Inner Growth, Outer Shine

Navigating the world of learning and professional development

Written by Oisin Fahim
on January 23, 2021

The last year has proved a challenging one for learners and employers, being forced to adapt to new surroundings and ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoom has become a verb; homes have become offices and ‘sorry I was on mute’ the most common phrase of 2020. Remote working and learning is now the new norm so we’d better get used to it!

Whilst the nation delights in the news that vaccines are now in distribution, how we work and study is unlikely to go back to exactly the way it was. However, with virtual classrooms now the go-to method of teaching and learning, the wonderful team at Hawk Training are here to guide learners through these new environments.

Since the first lockdown we are so proud to have delivered over 450 remote workshops for over 2,500 wonderful apprentices. Like our learners, we have had to adapt our provision to a more digital process, as such, we’ve come up with our six top tips for keeping motivated and getting the very most from your remote learning experience:

  1. Establish a regular schedule. Regular bedtime and wake-up times will help you maintain a healthy routine and work life balance. Having a daily schedule and goals to accomplish will give you a sense of security and predictability.
  2. Keep in contact with natural light. Open your windows and expose yourself to sunlight as much as possible. This can be good for improving your mood and regulating your body clock. This is especially helpful on these short gloomy days.
  3. Take regular screen breaks. It’s no surprise to find that working long hours can lead to fatigue. We suggest regular breaks to improve your productivity, quality of work, attention levels and awareness. Staring at the screen for too long can also have a detrimental effect on your eyes which can lead to headaches and a lack of concentration.
  4. Maintain daily physical activity. Staying active helps you build up enough body fatigue to help with sleep patterns. Keeping active also releases endorphins which will ultimately have a positive impact on mental health, as such, supporting with concentration levels.
  5. Keep in contact. Touching base with friends, family and colleagues keeps spirits high during these difficult times. Maintaining regular contact is key to positive mental health, which in turn, will help with your learning.
  6. Ask for help. There’s no shame in asking colleagues or tutors for help if you do not understand something. There’s no such thing as a silly question if you do not know the answer. The team at Hawk Training are always on hand to support with any issues you may have.

If you’re an individual who’s keen to take your career to the next level, then check out our selection of short remote courses which will fill gaps in professional knowledge without needing to invest large amounts of time or money.

Expect an informal, fun and very interactive learning experience with an engaging variety of learning interventions. Pick up the skills to manage people, train staff, develop yourself, lead from the front or improve business performance.

Visit for more information and to secure your place on one of our upcoming courses.

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