Work from home. Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Staying safe and sound.

This is the general pulse of social media in the last couple of weeks. As India braces herself for what could be the stage 3 of the outbreak, so should we. At such a critical juncture in time, we have the onus on each one of us to ensure that the situation is under control, which means, staying at home, avoiding situations that are unnecessary and learning how to do things remotely.

There is one skill that is distinct and will help you navigate through these tricky times i.e. the skill of learning online. Why?

For the simple reason that this is an opportunity for you to catch up. Catch up with your education, catch up with the skills you wanted to learn, catch up with the opportunity you want to explore. How do we go about it though?

Using this simple 5-step process:

1. Setting a goal

You already know how long you may be home and how much time it may take for you to get back to your college or work. So write down the things you have always wanted to learn or catch up on. Choose the top three things you believe will have you become better in your field or otherwise.

Set a goal. A SMART one.

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time-based

It could be as simple as, I want to learn Web Development in the next 30 days and be able to create a basic functional website.

Choose. Done?

2. Create a routine

Map out your hours in a day. Account for your fixed activities like sustenance and maintenance.

Now, target how many hours per day do you want to learn. Ensure that you are consistent with your hours, even if the number of hours per day is relatively less.

Ideally, 2 hours per day is adequate to learn, absorb and ensure that you grasp what you have learned.

3. Have a support community

It is not easy doing this on your own so identify platforms which have a support function, like a community or mentorship and have experiences designed to help you understand better. Having a community will help you create a sense of “We are in this together”.

4. Self-discipline

Keep a separate space for yourself, a zone where you can learn and avoid distractions.

Ensure that no one disturbs you in your time of learning. Set some rules for yourself and the people around you.

Keep notes and things specifically for your learning time.

5. Practice. Revise. Review

Online learning is no different when it comes to acquiring a skill, it is practice that will make you perfect. Identify platforms with practical hands-on experiences to test and understand your progress by presenting opportunities to work on projects and other activities.

We, here at Unschool, hope that you stay safe and productive during this time of crisis and use this time to #CatchUp with all that you wanted to in life. Happy Unschooling!

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