Posted by ICON School on Nov 8, 2021 10:32:00 AM
The words "back to school" can be stressful for many students, especially if you are making the switch from traditional, in-person learning to online classes. And if your learning was interrupted or impacted by COVID-19 shut-downs and restrictions, you might be feeling even more apprehensive about moving forward with your education.
Along with a mix of excitement and nervousness, there’s still a lot up in the air regarding what some of your peers might be facing, along with the entire globe! There's so much to learn and a lot to consider, but there’s also a lot of things that you can do to help you stay organized, motivated, get inspired, and achieve your goals.
Here are a few tips for creating a back-to-school plan!
The Online School Difference
There are indeed all kinds of new things to expect from an online high school experience, but that's not a bad thing. Online schools encourage students and parents to work together to get the most out of education, which means that no one has to face new challenges, experiences, and adventures alone. More students than ever before were given the opportunity to experience online learning due to the pandemic, and your teachers learned a lot too! Online schooling is more robust, respected and common than ever before as well, and there are more people starting their online journey with you than even just a few years ago. You aren’t alone, getting your education online is an exciting, rewarding, and powerful way to create your future.
Why Make A Back To School Plan?
One great example of parents and students working together is the back-to-school plan. It's something that all parents and students are familiar with, a routine that changes a little bit each year. But when it comes to online education, you're in charge of some brand-new things. Here are a few tips to help you master the back-to-school plan before it's time to start online high school!
The saying goes, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail, so let’s get you set up for success!
1. Create a designated workspace.
It's easy to get distracted when you're doing an online class from home. Parents and students can work together to create workspaces that encourage focus and motivation. And, of course, it always feels good to be organized, prepared, and ready for a new school year. Your study space should be clean, organized, free from daily distractions, and be designed to support your learning. Reserve this special space for classes, studying, and learning, and ask your parents to support you in keeping this space special throughout the school year.
2. Stick to a schedule.
Although online high school is flexible and can often be done at your own pace, time management skills are a must. The best way to make sure everything gets done on time is to create a schedule that sets aside specific time for classwork, while also taking into account other activities or household jobs. You will want to start your routine before school starts, and that means getting up and going to bed at a regular time, taking care of your body and mind with nourishing food, exercise, time for friends and family, and more. Your routine is everything, and sticking to it will benefit you in every area of your life. Write down your schedule, and make sure to also add in your goals, what you hope to accomplish, and by when.
3. Don't forget orientation, and keep in touch!
Orientation classes, materials, and meetings are an excellent opportunity for parents and students alike to learn what's expected of them—and to keep everyone on the same page. Remember to keep an eye out for orientation announcements! Even if you are online, your education, performance, and overall well-being will benefit from you taking the time to reach out to your teachers, supporters, and others before and during your education. Ask questions, keep in regular contact, and remember this; when in doubt, reach out!
No matter what your reason is for getting an online education, the timing has never been better, and literally millions of students are finding success. Create a plan, stick to it, and we know you can achieve your goals.
If you are looking for a unique, flexible online educational experience that will help you achieve your goals, contact us today to learn more!