Your shift from attending a regular high school to online schooling doesn’t end after you have enrolled. There are some things you need to prepare, like a computer and other technology-related pieces you’ll need.
Save the money you would otherwise spend on backpacks or uniforms since you won’t need them. Here are the things you need to prepare and start attending online classes for high schoolers:
Homeschooling requires focus and concentration. This is because there are no teachers to watch over you all the time. You will need an organized and calm space where you can study in peace.
It would be great if there is an extra room in your home that you can turn into an office or study room. If there is no spare room, make sure to find a particular area in your house that you can devote for your coursework.
Well-Lit, Clean Environment
There are times when you need to study without distractions. This is great if your study room gives you that. But, if you have pets running around or family members calling your attention from time to time, it will not work.
Whether you prefer to study in complete silence or with background music, you should have a well-lit and clean environment with no distractions. For times like these, you can take a short trip to the local coffee shop with free Wi-Fi or to a bookstore or library.
Computer Hardware with the Necessary Software
Before attending your first online class, check if your computer has the right specifications. It must also have the necessary software. Double check the list of hardware and software requirements you got from the online school. Common specifications include:
- 20GB hard disk
- 512MB RAM
- OS: Mac OSX 10.4/Windows 98 or later versions
- Word processor like MS Office
- Web browser with plugins
These are some of the basic things you need to start attending online high school classes. There may be other requirements, depending on your school.