There are A LOT of tell-all stories about online schools and how easy it is, but it’s not as easy as it appears. Online schools are an excellent way to earn your high school diploma but can be extremely difficult. You have to learn patience, self-restraint, and self-control to be successful, but it can be done. Getting up at 6 a.m. and getting ready for school is no fun. BUT, I’m going to give you a few easy steps on why online school can be EASY and a better option than the traditional school.
When I started online school I was one of the lazy ones, I was happy I could sleep in stay home and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, but my bubble was burst when I realized I was doing that every day instead of working on my school work. It got so bad that I had to go to the office with my mom every day so she knew I was completing my schoolwork. If I had to wake up every day at 8 am when she left for work to go with her, what was the point of going to online school? At that point, I had to decide because I felt like I was going to a traditional school. I liked the freedom of sleeping in and waking up when I wanted to, now I was getting up just as early to go to my mom’s office.
That’s when I made the change.
I made my own schedule. I chose to work on 5 assignments a day, one from every class, or all from one class and to do one quiz. I started doing this and by the time I completed each assignment I had spent about 2 to 3 hours working on my online classes and making significant progress. Now, all of a sudden I had the rest of the day free and could hang out with my friends or play with my dog.
That was a big step for me working on my own without someone standing over me. After that, I started to feel like I wanted to do more, WHICH WAS A SHOCKER because as long as I showed my mom progress she was happy. So in my freshman year, on my own, I started to do a class a week. I’d work on History one week, Science the next week, Math the next, and so on. After 3 months I realized I was completing my classes at a much faster rate and actually accelerated my path to graduation.
Attending online school IS easy if you do it the right way! It teaches you to take responsibility and work for yourself, not for teachers or parents, but for you. Going to American High School was and is a one of a kind ONLINE school, and I’m appreciative of it every day. They give you an opportunity to earn your High School Diploma with an amazing support team of counselors and teachers cheering you on.