The asynchronous setting provides students the flexibility to make "own" their schedule, and determine what works best. To put this into practice, find the times that you are most productive and keep that timing consistent.
*Pro Tip: Be honest with yourself. If something is not working, be open to adjust it as soon as possible.
1. "Chunk" Your time: Aim for working in 'chunks' of time with built in times for rest.
*Pro Tip: Create a 30-50 minute "work hour". Determine how long you can work without distraction and stick to it.
2. Take "real" breaks: Walk the dog, exercise, do the laundry or eat a snack.
*Pro Tip: During your breaks, fully step away from the screen, phone included.
3. Choose a "work space": This is a quiet, distraction free, well lit, area where the student can easily focus.
*Pro Tip: Try your best to keep this 'space' away from your bed. It has been proven that working from your bed can decrease your quality of sleep.
4. Identify Problems Before They Occur: Distractions and obstacles can take many forms. By identifying potential distractions (phones, friends, noise, etc.) or obstacles (tech issues, extracurriculars, appointments ,etc.) to reduce the possibility of lost productivity.
*Pro Tip: If you have identified a problem or obstacle that you don't know how to handle, let your parent/guardian or teacher know as soon as possible so they can help!
5. Timing "Can" Be Everything: Due to the flexible nature of our asynchronous program, you can choose the best time for you and your family to work! For some, the traditional approach of the 'typical' school hours works best, while others like to change the times to make a better fit!
*Pro Tip: Think about the time that you feel your 'study brain' works best. At that time, work on your "weakest" subject to ensure you can give it your best effort and focus.