What are the biggest challenges for you learning at home?

The biggest challenge for me is having five sisters (ranging from Prep to Year 10) also doing remote learning at home. They often come to me for help with work and their video calls are running frequently throughout the day. Their school timetable is also running at different times to mine, so they are often having fun playing outside while I’m trying to concentrate. All this can make it quite difficult to concentrate on my work.

Which subject is proving the toughest to study remotely?

I am not having any difficulty with the content of any of my subjects, however, the workload of my English can sometimes be overwhelming.

What do you like about learning at home?

I quite enjoy the flexibility of learning at home. I have been trying to stick to the regular timetable, but there have been times when I put a little extra time into a subject or assignment. It has been good to have that ‘backup’ space for projects.

Have you got a favourite place at home to work?

I spend most of my time working from my desk in my room. It is large and has lots of room to ‘spread out’ if the need should arise.

What’s your ISO exercise of choice?

We live out of town and I quite enjoy going for a bike ride in the bush. I probably ride 1.5 – 2km each time.

Any funny, unexpected things that have happened as a result of learning at home?

I was just finishing the last question on my first FASAC and went to type ‘Shift 5’ to add a percentage sign. However, I was rushing because my time was running out and my finger slipped and pressed F5 rather than 5. It was then I learnt that ‘Shift F5’ clears the PDF document. So, I emailed my teacher, explained the situation, and with his permission began again. After completing the SAC a second time I tried to save my work and realised I’d opened the PDF with the wrong browser and couldn’t save my answers. So I changed browsers and completed the SAC for the third time!

I did receive a good mark, so it was worth the extra effort in the end J

What are you most looking forward to about getting back on campus?

I’m looking forward to the face-to-face interaction with teachers and the conversations we have in class about the subject.

What’s something you do to completely switch off from study?

After school I either play the piano, go outside, or watch TV. I find these things relaxing after a long day ‘at school’.

Anything you’d like to say to the rest of the BSSC community during lockdown?

This has been a learning experience for many of us, and though it has been difficult, I’m sure everyone has learnt and experienced things you wouldn’t have otherwise. Take this as a new experience, a new opportunity and learn what you can.