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Routine and Organization during the Pandemic

The whole Studyo team has had to re-adjust the way we work over the last few days as we’ve all moved into quarantine. We know that it’s not easy to adjust to working from home, especially when you have kids or teens hanging around. It’s hard to concentrate on your own work without letting them fall into the bad habit of binge-watching t.v. series all day. Routine and structure help kids and teens have purpose and direction. After hearing many stories from parents who are at home with their kids or counsellors trying to coach students, we decided that we wanted to help! Below you’ll find a few tips & tricks on how opening up a FREE Studyo account can help you provide the planning and organizational tools that students needs during these crazy times.

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Here are the steps to configure Studyo as a standalone tool.

1. Create an Account

The first step to getting students into a good habit-building routine is to create a FREE account on Studyo. You will then be able to set up a suitable schedule. 

2. Configure their Schedule

Kids’ initial reaction to being out of school may be excitement, but that will only last for a while. Kids and teens may begin to feel bored, lonely and insecure in light of everything that has been going on. Routines will give kids and teens a sense of purpose and it will allow them to feel safe and secure during this pandemic. 

Our Helpful Tips:

Stick to What you Know

  • To follow a routine similar to or the same as regular school hours, use the bell-time configuration to add your child’s classes.
  • If you need more flexibility than set timings allow, try using the class times configuration. You can schedule variable blocks of time throughout the week to focus on subjects.
  • By sticking to what you know, you will avoid falling into bad habits.

Plan Your Breaks

  • There are preset blocks that can be added to class schedules, such as “Lunch”, “Break”, etc.

Respect the Schedule

  • Set a timer to help you keep track of when a new period begins. If you finish before the next period, use that as extra free-time, but don’t forget about the start of the next period!

Be Proactive

  • Input teachers’ email addresses during configuration. If you notice an issue with any assignments, you can email them immediately from Studyo.

3. Add Tasks

When kids and teens have a plan, they become more accountable and productive so they get more done in less time. Having all of their tasks in one place will put them in the driver’s seat of their own learning. You can also use this planning to set boundaries. Determine which tasks or time periods are for independent work and which ones are meant for your kids to come to you for help. This will give parents, the ability to plan out some much needed quiet time! 

Our Helpful Tips:

Distance-Learning

  • If your child’s school is continuing with regular instruction at a distance (including projects and testing), you can specify the type of task students will be completing as well as its importance level. As you create the task, simply click on the icon next to its title for a drop-down list of options. Click the switch next to “Important” to designate it as a high-priority task. You can even add meeting links directly into the tasks that you create.

Non-Academic Tasks

  • Remember that the best planners don’t only include academic tasks. Remind your kids to enter their games, movies, sports, virtual social gatherings, etc., into their planners as well. This will give them a global understanding of their time and allow them to better manage it.

4. Manage Tasks

Entering tasks to keep track of what you need to accomplish is definitely important. But beyond having a list of things to do, there needs to be some thought spent on planning when each task should be done, especially in light of all other tasks which are on our list. Will I have time to study the day I have my sporting practice? Will working on my essay the night grand-ma comes for dinner the best option? Should I take on larger challenges one small bite at a time to track my progress? All these skills really develop our ability to get organized!

Our Helpful Tips:

Clarity

  • Set realistic deadlines when creating your own tasks.
  • Break large tasks down into steps
  • Include links to resources directly in the task

Autonomy

  • Have your kids show you their planner. By showing you their plan, kids will feel more accountable and you will feel more involved.
  • Help your child(ren) set specific dates to begin and end their tasks. Allow them to think critically about their schedule— if they have five assignments due at the end of the week, it makes sense to start and complete them at different times rather than working on all concurrently. Ask questions: what will take the longest to complete? Would it be better to do a bit of Task X every day, or try to finish it in one or two days? Etc.
  • Have them mark their tasks as done as they complete them.

5. Create good habits by sticking to the routine

In order for students to reach their goals, they need to develop good habits from the start. Help them achieve success by encouraging them to use their planners every day. 

Once configured why not add Studyo to your child's device? Download it here:

Did you know?

We can set-up your whole school and import schedules and tasks from other systems. Everyone in your school could benefit from Studyo. Simply Inquire for more information.

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