Many teens will be distance learning again this back to school season. Teens, you must get prepared for this remote education setting. Distance learning for teens may sound easier than distance learning for elementary kids, but the fact remains true that teenagers will have their own set of issues with this method of education.
Distance learning is something that seems to work well for some kids and be an absolute nightmare for other kids. The point being, every teen learns differently. If your back to school season involves having some distance learning either full time or part-time, then please read these tips so that you can survive distance learning as a teenager.
If you’re a teen who usually works at a higher pace than your peers, distance learning may not be what you desire. Some of you may have a choice to opt-in for higher education credits, while others are just going to have to work within the restraints of what your school district has planned for distance learning.
Take this time to be patient with yourself and your teachers. All of you are in the same boat, trying to figure out this new way of learning to keep everyone safe. Don’t speak out in anger or frustration at your teachers, or parents who are merely trying to make distance learning as educational as possible.
Create a Study Group
During traditional high school settings, you may have a study group. This study group would be a group of your friends who enjoy getting ahead in classwork or peers who need extra assistance in various subjects. Try to get permission from your teachers to create a virtual study group.
You can use a virtual meeting room to use as a study group with some peers, as long as your teachers say this method of learning is acceptable. This will help you have a support group of peers to work with during distance learning so you have some level of normalcy with your school days.
Develop a Routine
Some of you may have a strict schedule to abide by with distance learning, as set forth by your teachers, others may have some flexibility. Consider developing a routine that allows you to get your classwork completed during a time when your mind is at its best. If you tend to be a night owl, and work best at night, see if you can’t develop a routine where you complete classwork at night.
Distance learning may open the door to new opportunities so that you’re better able to excel in education with a routine that works for you. Always schedule a meeting with your teachers before simply making decisions on a routine by yourself, some teachers may not allow this.
Lastly, when it comes to learning how to survive distance learning this year as a teenager, it’s all about learning to communicate effectively and appropriately. Sure you may get heated and upset or frustrated about distance learning, but you’re old enough to handle this respectfully. Discuss your concerns with your parents and teachers so that you can work together to develop a distance learning plan that allows you to succeed.