Seven Habits of Successful Students
Ask for Help.
Online learning requires a level of effort and commitment you may not be used to. You have a support system that includes your parents, your teachers, and your school counselor. Take advantage of these supporters — ask for help right away when you need it, and accept it when it's offered.
Set up an Effective Learning Environment.
A quiet and organized place to do your schoolwork, free from distractions and equipped with good lighting and a comfortable chair, will make it easier for you to concentrate and complete your work successfully. When you're working on your lessons, train yourself to resist social media — save that for break time! Read our blogs on 6 Thought About Homeschooling Organization and Designing a Learning Environment and Five Tricks for Blocking Outside Noise So Students Can Focus.
Get and Stay Organized.
When you set up your learning space, make sure you have plenty of room to work. Even though you're attending a "virtual" school, you'll still need real pencils, paper, and notebooks. Take notes and fill out student guides while you’re working through lessons — it's a great way to help commit the material to memory.
Manage Your Time.
Be sure to set aside a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes each school day for each lesson assigned in the schedule. Work in every course every school day. With online learning, students can easily fall behind in their coursework if they do not keep a steady pace, at least keeping up with the weekly scheduled allotment.
Take a Break!
It doesn't do anyone any good to work for hours and hours on end—that's a good way to get burned out fast. Listen to your body and your mind — when you find yourself getting stiff or your mind wandering, it's probably time for a break. Get up and stretch. Go outside for a jog. Whatever it is, give yourself permission to relax for a bit!
Have a Plan B.
Let's face it — when you're working online, something is bound to go wrong. Maybe you'll lose your Internet connection or your computer will pick up a virus, or you'll accidentally spill orange juice on your keyboard. Prepare for contingencies now — ask friends or relatives if you can use their computer in case of an emergency, find a library with computers, or if you have access to a laptop, find a bookstore or coffee shop in your area that has Internet access.
Connect to Social EA Events.
Don't get isolated — there are plenty of ways for you to connect with EA and your local church youth ministries. EA provides many and various avenues to help foster students’ social life – from bi-weekly Bible studies to weekly Theology in Action videos to Enlightium Social and various school contests and competitions. While EA Bible Studies and Theology in Action videos provide students with Bible-centered community and fellowship, Enlightium Social provides students with an outlet to express shared interests, hobbies, course-related questions, or simply spontaneous conversation. In addition, EA encourages students to seek out a local youth ministry where they might connect with other students in the service and mission of Christ.
For any other questions about homeschooling or Enlightium Academy, please call 866-488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com. Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative education option to public schooling. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool education environment, and a quality, private education. Enlightium is a Christian school, offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, affordable option to public school. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements for all 50 states, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.