Tips for Making the Most of Online Classes

There is so much uncertainty in the world right now about what fall will look like for those going to school. Whether you have a child entering college, high school, or even elementary school, there is a genuine possibility that some or all of their classes will be online. Online classes can be a great way to help make sure your child still gets the education they need when they can’t be in the classroom, and it might not be a choice. Here are some tips for making the most of online classes.

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Tips for Making the Most of Online Classes

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 Treat online classes like in-person classes

If your child is more of a visual learner or a hands-on learner, then online classes will be difficult for them. The best way to handle online classes is to treat them just like you would an in-person class. Check-in with your class, attend the lecture or do the work when you would normally be in that class. This will help make sure you have time for your classwork and that you don’t fall behind. You can even have them take their classes from a desk if you think it will help.

 Practice time management

Balancing school, housework, and everything else can be a challenge. The phrase do your chores when you get home from school doesn’t work with online classes! Teaching your kids how to practice time management can help them pace themselves through their coursework and avoid burnout. Keep a planner of their assignments and deadlines to help make sure they don’t miss projects, tests, or anything else that might come up during the school year. If they are struggling with time management, you may need to help them create a schedule for their classwork.


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Create a study space and stay organized

Create a dedicated space in your home for learning. This should have all the necessary supplies they will need to do their schoolwork and homework. If you want to include added learning activities, try to contain it in this space as best as you can. This should be your school zone and the place where school happens. When you’re taking classes from home, it can be difficult to leave school at the desk, which will help make it easier.


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Ask for help when you need it

There is no shame in asking for office hours or help from a teacher. If your child doesn’t understand the subject or needs extra help, encourage them to either reach out to the teacher after the lecture or email them. Teachers want to help your kids get a quality education and be more than happy to answer any questions. They may even be willing to set up a call so your child can directly talk to them when it works best for both of you.

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Online classes are a love-hate relationship in our household. While we love that our kids don’t have to miss school, there can be some frustrating parts of the process. Hopefully, this post has helped you see the light during this time of online learning, and help you better prepare for what’s to come.

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