Locked up for quarantine? To study online!

The epidemic of the COVID-19  has to half of the students of the world classless classroom, according to data sharing the UNESCO.

In this context, many educational institutions such as Tec de Monterrey are working to provide their academic training through digital means.

“Not even a virus can stop education, ” Edgar Gonzalez, leader of the Center for Teacher Development and Educational Innovation and Leader of Information Technologies at theTec campus Irapuato, shared with CONECTA.

“An online class is a very cool experience; If your teacher tends to have dynamic and creative classes, letting it be in videoconference now is not going to take them away ”, the specialist considers.

If you have the opportunity to resume your classes online, at  CONECTA we give you these tips for this new stage:

WHERE TO BEGIN?

  1. Choose the ideal place

Assign a well-lit, quiet area in your house with enough space,  so that you can concentrate on your classes.

Try to avoid places where your parents or siblings are usually because even if they are doing home office, they could distract you with some talk.

  1. Keep your routine

Wake up at the same time, have breakfast, and get ready as if you were going to face-to-face classes, that will help your mind prepare to concentrate.

Remember that it is class time, do not stay in your pajamas: in most video links they will surely ask you to have the video turned on to improve interaction.

  1. Comfortable, but without distractions

Keep in mind that you will be in class from home, but do not let that become a potential distraction factor, the further you are from the bed the better!

“Your biggest challenge will be to ignore the distractors during each session; you have to reaffirm the rules of a classroom and pay attention at all times,” González suggests.

  1. Equip yourself with what you need

Prepare your computer equipment and check that your webcam is working properly.

It also includes headphones, preferably hands-free with a good microphone so that you can hear and be heard well.

“ It is normal that when you are at home, your mom or your sister come into the room,  or they talk to you when you are in class; these ‘comical’ situations can sometimes interrupt your attention in class, that ‘s why it ‘s good to have headphones on”, advises González.

Also, have a notebook and a pen on hand to make notes as usual and try to ensure that the place where you are going to take classes has a light connection for your computer.

  1. Do not drop your signal

Try to ensure that the place where you study has a  stable Wi-Fi signal.  You can improve the quality of your connection by being close to the router or with a LAN cable.

A good sign will help your teacher not get “frozen”, remember that videoconference classes usually consume a good part of the bandwidth of your network.

  1. Plan your schedules

Create a study plan taking into account the schedule that you are going to use during the day, you can take breaks of 10 or 15 minutes after each class. Do not forget to assign your mealtime.

Plan your due dates and days for assignments, assignments, and exams. There are apps like TickTick and To-Do Reminder that can make this easier for you.

“It is important that you have management and self-control mechanisms to generate academic activity schedules as if they were in face-to-face classes, ” recommends  Cesar Herrera, director of Advisory and Counseling at Tec at the Monterrey campus.

  1. Prioritize: it’s your study time

Make a list of the jobs you turn in each day and avoid accumulating the load of pending.

Also inform your family about the study schedules and academic activities, since your support is important so that it does not get mixed up with the time of family dynamics or with household chores.

  1. Raise your hand, participate!

Do not hide in the videoconferences, participate as if you were in face-to-face class; All members on the call can participate dynamically, they even have buttons to raise their hands.

  1. Find out how you learn

Did you know that there are multiple types of learning? Identifying which one suits you best will help you in this new way of running your classes :

If your learning is better with reading and writing, underline words, review the readings more than once or make notes by hand (not on the cell phone or on the computer).

If hearing works more for you, we recommend listening to audiobooks, recording your class, and listening to it again, explaining what you learned to your friends or colleagues.

Test if your learning is visual by making diagrams, drawings, colored notes while you are taking the class or from videos with YouTube tutorials.

Another type of learning is kinesthetic, for which it will help you to do experiments or practice with exercises. When your teacher explains the theory ask them to make practical examples or on your part look for more on YouTube.

  1. Better use your lap and leave the cell

On mobile devices such as tablets or cell phones, it is more difficult for you to carry out activities that your teacher gives you since you have to exit the application to be able to do them.

