By Michal Strawn As many students and parents contemplate another semester at home, the question has arisen in most houses as to how to ensure that students have their best optimal outcome despite the big changes that have occurred. I myself was fully homeschooled for eight years and so have a good idea of what some of the difficulties may be when students are expected to learn at home, and I’ve been teaching students online for a few years now, so I understand some of the stresses that teachers face as well. As a student or a parent, here are some ideas for making the most of the online classroom. Note: most of these tips are best for middle and high school students Find the right space in your home By now we’ve all read about a half dozen articles about tele-commuting. The first piece of advice most of them
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As more and more schools announce that they’ll be shifting students online for at least the first few weeks of the fall semester, parents are once again trying to find a way to balance their work schedules with their student’s at-home schooling. Many schools have switched their methods of distance learning from what they were doing in the spring to a more intensive program now that it seems apparent that distance learning may be necessary for quite some time. In addition, many parents who were working from home in the spring have now returned to their offices leaving older students to work on their own for large portions of the day. For many students, this will prove a sizeable challenge. Middle and high school students often are not known for being able to self-pace, get ahead of a schedule, stay motivated, and reach out for help when it is needed.
What does Test Optional mean? A college that is “test optional” will still consider SAT and ACT test scores as part of your application, but does not require that you submit them. Schools that call themselves test optional still require many students to submit scores. Check with the school to see if you may actually need test scores for these situations: Scholarship consideration Transfer students International students In-state tuition Homeschooled students Athletes High school with unconventional grading The easiest way to find these details is to call the admissions office directly. There are only a handful of colleges that are “test blind,” meaning they do not review test scores at all. Given the hardships with Covid-19, what other things may be optional with college admissions in 2020? About the only uniformly required application component for 2020 is a high school transcript. Many components that are typically required are optional for