Posted by ICON School on Jan 9, 2023 2:52:22 PM

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Online school teaches students plenty of valuable life skills that will benefit them in and out of the classroom. Here's a look at how online school prepares learners for the rest of their lives.

Skills for College

Some middle and high school students are already thinking about college, while others aren't quite ready to look that far ahead. Luckily, online school builds life skills that benefit students either way--and if they don't choose to pursue higher education, these skills will carry over to any training programs or courses they take in the future.

Here's how online school prepares young learners to keep learning:

Study Skills

The online school environment provides students with everything they need, but it's up to them to take advantage of these resources. Because they don't have a teacher in the same room, they'll have to learn how to build and regulate their own study habits. This is especially valuable when an online school course involves both digital and physical study material, because learners will develop an approach that allows them to learn in both formats.

Research Skills

In a traditional school setting, students often have access to an on-campus library. That's not the case in online school, which means learners need to find their own resources and even use their local library if necessary. This is an important skill for higher education, where resources might not always be a few steps away--so if students learn to find what they need, they'll be better prepared for college or other educational opportunities.


Online school doesn't always have a strict schedule, which means students need to manage their time wisely and keep track of due dates, assignments, and more. All these life skills translate to one big thing--self-discipline--which will help learners in higher education.

Skills for Work

While online school is a great way to prepare middle and high schoolers for higher education, it's not just about "book learning." In fact, online school also helps support future careers and work opportunities:


Online school students need to be clear and consistent in communication. That's because emails, discussion boards and virtual meetings have different "rules" than in-person communication--and because all these approaches are used in the modern work world, it makes sense for students to develop necessary skills ahead of time.


Although learners always have access to the help they need, online school encourages them to solve problems on their own. This kind of self-reliance and creative thinking will help them handle work with more confidence and will make them more competitive in the hiring world.

Digital Literacy

Most of today's students have high levels of digital literacy--but do those skills hold up when a deadline is looming or a teacher isn't immediately available? Online school helps prepare learners to navigate the digital environment in a way that prepares them for challenges that might await them in their future careers--and this kind of digital literacy goes far beyond using social media and playing video games.

Skills for Life

College and careers are important, but online school creates one more type of value: life skills. Here's how online education prepares students for the everyday:


When students aren't in a traditional school setting, they often have more room to express themselves and explore the subjects that ignite their creativity. Online school helps them develop and nurture this skill so they'll approach life with a creative eye no matter what they do or where they go.


The online school setting encourages learners to explore topics from multiple perspectives, using both digital and physical materials to expand students' horizons. Naturally, this kind of exploration is valuable in everyday life, too, where learners will become "students of the world."


Online school gives students the space they need to approach topics in their own way--and this allows them to make things fun. This is a valuable skill they'll take with them as they grow up and interact with the world in different ways.

In conclusion, online school benefits learners in more ways than just providing an education. College, work, and life skills are all part of the curriculum--and the value lasts a lifetime.

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