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.
It can be tough when you’re stuck indoors but here’s some helpful wellbeing sites if you need a bit of extra support.
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.
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. Click here for instructions on how to set up Microsoft Teams.
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.
A guide for YOU while working from home
We understand it’s a challenging and uncertain time for all our students but we are here to support YOU every step of the way. Here’s our handy hints and tips for learning at home.
- Create a specialised workspace
Find a workspace that works for you. Whether that be the living room, dining room or a spare room just make sure it is free from distractions and it’s not your bed!
- Take breaks
When working from home it can be hard to stay focussed but you need regular breaks to help recharge your batteries.
That’s why we give you regular breaks at college so why not try and stick to the same break times?
Set a routine to keep you motivated otherwise you’ll struggle to be productive. It can help to stick to the same routine you have at college. That way you can help bring some routine to this uncertain time.
- Get a good night sleep
Create a regular sleeping pattern. Just because you’re not coming in to college doesn’t mean you should stay up all hours and have a lie in. Try your best to have between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night – you’ll be thankful for it!
- Keep yourself motivated
Remember why you are 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.
- Set a to-do list
Set a to-do list for the day with everything you want to achieve that day– no matter how small! Try to stick to it so you can feel productive. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to do everything on it just add it on your list for the next day.
- Switch OFF
It’s important to switch off at the end of your studies. It can be easy to study all hours when you’re working from home but you need time to relax. Close your workbook, shutdown your computer or laptop and have some time to yourself.
- Follow us on social media.
We will be posting updates on our social media pages (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin) so make sure you give us a follow and turn on notifications so you don’t miss anything! It’s not all updates though! We’ll be posting lots of fun social content for you to get involved so give us a follow!
- Start a WhatsApp group
Studying from home and not seeing your classmates everyday can be a struggle. Why not set 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 even a FaceTime with a friend will help.
We’re here to help YOU!
Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. You still can still contact your course tutors with questions or ask for help.
Be positive. Be resilient. Stay motivated!
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
·Instantly stream free stories on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet from Amazon's Audible.
·Daily lunchtime live group webinar tutorials, short explainer videos and written resources, covering common tricky topics across a range of GCSE 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