However, on a computer, you can simply open your browser, your documents, and other applications, without leaving your virtual classroom.

  1. Search resources online

From digital libraries, tutorials to support groups to study you find online.

Browse your school’s website, you can surely find resources that are available to you for free.

  1. Close Netflix and save game

Pause your favorite movie or series and save the game in that video game that you are trying to finish; respect the schedule to study.

In the same way, try to silence all your WhatsApp groups or leave your cell phone out of reach for a while: forget about the memes and focus on your subjects.

“Limit excess electronic entertainment. Respect your academic schedule and look for feedback mechanisms with your teachers to feel that you are being productive ”, Herrera advises you.

  1. Your emotions also count

Studying at home could make you anxious; Don’t stress yourself out and try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, which can help you stay calm.

You can take advantage of your free time at home to spend quality time with your family; Have that conversation that was pending with your parents or brothers on any subject, take out the board games, take advantage of the fact that now you can have lunch or dinner with them.

  1. Eat healthily and keep moving

Now that you will be at home, eat healthy, at defined times. Also, have healthy snacks on hand and stay hydrated.

During class, you will spend most of your time sitting in front of your laptop or computer, so get away and stretch between classes to relax your muscles.

Also, do exercises at home to make up for anything that you are not walking on your way to school.

  1. Socialize, even at a distance

Search your friends through services such as Zoom, Hangouts, or even by WhatsApp video call, to have daily conversations.

‘Throwing the shawl’  at some point in your day through this dynamic will help you in this time of contingency, to make studying at home more bearable.

“On a personal-emotional level, I believe that all people who live this stage should seek a type of support, make contact with significant others through electronic means to be active,” reiterates Herrera.

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The beginning of the course is a period of many changes: new teachers, new places and new colleagues. Even if you are excited to start this stage that many remember as “one of the best years of their life”, it does not mean that not knowing anyone can be a challenge for you. If so, don’t panic, it’s perfectly normal. Facing this process has a reward; you train your ability to adapt to changes. For this reason, and also because we already love you very much, we give you some tips that can help you make the best of your new life.

  1. Get out of your comfort zone

Enjoy your music, chat on WhatsApp with your summer friends or with your family, all this represents your comfort zone even if you are in a new place, far from the known. Take off your headphones and lift your head, listen and look around you; You are more than 2000 new students of 70 different nationalities so remember that you are not alone in your situation. You are all in a new environment wanting to find new friends. Take the opportunity to smile and look for opportunities to talk to new people.

  1. Dare the new: they are usually great opportunities

If you find it violent to start a conversation with a stranger or you do not know what to talk about, participate in all the activities that your University organizes, they are fantastic opportunities to meet other students, doing something together. During your Welcome Days, many of you have participated in the Speed ​​Friends Making: an activity in which you have a minute and a piece of cardboard with questions to learn to know your classmates better.

  1. Find people like you

One of the great things about college is that it is a time in your life when you have many opportunities to try new activities or reconnect with your passions of yours that you had put aside. Student clubs are student associations that come together to share their passion. Finding people you share a hobby with is one of the best ways to bond deeper.

  1. Organize an outing with more people from the university

“Happiness is only real when it is shared”, this phrase that the protagonist writes in a book in the film Hacía wild routes (Into the Wild)  could not be more true. Relating to others is vital to your well-being so if you don’t know many people yet, there is no reason to stay alone. Campus Life organizes various activities where you can interact with others. In addition to the activities offered by Campus Life, in its corresponding section on the Intranet, you can create your own events so that other students can sign up.

  1. Open spaces to study

Leaving your room is always a good strategy to encourage interactions with others, whether they are your roommates or college companions. The library is open from Monday to Friday, from 7.45 am to 9.15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 are to 6 pm, 24 hours during exam time. It has many open workspaces and group workrooms. Although it is important to respect the silence to study, you can meet other students by taking breaks at the entrance of the library.

