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6 Tips for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

My name is Nick Lovett, and my Mom, Dr. Laura, is the Founder of Calgary Career Counselling and Synthesis Psychology.  Recently I have tackled this project that involves me creating tips to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason I did this project was that I feel there is a lot of struggle during this pandemic, and I want to do anything to help! I also have had experience editing videos in the past, so I thought utilizing this skill to share my advice would be beneficial during these times. So here are my 6 tips for families and students living at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic!

 

Tip #1 – Academic Structure

It’s inevitable that schools are going to supply content for students to engage with and complete. However, there may be an insufficient amount of structure given to students. Quite often the work will be completed, which of course is a benefit, however there isn’t necessarily a lot of routine that goes into that. An example would be a student would complete all the work relatively quickly, at different times each day, then resort to being on prolonged screen time. So scheduling times every weekday to simulate school is extremely beneficial, and brings a lot of normalcy to student’s days.

Tip #2 – Create a Daily Schedule

Like stated in tip #1, it is very beneficial to have an academic routine while at home in this pandemic. However, a schedule that only incorporates schoolwork isn’t the most realistic and beneficial solution. For my schedule, I like to have work periods, followed by break periods. This simulates school, and rewards hard work with a snack, break, or anything relaxing for the student. It also helps re-energize and give children motivation to continue their work. Having a lunch period is also helpful, and in addition to academic classes, having a creative arts and a reading period are very helpful. That leads me into my next tip.

Tip #3 – Exercise

Exercise is a big thing that comes to a lot of people’s minds during this pandemic. The best part is that exercise is scientifically proven to improve focus, and learning. Your exercise does not need to be grueling and an endurance workout everyday, things like walking your dog and playing in the backyard are also good. No matter what you do, it is important to go outside everyday, as being inside 24/7 isn’t the best thing for our health.

Tip #4 – Read

It’s very true that many children don’t love reading, It’s all about screen time. I have been guilty of that before, as it is tough for me to find a book I love reading. But I have found that reading during this break is super helpful. It does not need to be an hour or two in a row, it can be 30 mins in the day, 15 at night, or whatever suits the specific person. Create a routine and make a goal to finish that particular book at a given time. Reading will also enhance learning and vocabulary, and it sure feels rewarding to finish a good book!

Tip #5 – Set Goals

This can tie into everything that I have talked about because creating goals can really benefit productivity and enhance your work ethic. We do this in school, but now that school is cancelled I feel it is important to create goals. It can be a workout goal, reading goal, academic goal, anything the specific student wants. It does not have to be a very difficult goal, it is just that goals motivate people. I would also recommend having a reward when the goal is reached, maybe a favourite movie, candy, game, something that depending on the value of the reward is tailored to the specific goal.

Tip #6 – Do What You Enjoy

It isn’t healthy to be on screen time for many hours in a row everyday in this pandemic. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t do what you love. Do the work, and reap the reward. This pandemic is showing many of us that life can change, and you only live once, so do what you love. Just ensure there is a balance, you do not want to strain your eyes, or lose academic skills during this unusual break from reality.

More About Myself – Conclusion

                I hope you enjoyed these tips, and can find something useful out of them. I am 14 years old and in Grade 9 at William D. Pratt school. Like mentioned, I enjoy helping people and making a positive difference. With all that being said I hope everyone stays safe and thanks for reading!

Watch the Video Version of Nick’s Blog Below:

My name is Nick Lovett, and my Mom, Dr. Laura, is the Founder of Calgary Career Counselling and Synthesis Psychology.  Recently I have tackled this project that involves me creating tips to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason I did this project was that I feel there is a lot of struggle during this pandemic, and I want to do anything to help! I also have had experience editing videos in the past, so I thought utilizing this skill to share my advice would be beneficial during these times. So here are my 6 tips for families and students living at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic!

 

Tip #1 – Academic Structure

It’s inevitable that schools are going to supply content for students to engage with and complete. However, there may be an insufficient amount of structure given to students. Quite often the work will be completed, which of course is a benefit, however there isn’t necessarily a lot of routine that goes into that. An example would be a student would complete all the work relatively quickly, at different times each day, then resort to being on prolonged screen time. So scheduling times every weekday to simulate school is extremely beneficial, and brings a lot of normalcy to student’s days.

Tip #2 – Create a Daily Schedule

Like stated in tip #1, it is very beneficial to have an academic routine while at home in this pandemic. However, a schedule that only incorporates schoolwork isn’t the most realistic and beneficial solution. For my schedule, I like to have work periods, followed by break periods. This simulates school, and rewards hard work with a snack, break, or anything relaxing for the student. It also helps re-energize and give children motivation to continue their work. Having a lunch period is also helpful, and in addition to academic classes, having a creative arts and a reading period are very helpful. That leads me into my next tip.

Tip #3 – Exercise

Exercise is a big thing that comes to a lot of people’s minds during this pandemic. The best part is that exercise is scientifically proven to improve focus, and learning. Your exercise does not need to be grueling and an endurance workout everyday, things like walking your dog and playing in the backyard are also good. No matter what you do, it is important to go outside everyday, as being inside 24/7 isn’t the best thing for our health.

Tip #4 – Read

It’s very true that many children don’t love reading, It’s all about screen time. I have been guilty of that before, as it is tough for me to find a book I love reading. But I have found that reading during this break is super helpful. It does not need to be an hour or two in a row, it can be 30 mins in the day, 15 at night, or whatever suits the specific person. Create a routine and make a goal to finish that particular book at a given time. Reading will also enhance learning and vocabulary, and it sure feels rewarding to finish a good book!

Tip #5 – Set Goals

This can tie into everything that I have talked about because creating goals can really benefit productivity and enhance your work ethic. We do this in school, but now that school is cancelled I feel it is important to create goals. It can be a workout goal, reading goal, academic goal, anything the specific student wants. It does not have to be a very difficult goal, it is just that goals motivate people. I would also recommend having a reward when the goal is reached, maybe a favourite movie, candy, game, something that depending on the value of the reward is tailored to the specific goal.

Tip #6 – Do What You Enjoy

It isn’t healthy to be on screen time for many hours in a row everyday in this pandemic. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t do what you love. Do the work, and reap the reward. This pandemic is showing many of us that life can change, and you only live once, so do what you love. Just ensure there is a balance, you do not want to strain your eyes, or lose academic skills during this unusual break from reality.

More About Myself – Conclusion

                I hope you enjoyed these tips, and can find something useful out of them. I am 14 years old and in Grade 9 at William D. Pratt school. Like mentioned, I enjoy helping people and making a positive difference. With all that being said I hope everyone stays safe and thanks for reading!

Watch the Video Version of Nick’s Blog Below: