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Advice for crisis schooling

To the editor:

School this year has certainly taken a turn. For many students, you’ve left the walls of brick-and-mortar school for something new and uncertain. My five years with online school at Virginia Virtual Academy have given me the tools to help others navigate this transition. Here’s my advice and encouragement for this confusing situation.

  • First, make sure that you’re managing your time wisely. Online classes give you the opportunity to have control over your schedule, but you must remember, even though you’re home, you’re still a student. Limit distractions by dedicating time and space to focus on classes and homework.
  • Communication is key in online schooling. Stay in contact with your teachers and make sure you’re aware of all assignments and due dates. If you’re used to reminders on a board, write down important assignments where you’ll see and remember to check them off your list.
  • Most importantly, remember that even though you’re home, your education is still a necessary and important part of your day. Put in the energy and commitment it deserves — it’s your education, and finishing the year strong will keep you on the right foot for next year.

Julia Larsen

Chesapeake