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6 Things Every Student Needs for Remote Learning

Across the country, the 2020-2021 school year is beginning in a way that nobody could have predicted. For many, it’s fully virtual. For some, there’s a hybrid model. But for nearly all, there’s going to be some element of learning and working from home.

 

While your home is supposed to be a place of relaxation and comfort, many of us are grappling to transform bedrooms, living rooms and even closets into functional spaces to learn. Thankfully, there are many products available that can help to bridge the home and school gap, helping you to achieve meaningful and interactive learning from the comforts of your own home. Here are some of our favorites:

 

White Noise Machine

 

Learning from home comes with its own set of distractions. Whether it’s pesky siblings, outdoor construction or anything else that can divert your attention, some white noise may be able to help. (Plus, it’s super calming.) This sound machine by HoMedics should do the trick, and as an added bonus, it’s relaxing sounds can help to soothe you to sleep after a hard day’s work, too. Noise-canceling headphones are also a life-saver!

 

A Dedicated Space

 

When it comes to home learning, consistency and comfortability is key. Whenever possible, you’ll want to avoid the couch or your bed as workspaces and instead set up a designated friendly space you look forward to working from. If you can fit a desk and chair, great. If not, cornering off a section of the kitchen or dining room table, or finding a cozy corner to hunker down in that serves as a dedicated space is all you’ll need. Take some time to make it yours with string lights, photos, a candle or essential oil diffuser — and make it a space you look forward to being in.

 

A Trusty Tablet or Laptop

 

Some schools are providing technology to those who don’t already have it, but if you have to purchase your own, you should keep an eye out for these requirements — warranty, battery life, affordability, speed and storage. Some of our favorites include the Macbook Air, Google Chrome Book, and the Asus Chromebook Flip. Niche also gives away a Macbook on Instagram every month!

 

If you don’t have the means to purchase a laptop, check out Notebooks For Students, a nonprofit organization that offers discounted laptops to students. Also, check out this blog post for ways you can get a free laptop!

Tips To Succeed In An Online Environment

Headphones

 

Most people work best with limited distractions, and that type of environment can be hard to come by depending on your household. That’s where noise-cancelling headphones come in. Whether you need to be laser focused on a lecture, attending a Zoom with classmates or listening to music that helps you focus, the right headphones like this over-the-ear pair by Sony can be all you need to block out the rest of the world and focus on the task at hand.

 

Blue Light Protection

 

Virtual learning guarantees more screen time, which means more exposure to blue light for our eyes. It’s important to be prepared and protect our eyes from strain and damage with quality blue-light blocking glasses or computer screen filters. If you wear prescription glasses, you can even ask for blue-light blocking coating to be added right onto your existing pair!

 

Seating Support

 

There’s no doubt you’ll be a bit more sedentary than usual, so it’s important to have reliable seat support to keep your posture in check. Developing bad habits can lead to things like “desk neck” (when your neck is sore and tense from constant curvature) or low back pain/strain. A sturdy, supportive and ergonomic desk chair and ensuring your laptop is at an ideal position for your unique height and work area is important. But if a brand new chair is beyond your budget, try one of these handy lumbar supports that can slide on virtually any seat.

Author: Erin Nicole Celletti

Erin Celletti is a freelance journalist and the Director of Communications at Integration Charter Schools. With seven years of classroom teaching and leadership experience, Erin has a BA in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, as well as a M.S.Ed. in Childhood and Special Education from St. John's University, and a M.S.Ed. in School and Building Leadership from Wagner College. Erin lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, and baby girl on the way. Her work has also appeared in BRIDES, Teen Vogue, Allure, and TODAY Parents.