The long, lazy days of summer are over and it's time to get back to online high school. Returning to school requires a total change of mindset. You'll know you're ready when you can answer the following questions:
Your school year will be much more successful if you have a place set aside to do your schoolwork. It doesn't have to be a desk. For example, it can be the kitchen table, living room coffee table, or even a spot in your bedroom—as long as it is somewhere where you can work comfortably.
Scheduling your assignment due dates will keep you on track. Hang a calendar and write down your assignments on the appropriate days. Review the calendar at the beginning of each week, and mark tasks off as you complete them. You can even use the calendar on your computer or smartphone with alerts to make sure you are staying on track.
There will be times that you don't understand an assignment. Be prepared to ask for help. If you don't speak up, you can fall behind quickly. James Madison High School is known for having great academic support. Our teachers are accessible via email and through the Ask a Teacher forum in each course. There are also academic advisors who offer one-on-one support Monday through Friday from *:30AM to 8:30 PM.
For most online high school students, summer is a more laid back time than the rest of the year. As you prepare to head back to classes, it's important to get back into a routine. Set a schedule for your day and stick to it. This includes getting to bed on time, no more long summer nights binge watching Netflix!
Back-to-school time is ideal for brushing up on your study skills. There are specific strategies that can help you retain information depending on the type of learner you are.
Visual learners are more successful when they associate concepts with images and techniques.
Kinesthetic learners benefit from carrying out physical or hands-on activities rather than listening to lectures.
Auditory learners remember information when they hear it and repeat it.
It may take a little time, but in a few weeks you will be back into the swing of things as an online high school student. Stay on track and you will have a great year.