Managing Mental Health As An Online Learner

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With a year as unprecedented as this one, it’s important to remember that prioritizing mental health is imperative for everyone—but especially students. Many of you have made the switch to online learning this year, which is both exciting and overwhelming, especially given the circumstances. Transitioning can be tough, but you aren’t alone. Here are some ways to manage your mental health:

Communicate with your loved ones

As humans, we often have a hard time opening up while simultaneously being hard on ourselves. If we let things fester for too long, it can be detrimental to our mental health and affect our everyday lives. That’s why it’s important to keep your loved ones close and to communicate with them about how you’re feeling. They can offer support, help identify the cause of how you’re feeling, and assist in finding resources that will get you back on track. If you’re nervous to start the conversation, try writing down everything you’re feeling so you have an idea of what you want to say.

Stay active

It’s no secret your physical and mental health are connected! If you’re feeling low, one of the best things you can do is throw on your favorite activewear and get moving. Whether you go for a walk, take a virtual yoga class outside, or bike around your neighborhood, at least 30 minutes of exercise a day will improve your mood and provide a much-needed screen break for your eyes. Some schools, including ASU Prep Digital, even have fitness clubs, which promote maintaining a healthy lifestyle while bonding with your peers.

Sign up for therapy

While there are quite a few misconceptions surrounding therapy, the truth is that therapy is a great way to check-in with your mental health, work through any problems, and learn how to cope with and overcome the stresses of life. With half of all mental conditions starting by age 14, tools like therapy can help you address things such as anxiety and depression early on. In the age of COVID, many people are turning to online services such as Better Help and Talkspace, which offer virtual counseling in the form of video chats, phone calls, and instant messaging. There is no shame in getting help and therapy is beneficial whether you’re going through a difficult time or not.

 

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What Makes a Successful Online Student?

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You’ve done the research, discussed it with your parents, and decided you’d like to enroll in an online high school. But now another question comes to mind: What makes a successful online student?

Every student may learn a bit differently, but there are tools and tips in place to help you succeed no matter what. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of a successful online student:

Strong time management skills

In a traditional high school, you have a set schedule every day. You go to certain classes at certain times, then go home at the same time every day. In online learning, things are a little different. At ASU Prep Digital, students are given a pace chart to help them stay on track for each class. If you pair that with a planner (you can even personalize your own!) you’ll be able to effectively manage your time each day to avoid feeling overwhelmed. And if you ever feel like you’re falling behind, your Learning Success Coach is a great resource and always ready to help!

Strong communication skills

Being a strong communicator will be essential to your success as an online learner. It’s important to be proactive in reaching out when you need help or clarification on an assignment, whether you’re asking a teacher or a classmate. Luckily, you’ll have the chance to improve written and verbal skills in online learning. At ASU Prep Digital, students have a variety of communication tools at their disposal, including video chats, emails, phone calls, and texts.

Basic computer skills

Your computer will serve many functions during your online learning experience, so it’s vital that you know how to use certain programs and tools that will aid in your success. Being familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is a good place to start, as you’ll be writing assignments and putting together presentations. Since many online courses function like websites, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the specific programs your school uses. For example, ASU Prep Digital uses Zoom, a video meeting platform, for live lessons. But don’t worry—students get a crash course before diving right in!

Good Study/Work Environment

One of the benefits of online learning is getting to do school work wherever you want. It’s nice to get a change of scenery, especially when you’re feeling restless, but it’s a good idea to create a space in your home that’s equipped with everything you need to be productive. Make sure you remove all distractions, like TV or game consoles, and stock up on supplies, such as notebooks and pens, that will help you study and complete assignments efficiently.

Self-motivator 

At the end of the day, a successful online learner is independent, responsible, and self-motivating. It’s up to you to get everything done in a timely fashion, and you have the freedom to work ahead or spend a little extra time on difficult topics. But this doesn’t mean you’ll be alone on your journey! Your teachers, LSC, and parents will always be available to help and guide you to ensure you’re on the path to success.

 

Think online learning is the right choice for you? Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to learn more about ASU Prep Digital.

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