How to Help Your Online Students When They're Falling Behind: Tips, Strategies, and Encouragement


When your student is falling behind in their online courses, it can be challenging to know how best to help. With the right strategies, support, and encouragement, you can work together with your student to create a plan of action that will help them succeed. In this blog post, we will explore different tips and strategies for motivating your student. We will also discuss the importance of encouraging students through regular check-ins and helping them create a plan for success.

As parents and guardians of students learning online, it’s important to recognize that the transition to learning remotely may not be easy for some students. It may take some time to adjust to remote learning, stay motivated, and keep themselves accountable for schoolwork. That’s why it’s essential to create an effective study plan and provide ongoing social support and encouragement throughout the process of learning remotely. 

Create a Detailed Study Plan

One great way to help your online student is by creating a detailed study plan with clear goals and timelines. This should include breaking tasks into manageable chunks, setting aside specific times for studying, and planning to take breaks when necessary. 

Check In With Your Student

Scheduling regular check-ins with your student can also be helpful; this will allow you to monitor progress regularly and ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Your student may even enjoy seeing their accomplishments reflected in the form of checklists or visual representations of how far they've come!

Be Encouraging

It's also important to encourage your students along the way so that they don't get discouraged if they're falling behind on courses. Praise them for all the hard work they put in, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. A simple "Good job!" or "I'm proud of you" can go a long way towards providing much-needed motivation during periods of low progress. 

See What Other Support Options They May Need

Additionally, you can offer other forms of support such as connecting them with resources like tutors or study groups if needed, or simply just talking through any difficulties they may be having with a particular subject or coursework assignment. 

Support your Student’s Social and Emotional Well-Being 

Identify how your student balances their academics, social life, and emotional health; often, too much or too little of one area can affect the others. For example, if your student is feeling that they are not receiving enough socialization, that deficit can impact their emotional well-being, or if they are spending too much time with friends, they may not have enough time to dedicate to schoolwork.

As their parent, you can sit down with them and see if they would benefit from joining a school club or participating in local sports, or if they are experiencing emotional difficulties that they need to discuss with you, your church’s youth pastor, or a school counselor.

Get Involved Early

When helping your online student get back on track academically, it's essential to discuss learning gaps in real-time so that any issues can be identified early before it gets too late in the quarter, semester, or school year. It's important to listen carefully so that you understand where your student is struggling academically, then provide meaningful feedback about how best to address these issues. If necessary, suggest areas where you feel extra help may be appropriate, such as getting tutoring from someone more experienced than them in certain subjects.

To conclude, we want to remind parents and guardians that success in online learning depends on proactive involvement from everyone involved (student and parents). With a bit of effort from both parties — planning ahead, monitoring progress regularly, and encouraging your student along the way — it is possible for them to overcome any academic obstacles they may face when taking courses remotely!

Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school that serves homeschooling families by offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher-supported, and affordable education from the comfort of your home. For any other questions about Enlightium, please call (509) 319-2288, or visit


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