Are you a student who wants to do online school (but your parents won’t allow you)?
I’m currently doing online school so I wanted to share some experience of it.
I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks now so I kind of got the jist of it. I want to share with you guys what I have found out so far.
Update 24 October 2018
Oh my goodness! A few weeks from now, I’ll be graduating from online school! I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I first applied. Well, since I got “more of the experience”, I’ll be able to update this list if needed.
This is an idea if you’re a parent who has any kids who have been begging you want to do online school.
I’m not ashamed to say this but I begged my parents till they finally gave in.
Took about 4-5 months of begging to finally let me do online school.
But mostly I’m writing this post towards kids & teenagers.
If you want more information on online school, sources will be linked after this post! Really helpful Q&As and experiences. Feel free to check them out if you want more information!
Grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
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• Flexible timetable (do it whenever you want!)
• Time manageable (any time that you desire.)
• Being self-scheduled (planning on your own is a great opportunity to organise and get things done.)
• More time for other stuff (Part-time, sport, work, blogging etc.)
• Optional for kids with anxiety, socially awkward, medical condition or traveling
• Learn at their own pace & independent learners (another reason why kids who do online or home schooled get good grades. They like to learn faster or slower whenever they like.)
• For teacher’s help, you can either: call, video chat, email or message.
• No bullying or drama (Yep. All that rumour you so don’t need to worry about!)
• You can sleep in and wake up at any time (ahh.. seems relaxing right?)
• Not having to pay the expensive school uniforms (Australia/UK/Asia)
• Not trying to impress people in your school by wasting half an hour on your makeup (girls) and wearing something new to catch up every week just to impress people that go to your public school (such a waste of money) (US).
• Eat and wear whenever you want!
• You can finish your homework early or finish it late.
• Do it in a comfortable environment (bed, library, café etc.)
• Not get yelled or punished for being late or for breaking the dress code (in my old public school, we get yelled out for wearing a black scarf because it’s not ‘part of the school’s dress code
• If you are sick, you can still do it at home as you cough everywhere without harming anyone else around you. While in public school, you have to call in sick and miss out on work and then it would be catch-up cycle all over again.
Now… on to the cons…
• Easily bored & lazy (and really, I do mean TOTALLY BORED OUT OF YOUR MIND!)
• Procrastination (it’s hard to not procrastinate when you got your mobile phone or unblocked sites.)
• Distraction… oh, look! A butterfly!!
• Anti-social (disconnected from friends and ‘people’). You don’t get to see your friends every week (at least try to Skype or text them on weekends.)
• You need motivation (Hint or trick: Every time you finish your work, give yourself a treat at the end.)
• Losing that ‘special’ feeling for doing something (example, You do it every day and it doesn’t feel special or exciting anymore.)
• You need access to the internet. If you have no available internet nearby & you want to get your homework done, you’re screwed (and I do mean SCREWED.)
• You need a PC (laptop or computer, iPad etc.) which cost a lot if you don’t have enough money for it.
• Teachers take forever to reply back or they have a certain time when they can answer your question.
• Can either cost more than public school. (Mine cost $160 + another $100 for the textbooks.)
• Fewer subjects to pick from. (I’m currently doing 4 subjects at my current score while in my old public school, you get to choose 6 subjects to choose from.)
• You can’t do the hands-on activity (such as projects, pairing up activities, class sports, science experiments etc.)
As I’ve said, I’ve only been doing online school for 2 weeks now.
I’m going, to be honest with you. I like it.
I like to learn at my own pace and independent. Setting my own timetables.
I have social anxiety so it’s hard to focus at school because I would get paranoid and I’ve been involved in so much drama during the time in public school that it’s hard for me not to stress and breakdown.
Plus, my brain doesn’t work in the early mornings so it’s a great opportunity to do work in the afternoon or at night.
Online school is a great way to make your time flexible as it helps you do the other stuff you need.
Like for me, I would focus on blogging, editing YouTube videos, digital art and League of Legends (gotta get to the plat) all at the same time as schooling.
What’s even better is that you can do it in whatever, eat whenever and anywhere (with an internet access of course!)
I suggest to NOT do online school if you are very social or you get distracted too easily.
2 YEARS LATER EXPERIENCE UPDATE
Hello, there past self!
As I’m updating my older posts, I wanted to update my experience with online school.
Let’s see… I’m still at the same attitude. I like it and I’ll never regret applying to do online school.
However, first, let’s talk about friendships and all that stuff.
Only one friend from my old public school I still keep in contact sometimes.
I had at least more than that when I was in public school and with all the drama that has happened, I’m kind of relieved to let go from some of them.
I’ve been experiencing a drama free lifestyle and focused on myself (oh how that worked out well.)
Like the cons, there are times where I feel isolated. Other times I’m feeling down when it comes to doing my homework.
Self-discipline and productivity?
I still get distracted easily but with the right habits and comfortable environment, I’m able to be more productive.
With my school work, I’m actually learning something for once!
When I was in public school, I would always “daydream” and go into my little O-Zone. At the end of the day, I come out learning nothing! I’m not saying this to be biased. This is an actual true statement.
Like I said, you learn at your own pace and when it comes to me, I learn based on how many times I learn it instead of rushing through it.
For example, compared to public school, we would always learn the elements and principles of art but with limited definitions. I would always forget the terms again halfway throughout the year.
In online school, they actually add informational terms and repeat the same definition halfway through the year. Now I can remember the complete sets of elements and principles to the analytic frameworks.
Another thing, if you have forgotten something, you can go back to that week and relearn the stuff. Easier for exam revisions you know?
Do you want to do it?
You might miss your friends a lot for the first part.
If you are very outgoing and need socializing, online school is not the place for you.
I tend to have those days where I missed being sociable a lot and it gets irritating and lonely.
I usually get used to being alone because back in public school, I didn’t have many friends because of my social anxiety so I tend to be alone for the most of it.
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If you tend to procrastinate a lot or get bored super easily, then the online school is not an option. It’s an online school for a reason! You do it INDEPENDENTLY.
Like me, I have a time scheduled where I do the word for about 3-5 hours or so and then do whatever that needs to be done in my planner.
I like to procrastinate a lot (I’m not going to lie) but I always have the motivation to make my work as fun as possible. Give yourself a treat now and then.
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Sources you should check out:
1. Public School vs. Online School | Tori Sterling ♡
2. ONLINE SCHOOL VS. PUBLIC SCHOOL | Lexi Dryden
3. Online School vs. Regular School (My Experience)
4. Online school vs. Public School |Jaidyn & Charli|
5. Public School vs Homeschool | TREVOR MORAN
6. Arianna – Homeschool vs. Public Online School: Making the Switch to Online Learning
7. ALL ABOUT ONLINE SCHOOL | K12
8. ONLINE VS PUBLIC SCHOOL | Chloe Marie