How to catch up after lockdown

The global lockdown that happened as a result of COVID-19 had a huge impact on students and how they studied. Sometime during the lockdown, schools decided to revert to online learning mode. Online learning had its own set of challenges and difficulties for students of every age. Many students were ill-equipped for it mentally, emotionally and physically. 

Now as students go back to school fully, the huge gap created by the lockdown can be still be felt. The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) had a survey of students between years seven to twelve in 2021. This survey shows that majority of students were still worried about catching up on their studies. 

As a student, understandably, you are worried about catching up on your studies after lockdown, that’s why Booksmart Tutors has compiled some tips to help you through.

Embrace the abnormality of the situation

Due to the gravity of COVID and the lockdown situation, it will be nearly impossible for things to snap back to the way they were before COVID. People are more cautious of their environment, their health and their relationships. Online education has become more mainstream than before, thriving side by side with traditional learning. 

Embrace this abnormality as the new normal and work with it. If you try to fight it, and only want the world before COVID, you will likely end up lost and find it harder to integrate into this new learning world. Look for ways to incorporate the new style of doing things with the old. Apply this to your studies as well, adapting study sessions and your learning style. 

Make yourself aware of available channels to reach out to your teachers

Online learning opened up more channels of communication between students and teachers. Make use of them. Emails, video conferencing, internet phone calls, social media DMs, and texting are some of the avenues open to you. 

If you have questions or challenges in your studies, you can reach out to your teacher and set up an appointment. You no longer have to wait for long hours to physically meet them. You can also reach out to teachers and mentors from other schools. The pandemic has made many professionals more open to helping others through online channels. 

Get extra classes

Some schools and the government have set up extra hours of academic learning to help students catch up on lost time and learning. There is even an education recovery programme headed by the Education Department to ‘oversee how schools can catch up from the disruption caused by the pandemic.’ This programme will support additional 40 hours of education across the academic year. Take advantage of this to make up for the learning gap.

You don’t have to pick up extra classes physically. There are online classrooms, and teaching can be a part of helping you. These classes and courses are graded so you know if you are doing well or not.

Make use of online resources

As online education surges so did online courses content, materials, tutorials and resources that match national curriculum and materials. They are worthy alternatives and can be used to learn and catch up.

You can take online quizzes, questionnaires, exams and tests to determine your knowledge of a particular subject and the areas you need to work on. 

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