Learning from home? We talked to the experts.

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Learning from home is a learning curve from all of us so our Editorial Team asked some of Project Rockit’s superstar presenters for tips on structuring their time while studying at home!​

Aaran asked

What are some important things to include in creating a schedule for your day?

Routine and breaks are going to be your best friend for the next while. It’s super helpful to keep a similar routine to what you’re used to. We recommend getting up and being ready to start your day at 9am, having lunch breaks at similar times you’d usually eat, and putting away your workat 3pm.

While you’re keeping your routine, it’s good to slot in breaks for food, getting out in the sun, or a quick walk to get fresh air. When we’re at school or work we’re not sitting down being productive for six hours straight, so there’s no way we’re going to be able to be productive like that at home. A break will pick up your energy and make you feel so much better. Your brain will thank you for it!

What are some fun things to do to relax?

This is a great time to get creative and find new ways to relax that work for you. That might be going for a walk, reading a book, playing a video game, or having a random dance session to your favourite tunes that really pump you up – great way to move your body & release endorphins!

How can I best set up my workspace for healthy posture, minimal distractions etc?

It can be really easy to get drawn into procrasti-cleaning, making elaborate lunches, or going on a TikTok or Youtube deep dive… so to avoid losing hours to procrastinating it’s good to set yourself up for an hour of solid work, then a ten minute break where you get up and change tasks. This way you’re getting your cake, getting to eat it too, and minimising your distractions.

For setting up a healthy workspace, our biggest tip is to work from a place that isn’t in your bedroom. This might be a desk somewhere else in your house, or the dining table. It’s a mental trick that when you go to that space you’re in work mode – so ideally it’s a space that isn’t somewhere you’ll also want to relax. If you can’t work in another space, there are tricks though! Something as simple as strategically putting away your computer and work at the end of the day so you know it’s time to “relax” will go a long way.

Is it better to focus on one subject a day or break up a day with multiple subjects and different topics?

Because your brain is used to multiple subjects in a day at school, it’s better to continue with having multiple subjects in a day. Ideally your teacher will give you a sense of your timetable for the day, but try breaking your day up into your usual class times and stick to your school schedule.

Issy asked

How should one go about balancing school work, other tasks and self soothing time? / How can students create a divide between school and other parts of their lives when studying from home?

Setting up a daily timetable will help you a bunch! Create one that mimics a typical ‘school day’ for you so you can plan out when you will work, break and snack. This will help with maintaining some normalcy and will help your productivity.

How can we best advocate for ourselves to teachers and fellow students and our boundaries and limitations based on the new online situations?

This is a really important one. The best way is to be open and honest because these are surreal, unprecedented times. Your teachers want to support you and they’re doing the best they can, so we recommend keeping communications open. If you’re needing more help or want to express limitations, it’s better to flag it earlier where they can support you.

Keep in mind that everyone is going through this same confusing time, so admitting we don’t have all the answers or the understanding of how this will best look for us right this second is okay.

What should we do if we are not comfortable with the situations our schools set up?

As we mentioned above, communication is key! Try talking to your teacher, year level coordinator, or school counselor — whoever is accessible and you feel most comfortable talking to about what in particular you are finding challenging about the situation that has been set-up. This is a new situation for everyone – people and systems are adapting, but that also means that
we can ask for the changes or support we need to do our best work and learning.

Grace asked

What are some ways we can support other students online?

The best way to help support other students is by just letting them know you’re there. Whether that means jumping on a video chat or phone call to discuss work or even just being there from them when they might be frustrated to help talk out what they are going through. There are so many great ways to be a support, with the number one way being just to identify yourself as a
support!

How can students find their calm when things seem uncertain and chaotic?

This one will look different for everyone, but during times of uncertainty it helps to remember that everyone is going through this together and it is okay to feel uncertain. Beyond Blue and headspace have some awesome resources if you’re looking for more tips or are needing support. There are rough times so go easy on yourselves.

Tayla McKechnie and Jayde Petrie are Team Coordinator’s at PROJECT ROCKIT , Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice. Their job is to go into schools around the country and work with young people so they’re empowered to stand up instead of standing by. Basically they have the coolest job ever.

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