With the fall semester underway, many families across the country have chosen to keep their children home and enroll them in online programs, like ASU Prep Digital. If your child has never taken an online course, that’s okay! To ease your worries, we’ve rounded up several tips for transitioning to online learning:
Set a schedule and check in often
One of the major differences between online learning and brick-and-mortar is that students have the freedom to work at their own pace. While this is great for students who want to work ahead or even take a little more time with certain subjects, it can also take some getting used to. Help your child put together a schedule that allows them to work on assignments in a timely fashion without feeling overwhelmed. And during the first few weeks of their first semester, it’s recommended that you check in nightly to ensure they’re staying on track.
Encourage your child to engage in extracurricular activities
Transitions are easier when you have friends by your side! Online schools offer clubs just like brick-and-mortar schools do, which makes it easier for students to find something they’re passionate about and meet people who share the same interests. From book club to student government and everything in between, there’s no shortage of activities that will help your child break out of their shell and begin to develop connections with their peers.
Understand there will be a transitional period
The same way it takes time to transition from each grade level, your child will need time to adjust from a physical learning environment to an online learning environment—and that’s okay! The most important thing they’ll need during this time is support. Luckily, there’s no shortage of that at ASU Prep Digital. Students will communicate with their teachers and Learning Success Coach on a regular basis, ensuring they’re staying on track to be successful in and out of the virtual classroom.
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