With the outbreak of Coronavirus schools in many countries around the world have been closing indefinitely. In the UK, children have been learning from home for the past few weeks. We have had lots of questions from parents asking how best to homeschool their children. With the help of our expert tutors, we’ve put together this guide on the top 5 tips to homeschooling your child successfully. These tips are focused on secondary school and sixth form students, but will also be useful for other age groups.
Contact us directly if you have any specific questions on homeschooling. You can also book in online tuition for any subject from one of our expert tutors. Your online tutor will support with work sent from school and get your child ahead of the game for when schools reopen.
1) Get a routine in place
The first top tip is simple, but very effective. Set a homeschool routine for your child and stick to it. Teenagers will be especially tempted to slip into that never-ending holiday mindset – sleeping in longer and longer each day. Learning from home can be difficult to get used to. Concentrating for full lessons by yourself is not easy and takes a lot of energy. Make sure your routine is workable. Consider these points when drawing up your routine:
- wake up at a reasonable time;
- when learning by yourself, set lessons at 40-45 minutes in length;
- allow a 10-15 minute break between lessons;
- leave time for some exercise every day;
- have a longer lunch break; and
- leave some time to do something you really enjoy.
2) Focus on all of the core subjects
When left to their own devices young students can end up focusing most of their attention on the one or two subjects they enjoy most. It’s good to have a favourite subject, but ensure students do not lose sight of the other core subjects. Have equal time weighted for English, maths and science; and include a good amount of time on languages, history, geography and subjects like business, economics and computer science. Try to ensure you minimise the gaps in your child’s knowledge when schools reopen.
3) Use the best online resources
There are lots of excellent online resources to help you and your child make the best of the new homeschool environment. There are, however, also some poor quality online resources to avoid. Only use the very best to boost what your school is providing. We at Tutor In have some great free maths and English resources for you to use. We’ll be adding new worksheets and topic guides regularly. BBC Bitesize is also an excellent place to go for a range of subjects.
4) Ask for help where needed
This one seems simple, but it’s often difficult to know who to ask when you have questions about the homeschool lessons your child is doing. Teachers are understandably very busy trying to support as many of their students as they can.
We can help. You can call us directly on 0113 805 9954, email or send a message through our website. Tutor In is offering free advice on homeschooling.
Our excellent team of professional online tutors are also ready to support your child’s learning while they’re stuck at home. We have subject experts for maths, English, science, languages, history and all core academic subjects. Lessons take place over Skype or Zoom video call. Our tutors use online whiteboards and document sharing to make our online lessons interactive, engaging and rewarding for all students.
5) ‘Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’
It is very easy to worry that you’re not providing the perfect home lessons for your child. There will be plenty of people posting on social media about how well they’re doing learning from home, which can drive up your stress levels as you devise the next day of lessons.
Please don’t feel worried or stressed. Any work you’re doing with your child will be beneficial to them in the long run. It simply won’t be possible for every parent to know everything – let alone teach everything – from school or college courses. Do your best, use some of the online resources available and don’t panic. If there is anything we can do to help, then remember to contact us directly for specific support and advice.
Good luck and keep learning!