September 12th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
As summer draws to a close and school supplies, syllabi, and textbooks grace your home with their presence, you may experience some mixed emotions. The end of summer can be a bit of a bummer, as the lazy days at the pool, sleeping in, and constant outing with friends fade into responsibilities, schedules, and schoolwork. You may be a bit excited about the upcoming school year too, however. New classes, new friends, and new opportunities can make even the most reluctant learners look forward to the fall each year. If you’re struggling to get back into the swing of high school after summer break, or if you simply want to be as prepared as possible for the transition from summer to fall, check out these back-to-school tips from SDVS.
Establish a Routine
Whether you attend a traditional school or an online school, you need a routine to ensure you’re completing your assignments and getting other parts of life taken care of as well. Start immediately—don’t want until you get your first big project or have your first test or feel like you’re struggling with time management. Start from day 1 of the fall semester by establishing a routine. Your routine may look incredibly different from some of your peers, but make a list of what absolutely has to be done every day, then a list of what should ideally get done every day. You may need to write out a schedule for yourself with hourly time blocks, or it may be enough to simply know the order in which you’ll complete the days’ activities. Either way, establish a positive and productive routine from the start of the school year to keep yourself on track with your various responsibilities and commitments all year long.
Set up a Work Space
This is one of the most fun parts of going back to school. Once you’ve purchased your school supplies and decided where your work space is going to be, set up the area to be conducive to learning and productivity. Whether you use the work space only for homework or if you’re a full-time online student who spends hours at your work space each day, it needs to suit your needs and help you get things done. Your work space might be a desk in your bedroom, a section of the dining room table, or a freestanding table in the living room. No matter where it is, it should be neat, organized, and as free of clutter as possible. Everything you need to do your schoolwork should be easily accessible, such as extra paper, pens and pencils, highlighters, and the like. Having a designated spot to work will help you stick to your routine and get your schoolwork done in a timely and effective manner.
Be Consistent About Sleep Times
This can be extremely hard, especially for all those night owls out there. Waking up for school can be a challenge for anyone, no matter how much or a morning person you are or if you don’t have to wake up quite as early as your peers. It’s important to get into a positive morning routine though, and being consistent about your wake-up times from day one will help. If you can muster the motivation to start a few days before the first day of school, that’s even better. And if you can maintain your early wake-ups on the weekends, that will help even more. Along with consistent wake-up times come consistent sleep times. This means setting a bedtime for yourself. This can be a struggle for high school students, but it will serve you well in getting back into the swing of high school after summer break.
Being organized is important when it comes to your physical work space, but organization is also about keeping track of what you have to do and knowing where to find the assignments that you need. You may choose to use a paper agenda to write your assignments in, or a digital calendar may work better for you. You might have folders at your work space to keep your assignments in order, or you might prefer paper trays or something similar. Know how you’re going to keep track of all your assignments before the school year begins, and be sure to stick with that organizational model all year long.
This back-to-school tip goes hand-in-hand with several of the above-mentioned suggestions. Starting the school year strong is about establishing those positive habits right from the start and maintaining them. It can be easy to wait until a few weeks into school to really get into the swing of things, especially since the beginning of classes is often more about expectations and syllabi than completing actual assignments. However, the sooner you can establish an effective routine, get organized, and stick to your schedule, the better off you’ll be when the rubber hits the road and you have multiple assignments to juggle.
Be Patient with Yourself
Sometimes, you can ease into a new school year with calmness and simplicity, but other times, a new grade level can hit you like a ton of bricks. One important tip to get back into the swing of high school after summer break is to be patient with yourself. You spend two glorious months with no homework, no tests, and no stress, and now you’re thrust back into the chaos of school, and you simply have to give yourself a break sometimes. It’s okay to feel like you need a little time to get adjusted to the new year, and it’s okay to struggle with some of these back-to-school tips. Just keep pushing forward and give yourself a little grace, understanding that both are important to your overall success and growth this school year.