  1. Enjoy the cultural diversity of your University

In addition to Campus Life activities where you can meet people of various nationalities, Hub 101, which is located in classroom 101 of the Luis Campos Gorriz building, is an open place where the language service organizes intercultural activities focused on practicing languages of Informally, talking with colleagues of other nationalities.

  1. Get involved in some of the solidarity projects

Would you like to participate in a volunteer project? In addition to helping others, participating in local projects throughout the course, or being part of international solidarity missions, it will allow you to meet other students who, like you, are willing to dedicate time to others.

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Despite the uncertainty and difficulties, last year the summer camps were organized, which is why this year we are organizing the Campus summer.

Summer, in fact, is not only about choosing the destination for the next holidays. Whether they are by the sea or in the mountains, but also about organizing the three months of school breaks.

Closed schools and kindergartens mean for us parents to organize the days of our children. And teenagers in another way. Fortunately, valuable help is given to us by the summer campuses which are increasingly numerous and above all well organized and managed.

Speak teens summer camp

The summer campuses, also known as summer camps or simply camps or campuses, are real courses for children and teenagers that take place during the summer and include a very varied program of activities, but the focus is always the same: having fun and above all to experience outside the home with other children and young people of the same age.

The summer campuses, in fact, foresee the passing of a certain period of time, which can vary from 5-6 days up to a month, in a location defined by the organizers. And during which children and young people can try their hand at various courses and above all live experiences in autonomy.

On the other hand, there are several day camps or summer camps where no overnight stay takes place, but only entertainment during the day.

2021 summer camps: which one to choose?

The offer of summer campuses is very varied: from digital courses, sports camps, English summer camps, to musical activities, but also multidisciplinary campuses that combine several characteristics.

To determine what is right for you, it is right to follow the inclinations of your children and jointly evaluate the offer of course programs and – why not – the costs.

Sports summer camps

After a year of hiatus, perhaps finally we start again. An idea for this summer could be to choose a sports summer campus. You can find sports campuses focused on a single sport or multisport campuses in which the sports concerned will be different.

Fun is the watchword therefore not only courses will be provided. But also other activities such as group games, workshops, and even excursions.

Experience Summer Camp

Also for 2021, the Experience Summer Camps are back (in safety), sports, and thematic holidays for young people aged 6 to 21 managed by the Tour Operator Sport & Holidays, with 37 years of experience behind them.

Experience Summer Camp offers over 50 campuses Sports and thematic Summer Camps, competitive. And non-competitive, for young people aged 6 to 21, dedicated to sports, fun, nature, and new friends!

These are Sports and Thematic Holidays for children and teenagers, in splendid seaside or mountain locations, in splendid seaside or mountain locations, dedicated to:

  • Many different sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming. And other 20 different sports;
  • Young people’s passions: music, photography, acting, dance, DJ, adventure, parkour, theater,
  • magic, writing, Sports, etc .;
  • Holidays in English or German Language or Study Trips (for older children) in collaboration with EF: Malta, London, Malaga, and dozens of other locations available.

All with a highly qualified Technical Staff made up of over 1,500 people. And also made up of Sports Champions such as Massimiliano Rosolino or Domenico Fioravanti.

The philosophy that characterizes the Experience Summer Camps is given by the fact that all the Camps include the practice of sport and physical activity in the open air: the importance of movement is a fundamental training and personal growth tool.

Summing up:

  • suitable for children and teenagers between 6-17 years for the Multisport camps; 6-20 years for Technical Camps and 6-21 years for Thematic Camps.
  • By the sea:  Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD), Marina Julia (GO), Grosseto and Sperlonga.  In the mountains:  Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme, Crego di Premia (Piedmont);
  • weekly shifts (with the possibility of doing more shifts) between June, July, and August
  • All the Camps provide for the observation of a health protocol dictated by the Ministry relating to the Covid-19 emergency;
  • The Camps guarantee the reimbursement of the fee in case of cancellation of the initiatives by Experience Summer Camp, due to a health emergency or other regulatory impediments (eg prohibited movements between Regions);
  • For the dates, prices, and age groups of every single campus or for more details, consult the official website.
  • There is a BUS transport service organized from some departure points including Varese, Busto Arsizio, Milan, Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, etc. As well as a free escort service by train from certain departure points.

