How Remote Learning Can Help Prepare Students for College

Over the past several weeks, students have shifted from in-classroom to remote learning. For many, this was a huge change from what they were used to. They have had to adjust and adapt given the circumstances, but this can actually be a good thing. Students are developing skills that will benefit them as they transition from high school to college. Getting used to some of these changes now can pay off.

Time Management

Remote learning is much less structured than in-classroom learning. There is a not a set schedule or a teacher directing everything the student does, keeping them on task. That means that students must take on the responsibility of managing their time and ensuring that their work gets done. Under normal circumstances, they might have work or extracurriculars filling up part of their day which leaves less time for schoolwork, but now they have a lot more free time and must keep themselves motivated and focused.

The same goes for college. Their courses will not take up as much time as they did in high school, and professors expect them to manage their time and stay on task with assignments, projects, and studying.

Locating Resources

While at home, students have likely had to find alternative sources of information if there was something that they did not understand or needed to know more about. Teachers do provide resources, but students may also have to find things on their own. In college, they will have to do the same. Everything won’t be provided for them.

Using Technology

Students have had to learn to navigate a variety of websites and applications. They may be logging on to a learning management system (LMS) or online portal, using online tools they haven’t used before, or accessing other technology. Many college classes have digital components, and some are even hybrid courses that combine in-class and online instruction and assignments. It’s good for students to become familiar with a multitude of platforms and recognize that they have the skills to figure them out on their own.

Asking for Help

Now that teachers are not checking in with students during every lesson and assignment, if there is something that students do not understand, it is up to them to speak up and ask for help. They must articulate what they are having trouble with. Once they get to college, professors will expect them to ask for help, otherwise they assume that they understand the material.

Students are having to learn to be flexible and adjust to new learning strategies and styles. The same applies to college because not every professor runs their course in the same way or teaches using the same style. Students are already building these skills and preparing themselves for some of the changes that will occur once they leave high school and pursue higher education.

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