From traditional classroom instruction to makeshift living room virtual lessons, we've all had to adjust to a new normal in recent months. Whether you've thrived in your online classroom or craved in-person interactions with your peers, you've made the best of this unexpected situation.
Now, as the start of a fresh school year approaches, we're preparing for the next stage of our new normal, and no one really knows exactly what that will look like. It's normal to feel anxiety in the face of that uncertainty, and so in this blog, we hope to provide some expectations and tips to help you embrace the return to in-person learning.
With that in mind, here are five tips for Students Returning to School After COVID-19
1. LAUGH OFF THE AWKWARD
As you prepare to go back to school, you may find it awkward, and things may not run as smoothly as before. Returning to a bustling social environment may feel overwhelming. Try to laugh off the awkwardness and keep doing what you can.
2. GET BACK IN A ROUTINE — INCLUDING BREAKS AS NEEDED
Routines give us the predictability and structure we crave in times of uncertainty. Even in a pre-pandemic world, routines were an integral part of helping each student excel. Now, having an established back-to-school routine will be more important than ever.
From wakeup habits and favorite breakfast treats to study routines and bedtime rituals, stick with a that helps you feel your best. Don't forget to build in time for fun and recognize if you need a break to relax, too.
3. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF
If you've become accustomed to studying and attending class alone at home, re-entering the classroom might come with an overload of distractions. Be patient with yourself as you relearn how to focus, and grasp the concepts in a physical classroom environment.
4. FIND WAYS TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS
As we prepare to return to school, we encourage you to make an effort and reach out to your peers. Get together and do something fun. This will help you readjust to social interactions in real life.
We hope that these tips will help you as you return to our old new normal.