Back to School Advice - 4 Tips for Online Learning Success
Updated: Sep 15
Most cities across The US are choosing to remain with online learning platforms at least for the foreseeable future. In order to give your child the best chance of success, some adjustments may need to be made to their daily routine.
We here at, Critical IT Solutions, have provided 4 tips for online learning success.
1. Set a Schedule and Post it in a Visible Place
When your child is in their regular classroom, there is often a schedule posted detailing the activities of the day. A posted schedule in your child's home school, can greatly reduce or eliminate conflict and confusion between you and your and child or children if they already know what is expected of them and when.
Here are some things to consider when developing a schedule for your child:
Your child's workload
Your child's age
Your child's attention span
Every child is different and every child works at a different pace. Try to set blocks of age-appropriate time for learning interspersed with snack breaks, art activities, and time outside. A change in environment can be just the thing to keep your child on track and focused when its time for academics.
Here are some free daily schedules you can print and post to help your child succeed at online learning
While having a posted schedule is a valuable tool, it is not set in stone. It's important to be flexible and attentive to your child's individual needs. If he or she is focused and engaged with their online learning, let them continue until they are ready for a break. See what works for your child and go from there.
2. Set up designated remote-learning workspaces in your home
A dedicated workspace with minimal distractions is key to online learning success. Create one or multiple of these workspaces for your children.
Here are some helpful tips for creating distraction-free learning spaces:
Chose a place or multiple places in the home that can be used every day. Don't keep changing their work station
Keep your child's age and learning style in mind. It is likely that younger children are going to need more assistance with their studies than older high school students will. Consider this when choosing locations for online learning.
Remove any toys or other distractions from the immediate area where your child will be attending their online school.
Provide plenty of surface area, like a table or desk where your child is free to stretch out with his learning.
Make sure there is adequate lighting by utilizing desk lamps or natural light sources.
Never involve couches or beds for your child's online learning space. These are places of rest and should be reserve for such activities.
3. Keep up with your child’s schoolwork
It may seem like a daunting task to keep up with your child’s assignments while you work full time, but it can go a long way in ensuring online learning success.
Spend just a few minutes a day going over your child’s assignments so he or she knows what they need to accomplish for the day and that you are invested in their online learning success.
Stay current and respond as promptly as possible to messages from their teachers, upcoming events, etc.
Browse through the online system your child receives their assignments through, and familiarize yourself with it so that you can assist your child if he or she gets lost or confused.
Make sure the posted schedule is accurate for each day. Review the schedule each morning with your child so that both you and your child know what assignments are due and the goals for the day.
Check on your children at regular intervals to monitor their progress, attention levels, and state of mind. Remember to be flexible with the schedule and adjust activities according to your student's needs.
Elicit your child's input on how to meet the day's goals. These types of problem-solving activities are teaching them valuable skills for the future.
4. Be a good role model
The best way to teach your child good behavior is to model the behaviors you want them to emulate. If you are a parent who is able to work from home, try to follow your child's schedule with them as best you can. You could even set up a small desk for them in your home office. Show them the strategies you use to stay organized and productive. This could be something as simple as writing all of your daily tasks down together in the morning or reading together for a break in the middle of the day. They can start learning time management and organizational skills just by seeing how you do work.
If you are a parent who can not be home with your child during the day while they are "at" school, there are still many ways you can support them.
Instead of worrying about whether your child is following the schedule at home, set reminders for them that will go off intermittently and remind them to get back on track. You can set these up on their computer/phone, or on a home voice search device such as Amazon Alexa. This can be a great trick for children with shorter attention spans who get distracted at home, or for any event that is scheduled like a zoom class.
Your children are less likely to feel "alone" at home if you check in regularly. Communicating with them throughout the day can help them feel supported. Try showing them what you are working on too instead of just asking what they are up to.
Are there other habits or disciplines you and your children have been implementing that have been successful for you? If so, drop them in the comments!