So, you’ve decided to enroll in an online high school — either full-time or part-time. Great decision. An online education allows you greater flexibility as well as the opportunity to take courses that may not be available at a traditional school. In addition to those benefits, an online education offers you the opportunity to become more independent and disciplined — traits that will be invaluable for a lifetime.
Make sure that you’re setting yourself up for success by following these 8 tips. They will help you make the most of an online education, as well as equip you with the skills to pursue your next challenge — whether that’s college or a new profession.
1. Schedule your time. The comfort of “attending” school from home can be distracting if you’re not disciplined about scheduling your time. Make sure you develop a calendar that details how your day will be structured. In addition to your class time, schedule time for studying and homework.
2. Shower and get dressed. It may seem like a simple thing, but getting prepared for class — including getting out of your pajamas and eating breakfast, can help put you in the right mindset for being attentive for your online and studies.
3. Get and stay organized. Thanks to technology, many apps are available to help you easily keep track of your assignments. Take advantage of them. Use them to set reminders of upcoming tests, homework deadlines and other activities.
4. Do some extracurricular activities. Round out your studies with extracurricular activities or internships. Enroll in a community class in martial arts, dance or yoga. If you live near a college, find out if there are any courses high school students can take — whether for credit or not. You’re still learning. Also, take the initiative to ask local companies for the opportunity to job shadow or work as part of an internship.
5. Be an active participant in your learning. Don’t hesitate to explore, explore, explore! How about visiting a nearby art museum to supplement your studies on art history? You can also take a road trip to an observatory to learn about astronomy. There likely are numerous options to your education within a short distance from your home. Take advantage of them.
6. Try something new. Never thought about studying German, Chinese or American Sign Language? Get out of your comfort zone to try something unfamiliar. It will help you stretch.
7. Ask questions. It’s up to you to make sure you’re getting the answers you need. Just as you would in a school made of bricks and mortar, talk to your instructor if you don’t understand something. You’ll have a way to “raise your hand” in your virtual classrooms. You also will have opportunities to email or call your instructor. Take the initiative to simply ask for help.
8. Study in groups. Invite several of your classmates to a study group for your more challenging courses. Whether you meet virtually or in person, you can set up a regular time to assist each other.
With the right mindset, discipline and preparation, you will be able to make the most of an online high school education — paving the way to success now and with your future endeavors.