Remote Learning & Education Resources
Working from home is most likely a very new concept for most people. It can come with a few challenges and will probably have some teething issues to begin with. Try out some of the tips that we have put together below for remote working success.
Remember, it is important to strike a good balance between your work life at home and your leisure time at home. Visit our page called 'Health and Wellbeing' for resources and advice on how to achieve a healthy balance during lockdown.
Remote Blended Learning Policy
Read our Remote Blended Learning Policy to find out more about the College's approach to remote or blended learning, delivery of the curriculum, pastoral care and safeguarding, as well as the expectations for members of the College community with regard to remote learning. Read the full policy here.
1. Work at a desk or table
Try to find a good work space. Working at a proper desk or a table can help you feel like you're in a more professional workspace and will help with your overall productiveness. It is important to try and avoid working in bed or on the sofa to ensure you have a healthy split between your work time and your down time (also your back will thank you in the future).
2. Utilise technology
While these are incredibly challenging times for everybody, we are lucky enough that we have the technology available to make remote learning as effective as possible. Use your student email or Microsoft Teams to the full use, to ensure you're getting the most you can out of the current situation.
3. Stay connected with teachers and classmates
Although we are in lockdown, you are not alone. If there is something you are struggling with or find particularly challenging, reach out to your teachers or classmates for help and assistance and be there to support others if they are experiencing similar problems. As mentioned above, Microsoft Teams can be a great way to stay connected with everyone and ensure you don't feel alone during this time. There's also a lot of support available to our students from the College if you are struggling with your mental health. Find out more here.
4. Get dressed
Get up and dressed as you would for a normal day at college. It can be tempting to spend the day in your pyjamas, but in the long run this will just make you feel less motivated to work.
5. Make a plan
Set out a daily plan or 'to do' list for yourself to complete at the start of each day. This will give you the structure that may be missing without set timetables. Ensure that you add breaks into your daily plan to break up work and studying, this is important for productivity and to ensure you don't get bogged down working 24/7.
Online Learning Resources
Here are some online resources for learning which you can use to enhance your studies or to help you learn something new.
- Introduction to Engineering - YouTube videos
- Open Culture - 1,500 free courses from top Universities
- Open Culture - learn 48 different languages online - FREE
- Future Learn - Free, online courses including languages, health, coding, wellbeing, creative arts, etc.
- Digital Skills Toolkit - Department of Education
- BBC languages - Learn languages online free
- FrenchTeacher.Net - Free French study packs
- Sociology courses - Free online study
- Creative courses - Free online study
- A range of short, free online courses
- Cambridge University Press - ALL 700 textbooks are currently available FREE in HTML format
- CK-12 Foundation - Sharing commonly taught Maths and Science lessons from this time of year
- Accounting resources - AQA recommended A level Accounting resources online
- Business resources - Business resources online
- Free animation courses from Pixar, recommended by our Creative Media partner, SAE Institute
- Blocky games - Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
- Scratch - Beginners computer programming games/projects
- Virtual Cyber School - Gain access to over 200 free cyber security challenges and learn from industry experts at the Virtual Cyber School
- The Skills Toolkit - The government have launched ‘The Skills Toolkit’. A resource full of free digital and numeracy courses created to enhance your skills
- KnowitallNinja - IT teacher, Dan Richardson created this site for his students to help them revise and prepare for BTEC Level 2 and 3 Information Technology.