The self-paced environment high school online programs offer is one of the many attractive features advanced level students seek; specifically when selecting or recommending homeschooling curricula for secondary education. The candidate that struggles to keep up or is far beyond his grade-level often finds a measure of success through homeschooling that perhaps is unobtainable in an on-campus classroom atmosphere. For one to adapt to an environment that promotes flexibility, one must also develop and employ the same study skills that traditional students do to prepare for higher education and the real world.
Classic Study Skills That Every Student Should Master:
Learning to read is a life-long process. Aside from reading for pleasure, readers read for different purposes. Effective reading helps the student to understand written language and constructively process the meaning of the text. Parsing the language and the reading topic influences how well students communicate with one another and the world at large.
Memorization is a study skill that will follow a student throughout their academic career and beyond. Students are expected to memorize grammar rules, vocabulary words, poems, math facts, and scientific principles. Memorization skills are taught using a variety of methods including rote learning, flashcards, word association and mnemonic devices such as song and rhyme. As a student identifies which method or methods work best for him, employing this skill will become as necessary as the retention of the memorized information.
Although many homeschooling and online high school programs are offered – well, online, your child should continue and master the practice of note-taking. Taking notes can be tricky. If a student picks up only high-level information, he may not easily remember the material upon review. If he takes copious notes with no direction or form, the result could be the same as if he took too few notes. Successful note takers do the following:
- Preview Readings
- Pay Attention to Boldface Words & Headings
- Rework Main Ideas into Concepts they can Understand
- Pay Attention to Captions
- Use Different Note Taking Methods:
Highlighters, Sticky Notes, Index Cards & Charts & Diagrams
- Make Sure that Notes Reference the Objectives of Each Lesson
Online high school programs and other homeschooling curricula require testing at various phases during the course of each lesson and class. Mastering test-taking is amongst the most fundamental skills your child will utilize during his academic career. Testing is how a student will qualify and quantify what he has learned and retained.
Time Management & Organization
Learning without walls is a unique experience for many, and it requires a level of self-discipline that is not expected in the traditional classroom. For students in on-campus environments, each day is structured by lesson plans; bells to start the day, begin and dismiss class, signal lunch period and end the day. This systematic structure ensures that students manage their time within the confines of their day.
While homeschooling and online high school programs offer flexibility, time management and organization is as indispensable as these skills would be in an on-campus environment. Requiring your child to have a separate, clean and neat workspace for his materials and completing coursework before any other activity in his daily schedule serves to keep him focused and on task not distracted by other stimuli such as television, games, siblings or pets.
What’s more, excellent time management and organizational skills will be a beneficial necessity for a successful college career and in the work-world.