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Remote Learning and Independent Study

Advice for BHASVIC students from the Deputy Principal

We want our students to maintain as much momentum to their learning as is possible whilst they are remote learning and we are remote teaching. 

We also want our students to continue to feel confident, knowledgeable, skilled and fluent in everything they have studied so far at BHASVIC. 

Learning itself is a skill, as we know, and any skill needs to be practised daily to keep it in good condition. 

The following is written very much with the government advice about social distancing in mind – wherever I advise you to socialise, this is via means that do not involve direct, person to person contact. As BHASVIC students, you play an absolutely key role in the success of the government strategy regarding the virus – if you want to understand why the social distancing is important, I’ve found no better explanation than the simulation by The Washington Post. 

The most important advice we feel we can give our students is to stay as close as possible to your normal routines. For example: 

  1. Structure: Follow your BHASVIC timetable as much as possible, studying your courses as ‘lessons’ at the time of day you normally would have done this when coming into college.

  2. Set work: Follow the instructions and meet the timeframes for work set by your teachers.

  3. Teacher Help: If you find that you cannot access or understand the form of remote learning you are being set let your teacher know. They can factor this in to what they plan and they will want you to be able to continue your learning, so will help you.
  4. Support:

    • Check in with your Personal Tutor if you need any advice or help – they are there too and can help you on a weekly basis.

    • If you access Study Support or have a Classroom Learning Assistant, please remember that they are able to support you with your learning remotely too – do not hesitate to contact them via email. If you are uncertain who to contact, then please email AmandaDarragh@bhasvic.ac.uk and she can put you in touch.

  5. Socialise online: with your peers and friends at the normal times you would have done – hook up and have a chat, take a break and gossip, banter, help each other with learning – whatever you used to do together when hanging out in the social areas at the college. 

  6. Study Buddy: To help with any procrastination or low motivation, a cool thing you can do is agree with a friend to link up online via video and work independently, but with your friend linked in and working on their work too. Although you are not actually communicating with each other, there can be something really reassuring in having someone else there – it is a little bit like working in a public or college library. You can rest breaks together, too.

  7. Groupwork: Continue to work in student peer groups as much as is possible. There are online tools and social media you can use to stay together and ask each other questions, revise and test each other, set each other challenges.Even a simple phone call can work well here.

  8. Sleep: Stick to a routine of waking and sleeping as if you were still at college. It can be easy to slip into late morning wake-ups and ever later bedtimes – this reduces the amount of daylight you receive and it is important to get plenty of daylight during the day – watch out for this and if you find your body clock moving later and later, do two mornings in a row of getting up really early – you will then be tired that evening and be able to sleep earlier.

  9. Breaks: Take breaks from study – stretch, move, make tea, chat, whatever works for you. Every 20 to 40 minutes is good for a break.

  10. Rewards 4 Work: Reward yourself for completing substantial pieces of work – play games, watch TV, socialise– your wellbeing is important. However, reward yourself AFTER working hard. If you reward yourself first, it will be really difficult to then get into the difficult task of studying hard for your courses – study is hard, so do the hard stuff first.

In many ways, you can treat remote learning like revision time, which is predominantly a form of remote learning and independent study anyway. Developing good independent study skills and managing your time is one of the best life skills and employability skills you can have.

The most effective way to remote study is to start this straight away, so that your routine isn’t broken. If you leave it for a few days before you get into a study routine, it is going to be difficult to get back into an effective routine.

All our BHASVIC staff are here to support you – if you have any problems, just communicate with us. 

James Moncrieff, 

Deputy Principal