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Preparing for online learning – students

Create a study area

  • Work with your parents or caregivers to find a suitable space within your home and mark out your study space.
  • Customise it – add photos and make it comfortable!
  • Make sure you have enough stationery (pens, highlighters, notebooks etc) and the correct resources to study from.

Keep your workspace tidy

  • It’s hard to be disciplined to work at home, and even harder if the place is messy.
  • Set a timer! Do a quick 10 minute clean up before you start to learn – it helps create a calmer learning environment.

Plan your day

  • Ensure you have a clear understanding of what your tasks are for that day and when your breaks are.
  • Set yourself a daily goal for what you would like to achieve by the end of the day.
  • Make sure you know your logins and passwords for the sites and resources you may need to access.

Keep in contact with your teachers

  • Make sure you follow the learning plans designed by your teachers, stick to due dates and submit things on time.
  • Remember you can always contact your teacher for help – just schedule in a convenient time with them as they may be helping another student.

Take regular breaks

  • Taking regular breaks during the day keeps your mind fresh and is one of the easiest ways to ensure you can concentrate and focus on your learning.


  • Step away from your laptop every hour or so and do some exercise. Play with the dog in the back garden, do a 10 minute exercise or practice your dance skills! All of this helps to keep your mind and body healthy.

Eat well

  • Make sure you are eating a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, along with lots of other nutritional foods. A healthy balanced diet is really important to our physical and mental wellbeing.

Teachers can download a print-friendly version of this advice to give to parents.


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