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Student guidelines for remote learning

The national response to COVID-19 places us all in unfamiliar territory with no certainty around when we be able to get back to normality. We are doing all we can to continue students’ education whilst not being able to conduct lessons onsite. We are committed to supporting students as best we can using online course delivery and pastoral support.

Here we have a set of useful answers to questions that students might have during this period. 

When should I be accessing online material?

Routine is important. Please try to work to your normal college timetable at home wherever possible, though we appreciate this may be difficult if there is a limited amount of IT equipment in the house for household members to share, if you are caring for other household members or are yourself unwell. In those circumstances, do what you can, when you can.

If you are not able to stick to your current timetable, the most important thing is to stay up to date with accessing resources and sending completed task back to teachers.

I’m having trouble accessing college resources

It is very important that you let your teachers and personal tutor know if you are having issues with accessing or completing work. They will do their best to help you.

In the interim, you can be keeping in touch with classmates who may be able to help (virtually) and there are lots of resources out there on YouTube and other sites – just make sure that they are reputable sites.

What learning expectations does the college have of me?

We would like you to access and complete the work asked of you. Teachers are designing and setting tasks with the objective of ensuring that you continue to move through the material you need to cover your A level course successfully. The work you are completing now is vitally important and is unlikely to be delivered again on return to college.

How do I keep myself and others safe in online situations?

Undertake all normal key steps to safeguard yourself and your teachers in live lesson situations

  • Turn off your video camera before joining the lesson
  • Always be respectful of other users in the language that you use and in your onscreen behaviour (i.e. do not take control of the screen!) 
  • Be aware that your teacher may be recording the lesson
  • Comply with the Student Code of Conduct just as if you were in College.

What should I do if I have not received any resources or instructions from one of my teachers?

Please double check your email and check with classmates to make sure you haven’t missed anything. If you are still without instructions, contact your teacher in the first instance and if you don’t get a reply that day, then contact the subject leader and your personal tutor.

Some hints and tips for remote learning

Do you have trouble concentrating?

Some simple tips include: establish a working space that is a clear place to work with the least amount of distractions. Place distractions (including your phone) out of reach and mute notifications while you’re working. If you are having to share a space, negotiate a timetable and stick to it.

Establishing a good routine

Get up at the same time each day in the working week, pretty much as you would do for College. Be showered, dressed and ready to start your College day at a reasonable time. Save lay-ins and pyjama days for the weekends. Use your college timetable as your basis; be online when you would normally be in a lesson.

Switching off

Don’t forget to have down time. Rest and exercise are just as important. Do what you can to be physically active each day. Do something creative: write some poems, fiction or keep a journal. Keep College work within normal boundaries and make sure you switch off and step away from the computer – use timers and family members to ensure you stop and take a break.

Continuing to work in groups

Lots of online study groups and class group chats already existed and many have blossomed in response to the College closure. Make sure you are joining in any online conversations with your classes to keep connected and to access the learning that is provided. Use social media for ‘good’: organise a time to be online at the same time as your friends, video group chat and Zoom parties are good ways to stay connected.

Getting support with structuring your independent learning

Please get in touch with your personal tutor. They may be able to help you directly or refer you on to someone if particular issues are identified.

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