For workshifting to be successful, a person has to follow good learning practices. Because setting routines is important, try to set consistent work hours or lesson lengths. If that’s not possible, then ask your child to follow the same steps every time they start a lesson. To keep everyone organized, use a learning calendar.
To see if workshifting is right for your child, make sure you evaluate your student’s experience with it. For instance, try asking the following questions:
- How does it feel to move around?
- Does it feel refreshing to work in a different spot each day?
- What are some things that help you focus, no matter where you are?
- Where do you feel most comfortable?
- Where is it easiest to focus?
- Where do you like to work the most?
Work closely with your student to try shifting work locations for a couple of weeks. Use a journal or calendar to document the different places where your child studies and does homework. After each study session, ask your child to rate their comfort, focus, and productivity on a scale from 1 to 10. At the end of the trial period, review the journal or calendar. What do you notice about the results? Is there a particular study location that your child likes best? Did changing where they study help them focus?
To help implement workshifting for your student, learn how to create an online school schedule. The schedule can stay flexible and be modified as needed, no matter where your student is working or studying.