Parenting Tips To Help Kids Achieve Online Learning Success
Today, both elementary and middle school students have access to varied educational options, including online learning programs. If you are a parent and believe that virtual learning may be a good fit your child’s learning needs, here are several tips to help you set your kid up for success and enjoy a meaningful and valuable educational experience online.
Create a Conducive Study Environment
Switching to online education may be confusing and/or intimidating for first-time online learners. It is crucial that parents help create a comfortable study space for their kids to complete their daily homework and feel confident throughout the learning process. Start by re-arranging your child’s desk so that nothing can cause distractions. In addition to a computer or laptop, it is a good idea to put what they might need during a typical school day, e.g., notepads, pencils, pens, and more. Some kids might get too comfy in their own homes, so prevent them from lying in bed or lounging on the couch while e-learning.
Develop a Daily Online Learning Schedule
Start developing a daily study schedule after establishing a comfortable workspace. Your child should set a start time and end time, as well as determine how many breaks they need throughout the day. For example, they can study for approximately 45 minutes before taking a 5 to 10-minute break, and repeat. It is important that your child avoids resorting to watching videos or playing games when it comes to break time. They should stretch, get a drink, or grab a healthy snack instead. A common mistake that first-time online learners make is to take breaks that are too long or too frequently. Monitor (don’t micromanage) your child to ensure that they complete their daily assignments before calling it a day.
Familiarize Yourself with Educational Tools and Resources
Your child can successfully navigate the virtual learning world with adequate preparations and a parent who knows how to help. It is important that you take the time to familiarize yourself with your child’s online learning tools and resources. This allows you to know where to go and who to consult if your child needs help. In some cases, you may be given access to a parent portal within your child’s online learning platform. Explore all available applications and become comfortable with reviewing assignments, notes, and grades as well as communicating with their instructors.
The duration and frequency of a student’s interaction with their parents, instructors, and peers affect the online learning outcome. In order to thrive in the online learning world, students must not be hesitant to ask for help. Because reaching out for assistance is not a natural habit, parents should work closely with their kids to build their confidence. This way, they can automatically contact their instructors for homework assistance or clarification.
The move from traditional classroom setting to online learning programs does not need to be difficult. With a little planning and preparation on your part and experimenting with the online learning tools that your kids are using, the leap into virtual learning can be a rewarding experience for both parents and students alike.
For more educational and parenting tips, feel free to check out our JEI Parent Guide.