All over the world, news sites are swamped with articles on how parents can balance working from home while looking after children who are attending school remotely. It’s always been difficult to balance a job and dealing with children, and more people are realizing that now than ever before!
There are as many solutions to this problem as there are families. The good news is that it’s possible to learn from home via an online virtual high school to ensure that students stay on the path to graduation. Students can achieve a high-quality education and learn valuable skills online, but it requires a little research and effort to truly reap the maximum benefits.
First, the Challenges
A lot of students struggle with online learning. The all-too common lack of in-person support can be disorientating for students, particularly if they are struggling with the content.
Parents may themselves be unfamiliar with new teaching methods and styles and be learning brand new content along with their children, and so they may be poorly suited to provide academic support. Those without access to high bandwidth and a strong internet connection can get into a lot of technical trouble with streaming lectures or online assignments.
Now, the Solutions
However, a lot of students can find immense value in learning from home at a virtual high school. By freeing themselves from the schedule of traditional schools, students can learn to directly manage their own time, freeing up their schedule for extracurricular or work experience while still keeping up with their studies.
Students who need a little more time with a topic covered in a traditional class can spend more time to focus on this, while moving more rapidly through material they are confident with. This academic freedom establishes a philosophy of self-directed learning that is essential in higher education as well as the constantly changing workforce.
Although a lot of traditional schools have had challenges in establishing solid, supportive online learning environments, established remote learning institutions have had the experience to develop detailed, coherent delivery methods, providing real-time support from accredited teachers, fast grading times and detailed curricula.
In short, by pursuing online education, students can get a head start on developing the “soft skills” that will be vital to them in their future studies and careers. If a student decides to pursue higher education, they will need to develop time management and independent learning skills, and online-learning can give students a major head start in learning these skills.
Also, as remote work becomes a major part of the labor environment, the development of these soft skills becomes truly essential. These are the skills that are also emphasized during online-learning.
Even after the COVID pandemic subsides and schools open their (physical) doors, many students are going to continue to explore online alternatives to their education because it better suits their needs, and gives them the freedom and flexibility to pursue their education at a pace that will empower them.