August 26th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
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August 23rd, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Online schooling provides student with an excellent opportunity to work at their own pace and on their own schedules, as well as gain access to a quality education from anywhere. There are so many benefits for students who enroll in a virtual school, but some parents and students alike may have a few concerns when first considering an online education for middle or high school. One of the biggest things we hear from prospective students and their families is that they are concerned about social interaction. Since our classrooms are all virtual and we don’t have any face-to-face classes, it’s reasonable to be concerned about the lack of social interaction that your student will be getting. Before we delve into the various ways our students can advance their social skills while pursuing an online education, let’s take a look at the importance of social skills and how their proper development is vital to your child’s success.
August 15th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Whether you’re still in high school, just graduated, or are years removed, starting your first career can be an exciting and scary experience. You want to do well and you want to love what you do, but how can you set yourself up for success? Check out our top 6 things you need to know before starting your career, and how you can get a jump on them while you’re still in high school. Then be sure to take our quiz below to see how you’re doing in learning and establishing these critical skills.
July 29th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Some previous generations have sent the majority of their high school graduates straight to the career field while others have sent most of their grads to college. Nowadays, the status quo is shifting a great deal as students and parents alike are seeing the value in open-ended options and making decisions based on an individual rather than the trends. For a while, it was thought that college was the only way to get a job that paid well and be able to provide for a family one day. Many students and adults alike have slowly realized that isn’t always the case. While college graduates, in general, do tend to make more than those without college degrees, there’s no guarantee that a college education will give you a higher income or more job security.
July 25th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Social media has absolutely revolutionized our world. It’s crazy to think that Facebook has been around for less than 20 years and has been accessible to everyone for even less time than that. After the introduction of Facebook, it began a snowball effect of social media platforms. From Instagram to snapchat and from LinkedIn to Alignable, social media sites are everywhere and serve just about every purpose possible when it comes to connecting individuals.
Teens have a not-so-great reputation when it comes to knowing how to use social media responsibly, but it’s incredibly important that adults everywhere teach younger generations how to be wise about their social media usage and general internet behavior. Not only does the world need good online citizens, but irresponsibility in social media use can bring about serious and significant damage to an individual’s reputation and can even ruin their chances of getting into their dream school or landing that perfect job. Whether you’re just entering the world of social media or you’re just looking to brush up on some tips on how to use social media responsibly, here are the best pieces of advice we’ve found to make social media benefit you rather than harm you.
July 18th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Colleges love to admit well-rounded students who are involved in different extracurricular activities during the school year. It proves they can manage and balance school as well as other important things, which is an important skill for college students to have. But if you really want to impress a college and further boost your college resume and application, getting involved in some summer activities will help significantly. Not only are you a driven and purposeful individual, but spending your valuable free time during the summer to better yourself and further yourself personally, academically, or otherwise is sure to impress college admissions boards.
July 11th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Apprenticeships gained their popularity in America during the Depression when labor shortages led to more standards and formalized training for a number of jobs in several industries. Despite their importance when first introduced, apprenticeships have not taken hold in the United States quite as much as they have in other countries. Additionally, only certain industries tend to offer apprenticeships, despite the vast advantages they’ve brought to the various job fields and the employees. More and more people are seeing the benefits of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training programs, and there has recently been a push in the US to increase apprenticeships to encourage more job training to happen on the actual job rather than in classrooms alone. While the increase has not been as substantial as many hoped, in 2016, there were about 500,000 apprenticeships listed with the Department of Labor, which is a significant jump from the previous year.
June 20th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
High school students are often looking for summer jobs to make some extra cash or give them something to do over the summer. While most people think of college students or recent college graduates when they think about internships, high school students can benefit a great deal from taking on a summer internship and employers are also experiencing advantages by hiring high school students as interns. Rather than spend a summer flipping burgers or babysitting the neighbor’s kids, high school students can and should look for an internship that will benefit them both now and in the future.
June 12th, 2019 by SD Virtual School
Summer school is usually associated with students who are behind or struggled to pass all their classes through the regular school year. However, more and more students are choosing to take summer classes not out of necessity but rather as a way to get ahead and take advantage of the many benefits that these summer classes offer. While one of the main benefits for students who take summer classes is related to catching up or reestablishing a good GPA, there are a number of other significant reasons why middle school and high school students may elect to take summer classes.