6 Things to Do When Getting Back to School in the Virtual World
Going back to school can be a really exciting moment for many of us, but it’s also a very important moment because there are a number of things to do. Here are six things to do when getting back to high school in the virtual world:
1. Participate in online Orientation sessions
At K12 International Academy, every academic department (English, Math, History, Science, Foreign Language, and Electives) hold orientation sessions during the start of the academic year. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn about how your courses work and interact with your teachers. These orientation sessions cover certain policies such as the late policy and grading policy. Participating in these orientation sessions can make it easier for you to adapt to the virtual environment. Even if you’ve attended these sessions before, it still might be a good idea to attend so that you can “meet” your teacher or in case there might be a change in a policy.
2. Check your courses and materials
It is extremely important that you have access to your courses. Sometimes, when you click “Access Course”, you might get a message that says the course can’t load. This thing happens in a virtual world so if it happens to you, make sure to contact your Academic Coach or teacher. If your course includes materials being sent to you, make sure that you check your materials to see whether they are in good condition, especially your science materials. Things such as test tubes might get broken along the way and if any of the material is spoiled, contact your teacher for assistance.
3. Connect with Teachers
In a virtual environment, you won’t get to meet your teachers face-to-face and many times, because your teacher has so many students, they aren’t able to initiate a conversation with you. It is crucial that you, as a student, take the first step in communicating with your teachers. Look into the instant messaging programs that your teachers are using and try to find a common program. Many teachers use Skype, so if you don’t have an account, be sure to start one (it’s free). You may also try sending your teachers a kmail or dropping into study hall to introduce yourself.
4. Create your workspace
If possible; find a nice, quiet, and private place to study. Having your own workspace can help you to concentrate and be free from distractions during study sessions. Try to pick a spot that is away from the television or anything else that you might find distracting. Fill your workspace with shelves to contain your books so that what you need will be within your reach. You might also try filling your workspace with motivating things such as quotes that inspire you and a picture of where you want to be in the next 5 years. Basically, make sure you have a workspace that makes you feel comfortable.
5. Check your computer
When your school is virtual, you have got to be sure that your computer is ready and prepped. You want to be certain that you have access to Microsoft Office Word because that is what you will be using for your Teacher-Graded Assignments. (For Mac users, your teachers might have an alternative for you so be sure to contact them if you have any concerns or questions.) Another program that you will need is Exam Guard. This is a program that locks down your computer when you take tests and without it, you will not be able to take your tests. Your teachers and Academic Coach will be able to show you how you can install it. To summarize, check your computer to be certain that you have what you need.
6. Explore Your School
K12 International Academy has tons to offer, such as clubs and virtual field trips. If you are a full-time student, be sure to take your time to check out the clubs that are available to you. K12 International Academy has a wide variety of clubs from National Honor Society to Mu Alpha Theta to the Newspaper Club. Also, some of these clubs hold elections for student officers so if you’re interested, go ahead and check the clubs out!
All the best and welcome back to school!