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10 Tips for Successful Remote Learning

With social distancing in place in communities around the world, Princeton Day School, like countless others, has shifted to virtual learning this spring. Fortunately, our students and faculty are accustomed to using technology in the classroom and the school has worked to ensure that students have access to technology. Even so, adapting to an online course load is likely to bring new challenges for most K-12 students and families in the weeks ahead.

Here are some tips from some of our PDS experts on ways to make a strong transition to remote learning!

  1. Create a home work space that is as quiet and free from distractions as possible. Consider the things you need to work successfully on your assignments, including a flat surface, outlets for charging devices, and your materials within reach.

  2. Make sure your resources, materials and supplies are ready. Make sure your iPad or computer is fully charged, and have a notebook, pen and any other materials your teachers request for your virtual courses. 

  3. Set a regular and consistent "school day" schedule for yourself, which includes time for academic work time and breaks. Academic classes are flexible and are being launched as asynchronous experiences, and it will be helpful to develop a routine to create a learning mindset and help you focus and organize your assignments. You can see sample schedules on PanthersOnline.

  4. Start your day like you’re still going to school. Wake up at a consistent time, eat a healthy breakfast, and do all the things you normally do before leaving for school. Going through your usual routine can help wake you up and establish a learning mindset. 

  5. For Upper and Middle School students, check Schoology and your PDS email every morning on school days. This will keep you up to date and help you plan for the day. 

  6. Be patient, kind and compassionate with yourself and others. Everyone is adapting, using new technology and figuring things out together from home. Challenges and mistakes are to be expected as we all transition to a whole new way of learning.  

  7. Ask questions and provide feedback regularly to your teachers, advisors, deans, etc. so that we can all adapt to working well together remotely. Let them know if you are having any challenges so they can help support your needs.

  8. Consciously pursue healthy habits. Make sure to eat and sleep well, use time management skills, exercise and practice self-care.

  9. Stay connected with the friends and adults in your life. It is going to take more effort now that you’re not passing them in the hallway and collecting in classes, clubs and casual groups. Set up a virtual lunch date, FaceTime during a break, join an e-sports league together—reach out online and on screen! Maintaining friendships while practicing social distancing is going to require some more thought initially, but you’ve got this!

  10. Most importantly, know that we are all in this together, and that you have a large support PDS network here to help you be successful.  

And please, stay connected to the Panther community by sharing what you have been up to using this easy Google form to provide photos, video clips and commentary!

We will strive to incorporate highlights into PDS social media and news stories to bring us closer together and keep the Panther community strong in this time of social distancing!

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