So, you’re quarantined, social distancing, stuck at home, and going a little stir crazy. What’s the solution to pandemic boredom? (No, the answer is not “more Netflix.”) Intellectual stimulation!
You may be out of school for the time being, but you still need to stay mentally sharp. Whether it’s days, weeks, or months, the schools will eventually reopen, and tests like the SAT® and ACT® exam will resume.
Here are three ways to maximize learning from the comfort of your couch:
Take Advantage of Online Learning Tools
In a digital age, learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom. You can meet your educational goals online.
Many schools are scrambling to pivot to distance learning in this new landscape of social distancing. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc. — these are perfect tools to stay engaged with your teachers and classmates.
In addition to your online classes, there are many high-quality online learning tools to help you stay mentally sharp and even prepare you for upcoming tests like the SAT exam and ACT exam.
Read, Read, Read
No one will fault you if you develop a YouTube or TikTok addiction after a few weeks of being homebound, but it’s not going to help you in your educational pursuits. Take some time each day for some quality reading.
- Coronavirus is in the news each day, so why not read about global pandemics of the past?
You’ll blow your parents away at the dinner table when you rebut a news report by saying, “Actually, if the Spanish Flu of 1918 taught us anything, it’s that . . .”
- The stock market is fluctuating, so why not read some economic articles to educate yourself on the global markets?
Warren Buffet read 1,000 Ways to Make $1,000 at the age of seven. Seems to have worked out well for him.
- Novels are great too. We’re facing a global pandemic, so grab a fun novel as a small distraction.
You may not be able to travel right now, but a novel can take you to any place in the world.
Whatever the topic, reading engages your mind, increases language skills, and boosts intelligence.
Make a Plan and Stick to It
Discipline is key when you’re at home all day. There is no teacher looking over your shoulder or bell to send you to your next class. If you want to keep learning, it’s crucial to build a study plan. Here are a few things you can do:
- Set your alarm and get up at the same time each weekday.
- Schedule a set number of hours each day for your online assignments.
- Allow for a morning break, a lunch break, and an afternoon break.
- If you are using a supplemental online learning tool, answer at least 10 questions every weekday
- Enlist a friend or two who have like-minded educational goals to follow the same plan so you can keep each other accountable.
High-performing students don’t get to where they’re at accidentally. They are focused, disciplined, and dedicated to success. If you want to ace your exams, hit your dream SAT or ACT score, and get into your target college, make a study plan and stick to it.
Remember: Learning never stops. Even if school shuts down for a while, your mind doesn’t have to shut down too. Take initiative, and make the most of your study time at home. You’ll be glad you did!
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