How Online School Develops Essential Skills for Success
At this time of year, many high school seniors are facing important questions about their futures such as “What am I supposed to do now?” and “Am I really prepared for college?”
The world places significant demands on today’s high school graduates. Graduates need to be dynamic and self-motivated. They need to have the ability to set their own goals, recognize opportunity, and seize their own destiny.
As a teacher in an online school, I enjoy collaborating with parents. Together we provide individual attention to our students and encourage them to take an active role in their own education. By managing their own learning careers at a K–12 virtual school, online high school students are being equipped with many essential skills that will help them succeed in college and career and enable them to manage their lives more successfully. These include learning skills like the following:
Quality online schooling at home provides the flexibility to use an individualized learning approach and to structure the school day according to the individual needs of the student. Having this schedule flexibility teaches students to manage their time responsibly and juggle extracurricular activities. This real-world time management skill can enhance productivity for online school students preparing for college and those who enter the workforce immediately after high school.
Independent Study Skills
Most online high school students learn how to set their own goals, which teaches responsibility. Many online schools provide opportunities for self-paced learning and teach students how to be independent in their studies—an important life skill to have even for the more self-directed learning requirements of college.
College Planning and Preparation
A high-quality online high school not only provides access to online college planning resources but also connects students to licensed school counselors who can help them create a four-year plan for success. This guidance helps ensure students complete graduation requirements and assemble a college portfolio of accomplishments and the information they need to prepare for college admissions, financial aid applications, and job hunting.
Life and Career Skills
An online school fosters learning, communication, and technology skills that prepare students for the 21st century workforce. As online school students enter their virtual classroom, they find that the use of technology becomes an essential part of completing their schoolwork, researching and organizing information for their next essay, and communicating with teachers and fellow classmates. So when online high school graduates do apply for a job, these workforce skills are simply intuitive.
By giving access to online, collaborative, and self-paced learning environments that teach students to manage their own learning careers, online schools can lay the foundation for a life full of learning. When our online high school students graduate, they have much of the experience, skills, and academic knowledge needed to map out their own roads to success.
To learn how you can be more involved in your student’s education, visit the website for Connections Academy online public school. Or to learn about online private school, visit International Connections Academy’s website.