The effects of Coronavirus on mainstream schooling has left a lot of VCE students confused and concerned about the quality of their education. Going from a regular school curriculum that you’ve based your life around for years to an online schedule even your teachers are not familiar with has been a difficult, unprecedented change for many young people. Here are four tips to help you stay on track with your online education, even when things feel out of control.

1. Seek One-On-One Support

VCE teachers will be doing the best they can to support their students during the pandemic, but unfortunately, their lack of experience with teaching remotely can be a disadvantage. If you are in your final years of high school, it would be worthwhile seeking out online VCE tutoring services from a professional who is already well-versed with remote teaching methods for your VCE subjects. Not only will they be able to give you the undivided attention that isn’t possible in class, but they will also be able to coordinate your sessions without wasting time on things like technical disruptions!

2. Maintain Your Routine

It might be hard at first but you should really take it upon yourself to keep up a routine as normal as possible in these times. This way you can prevent falling into disruptive habits like spending too much time online or becoming a lot more sedentary now that you don’t need to commute for school or take your scheduled breaks outside of class. 

As long as it is safe for you to do so, try to get outdoors, go for walks with your family or pet, and incorporate movement into your day as much as possible in between class periods. Feeling connected to your loved ones and staying active are healthy habits that can support your immune system and protect you from falling into a rut. 

3. Wake Up At Least Two Hours Before Class

The two-hour-rule is commonly used by efficiency-focused working professionals, but it can also be helpful for you as a student to avoid a sedentary lifestyle now that you’re spending around six hours a day just in online classes. Commit to being prepared two hours in advance of class, tutoring sessions, or any other appointments you may have. 

This way, you can make your routines stick by giving yourself ample time to do things not related to your class before you need to log in. Following this rule is also a surefire way to be refreshed and ready for your early morning starts. Not to mention the fact that it’s a relief to not be ‘that person’ in their PJs on a video call!

4. Get Enough Off-Screen Time To Rest Your Eyes

Young people are already spending more time than ever looking at screens. When factoring in all these extra hours of online education, the risks of students straining their eyes is significant. Aside from causing your eyes to feel sore and tired, eye strain can come with symptoms like headaches, difficulty concentrating, vision problems and neck or shoulders pain. These issues can make your most important year of high school very uncomfortable. You can prevent eye strain by taking regular breaks, being conscious of your blinking, and getting ample sleep. 

Try not to spend too much time focusing on how you expected this year to be as this will only cause you unnecessary stress. Instead, concentrate on your study goals while keeping the above tips in mind and regardless of the Coronavirus, your VCE will fly by before you know it.