and the schools are closed.
More than a billion students worldwide are affected by the pandemic. To continue your education, teachers found alternative ways how to study. Some schools decided on online classes while others reopened their school and imposed strict preventive measures.
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Students are primarily affected by the pandemic, and they're trying to adapt. If you're a student, here are tips for you to manage your school life during COVID.
LEARN BASIC SAFETY PROTOCOLS
One of the pros of having online classes is being in a safe environment. Since you're at the comfort of your home, you don't need to be conscious about distancing and touching things.
But if your school's one of those that reopened, it's important to learn basic safety protocols. Here are preventive measures you can take:
- Wear a mask
- Bring your alcohol or sanitizer
- Practice social distancing
- Have your pen, water bottle, packed meal, paper, tissue, etc.
- Be aware of the people around you if they're showing symptoms
- Frequently clean the surfaces you're going to use
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Properly dispose your used tissues, drinks, or food containers
- Learn your school's safety protocols
Establishing these safety measures won't only benefit you, it can also help others.
HAVE A MINDFUL BREAK TIME
As an active student, it can be a struggle to study if you're stressed about what's going on around you, so it's vital to unwind during your breaks. Free yourself from unhealthy conversations and recharge through different activities; Watch fun or light videos; play games; take walks, or talk about positive things.
If you're studying at home, you can incorporate activities during your break with your family to unwind and bond with each other. You're hitting two birds with one stone: developing relationships and self-care.
HOW TO STUDY IN A LASER-FOCUSED WAY
One possible problem you may encounter is your inability to focus on schoolwork. What you're feeling is valid; It's normal to feel on edge, especially if you're in school with many people. It's normal to be anxious because you don't know if your seatmate's infected.
Studying can be hard if you're feeling on edge because of your surroundings. This can make you fall behind with your schoolwork. It's essential to ask for support if you do.
"Many children," according to UNICEF, " will need extra support to catch up on their learning when schools reopen. Many schools are making plans for catch-up lessons to help bring students back up to speed." It's important to express your feelings to a friend, your parents, and your teacher. They are your support system and they can help you out.
When studying at home, you must learn to separate school and rest. Set a learning space, and don't study on your bed. Create a realistic schedule so you can have structure.
GAIN SUPPORT AND GIVE SUPPORT
As an active student who wants to help, you're at an advantage because you're at the foreground of where it all happens. This means you get to experience first-hand the demands or needs of an active student.
The greatest thing you need is support. Once you gain support, you can give it to others.
For those in college, it may mean leaving close friends and family. Put together moving in a different place and experiencing a pandemic, it can muster up extreme panic or anxiety. This is why it's crucial to be a source of support for others.
Talking to your friends and family can be helpful too. Through digital and physical communication, you are assured that you're not alone in this.
When you struggle to find a support system, it's vital to know that your campus has resources. You can join organizations or clubs, or benefit from different social opportunities at school.