Remote working? What about remote learning…

In these unprecedented times, it could be easy to forget about learning. But it could be easier than ever to find a spot in the day to sit and get something done. And you may even find your home working environment is more conducive to completing that bit of training you’ve been putting off. 

So, here are our top tips for learning at home: 

Make sure you’re well-equipped 

It may seem basic, but if you’re working or learning remotely, you’re going to need the essentials. Depending on whether you’re doing eLearning or joining live webinars, this probably includes some or all of the following: 

– Internet connection 

– Headset with a microphone 

– Webcam (it might be an idea to get out of your PJs for this one, and put anything private out of sight) 

– Extra monitor (particularly if you’re using a small laptop) 

It’s also worth checking your workstation setup – getting the right chair and screen height is so important for posture and avoiding any unnecessary aches and pains.  

Peace and quiet 

This may be easier said than done.  

If your house is anything like ours, it’s gone from being totally empty during work hours, to a hive of activity. But telling others in the house you’re on a training session or arranging for other family members to support with childcare so you’re uninterrupted can make a big difference.  

Set time aside 

Just as you would normally, schedule in some time to complete some training. Try to allow 10 minutes before to get in the frame of mind, and 10 minutes after to consolidate or reflect on your learning. 

Be social (at a distance) 

Just because you’re on your own at home, doesn’t mean you have to give up on the social learning. Phone a colleague and share what you’ve learnt, or post what you’ve found useful in your team chat.  

And don’t forget to ask for help – it may not be a matter of turning around to ask your workmate anymore, but with all those collaboration tools out there, it doesn’t have to be hard.