6 Keys for Online Students to Develop Independent Study Skills
Watching your child’s education develop before your eyes is a truly gratifying experience. Being able to witness the “aha!” moments when concepts are mastered and lessons completely understood is priceless for many parents.
But what about those times when your child isn’t able to grasp the material right away? When he or she stumbles through the lessons and can’t seem to complete the accompanying activities?
As a Learning Coach, you are not responsible for teaching lessons to your online school student, but rather for playing an active role in reinforcing study habits that lead to success. Since online teachers are there to determine your child’s needs, develop individualized learning plans, and handle the teaching, your role is to assist your student to become an independent online learner. Here are some important techniques to help foster effective learning:
- Mastering the art of note-taking. Just because your student is taking notes during an online lesson doesn’t mean that he or she is doing so effectively. If you notice that your child is struggling to grasp the most important information, it may be time to work on note-taking strategies. Some of these include:
- previewing the readings
- paying attention to boldface words and headings
- reworking main ideas into concepts that are easily understood
- being attentive to captions
- using different modes of note-taking, including highlighters, sticky notes, index cards, graphs, charts, and diagrams
- making sure the notes taken answer/reference the objectives and questions that accompany each lesson
Encourage your students to reflect on their progress, and have them think about the way they learn best. Which study tools were most useful? What areas do they still need to improve upon? And, if you notice that your child is struggling to learn certain concepts, let his or her teacher know. Then you can all work together to develop solutions that will contribute to more effective studying and better comprehension.
How have you helped your student become an effective online learner? Share your successes with us!