Tips for Succeeding in the “New Normal”: 4 Strategies for Classroom Success
As we suit up for 2021, the continued pandemic and still adjusting to a “new normal” it is important that we keep our academic goals in mind. Students who do well in school set themselves up for all kinds of opportunities, from job placement to increased self esteem (Watson, 2020). At Moving Mountains Tutoring and Mentoring Services, LLC. we seek to give our students all the necessary tools they will need to make a difference in their lives. Online (and in person) classes can present unique challenges during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but we got you covered! Here are our 4 core strategies for classroom success, no matter where your classroom may be:
Treat Virtual School as “Real Schools”
When it comes to virtual school, you need to have the discipline to sit down and say, “I am going to work on this,” as well as the dedication to follow through. Though virtual school can seem “easier” in a sense than in person classes, we beg to differ! One of the easiest ways to guarantee follow through is to remember that your online course is still school. The expectations of virtual classes are still going to be the same just as they would for a traditional class. You must be “present and “show up” if you’re going to get real value out of your class. Treat your online classes the same way you would a face-to-face class and you’ll be off to the right start.
Create a Fun Study Space!
In traditional school, you would have very little agency to create your own unique study space in your classroom or even at your desk. With virtual school, you no longer have those constraints! You can create a fun and creative work space at home to suit your mood, vibe, and learning style. Shop around at thrift stores for desks, chairs, and other knick-knacks to make your space your own! Dollar stores can also yield low cost options for decorations in your virtual classrooms space. Here are some awesome ideas from students and families who created the ultimate study space for their learning needs.
Grow Together, Build Together
Community building is key in successful growth in school. Whether you are in person or virtual, community building in the classroom can help students cope with the stressors that compromise success. In virtual classes, building community can be creating online affinity groups for different identities, forming study groups in core subjects, or establishing groups that focus on achieving similar goals (admittance to college or passing the SAT/ACT). No matter how you do it, community building makes the difference
Participate in class to help you better understand course materials and engage with your classmates. This might involve commenting on a discussion board or posting a thoughtful question about a lesson. Read what other students and your teachers are saying, and if you have a question, ask for help. Make sure you are checking in as often as you can, too. Set a goal to check in on the class discussion threads (if available) and your teachers every day. If you do feel yourself falling behind, speak up! Don’t wait until an assignment is almost due to ask questions or report issues. Email your teacher and be proactive in asking for help.
Learning and understanding during this time can be difficult, but using our core strategies and being active in your own learning journey will allow you to cope better during the pandemic. Always strive for excellence and when you need help reach out to your community. Moving Mountains Tutoring and Mentoring Services, LLC is here to assist students and families during this current school year and beyond. If you have questions, concerns or simply need academic direction email or call us!
Author – Vashalice Howard