The new year is here, so that means students from all over and watching their calendars waiting for the end of the school year. Online students who have more flexible schedules are no different than anyone else, and they’re ready for their school year to wind down, too. The trouble arises when you realizes that even though you’re partway done with your school year, you’ve still got more ahead of you! How can you keep your motivation up and your trajectory aimed at your academic or your personal goals as you work your way through 2023?
Young people around the globe got a taste of the flexibility and lower social pressure of attending school online during the pandemic, and although some students couldn’t wait to get back to in-person classes, others wanted nothing more than to continue attending class online. If you’re one of those students for who prefer the lower social pressure and self-paced options of online school, you might be ready to talk to your parents about a change of academic environment. Excel High School has been serving our online students since 2004, and our experience has led us to some helpful tips for how to tell your parents that you want to attend online school.
Earning your high school diploma opens up plenty of opportunities for you, whether you’re heading off to college or university, joining the military, or jumping right into a career after graduation. Your goals are out there waiting to be achieved and your dreams are waiting to be reached. Excel High School can help you get there through either of our two diploma tracks.
When you attend a traditional in-person high school, the school will remind you quite often that you should be signing up to take the SAT or ACT during your Junior and Senior years. However, online students are in the unique situation where they have flexible schedules that might not line up with their local school, and they aren’t in a one-on-one setting to be reminded of when and how to schedule their SAT or ACT test. If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve actually got a couple of options for signing up to take either the SAT or ACT.
If you’re an online student, you probably spend a great deal of time at your keyboard. What’s more, typing is your primary avenue of communication with your instructors and support staff. Being able to type quickly and accurately is an important skill for online students, and it’s an easily transferable skill for individuals who will end up working in an office setting where they will be typing a good portion of their work days.
When you take the leap and enroll your child in an online high school program, you’re helping your child become an independent, confident thinker. That’s a great quality to gift them and will set them apart from their peers, but if your child struggles with their newfound independence, you can still work with them to develop this important skill. As a provider of online education for decades now, Excel High School has some experience working with families to help their children learn and practice independence.
Every day, Excel High School’s Academic Success Coaches have reason to celebrate because each day they work with their students to make sure they’re making progress and getting the most out of their program. Our Coaches and students get to know each other and find out what makes each student successful, learning and growing as EHS students. Some of the best advice comes from this relationship between our staff and students, so here are some important tips to help you succeed as an online student at EHS.
Remember when the most crucial decision you had to make was what type of brick to build Steve’s house out of in Minecraft? Or when the toughest situation you found yourself in was helping Link solve puzzles on the way to the next boss battle? Since you were a kid, you’ve been making decisions left and right. Some decisions felt crucial (and really weren’t) while other decisions didn’t feel like a big deal (and turned out to be important).
Online students experience many benefits that their in-person counterparts don’t have the option for. From flexible schedules to focusing on just a few courses at a time, online students have the chance to tailor their academic lives to match their personal lives. In order to reap the benefits of online learning, students also need to master a few essential skills. Not only will these skills help your academic life as an online student, but they will transfer over into whatever you do after high school as well.
Middle school is a time of an awful lot of change for your student. When your child is in middle school, they’re experiencing rapid brain development. The realms of social emotional learning become a major priority for your middle schooler’s brain, and you enter into a period where teaching them how to practice empathy increases in importance.