Tick Tock – It’s Back to School Time! Sept. 4, 2017

Tick Tock – It’s Back to School Time!

Going back to school means making adjustments of all kinds – earlier wake ups and bed times, flipping that switch from summer mode to school mode, and getting back into a schedule. One of the biggest challenge of going back to school is learning (or relearning) how to manage your time – and it’s no exception for students of an online school.

In today’s world, there are plenty of distractions that can pull you away from your school priorities. The mix of outside activities, clubs, jobs and family adds to the difficulty of getting your studying and homework done. With online and charter schools becoming more popular for middle and high school students, planning your time effectively and managing it accordingly is critically important in having a successful online academic experience.

Looking for practical ways to stay on task and start the school year off right? Check out these tips from your teachers at CalPac...

  1. Set aside a specific time for schoolwork, even if this means writing down “school work” in your planner, just like you would for football practice or cooking club meeting. Writing something down helps make you accountable for doing the task at hand – in this case, schoolwork. Just like an appointment or activity, be sure to share your schedule with someone (your parents or an older sibling is a great start). Make and keep your appointment with your schoolwork. When you create a habit of doing schoolwork on a specific day and at certain time, it will become easier to do.
  2. A common distraction to anyone online middle school or high school student is social media. Log out of your social media sites during your “schoolwork appointment” so you won’t be tempted to click and reopen those tabs. Discipline yourself to stay focused on schoolwork; you’ll be surprised how much you can get done.
  3. Still need a break? Join one of our many clubs and activities! You will get to know your fellow classmates, connect with teachers and CalPac faculty, and learn something new!
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many student “lose time” when they are understanding a concept and spin their wheels trying to find the solution on their own. Your teachers and counselors are here to help! If you’re struggling with something specific, communicate it through the email, or arrange a time to talk through it during office hours. Oftentimes concepts you learn in your courses build on previously learned material. Make sure you understand what’s happening before you move ahead, chances are it will save you time in the long run!