Online learning can be a major advantage for your child. The flexible schedule is a lifesaver for kids with complicated schedules and obligations. Students get to set their own goals and focus on the areas where they need the most help with personalized curriculum. Through online learning, students can also receive personalized feedback from a highly qualified instructor.
However, distance education can come with its own challenges. As a parent to an online student, it can be hard to know how best to support your child’s learning. Here are some tips to help you both succeed:
Have a Set Schedule
Although one of the many benefits of online learning is the flexibility, it’s still important to have special times reserved just for learning. If your child simply waits until the whim strikes them, they’ll get distracted with other things. As much as you can, set a definitive schedule and help your child stick to it every day. Monitor breaks and make sure that they’re just that–breaks–instead of an excuse to get distracted.
Give Them an Appropriate Space
Have a zone (in your house, or elsewhere) specifically reserved for learning. This will put your child in the right mindset for online learning. They’ll need sufficient computer resources and tools, but they also need to have minimal distractions, so it might be appropriate to set up restrictions on the internet for certain study-only times.
They’ll also need enough space for whatever activities the course requires. If there are physical exercises involved, your child will need an area to perform activities, and any exercise equipment would be welcome as well. Support them with all the materials and resources they’ll need to be on top of their game.
Be Involved in their Learning
Most online learning takes place using technology-enabled interface with the curriculum and instructors. Although this one-on-one learning is effective for most students, it’s still nice to have someone to talk to in person about the subject matter. As a parent, you have the power to help ignite passion for the subject in your child. Learn what your child is excited about in their course studies, and discuss it. Be in contact with their instructors so you know what they need to work on, and above all, keep track of their schedule, deadlines, and personal goals so that you can follow up regularly.
At Carone Learning, we believe that parents are a vital part of each student’s education. We want you to be actively engaged in your child’s success, and we partner with you to make it happen. Contact us for more information.