Summer football school

If your children love football there is nothing better than enrolling them in a summer football school.

The staff is made up of figures who have been trained by professional clubs, who can field technical and tactical experience, as well as solid educational and pedagogical training.

An example is the AC Milan Junior Camp football school.

The typical MJC program includes two training sessions per day of two hours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The rest of the day is spent in playful and recreational activities.

Summing up:

  • suitable for children 6-17 years ;
  • There are four locations available, in the mountains, in  Cortina D’Ampezzo  (Dolomites – Belluno) and on the Asiago plateau  (Vicenza) and by the sea, in  Jesolo Lido  (Venice) and  Lignano Sabbiadoro  (Udine);
  • residential or day camp formula .

EuroCamp Cesenatico

EuroCamp, a multipurpose sports center with 500 beds on the beach of  Cesenatico, offers various possibilities for summer camps with a sports theme.

The proposed campuses are football, volleyball, basketball, art, sport & fun, dance, rhythm.

And at the end of the courses, everyone on the beach to dive into the sea!

Summing up:

  • suitable for children between 6-17 years old
  • in Cesenatico, in Emilia Romagna
  • weekly shifts from 21 June to 1 August
  • partner structure vacanzeINPSsieme.it

Champions’ Camp

Champion’s Camp is the branch of the Sport and Fun Holidays Srl company – one of the main Italian tour operators specializing in holiday proposals for minors not accompanied by their parents – which deals with summer campuses.

The proposed campuses are Sports Camps that can be both technical and multisport. But also Thematic Camps (such as English, cooking, music, science, theater, dance, adventure,). And finally, Professional Camps always linked to the sport which includes companies such as Volley Bergamo for volleyball, Empoli for football, Valsugana for rugby, and Fortitudo Bologna for basketball.

Summing up:

  • suitable for children and teenagers between 9-14 years
  • various Italian locations depending on the chosen campus
  • weekly or fortnightly shifts from 21 June to 1 August 2020
  • partner structure vacanzeINPSsieme.it
  • Sailing summer camp in Sardinia

Summer sailing camp

The Sailing Center of Caprera  (OT) – one of the most famous in Italy – offers courses that can be compared to summer camps.

These are sailing courses for Under 14s – divided into initiation. And consolidation – which takes place in the months of June, July, and August.

Thanks to highly trained instructors, children can learn the first notions of navigation and sail adjustment in total safety.

Summing up:

  • suitable for children between 12-14 years old
  • in Caprera (Sardinia)
  • 7 or 14-day courses (only for the consolidation course) in June, July and August
  • Summer camp in English
  • Summer camps

English Summer Camp

Among the various summer camps, the English Summer Camps certainly stand out. Offering the learning of a foreign language, especially English.

But be careful, it is not just about courses and lessons held according to the scholastic method: the language is also learned in other ways. And above all the campus programs include many other activities and games.

Bellamonte International Camp

We move to Trentino-Alto Adige where we find the ‘ International Camp of Bellamonte, welcomes children aged 6 to 16 years.

It is an English-language summer campus that also offers a series of activities in contact with nature: trekking,  rafting,  adventure park, camp out, and much more.

All activities take place in English thanks to the presence of certified mother-tongue teachers from different countries and the presence of participants of the most varied nationalities.

Summing up:

  • suitable for children between 6-16 years ;
  • in Bellamonte in Val di Fiemme, at the Park Hotel Sancelso ;
  • weekly shifts (Saturday-Saturday), with the possibility of 1 or 2 weeks, starting from 29 June to 31 July 2021.

