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Keep On Learning! Some tips for Distance Learning

Keep On Learning!!  Some Distance Learning Tips.


            We all know and understand that these are trying times to say the least.  As we all are working together, we are growing in our understanding of the roles that we play in our students’ lives.  Parents have a newfound understanding and appreciation for the work that occurs inside the school building.  Teachers have gained additional insights into their work and interaction with students.  Though these are difficult times, we can come out on the other side stronger and better than before!


            According to the website, there are some things we as parents can do to help our students be more successful in this new world of cyber-school.




Determine your child’s learning style and then use it.


Everyone has their own learning style. Using your child’s learning style will make learning so much easier for your student! Some students prefer to read information while others need to hear it.  Still others need to be hands on and figure it out through touch.


Have a dedicated study space for your student.


Talk to your student. How do they like to study? Find a place that is free from distractions and then stock it with the supplies your students might need. Obviously, a desk area is ideal, but it can be anywhere your student feels comfortable and can be productive.


Schedule learning and studying time (these are two separate things).


Because distance learning allows such freedom in setting one’s own study schedule, it’s also easy NOT to set a schedule — and not having a schedule is a HUGE mistake. After talking to your student, decide what time of the day is best for focusing on academics.  For example, are they more awake and alert in the morning or the afternoon?


It’s important that your student schedule time every school day to work on class work and keep to the schedule as if he were attending class in the school building.


Your student will need to log onto the course/school web site to stay on top of assignments, discussion forums, etc. Your students will need to check their e-mail frequently for messages from the instructor or from other classmates.


Studying time is also to be scheduled. This is time spent reviewing materials, studying for tests, etc.


Your student should block out all other activities and not allow anything to interfere with learning and studying time. As a parent, you should emphasize that this time is a priority in your household.


Insist that your student prepares for assignments and tests.


Just like she would in a regular classroom situation, your student must prepare! This means taking notes, studying, and following through.


Have your student set deadlines and stick to them.


It’s important that your student keep up with the assignment schedule, submitting all assignments in a timely manner. Adhering to deadlines is an important life lesson. 


Find your student’s most effective motivators and reward your student for staying on task.


Does your student want to call their best friend? They can….right after they finish reading two history chapters! As a parent, you know what rewards work for your children. On occasion – use them!


Have your student stay in touch with their teachers.


Your students should contact their teachers regularly, especially if they are having difficulties or have questions about coursework.  Instructors like hearing from students! They don’t consider it a bother at all.


Encourage your student to join a study group or club associated with his/her studies.


Considering our current situation, these meetings would have to be “virtual” but teachers have discovered that there is a variety of websites and software that allows virtual meetings.  Our students connect socially in cyberspace so why not “get together” and discuss the math or science assignment?  Teachers have discovered that when a student explains or teaches another student, they learn or reinforce their learning as well. 


Encourage your student to put what he is learning into action.


We all know that if you truly want to learn the most from a subject, you should try to use it in everyday life.


Point out those math facts as you work in the kitchen.  Pause and discuss the relationship between a quarter cup and a half cup.  Measure out a third cup and a half cup to actually see which is more. 


            Do some research to see what else was going on in the world during the time period you’re studying in Social Studies.  What influence does that have on our lives today?  Was there an invention back then that we still use today?  Has it changed?  Has it been outdated and left behind?


Check on your student’s progress regularly.


Are they working?  Are they keeping up?  Are they getting it?


By following the above tips and your own common sense, you and your student can maximize the success of distance learning in your home.


By Bret Scott, Music Teacher and Website Manager

Adapted from