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How Should I Approach My Learning

What do I need for my leaning?

You will need to bring with you a number of things. The easiest things to sort is the stationary.

The stationary you will need

  • A cheap diary to record what you have done each day.

  • An A4 folder to hold your evidence.

  • Dividers to keep your work organised.

  • Paper to make notes and show your workings out.

  • Plastic sleeves to hold projects together.

  • Pens and pencils and a pencil case.


The next thing to bring to your session is your learning effort:

Independent learning - it’s your learning – your education – you’re in charge –




  1. Prepare yourself by having all the right equipment, including your diary to hand, at all times

  2. Record all your learning in your diary, including what you need to work on in the coming days

  3. Organise your time to make sure you can complete all the learning planned

  4. Just ask if you need help

  5. Engage in the learning – challenge yourself, try new things!

  6. Check your work is completed and presented to the best of your ability – use electronic tools to help with spelling and grammar

  7. Take all completed work to the session – work left at home is of no use to anyone!



You will come across things that are tricky or even quite hard to understand – that is normal!

You are growing physically and mentally and as you get older and your brain matures as new ideas present themselves. We learn many things in order, and only when we understand principle are we able to think about the next one. You learnt to add and take away before you learnt your multiplication tables. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this” - think about how can I help myself learn this . The brain is malleable – meaning easily influenced and amended – therefore trainable!

Try thinking:

  • What am I missing

  • What different strategy could I use

  • This may take some time to understand

  • Who can I ask for help?

  • I am prepared to practice this skill until I get it with easy

  • Celebrate each new step you make​


So, our brain can change as it receives external stimuli. Learners in particular have no idea what their limits are. As home school learners, we have the privilege opportunity to set our own bar wherever we like. When we are comfortable with a new skill share it – become a study buddy!


Studying together cuts through the social isolation we might feel as home schoolers. It makes learning much more fun!


Look out for the events held by Orchard Training that bring us together and the learning we can achieve at that event. Not everything might be of interest but spending time with others will help make that learning come alive.


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Where Am I?

If you don’t know where to start, think back to where you last felt comfortable learning that subject. You might be in Year 9, but the last time your felt comfortable doing Maths was in Year 4, with that nice teacher who explained it so well. There is no shame in that! So, go back to that point and work upwards. Talk to us about how we can construct the best path upwards for you.

For those of you who don’t like getting it wrong - don’t stay in the Comfort Zone for too long. It is easy to go back and practice what we already know, the point is to move in to the green Leaning Zone, where the magic happens! However, we understand because it’s “new stuff” you might feel uncomfortable. If you need support to cope with the anxiety of the ‘new stuff’, talk to us.


For those of you who are dyslexic or dyscalculic you may find the whole of English or Maths a problem, you will need specialist help to support your starting point and to guild the learning, so make sure your talk to us about where you are and what you want to achieve.



Finally, you will need access to lap top or computer which has Word, Excel and PowerPoint loaded on to it, as many of the projects will require you to produce your evidence on one of these programmes. You can access the IXL website using an IPad but it is a bit fiddly, it is much better to use a laptop or computer. A camera, either on the phone or as a separate piece of equipment is useful to take photographs of your work or activities. The advantage to this is evidence can be kept electronically and you don’t need to house large bulky pieces.

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