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School Closures in Washington: Plan for WA Students Learning at Home

Instructor: Daniel Brown
As the situation with the COVID-19 develops, government, local and education authorities in the State of Washington will make important decisions around whether to close schools in their districts. This article offers advice to students on learning from home, if the authorities decide to close your school.

Learning From Home in the State of Washington

In 2020 in the state of Washington there are:

  • 333 school districts
  • 2,494 public schools
  • 1,106,605 students

With the potential for so many to be affected by school closures, it is important for students, parents and teachers to understand their options for how to learn effectively at home and stay on schedule to complete classes. Fortunately, it has never been easier to access high quality learning resources outside of the school environment.

Tips for Learning From Home

1.Create a schedule

Even if it's just a few notes on a piece of paper, your phone or your laptop - note down periods of study and stick to them. Creating a routine will help you to maintain an effective pace of learning, and you can build in time to relax.

You don't need to stick rigorously to your school schedule of learning for several hours a day. Many Study.com members say that they spend less time studying when they watch our short, accessible videos and take quizzes without distractions, compared to classroom learning which delivers education in a different way.

2. Study little and often

Avoid cramming all the work you missed from school into the last day of your school closure. The scheduling tip above will help with this.

Within your schedule, study in 20-30 minute intervals and give yourself regular 10-15 minute breaks. Studying little and often will also help you to retain more information than you would if you tried to get everything done in one go.

3. Vary your study activities

Complete a range of different activities to ensure you are giving your brain a proper workout. This will help you to avoid getting bored and will help you to form stronger memories as you retrieve and use information in different ways. Examples of different activities you could try include:

  • Watching video lessons and taking quizzes on Study.com
  • Creating mind-maps using colors, symbols and images to accompany the information
  • Writing essays or reports
  • Creating posters and infographics about the information you've learned
  • Using flashcards to check and reinforce your learning (these are also available on Study.com)
  • Discussing a topic with a parent, friend or sibling
  • Joining a discussion board for a topic, or creating an instant message group with friends

Not to mention reading, note-taking, creating presentations and many more! The important thing is to keep yourself interested and keep your brain engaged.

4. Eat healthily and get plenty of rest

It can be tempting when there's a break in our normal routines to get into bad habits like staying up later at night and eating more fast food.

Get plenty of sleep, and where possible, try to keep your diet healthy and nutritious. Stocking up on chips and fast food will leave you tired and make it difficult to concentrate. Try to get plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein and slow-release carbohydrates, like those found in oatmeal, rice, pasta and potatoes.

5. Don't forget to exercise!

You'd be surprised how much energy you burn just by being at school all day - engaging in lessons and conversations, moving around the classroom and the school, taking P.E. lessons and socializing at break-times.

You will miss out on these activities at home, so try to make a point of getting exercise in whatever way you can. Going for short walks around the block, circuit training in your garage, running in place, helping out with the chores…even throwing a ball around in the yard!

Whatever you do, try to find ways to keep moving throughout the day.

Using Study.com to help you learn from home in Washington State

Study.com is a great tool to supplement your learning when school is closed.

With thousands of animated video lessons in every subject from elementary through middle and high, you don't have to miss a beat.

Study.com has a free app that you can use to access your account, download videos and study anywhere, anytime. We also have a range of study tools to make learning fun! Use Study.com to take advantage of:

  • 5-10 minute animated video lessons in every subject
  • Written transcripts for those who prefer to read about a topic
  • Video timelines so that you can skip ahead or repeat sections
  • Quizzes and practice tests in every course
  • Flashcards
  • A huge bank of essay topics, discussion questions, project ideas and other activities

Just because school is closed doesn't mean you have to fall behind. Take advantage of these tips and all the materials Study.com has to offer to keep up with your classes and learn from home effectively during school closures.

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