The spread of COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of everyday life here in the United States. Schools are closed along with many non-essential businesses, leaving many to self-quarantine and distance socially at home. Students are expected to complete assignments online and attend classes virtually for the time being, but even that does not efficiently substitute learning in the classroom. We advise students to use this extra time to their advantage and follow a few tips to make this quarantine experience worthwhile!
Develop a daily routine.
Plan to wake up around the same time every day and go to sleep around the same time each night. Pick the time of day where you feel most focused and make that the time to work on schoolwork. Plan lots of breaks for relaxation time, as well. Living day by day with no routine causes all of your days to run together and prevents work from getting done.
Set a designated work space.
Find a location somewhere in your house with very few distractions and make that your focus space. It can be an office or just a desk in the corner of your room. Have the necessary learning materials within reach and leave your phone and other distracting devices in another room, if possible.
Get ready most days like you're going to leave the house.
It's easier for laziness to set in if you work out of your pajamas every day. Practice proper hygiene even while stuck in the house to keep your immune system strong and your mind in shape!
Reward yourself often!
This time is stressful for all of us. Don't beat yourself up if you reach days with little to no motivation. Whether that means playing video games or watching Netflix, never forget to treat yourself!
Join one of our Zoom meetings during the month of April!
We will be meeting via Zoom a couple times a week continuing with our Chess & Coding program.
If you're unfamiliar, Zoom is a video conferencing application that lets up to 100 participants meet at the same time. All you need is a device (preferably a computer/laptop) with an attached camera. We've scheduled a number of events for anyone interested to meet, hang out, and learn about coding.
Below is a schedule of events for the month of April. Feel free to drop in a few minutes before the start of the event and earn some points towards trips and rewards!