For many students, the summer is a time for rest and relaxation. For others, though, it’s a time to catch up on classes. Many students are attempting to use online platforms to catch up or get ahead in preparation for the fall semester, a process that can be unfamiliar for many. If you’re helping a student with their online summer work, there are a few things that you can do to make the process a bit more manageable.
Familiarize Yourself with the System
It is vital that you figure out the online system before your student starts to take classes. You need to know exactly how the online classes will work, how assignments need to be submitted, and how attendance is tracked. It’s also a very good idea to learn how to ask for help, especially if doing so requires your student to go outside of the normal system.
Set up a Schedule
The next step is to start setting up a schedule for your student. Online classes tend to offer students more freedom, but this can be difficult for those who are used to a regimented in-person schedule. Whether you want your student to follow something like the typical school day, or you have a specific schedule that would work better, setting aside a specific time for school can be quite helpful.
Create a System for Accountability
Finally, start figuring out how you can set up a way for your student to stay accountable. Whether it’s sharing his or her password or just letting you know when assignments are turned in, you need to have a way to make sure your student is doing his or her work. While you want your student to be as self-sufficient as possible, a little outside accountability can go a long way.