Many of our lives have changed following the impact of COVID-19, including the way students have lessons. Although most of the lessons have been reverted to face-to-face on school lessons, we will never be able to revert to how it was pre-COVID.
What are some changes towards the way lessons are held? What are some methods we can use to keep up and be self-disciplined? I will be explaining all these, so be sure to read on!
混合式教学 | What is blended learning?
As COVID-19 worsened, Singapore has entered full HBL (home-based learning) a couple of times. Although we have been able to return to school, some lessons remain online. This is also what we call blended learning or hybrid learning, where there is a mix of remote learning with real life interactions. This allows students to return to school, but at the same time reduce contact with each other. In fact, we at Jocelyn Chinese hold these kinds of lessons as well!
Of course, as students we must admit that our studies are held in our own hands at the end of the day, and only through hard work and self-discipline can we attain good results! Though we always say results are not the most important, we must never slack off.
In addition, I’m sure most of us know that parents and teachers are only our guidance. They are there to help us and not spoon feed us. On top of this, COVID-19 has forced us into this blended learning situation. We can only be more self-disciplined than ever. Here, let me share what I think are the two more important methods we can use to be more self-disciplined.
#1：规划作息时间表 | Come up With A Routine!
This method is heavily reliant on your personal living style and may not be suitable for everyone. However, it is still a method which can heavily improve your productivity throughout the day, keeping you self-disciplined whilst completing your tasks at the same time! Today, we are all used to living a fast-paced life, and plan as we go along. As this goes on, we tend to forget the importance of planning ahead!
I understand that with such a fast-paced lifestyle nowadays, it is hard to follow strictly to a certain routine. However, coming up with a routine doesn’t necessarily mean strictly following it only. It is flexible and can adapt to your needs as you go along, so feel free to make changes! Now, let me share with you my method of coming up with a routine.
Disclaimer: This is a method that I personally use. There is no need to follow it! Feel free to use it only as a reference and tweak it to however you like.
First off, you need to be able to list out your entire day’s timeline. You can choose to start off with deciding on a specific timing to sleep. For example, sleeping at 10pm and waking up at 6am the next morning. This helps you to plan out your day easier. Then on, remember to include the timings that you are at school too!
Now, you should have the empty time slots where you are free, not inclusive of your sleeping and schooling times. You can then start filling in the empty gaps.
Here are a few pointers for you to think about:
- Spending a few minutes at the start of your day to list out a to-do-list and fill it up as the day goes by
- Allocating time for homework, revision, and relaxation.
- Spending a few minutes at the end of the day to conclude your day
Of course, when you get used to the routine, you can eventually remove the need of having to refer to it! Do remember however, that you must not create big changes after setting a routine, or it would end up going to waste.
Personally, I feel that having a routine is the first step to being self-disciplined in times like this. It helps you reduce procrastination and focus better! If you try this, I hope it helps you too!
#2: 任务清单 | To-Do List
Whilst writing about the method above, I briefly mentioned that you could include a To-Do list. Personally, I think this is handy for everyone, including those who can’t afford to have a fixed routine, or routines just aren’t for you. As students (or adults), there are many things that we must complete throughout the day, such as homework. We tend to just “remember” them as we go along. However, when all these accumulate, we start forgetting to do certain things. This is where the To-Do list comes in.
A To-Do list basically helps you keep track of all your tasks throughout the day, including both incomplete and new tasks. When you get new tasks, you just have to put them into your To-Do list, and you can always check back to see if you have completed it. The only thing to take note would be to be as concise as possible. For example, if you’re listing down your homework for the day, remember to include the subject, page number and so on. This is to ensure that you are doing the correct thing when you look back at your list.
Here’s the interesting thing. A To-Do list doesn’t necessarily have to exist on paper. If you like writing it down though, good for you! However, not to worry as well if you are not a fan of paper and pen. With technology, there are now applications which basically act like a to-do list. They are convenient to use as you can fill it up on the go with your phone and are very user-friendly. It practically works the same as how you would do it with a pen and paper, but digitally!
Here are some apps which I know of. Do try them out if you like! They support both Apple and Android systems and can even be used on Windows or Macbook.
– Microsoft To-Do
– Tick Tick
In fact, you might not even need a third-party application for having a To-Do list digitally. The notes application on your phones can do so as well! A huge advantage of having a To-Do list is probably the satisfaction that comes along with checking off your tasks as you complete them. It gives you more motivation to complete your other tasks!
If you use this method along with the routine that I mentioned earlier, it could essentially boost your productivity to greater heights! Do let me know down in the comments how it goes!
P.S. I know of a book called “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, and in it there’s a line that I think really fits the purpose of a To-Do list.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen
Do check it out if you’re interested! As with what I roughly mentioned, now that there are more hybrid lessons, your own productivity system is in your own hands!
Xunzi, a Chinese Confucian Philosopher once said, “Learning knows no boundaries”. What this basically means is that the spirit of learning in us should never end. Yes, COVID-19 has no doubt impacted us students greatly, but it shouldn’t be the excuse of us not wanting to learn. When there’s a need, feel free to reward yourself with breaks but never should you become lazy. Personally, I would say the end result isn’t that important, but what’s important is that you worked hard, put in effort and didn’t let yourself down!
The blog shall come to an end here today! If you have any comments or thoughts, feel free to leave it down below and I will take a look!
Till next time, bye!