Getting ready to start your online schooling? Or are you already deep in your studies at your online school? Check out these 10 tips that will help you set up habits for success when learning online!
1. Get organized and maintain good organizational habits.
Being organized is crucial when you’re getting an online education. You won’t have a teacher always on you about keeping your desk or work space clean and organized. That will be on you now as you take your lessons online.
You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of space for your computer/laptop, pens, paper, notebooks, books, and more. Labels for all of your school supplies (particularly for folders and notebooks) can be useful. And with an online education, it will help to maintain good digital organizational habits, too.
2. Establish an education routine.
With an online education, it can be tempting to have a very loose schedule on which you learn, do homework, and take tests. This can lead to poor habits and eventually poor performance for some students. It’s recommended to establish a routine that you can stick to each week. This takes the planning out of when you learn so that you can focus on studying and performing well in your academics.
3. Maintain a positive attitude!
Your attitude can make a big difference in how well your online academics will go. If you’re always down about your progress, you might not be as likely to get motivated to make a change. But if you maintain a positive attitude, even a major setback can be an opportunity to grow.
4. Set some personal goals.
Good teachers will help you to challenge yourself and grow as a student, but you don’t need to wait for a teacher to give you permission to do that. Set some goals for yourself in academics so that you can stay challenged and always working towards an accomplishment.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Even though you might not have a lot of people around you while in online schooling, like you would in a traditional school, there’s still plenty of help around. With online messaging, forums, texting, and email, you’re always one connection away from the educational help you might need.
6. Practice good time management skills.
Similar to establishing a routine, practicing time management skills can help you to perform better as a student, especially if you have other hobbies you want to pursue outside of school. The better your time management, the more free time you’ll have.
7. Always bounce back from a setback.
Everyone, and we mean everyone, goes through different setbacks in their life, including in school. If you get a bad grade, or a project doesn’t go well, don’t let that keep you down. See if you can learn anything from it and move on, aspiring to do even better on the next test or project than the last.
8. Monitor the time you spend online: don’t go overboard.
With online education, you’re already spending a lot of time online. It’s good to get away and work on something else, go hang out with friends, or enjoy a different hobby. Try to be aware of how much time you’re spending online and go do something else when you’ve spent a lot of time online.
9. Take a break.
You will probably have some long study sessions at some point in your years of online schooling. It’s important to take regular breaks to give your body a chance to stretch out. This is also a great opportunity for your mind to relax and get a mental breather in.
10. Learn about something personally interesting to break the cycle.
Sometimes you just have to get away completely from your work and studying. Take some time to learn something different or embark on your favorite hobby. This will help to break up the repetition of some of your studies and re-energize you.
Contact us today at San Diego Virtual Schools to learn more about online schooling and how you can succeed with virtual schooling!