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There is a good chance that if you are not a “math person,” you are not necessarily looking forward to studying for a math exam. However, if your upcoming exam is a midterm or final and the class is a prerequisite course, passing the test may mean the difference between getting your degree and not getting your degree. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to study for a math exam and not burn out. Moreover, math can be fun if you allow it to be. The moment that you see math as something that is enjoyable is the moment that it will be less daunting. Here are five helpful tips to keep in mind when you are studying for your math exam.

  1. Make sure that your environment is clean, comfortable, and inspiring. The truth is that it can be difficult to study for any exam in an environment that is cramped and dirty. This is why you want to make sure that you find a space that is clean and organized. If your dorm room is messy, you probably want to move to the library.
  2. Make sure that you are properly hydrated and have plenty of healthy food. Another essential study tip is to have plenty of water on hand. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated. The truth is that water can actually make your brain work faster and more efficiently. On top of having plenty of water, you also want to have plenty of healthy food and snacks. The key is to not feel sluggish – healthy food will give you energy.
  3. Make sure that you have all your notes organized. It is also important to have all of your notes organized. When it comes time to study for math, you want all your notes to be compiled into an easy-to-use reference system. This will slow down the amount of time you spend rifling through papers trying to find the information you need. Ideally, you want to organize your notes every time you come home from class.
  4. Make sure to seek a tutor if you are having trouble understanding concepts. Many people struggle with the basic tenets of mathematics. If you are having a hard time, you may want to hire a private tutor. The truth is that not all people are “math-oriented.” Most people think more abstractly, so it is difficult to get into the math mind frame. A tutor will be able to help you.
  5. Make sure to take breaks when you need them. On top of everything, you also want to take breaks. The truth is that you will burn out if you don’t slow down every once and a while. You may want to blast through until the morning, but for the sake of your health, you want to stop and take a breather. In the end, the more re-energized you are, the better you will absorb the information and the better you will do on your exam.

Home Economics is one of the classes people love to take in high school and middle school, but for all of the wrong reasons. It is never about an interest in learning how to cook, do laundry, or become a useful member of a household. It’s usually about getting an easy A. Which is alright. I get it. But Home Economics is one of the few classes you might actually regret drifting off during once you hit college.

One day, you will find yourself at the grocery store down the street from your college apartment. Your eyes will glaze over as you stare at the uninspired selection in the frozen foods aisle, and then you’ll be jolted by a bolt of inspiration. You will realize that you can cook yourself a real meal! One of the ones your mom used to cook, with meat and vegetables. The type where you use an oven or a stove instead of a microwave or a hot plate.

You watched your mom cook plenty of meals, and hey, you did get that A in Home Ec. You’ll return home with a notably lighter wallet and bags full of ingredients. When you’re staring at those ingredients spread out on your counter, next to a pile of cooking tools you don’t remember ever buying, that’s when the regret will hit you. You’ll realize you never actually learned how to cook.

Luckily, all is not lost. Cooking is pretty easy, and you’re in college, which means you’re already prepared to learn something new. While college students may not be world-renowned for the prowess in the kitchen, these are 5 dishes that every student from Georgetown to GW Online can and should learn how to make. 

  1. Chicken Parmesan

This one is easy, delicious, and relatively nutritious. After all, it’s pretty much just chicken and cheese. Don’t be scared off by cooking chicken, either. As long as the insides are fully cooked through — no pink center – you’ll be good to go.

  1. Mason Jar Salads

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A delicious salad you make in a mason jar, that can be stored for a few days and taken on the go.

  1. Vegetable Wraps

Just slice up a serving of your favorite vegetables, sauté them in olive oil until they’re soft, and wrap them in a tortilla with some dressing. It’s a quick meal that will actually provide you with the nutrients you need to get through the day.

  1. Avocado and Egg

Fry up an egg to your preferred doneness and plop it into a sliced avocado. The two foods go great together, and it’s a healthy breakfast alternative, given that avocados are a superfood and all. Don’t forget the salt and pepper.

  1. Curry

Curry is a foreign delicacy that’s surprisingly easy to make. It is also versatile, with plenty of different ways to prepare it, and downright tasty. All you need are vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and plenty of curry spice.

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