What to do if your child is struggling with online school?

What to do if your child is struggling with online school?

Online learning offers many positive experiences for your students. They have time to explore hobbies and career interests or the ability to travel to visit family without interrupting school work. But what to do when your student is struggling: falling behind, constantly distracted, or generally unmotivated?

The Excel High School staff has worked with students who have thrown themselves into their program and found immediate success, but we have also worked with struggling students who are not quite sure how to successfully move forward. Here are some important steps we’ve found to help struggling students navigate their online curriculum.

Set SMART goals with clear expectations in mind.

The first intervention is to sit down with your student and help them set weekly SMART goals with clear expectations. Goals should come from your student, but should be created with your guidance related to the expectations you have for their academic education. growth and success. As you and your student set weekly academic goals, you can ask yourself the following questions.

S – Specific – Does the goal you set define a specific task you want to achieve? What exactly do you want to achieve?

M – Measurable – If your goal is specific, you should also be able to measure your progress towards achieving it. How will you know when you’ve completed a task or met a goal?

A – Achievable – You must be able to achieve your goal. Do you have the skills to achieve your goal? Do you have time to reach your goal? Do you have the necessary resources?

R – Relevant – Does this goal help you achieve your long-term goals? Is it important to you? Do you want to achieve this? It’s worth it?

T – Time limited – Does your destination have a start and end point? By what specific day will the goal be achieved?

Provide immediate positive feedback for goals achieved.

When your child has a set of SMART goals to guide them, they can check off each step along the way and celebrate each individual success. Break big goals into smaller, more achievable SMART goals and see your student’s motivation and attitude to school improve. Make time to review their achievements at least once a week, depending on the level of monitoring your students’ needs. When they score, help them celebrate. Even if it’s a tick on a calendar stuck to the fridge, positive recognition will go a long way in making your student feel supported and their hard work appreciated.

Maintain a consistent schedule with both scheduled and unscheduled breaks

Online students need the consistency of a set schedule and routine. Certain times should be designated as learning times to help your student succeed. The nice thing about online courses is that you can decide when your study time is. You will need to decide with your student what this schedule will look like.

Remember that your child will want and need breaks, so keep them in mind as you set the schedule. Do they want to work more than four days a week so they can have 3 days off each week? Do they want the day off in the middle of the week or as a long weekend? Do they want to work in the morning, take an extended lunch break to take a nap or go out, and then come back to it in the afternoon? The beauty of a flexible online program is that you can follow whatever schedule is best for your child as long as you stay consistent and give them the security of routine they need.

Evaluate their learning space.

Another intervention you may find necessary is changing your student’s classroom. One or two designated learning spaces are a good idea for your student to allocate time in this space as a time to focus on academics. Their bed is a resting place, so it’s not the best place to study. Work with your child to identify several places, indoors or outdoors, that they will consider their classrooms.

Along with this consideration, what level of noise can they handle? Can they concentrate better when playing music or not? Do they need noise canceling headphones? Do they need to be in a room without a TV or game console? Do they need to put their phone away during school hours? When evaluating their learning space, take a critical look at what might be distracting your child and try to limit those distractions.

Contact the school for support.

If you have done all you can as your student’s most important supporter, but your Excel High School student is still struggling, please contact us for help. Your child Academic Success Coach is a great resource to help you and your student solve the problem. You can connect via e-mail, via online chat via SMS 952-465-3700or by phone during normal working hours at tel 800-620-3844. Always feel free to ask for help; our number one goal is your student’s success!

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