Report by the Student Leadership Committee (SLC)
Over the past eight weeks, students have utilized amazing online applications such as Showbie, Google Drive, Zoom, and Loom to enhance their learning experiences.
To provide students with a Virtual School Experience that matches the normal timetable, the school has developed a new plan for our e-learning program. This has been rolled out to KS4 and KS5 students and they will now receive a minimum of 1 Zoom lesson per week for each subject. However, this may change as the situation evolves. The lessons will follow the new timetable (Chinese standard time):
- Lesson 1 – 11.30 to 12.30
- Lesson 2 – 13.00 to 14.00
- Lesson 3 – 14.30 to 15.30
- Lesson 4 – 16.00 to 17.00
This is to accommodate students and teachers abroad, who may have difficulties attending lessons early in the morning due to time differences. We hope that this change allows students to cover all contents in the course and support all students with the next stage of academic journey.
Year 12 Biology Zoom lesson
With such a big change in learning methods – from a school environment to home – it is to be expected that students would struggle to cope at first with the new approach to education. A consistent and healthy schedule is something a lot of students find difficult to maintain, which may lead to unhealthy sleep patterns and bad time management. However, there are many ways to tackle this problem, and we have collated 3 tips you can consider following.
1. This is not a competition!
Every student in our school is receiving tasks with deadlines. Although it is important to complete the work in time, each of us has a different pace of learning and absorbing the materials teachers provide. If you are struggling with the workload, contact your teachers and explain your current situation, and they will understand.
2. Stay in touch
It is easy to feel isolated during this time where you cannot meet up with your friends. Remember that we are all in this together, so do keep in mind that everyone else is going through the same situation. Keep in contact and try to talk to your friends at least once a day!
3. Be organised
If you always wanted to try something and could not try due to lack of time, right now is the perfect opportunity! You could watch a movie, read a book, bake a cake or play video games. But you also have to remind yourself that you need to work as well! To have a perfect balance between work and relaxation, it is a good idea to plan a timetable (although make sure it is realistic and doable).
In conclusion, we should take care of ourselves and keep up with work, but it's totally natural and fine to have a few teething problems as we transition to online conferencing lessons. Use the tips above to help you keep on top of work, and you'll find that it will benefit you greatly, as you will be achieving and thriving. Everyone has done a great job at handling these difficult circumstances, and we trust it can continue that way. Have fun e-learning!