We know this is a challenging time but we’re here to support YOU!
This page will be your ‘go to’ for all things home learning. With handy hints and tips, extra support and guidance, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to ace learning from home.
So, before we get in to all of that, we wanted to make you aware of the support available for your mental health and well being.
Even though you’re not in college, we will continue to support you and your families at this difficult and uncertain time.
If you have any concerns or want to seek advice on protecting or safeguarding a young person, please contact our designated safeguarding lead, Alison Maynard on 07747 472 554 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be checked daily and we will respond to any concerns.
You course tutors will also be on hand to offer full support.
Click here to view our college Safeguarding Officers.
You can also reach out to our college counsellor:
STC - Karen Ambelez via email on Karen.email@example.com or call 0191 427 3773.
TyneMet - Jude Fletcher via email on Jude.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0784 909 0641.
It can be tough when you’re stuck indoors but here’s some helpful wellbeing sites if you need a bit of extra support.
Right, here we go!
An important message about English and Maths
With 2019/20 GCSE and A level exams cancelled, the government is now using a different method to award grades and results. The government will ask your teacher/ lecturer to give a predicted grade based on the work you have completed, mock exam results and in-class assessments and calculate your grade based on this. The government will also look at what you have achieved in the past. As a result, it is enormously important that you complete any work that is being set by your teacher/ lecturer through Moodle, Teams and email because this will give them more evidence to update your predicted grade.
The government has not yet clarified if Functional Skills exams will be cancelled and students may be able to complete Functional Skills exams in the summer. When the government release more information, the college will notify students to let them know next steps.
If you are struggling to get logged on to Teams e-mail email@example.com please include your student ID number in the e-mail, a member of our IT Support team will get back to you as soon as possible.
How to access online learning
You will have instructions from your course tutors about online learning with how and what you should be studying.
Your course tutors will be using Microsoft Teams and you will be added to your class group. You can have live chats with classmates and tutors, view files and send work to your tutors using this software.
Instructions on how to use teams can be downloaded here.
You should also access learning materials from Moodle.
Reporting an absence
If you are ill and cannot study at home, please report your absence to your course tutor as they may set work deadlines so will need to be aware if you cannot meet these.
YOUR Handy Hints and Tips Guide
We understand that it’s a difficult time for all our students right now so have been working hard to support you by devising a plan to help whilst studying at home.
We are committed to supporting you to help achieve the grades you have worked so hard towards. That’s why we have put together some online handy hints and tips to continue to help you succeed.
- Get organised
Set a daily to-do list to keep track of your assignments, homework and deadlines. It can help you stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
At the end of each day, cross-reference to see what you have successfully achieved and anything not completed should be prioritised for the next day.
- Keep yourself motivated
Start your day by writing down three things you’re grateful for to help put your mind in a positive space as well as reminding you how much you’ve got going for you outside of exams.
Why are you studying for the qualification? Continually take time out to remember what you hope to gain from your qualification. Motivation will keep you working hard and help you to take the time to sit down and study.
- Create a dedicated workspace
Find a workspace that works for you. Whether that be the living room, dining room or a spare/quiet room.
Establish an area where you can use your computer/laptop and keep important documents stored. Make sure it is free from distractions and provides you with a comfortable working area.
- Establish a routine
Try and stick to the same routine you have at college. Set yourself manageable working hours to follow each day to keep you motivated, and maximising productivity levels.
- Take a break
When working from home it can be hard to stay focussed but you need regular breaks to help recharge your batteries. Have these breaks scheduled in your set routine.
Make the most out of your study time as best you can.
- Allocate time to do exercise
Exercise releases positive endorphins, meaning it’s good for your mind and body.
- Stay hydrated
It’s important to keep hydrated and eat nutritious food where possible to nourish your body and mind.
- Get enough sleep
While it’s tempting to stay up late, especially if you’re feeling the pressure during this stressful time – studying hard is a strenuous activity. The best way to recover of course, is to ensure you have time to properly rest.
It’s important to switch off at the end of your studies but you need time to relax when you’re studying at home. Close your workbook, shutdown your computer and have some time to yourself.
- Keep in contact with your peers
During this time, studying from home and not seeing your classmates everyday can be a struggle. Why not share your ideas by setting up a WhatsApp group so you can all keep in touch and support each other with your studies. It’s also important to socialise while you’re social distancing so schedule regular FaceTime or Skype calls with peers, family and friends.
- Reward yourself
A positive mind is a great tool for staying motivated. Reward yourself in small ways after completing tasks. Treat yourself to having your favourite snack, favourite book or film. Find whatever keeps you going.
Positive self-talk will motivate you to keep studying, as well as keep your stress levels at bay. Have you managed to accomplish all of the tasks that you set out at the start of the day?
- Follow us on social media.
Check out our social media accounts so you don’t miss anything. We’ll be posting lots of fun social content for you to get involved so give us a follow!
We can get through this, and we will get through this.
We ask you to stay positive and resilient as we navigate these unchartered waters together!
Need more support?
Here’s some useful websites to support you in your home learning.
·Search for lots of literature across a range of subjects
·For tips and tricks to help any students studying Functional Skills
·Get maths smart with free worksheets and revision notes
·Search for a range of study resources as well as create study timetables, flashcards and mind maps.
·Get online support and resources mapped to your qualification
You can also download lots of apps to help you study:
·Focus Keeper – Time Management
·Flora – Focus & Study
·Adapt – Revision Timetable