|Distance education offers a smorgasbord of
educational opportunities and the utmost in flexibility. As a result, the
advantages of distance learning are as varied and as individualized as the
students themselves. There are many ways to maximize these advantages and
optimize the distance learning experience for your family.
Academy would like to offer some helpful hints
on how to make distance learning a success in your home:
Determine how you are going to use distance
learning in your student's educational plan.
is tuition free!
Determine your child's learning style and then use
Are you going to choose an online school and use their full academic
program, or are you going to use online classes/materials/resources to
supplement your own educational plan?
There are a multitude of online schools to choose from. iQAcademy is
an online, public school option that allows students to attend
standards-based classes online and receive instruction from certified
Have a dedicated study space for your student.
Everyone has their own learning style. Using your child's learning
style will make learning so much easier for your student! To determine
the learning style of your student, you can request a free copy of
"Homeschooling and Loving It"
Schedule learning and studying time (these are two
Talk to your student (s). How do they like to study? Find a place
that is free from distractions and then stock it with the supplies your
students might need. Obviously, a desk area is ideal, but as a teenager
and then later as a college student, my dedicated space was on top of my
bed. It can be anywhere your student feels comfortable and can be
Insist that your student prepare for assignments
Because distance learning allows such freedom in setting one's own
study schedule, it's also easy NOT to set a schedule -- and not
having a schedule is a HUGE mistake. After talking to your
student, decide what time of the day is best for focusing on academics.
It's important that your student schedule time every school day to
work on courses (learning time) and adhere to the schedule as if he were
attending class on a campus.
Your student will need to log onto the course/school web site to stay
on top of assignments, discussion forums, etc. Your students will need
to check their e-mail frequently for messages from the instructor or
from other classmates.
Studying time is also to be scheduled. This is time spent reviewing
materials, studying for tests, etc.
Your student should block out all other activities and not allow
anything to interfere with learning and studying time. As a parent, you
should emphasize that this time is a priority in your household.
Have your student set deadlines and stick to them.
Just like she would in a regular classroom situation, your student
must prepare! This means taking notes, studying, and following through.
Find your student's most effective motivators and
reward your student for staying on task.
It's important that your student keep up with the assignment
schedule, submitting all assignments in a timely manner. Adhering to
deadlines is an important life lesson. At
pace schedules identify course units and assignments by week to help
students stay on track.
Have your student stay in touch with his/her
instructor, counselor, etc.
Do your student (s) want to call their best friend? They can....right
after they finish reading two history chapters! As a parent, you know
what rewards work for your children. On occasion--use them!
Your students should contact their instructors and counselors
regularly, especially if they are having difficulties or have questions
about coursework. At iQAcademy, school faculty are available by e-mail,
phone, and live chat.
Instructors like hearing from students! They don't consider it a
bother at all. I have always encouraged my kids to interact with their
teachers......teachers like the connection....and it benefits the children on
so many levels!
offers an extensive network of homeroom and subject matter teachers, a
learning coach and school counselor, and other staff who are personally
committed to helping students realize their greatest academic potential.
Encourage your student to join a study group or
club associated with his/her studies.
Encourage your student to put what he is learning
See what is offered locally. Perhaps your library has a book club or
your community has a quilting club. Perhaps your student can get
together with local students who are enrolled in the same
program/school. These are both academic and social opportunities for
offers local and national clubs, and regional face-to-face social
activities around the state.
Evaluate your student's progress regularly.
We all know that if you truly want to learn the most from a subject,
you should try to use it in everyday life. If your child is taking a
foreign language, find people who are fluent in speaking the language.
Find mentors to help in the educational process!
parents and students can review accomplishments through regular
progress reports and real-time access to assignment logs. Keeping track
of your student's progress is easy.
Are they getting it?
Student progress.....student success.....student safety......a world of
opportunity and knowledge.....all reasons we choose distance learning for our
children. By following the above tips, you and your student can maximize the
success of distance learning in your home.
About Our Sponsor:
offers a tuition-free, online education backed by 30 years of distance
learning experience. By providing an online curriculum taught by certified
teachers to elementary, middle and high school students in various states,
iQ Academy can offer a high quality, personalized education that
successfully educates students at all levels of ability. iQ Academy
accomplishes this by providing a complete learning package, including a
standards-based curriculum, an innovative virtual learning environment and
an extensive support system involving teachers, a learning coach, guidance
counselor and staff who are personally committed to helping students realize
their greatest potential. Visit
to learn more.
Find an iQ Academy in Your State:
iQ Academy Kansas
iQ Academy Minnesota
iQ Academy Nevada
Beacon Academy of Nevada
(grades 9-12) coming soon!
Palmetto State E-cademy
(South Carolina - grades 9-12)
iQ Academy Texas
iQ Academy Washington
iQ Academy Wisconsin
*Full-time students receive use of a laptop while enrolled in school.