Study area, limited social media: Psychologist offers helpful tips for homeschooling

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As students prepare to shift to home-based learning, a psychologist gave tips to parents on how they can guide their children. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — As students prepare to shift to home-based learning, a psychologist gave tips to parents on how they can guide their children.

Dr. Randy Dellosa, a psychologist and psychiatrist, shared on Thursday that dedicating an area or space at home as well as a specific gadget for studying will help students concentrate on school.

He also said wearing uniforms could put the children in the student "mindset."

"It's a matter of conditioning na sa table na 'yun or sa corner na 'yun [in that table or corner] he can only study," Dellosa told CNN Philippines Newsroom Ngayon. "In that case, 'yung attention span mas tatagal [the attention span will last longer]."

Another tip would be to arrange a fixed schedule or routine and to limit screen time in gadgets for entertainment purposes, the psychiatrist noted. Ideally, students should only use gadgets for gaming or social media for two to three hours and even fewer hours for young learners, he said.

"We would like the children to have balanced lives so nakatutok na nga sila sa [their attention is focused on the] computer because of their online studies, what more afterwards?" he said. "So we have to take them away from the computer and then expose them to wholesome activities."

Dellosa also acknowledged that parents would also have to make adjustments despite already juggling other responsibilities including household chores. He urged parents to practice patience and even share tasks to make home-based learning a "team effort."

"The thing is wala tayong escape from this situation," he pointed out. "Ang isipin na lang natin lahat naman tayo ay nag-a-adjust so siguro doon na lang 'yung comfort natin na all of us will learn from it and grow from it."

[Translation: The thing is we don't have an escape from this situation. We should just think that we are all adjusting so maybe that it's a source of comfort for us that all of us will learn from it and grow from it.]

The Department of Education has maintained that the start of classes will push through on August 24 despite opposition, but face-to-face classes will remain suspended.