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Adjusting to the New Normal

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

While most college students are no stranger to online classes, they are usually a hybrid mix where there is some form of live interaction. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way things are done, starting with the rest of the school year being online which includes K-12 educators. Whether teachers and instructors are ready or not, this disruption is here to stay.

"Even those of us who are strong advocates of having this option have to believe that it will not be done well or smoothly in many — perhaps most — places," says Keith Kruger, head of the Consortium for School Networking, a membership organization for school technology leaders. "You can't simply snap your fingers and say, 'Tomorrow you're going fully virtual.' It takes planning and training, and we don't have time for that."

Although it would have been nice for teachers to be prepared, that hasn't been the case. Challenges are continually arising, from issues with technology to instructors having their own learning curve teaching behind a computer screen. Here are a few tips:

* Take the course seriously

* Set aside about two hours each day per subject

* Make a study plan

* Create a schedule

* When studying, turn off all distractions

* Get help when you need it.

Online education is here to say. Embracing the new normal as best as you can is working smart, not hard. Making the grades? It's totally up to you.

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