Tips for High School students transitioning to Virtual Learning
While learning is having to change for many students it is important to remember that students learn in a variety of ways. Many students have not had the opportunity to experience an online class. However, studies have shown that virtual learning is just as effective as classroom learning. Here are some tips to help you or your student make the most of online learning.
Create a Schedule
One of the most challenging aspects of virtual learning is the lack of structure. During a typical school day, students are expected to follow a strict schedule, often starting in the early hours of the morning. While it may be tempting to put off online work for later in the day, it’s best to stick to similar hours and avoid procrastinating. Set an alarm every morning, get dressed, and eat breakfast, just as you would if you were attending courses in-person. This sense of routine will help get you in the mindset for schoolwork.
Make a Work Space
Avoid working from your bed or sitting in front of the television. Instead, create your own workspace, even if it’s just a chair at your kitchen table. Strive to establish a distraction-free zone by keeping electronics and entertainment away from your workspace. Stock up on all the essentials you would use during a typical school day, such as a calculator, notebook, and bottle of water. If your designated work space is noisier than you’re used to, consider putting in headphones for deeper concentration.
You Deserve a Break
Set aside time for meals, exercise, and relaxation, even if you plan on staying home all day. Every few hours, get up from you work station and get in some movement, even if it’s just light stretching. Take a lunch break away from your computer and give yourself time to enjoy your meal. Carving out these break periods will help students stay focused and feel energized.
Don’t Forget your friends
During a normal school day, most students interact with peers and teachers. It can be easy to go into isolation mode if you’re following an online learning course, but strive to make virtual connections with your friends and check in on them. Whether it’s texting during one of your study breaks or Face Timing during lunch, don’t be afraid to reach out to your peers and stay in touch.
Online learning can be challenging, particularly if it is due to an unexpected scenario such as the COVID-19 outbreak. Before you begin your studies each morning, have a concrete list of goals you would like to accomplish and items to check off your to-do list. Before signing off for the day, review this list and reflect on your progress. It’s normal to have a few outstanding items from time to time, but if you’re constantly struggling to get through your checklist, it may be time to reconsider your work habits. These daily check-ins will also keep you accountable and engaged in your coursework.
Although different from traditional learning, virtual learning can be a meaningful experience, particularly when students take the time to prepare and continue to reflect on their progress.
If you are looking for personalized advice on how to learn about colleges or transitioning to virtual learning please contact Briley College Consulting. Briley College Consulting works virtually with students across the US and can help you stay on track in your college admission planning.