Back to school season is finally upon us, but this year looks different from any other September on record. With COVID-conscious restrictions in place, parents and students alike are questioning the practicality of in-person education. Some are electing to forgo classrooms altogether in favor of online learning modules.
From middle-schoolers to university students, many are saying no to crowded classrooms and making the switch to eLearning. But along with the benefits of online learning comes the difficulty of doing it from home.
It comes as no surprise that studying from home can be a bit tricky. Without a designated physical space like a classroom, leisure and study time blend together. There are distractions galore, and focusing on schoolwork can prove difficult when other tasks are waiting to get done.
That’s why online students can benefit from coworking spaces. Although we might typically associate coworking spaces with entrepreneurs and remotely working professionals, they are also perfect for displaced students.
Read on to find out why coworking can be an online student’s key to success.
1. Separation of Home and School
Doing schoolwork from home means that the line between home time and school time is blurred almost to non-existence. If you get stressed out while studying, that strain may begin to seep into the rest of your life. And when your place of study is the same as where you live, there is no escape!
By designating a space for school outside of the home, you are effectively creating that distance. At the end of the “school day,” you can close your computer, pack up your books, and leave it behind.
2. Focus and Productivity
It’s well-known that your work setting can have a big impact on your productivity levels. The same can be said for schoolwork. An ideal work setting is a quiet one, has limited distractions, and allows you a space of your own.
Even in spaces like coffee shops or libraries, atmospheric sounds can become a distraction—not to mention the fact that these kinds of venues are no longer the safe havens they were pre-COVID.
Maximize your productivity and narrow your focus with a coworking space—it’s the perfect balance between a classroom and a bedroom and offers the chance to work in peace. Without access to television or gaming systems, you’re more likely to stay on task and less likely to be interrupted by siblings or parents.
3. Collaboration and Communication
A classroom is a collaborative environment for work and study – your home is not. In a coworking space, students can benefit from the use of conference rooms. These provide a space for cooperative learning in limited numbers, ensuring safety and privacy for their occupants.
While there are many benefits to learning online, its main drawback is that it curtails collaborative work and social connectivity. Coworking makes shared schoolwork safer in a small, controlled environment, and helps you get in some in-person socialization too!
In conclusion, eLearning might not be ideal, but you can make the most out of current circumstances by creating your own away-from-home workspace.