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How Students Can Find Internships

March 1st, 2019 by

College students and recent graduates are often encouraged to participate in internships to expand their experience, apply what they’ve learned in school, or even make some extra money. While paid and unpaid internships are a great chance for college students to get some hands-on training in a field they’re interested in, internships are also a great opportunity for high school students. They can see first-hand how certain jobs are done, meet professionals in industries they’re interested in, and experience new things while working with smart and motivated experts. If you or your student is interested in finding internships, we can help. Whether you’re trying to find internships for over the summer, for a work-study program, or for after graduation, finding internships doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult or time-consuming. Here are some of the best ways we’ve found to help students who are interested in finding internships.

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How to Adapt to a Student’s Learning Style in an Online Classroom (Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic)

March 1st, 2019 by

Parents and teachers have known for a long time that not all children learn in the same way. While students may be equally intelligent, the same teaching methods may not be effective for all individuals when it comes to learning and retaining information. Many professionals recognize seven total learning styles, but the three primary ones—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic—generally encompass all the others. Teachers are usually really great at differentiating instruction so that students with different learning styles are all able to absorb and understand the information being taught, but it can be a struggle to constantly adapt your teaching to the different learning styles.

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Why Teachers Should Teach Empathy in the Classroom

January 28th, 2019 by

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Teachers, parents, and students alike are discovering the importance of learning more than just academic knowledge in school. Real-life education is becoming increasingly important so that students can succeed and function well outside of their school walls. Since it’s not enough for students to just learn math, reading, writing, and study skills, teachers are shifting their focus to teaching resilience, perseverance, self-control, teamwork, and more. Another big focus is empathy. In the classroom, students as young as 5 can learn empathy and how to apply to their daily interactions with others. These lessons are key in helping students develop into kind and caring individuals who will eventually become responsible and productive members of society.

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How to Relieve Test-Taking Anxiety

January 28th, 2019 by

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Tests of any kind can be stressful and even overwhelming, but some individuals experience true anxiety when taking tests. Whether it’s a simple chapter test, a final exam for a course, or a college entrance exam, students are often intimidated and stressed out by the mere thought of taking a test. Test-taking anxiety goes beyond general feelings of stress about taking a test—it is a physical response and true physiological reaction to the test. Students with test-taking anxiety have more extreme feelings than general nervousness about a test. They often experience stomach discomfort, sweaty palms, an inability to concentrate, racing thoughts, and increased heartbeat, and feelings of dread and an ability to recall pertinent information. Test-taking anxiety can often bring about feelings of fear and uncertainty as well, especially since many students with it don’t perform well on tests and therefore have grades that do not appropriately reflect their academic knowledge or retention of information. If you have students who suffer from test-taking anxiety, there are some things you can do to help them. Understanding why students experience it and why they feel so much pressure to do well on tests is a good start. We’ve then compiled a list of tips to help you relieve test-taking anxiety in your students so they can perform better on tests without the stress, and they can finally have grades that reflect their capabilities.

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Switching Back to School Mode After Winter Break

January 2nd, 2019 by

The holidays are over, sleeping in is a thing of the past, and schedules are starting to pick up and fill up once again. With winter break in your rearview mirror, students and adults alike can struggle with getting back into a normal routine and staying focused on the tasks in front of them. Winter break is a great time to rest, relax, and refresh, but how do you switch back into school mode after those two glorious weeks off? Here at San Diego Virtual School, we know the struggle. We know the challenge of self-motivation, self-discipline, and pulling yourself out of that wintertime lull. Check out some of our top tips to help students switch back into the school mindset after a few weeks off in the winter.

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New Year’s Resolutions for High School Students

December 21st, 2018 by

A new year is just around the corner and high school students everywhere are already looking forward to the upcoming summer. But with each new year comes the end to a grade level and the beginning of a new one. For some, that may be college, while others may simply be moving on to the next grade in high school. Wherever you find yourself headed this fall, begin this new year on the right foot and with plenty of excitement, goals, and positivity. In order to have the best year yet, you need to be mindful about your choices this upcoming year and make plans to succeed in every area of your life. Here are a handful of our best suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for high school students.

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Tips for Applying to College

November 26th, 2018 by

The first semester of the school year is almost over, and high school seniors are looking forward to finishing out high school and moving on to bigger and better things, like college! Many seniors have already begun the college application process, but don’t stress if you haven’t! There may be a lot to do to get ready to submit applications, but with a little planning and preparation, you can meet those deadlines, submit those applications, and get into a great college to set yourself up for future success! Here are some of our best tips for applying to college.
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November Checklist for High School Seniors

November 7th, 2018 by

By the time November rolls around, high school seniors are well into their final year of high school, and the newness of being the big man on campus has likely worn off. As the holiday break nears and the last semester of secondary education looms in the very near future, high school seniors must look farther ahead into what their futures hold.

If a high school senior plans to attend college the fall after graduating, November is an incredibly important month. While some college’s deadlines are later into the spring, many important tasks need to be completed and checked off in November or December. If you’re in the midst of preparing for college and need some more manageable tasks to take care of this November, we’re here to help. Utilize this November checklist for high school seniors to ensure all of your college applications get submitted on time and the entire process goes smoothly.
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5 Test Taking Strategies That Will Improve Your Test Results  

October 31st, 2018 by

 

For many people, taking a standardized test ranks somewhere between getting a root canal and waiting for hours at the DMV. Even when you’re confident in your knowledge of the subject matter, there’s no denying that testing can be anxiety-inducing. Thankfully, though, there are a number of helpful strategies that can help ensure the best possible score. The next time you’re taking a big test, try on one of these five strategies that are sure to help you get the best possible results.

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What Are the Best Times of Day to Study?

October 8th, 2018 by

What Are the Best Times Of Day to Study

If you are a student of any kind or ever have been, you have likely faced a large pile of schoolwork and watched the clock slowly tick later and later as you struggle to complete it. With school days often starting early and evenings full of extracurricular activities and sports events, completing homework, papers, and studying can often be a struggle for even the most organized and prepared students.

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