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We've moved our classes online. Six tips to get the most out of remote learning

26 March 2020

We have moved our classes online. This means you can access the same quality of learning online as delivered at CATS Academy from your home.

All students currently studying at CATS Cambridge, Canterbury, London and Boston will access study materials through their Colleges chosen virtual learning environment (VLE). This is a place where learners and teachers can create online classrooms with all the benefits of a physical classroom.

Students can:

  • Access lesson materials and past papers
  • Upload assignments
  • Take Quizzes and tests
  • Conduct Research tasks
  • View timetables
  • Send messages
  • Seek teacher/peer support

Alongside the VLE we will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool that facilitates face-to-face classes with our teachers and faculty, so you can engage in lessons as if you were in the classroom.

The chosen virtual learning environments are already widely used across the schools to supplement face to face teaching. During your induction, you would have received user guides and access instructions, and we will continue to send frequent communications with further details. Any problems speak directly to your school as they will be able to help you.

Our priority during these challenging times is to provide you with the tools you need to succeed and to ensure you continue to flourish throughout your studies. To help you stay focused and inspired, below are some helpful tips to keep motivated while studying at home:

Staying self-disciplined can be difficult when studying at home, but it’s important to remain focused and to achieve your daily goals. Practice the following tasks to make sure you’re staying on top of your studies:

  • Create a checklist of tasks to achieve throughout the day and tick them off as you complete them
  • Remove any temptations while you’re studying. Whether it’s your phone, the snacks calling your name in the kitchen, or your gaming console
  • Reward yourself every time you complete a challenging task

Having a dedicated study space will improve your concentration and helps you to separate your free time from your study time. You should make sure your study space is:

  • Free from distractions - pick somewhere quiet where you can focus.
  • Comfortable but practical - your physical health is extremely important, so no matter how tempting your bed or couch may be, choose somewhere with adequate back support and a place to sit your laptop.
  • Bright and airy – if possible, choose somewhere that offers natural lighting. Research has proven that natural light helps people be more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer.

It’s important to stay in touch with your classmates and to work collaboratively while studying at home. You can do this by participating in:

  • Virtual classrooms
  • Online discussions
  • Group tasks and activities

All our teachers are still on hand to answer any questions you may have. It’s important to approach them for help if you are struggling with something. Don’t be afraid to speak up in video calls if you missed something or need something explaining.

It’s important to reenergise to boost your concentration after long periods of studying. Practice the following to stay fresh and to prevent overworking yourself:

  • Set a routine – only work during your school day
  • Take some time to yourself – enjoy your hobbies or speak to your friends
  • Remember to eat – make sure you’re eating three meals a day and take a lunch break

In these challenging times, the most important thing is to stay positive. Looking after your mental wellbeing will keep you happy, energised, and focused.

  • Decorate your study space – use your favourite colours and pictures of your family and friends
  • Have some fun – draw a picture, connect with your friends on video call, or watch your favourite movie
  • Eat well - have healthy snacks nearby to boost your energy

We hope this helps you to stay focused on your studies, and if you have any problems or concerns, please contact your school directly.

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