How to Set Your Student Up For Online Learning in 5 Simple Steps

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We know that virtual learning can seem nerve-racking, especially if it’s your first time enrolling your child in an online school. Parents, you don’t need to tell us twice! Whether you’re a new or seasoned parent, you might be unsure how to prepare your child for success. Don’t feel overwhelmed! If you’re like most of us, you probably have tons and tons of questions, such as how to create an organized learning space or which online tutoring websites are best for kids or where to buy unbelievably cheap (but trendy) school supplies.

At MUSE Virtual School, we also know that choosing a virtual program for your child is a huge decision. But we’re here to help you make the right choice. While the adjustment to virtual learning can definitely be fun and exciting (your kids will agree), know that these courses will demand as much, if not more, time and effort from your child as in-person classes.

So whether you’ve enrolled your children in a high-performing learning lab like MUSE Virtual School or are considering another online learning program, there are several important factors to consider that can help them hit the ground running as successful virtual students. So tell your kids to grab your backpacks and get ready for the journey!

Here are our five recommendations for your children to boost their success while adjusting to the unfamiliar world of digital learning. Trust us, we know it can be daunting. But don’t fret, the learning curve is steeper than it looks.  Have your children practice these good habits, and eventually, they might be teaching you!

1. Create an Organized Learning Space

Calling all homemaking pros, near and far! This is your time to shine. Create a clean, organized workspace for your child that is dedicated to school and conducive to learning. Your children should be able to fully concentrate on their coursework without distractions. But of course, we know this is easier said than done.

Their learning space should have space for all of the classroom materials they need, including books, a computer or laptop, folders, and all the colorful pens and highlighters they could want. Because kids get distracted very easily, try to create this space away from other electronic devices, including televisions, telephones, and gaming systems.

Label your child’s folders to store class handouts, notes, and assignments for each subject. In other words, now is the time to buy all the colorful Post-it notes you’ve ever wanted to your heart’s content. To store electronic handouts, have your children create digital folders for each class on their laptop or computer. Children should make a virtual “to do” list with assignments ranked by due date or in order of priority.

Choose a techie-approved, child-friendly laptop for your children with a built-in speaker and camera or purchase an external speaker, a headset, and a webcam, as students might need these devices to complete their coursework. Also, we suggest that your child has quick and easy access to a printer. Congratulations, you’re all set up!

2. Set Up a Flexible Schedule

You’re going to love this tip if you’re a planning aficionado. In order to be successful, your children should follow a daily schedule.  If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a planner that’s fun, easy to use, and functional. If your children’s school provides a digital planner, use it to plan their personal appointments, such as study sessions with classmates and meetings with teachers and everything in between.

While it may be true that virtual learning might offer more flexibility, don’t let your child use this as a chance to sleep in or watch T.V. instead of doing homework. Setting a regular routine (which can be tricky even for grown-ups) will help your children stay up-to-date with their assignments. Plus, building a routine improves the odds that your children will stick to their commitments!

Learn when your children’s teachers hold their office hours so you can schedule appointments during open slots in their schedule. This way, if your children are feeling especially overwhelmed, they don’t have to (and shouldn’t!) struggle alone. You can schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher as your first course of action.

At MUSE Virtual, our teachers provide daily office hours and are available to answer student’s questions as well as offer one-on-one support for passion projects and independent work. So if you have any questions, ask, ask away! Help is always there when you need it.

3. Have Your Children Make the Most of Their Resources

Be aware that as online students, your children (and you!) have many helpful resources available to them. The textbooks resources from your child’s school’s library are always a go-to, but trusted online instructional tools and websites are also suggested. Specifically, online resources such as blogs, learning modules, assessments, homework assignments, courses, and online subject curriculums from educational organizations are recommended. For deep learning on subjects traditional and modern, your child can try Coursera, Khan Academy, Udemy, Skillshare, and other such tools!

Aside from online educational resources, parents can turn to the human resources at your child’s school. Many times, the answers to most of your questions are just a phone call or email away. These helpful people include other parents, teachers, school counselors, social workers, and administrators including principals, assistant principals, and academic department leaders. Everyone wants to see your child succeed. Don’t be afraid to reach out!

At MUSE Virtual, this is no exception. Our seasoned administrators, educators and staff are always happy to answer any of your questions. Our team strives to ensure your child is 101% prepared for success and constantly learning, growing and improving. During the admissions process, you and your child will meet with the MUSE Virtual Director and teachers to assess your child’s academic successes and challenges. Afterwards, we’ll create an individualized learning plan tailored to your child’s learning profile.

We want to nurture positive relationships with our students and their parents by collaborating across all ages, communities and cultures. Also, don’t forget about other parents. They’re experiencing the same challenges (and victories) you are too. Turn to your network!

4. Practice Self-Care With Your Child

Because your children will be spending an enormous chunk of their time online, make sure that they stay active during the school day. The benefits of physical fitness are many, such as enhancing mood, providing energy, and boosting brain power. If you’re looking for a quick way for your child to feel better, a quick workout is guaranteed to work almost every time!

The good news is that your child can conveniently work out at home without once stepping outdoors. Try accessing a variety of online exercise resources available on social media platforms. Your student can try kid-friendly, parent-approved YouTube channels including Cosmic Kids Yoga, Have Fun Teaching, and Dance Sweat Live. You might even find yourself dancing too!

Also, make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and eats a nutritious diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. As they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. A healthy diet will strengthen and nourish your children’s bodies to tackle the challenges of the school day. If feeling anxious or stressed, they should schedule time for self-care, such as by practicing yoga and meditation. Schedule out quality time for your child to spend with friends and family. While social distancing, personal connection with loved ones can go a long way!

If your children are feeling under weather, encourage them to beat the blues by staying positive, eliminating negative self-talk and looking within for motivation. Also, by revisiting their learning goals again and again, your children will build a growth-oriented mindset to overcome the challenges of being virtual learners.

5. Have Your Children Manage Their Time Wisely

If your children are chronic procrastinators and tend to hand in hastily finished assignments, help them practice strong time management skills. To avoid cramming in material before classes, spend time reviewing their course syllabus and jot down the due dates of major assignments in their virtual planner before the semester begins. Then, create a schedule to give them enough time to work on major assignments, fulfill study commitments, and attend class meetings. Before you know it, they’ll be an expert at time management!

Your children should commit to finishing online schoolwork as part of their daily or weekly routine. Setting reminders to complete these tasks in a timely manner will be very helpful. When working on tasks, students can decide on an amount of time to finish each task. Set a timer for your child to stay focused until each task is done. Remind your child it’s not necessarily about speed. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

As the semester moves forward, your children can self-reflect on how they’ve been spending their time. Afterwards, they can determine how to adjust their schedule, especially if they’re underestimating the amount of time it takes to complete assignments. At MUSE Virtual, our teachers are constantly interacting with students, learning about each child’s needs and interests, and customizing their learning experience accordingly. Just as no two children are the same, each students’ educational program is tailored to their unique preferences and styles.

Your Journey Toward Success Can Start Now

Ultimately, we know that attending a virtual school isn’t easy, but we believe that if your children are committed and stay persistent, they can achieve their goals. If you’re looking for an accredited, globally recognized, and high-performing online school, we encourage you to learn more about who we are. Enroll your child now in our award-winning program by inquiring today!

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