Online learning has become the safer alternative to face-to-face instruction. Here’s how parents can assist their children in virtual learning.
Key Points at a Glance:
- Children can thrive in an online learning setup with the support of their parents
- Organizing a timetable helps in keeping track of a child’s e-learning.
- Kids are not the only ones learning in this setup, but parents as well. Parents need to be familiar with their child’s learning platform to be able to easily help them in the process.
Educators, students, and their families must be able to adjust to new routines in order to have successful online learning days. Parents and other caregivers can provide the most essential guidance that their kids require in order to determine the best ways to do online learning, stay accountable for their work, and get extra support when necessary.
Parents and caregivers can aid their children to succeed when learning online by doing the following:
Make a timetable
Students benefit a lot from the structure in a traditional school setting, which is difficult to reproduce in online classes. In order to stay on track in e-learning, students must develop their own routines and successfully manage their time. It’s important to have a well-thought-out daily schedule, and parents can be a big help not only in creating one but also in ensuring that it’s followed.
Demonstrate perseverance and hard work
It can be difficult to adjust to online learning platforms, become accustomed to self-paced learning, and work through the obstacles of learning more independently. Parents and caregivers may make a major difference by demonstrating how important perseverance and hard work are in the “real world” outside of school.
Designate a personal workspace
A proper workstation can have a significant impact on a student’s perspective and ability to concentrate. You need to value what kind of atmosphere will be most beneficial to them and to ensure that they have a designated location at home that is free from distractions. For example, having a busy kitchen or living room as a background may not be a good idea.
Consider your child’s personality and needs as a starting point for designing a workplace for them. Be sure to talk to them about where and how they will feel most comfortable attending their online classes.
Become familiar with the online learning platform
Students that participate in e-learning spend their academic days immersed in an online program (or several online learning platforms). Taking the time to learn about those platforms, how your child uses them, and what resources are accessible from these. Learning how to use these platforms yourself puts less stress on your child when a technical issue comes up during classes.
Learning is ultimately up to your kids, just as it is at school, but by familiarizing yourself with the online tools being utilized, you will have a better understanding of how virtual learning works and how you can best provide help.
Keep in touch with teachers
Students are not learning independently just because they are learning online. Teachers still play a vital role in virtual learning, and communicating with teachers is crucial to student success. Parents and other caregivers must participate in this ongoing conversation to ensure that students stay on track and receive the necessary assistance when needed.
Inspire motivation by showing interest
Parents are a powerful motivator, but not just through reprimands and rewards. Parent participation has been found to be useful in boosting student success by gently motivating students through encouragement and support.
When it comes to online learning, some students may require a parent to physically sit with them, while others may benefit more from frequent parental check-ins. Students can benefit from casual opportunities to verbally discuss learning results and activities with their family members.
How has online learning been like for you as a parent? What other ways to support children in their virtual classes can you think of? Share them with us!
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