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5 Tips to Stay Motivated as a Virtual School Student 

 August 15, 2022

By  James Brauer

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It can be tough to stay motivated when learning from home. You might not have the same type of interaction with your classmates and teachers that you’re used to, and it can be easy to fall behind. But there are some things you can do to stay on track.

1. Set realistic goals for yourself.

2. Take breaks.

3. Stay connected with your classmates and teachers.

4. Find a quiet place to work.

5. Be patient with yourself.

Set realistic goals for yourself

Working from home can be easy to get sidetracked and not get as much done as you’d like. But if you set small, achievable goals for yourself each day, you’ll be more likely to stay on track.

One way to do this is to create a daily to-do list. Write down everything you need to do, and then prioritize the items on your list. As you complete each task, check it off your list so you can see your progress. Start with the most critical tasks, and then work your way down.

It’s also helpful to set weekly or monthly goals. Doing so can give you a longer-term view of what you need to accomplish and help you stay on track.

Whatever goals you set for yourself, make sure they are realistic. It’s essential to challenge yourself, but if your goals are too ambitious, you will likely get discouraged and give up. So take some time to think about what you can realistically achieve, and then go for it!

Take breaks

Taking breaks is needed when working from home so you don’t get burned out. Get up and walk around, or take a few minutes to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

If possible, try to take a break every hour or so. This can help you stay fresh and focused throughout the day. And if you start to feel overwhelmed, take a more extended break to clear your head.

There are many different ways to take a break, so find what works best. Maybe you like to take a walk, listen to music, or read for a few minutes. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that helps you relax and recharge.

Stay connected with your classmates and teachers

Just because you’re learning from home doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Use technology to stay in touch with your classmates and teachers, and stay involved in your learning community.

There are many different ways to stay connected online. You can use video chat platforms like Skype or Zoom to meet face-to-face with your classmates and teachers. Or you can use email, chat apps, or forums to stay in touch.

Staying connected can help you stay motivated and on track with your learning. It’s also a great way to get help when you’re struggling with something. So don’t be afraid to reach out and stay connected with your learning community.

Find a quiet place to work

When you’re working from home, it can be easy to get distracted by everything happening around you. If possible, find a quiet place in your home where you can focus on your work.

The space might be a dedicated workspace to which you can close the door or simply a quiet corner of your house where you can set up your laptop. Wherever you choose to work, make sure it’s a place where you can focus and get things done.

If you have trouble finding a quiet place in your home, try working outside or at a local coffee shop or library. Sometimes getting out of the house can help you focus and be more productive.

Be patient with yourself

It’s important to remember that everyone learns at their own pace, and that’s okay. Don’t compare yourself to others, and don’t get too frustrated if you don’t understand something immediately. Just stay positive and keep trying, and you’ll eventually get there.

Learning from home can be challenging, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to learn at your own pace and in your way. With a bit of time and effort, you’ll be able to master anything you set your mind. So be patient with yourself, and don’t give up.

If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated while learning from home, don’t worry – you’re not alone.

With these five tips, you’ll be sure to stay motivated and on track as a virtual school student. So don’t get discouraged – keep learning, and you’ll be successful in no time.

James Brauer


James Brauer, Ed.D., MBA is currently Director of Graduate Education at Avila University. Previously he was a virtual school administrator of a public online school serving students throughout the state of Iowa. Brauer has also served as an assistant principal and special education teacher. He is passionate about leadership and management, health and wellness, and personal development.

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