How to Prepare for the 2017-2018 Online School Year

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Once you and your child have decided that online school is the best choice for the 2017-2018 school year, it can be both an exciting and overwhelming time. Once you schedule classes, you may feel better about the upcoming year, but you are not done just yet! There are a few things you can do that will ensure you are prepared for the school year and that it runs smoothly. Here we provide a few tips that will help you and your child stay proactive so that you enjoy a successful academic year.

Get Your Schedule Organized and Gather Supplies

When signing up for courses, make sure you have written them down or printed them out so that you can get a visual idea of what your schedule will look like. This will help give you and your child a better idea of what each day will be like so that you can create a more refined schedule for sleeping and activities outside of school. You should also gather supplies ahead of time so that you are not running around at the last minute and your child can get familiar with all of the off and online tools and supplies.

Create an Ergonomically-Friendly Work Station

You can choose one work station or many in your home as long as you make sure they promote a healthy learning environment and that it is easy for your child to sit at attention. The area should be tidy and free of clutter, and the chair should be comfortable and ergonomically friendly.

Learn the Online Landscape of the School

Take the time to learn the online landscape of the school so that on the first day you are not left wondering where to go or find yourself lost when it comes to navigating around the site. You can go to student resources and learn more about what you can expect from the school and where everything will be.

Learn the Online Landscape of Your Particular Classes

Once you have learned the landscape of the online school, spend time learning more about your particular classes and the programs that you will be using. The more familiar you are with these, the better you will be able to focus on your course work and the more confident you will be in the first week of school.

Get Plenty of Sleep and Schedule Study Time

Because the online learning environment will be structured differently when it comes to timeframes, you will want to ensure that you are scheduling plenty of sleep and study time when you are making your schedule. Whether the classes are going to be very early in the morning, late in the afternoon, or during the same time as traditional public school hours, you will need to account for the extra hours needed for study and sleep. By setting this schedule before the year begins, you will find that you are setting you and your child up for success.