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COVID-19: How to Cope with Blended Learning

在疫情期间,我们的生活习惯都被影响了。对学生而言,上课也被影响了。虽然现在已经多数恢复面对面上课,但我们不得不承认已经不能回到疫情之前的样子了。甚至有时候,有些科目还是会有线上课程。

那么课程方式有哪些改动?身为学生的我们,应该如何保持良好的学习状态呢?别急!继续往下读,以下都会回答这些问题。

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?

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随着疫情的恶化,我国有一段时间进入了线上课程的上课方式。虽然如今我们已经恢复面对面上课,但有些许的课程仍保留着一部分的线上课程。这也就是我们所谓的混合式教学。它利用了面对面课程,再加上一些在线教学。这让学生即有机会回到学校,也减少了人与人之间的交流。我们如苑教育补习中心亦是使用这种教学方法!

当然,身为学生的我们,不得不承认,自己的学习终究是要靠自己的自律和努力取得好成绩的。成绩可能不是最重要的,但是我们的努力不可缺席!

再者说,相信大家都知道,自己的学习是由自己掌握的。老师和父母只是在一旁指点我们而已。因此,尤其现在突如其来的疫情导致我们进入的混合式教学,我们就应该更加自律。这里我会分享两个比较大的方法,让大家更加自律。在提升自己的效率的同时,让我们一起共同努力,不让这个疫情打倒我们的好学精神!

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!

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这个方法是一个比较看重个人习惯的方法,它未必适合每个人。但是,它是一个能够大大提升个人效率的方法哦!在这个忙碌的时代,无论是学生还是打工人,我们都习惯了“走一步看一步”的生活。渐渐的,我们也忽略掉了作息时间表的重要性。

当然,因为忙碌的生活状态,我也知道想要拥有并跟住一个完美的作息时间表是一件多么困难的事。但,我想说的是,其实作息时间表这个东西不是死板的。它可以随着你的生活方式改变,也可以用于改变你的生活方式。“那我们应该怎样设置一个作息时间表呢?”,应该是你们最想问的吧。其实,它并不困难。

在你往下都之前,我还是要说明一下,这是我自己觉得比较好的方法。大家可以以它为参考,做出自己的调动哦!

首先,先列出你一整天的时间表。一天中只有24小时,而我们也不可能时时刻刻都是醒着的。因此,先写下你睡觉的时间,如:几点睡,几点起等。之后,将你上学的时间填进去。照这几个步骤,你基本上能够看出你一天中剩余的时间都在哪儿。 

随后,跟着自己的需求填进这些剩余的时间内。

以下是可以考虑的几点:

  1.     早上起来之后,花几分钟写出今天想要做的事(类似任务清单)
  2.     放学后的作业时间、复习时间、以及娱乐时间
  3.     睡觉前,花几分钟总结今天的一天

当然,当你们习惯了一定的生活作息之后,可以不用死死地跟着它!但也要记得,不能有太大的改动,要不然这个方法的目的基本上就废除了。

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:

  1.     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
  2.     Allocating time for homework, revision, and relaxation.
  3.     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

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在规划作息时间表中,我有提到任务清单这一项。我本人认为,这一个方法是比较适用于大众,就连无法规划作息时间表也可以用这个方法。身为学生(成年人也不例外哦),我们一天中有许多东西要做。例如功课、复习、家务等。而当这些事务积累起来时,我们往往会开始往东往西。在这个时候,任务清单就起到了重要的作用。

任务清单(To-Do List)简单来说就是每当你想起或有新的任务要做时,你先把它写在某一个地方。但是,大家要注意的是能够写得多仔细就写多仔细。打个比方,有什么功课,是哪一个科目,第几页等。这样当你翻到这个任务时,你也不会漏掉某些细节。

其实,任务清单不一定需要写在纸上。如果你喜欢写在纸上,那很好!可是,如果你觉得写在纸上很麻烦,也不必灰心。如今科技发达,网上也有许多任务清单的软件。它们不仅方便又简单,还能达到这个方法最初的目的,帮助你完成任务。

值得一提的是,任务清单不一定只有软件办得到。我们手机上的备忘录也能够起到一样的作用!此外,任务清单还有一个巨大的好处。那就是,当你完成一个任务再把它划掉时,你会感受到一股强烈的满足感!它会让你更有动力继续完成其他的任务哦。

所以,大家千万别觉得任务清单没有用。相反的,当你把它和第一个方法(作息时间表)合并在一起时,你个人的效率会大有提升!

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

        Todoist

        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!

结语

荀子说过:“学不可以已”。这句话大概的意思就是求学的精神不可以停止。疫情对我们学生的影响颇深不错,但这应该并不影响我们的学习精神。有必要时,可以奖励自己一些放松时间,但绝不可以偷懒。只要有努力,成绩好坏不重要。重要的是对得起自己,知道自己已经尽力了!

今天就写到这里,大家如果有什么想法可以把它打进评论区哦。我会读的!

我们下次见,拜拜!

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!

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