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Distance Learning 101: How Online Classes Really Work

September 30, 2019


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Considering a change in how you earn your high school diploma? Did you drop out of high school before earning your diploma? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s time to explore your alternative options. No longer do you have to drive to a building, sit through a mundane lecture, and deal with hundreds of people roaming the hallways of a traditional high school now that online learning has become so widespread. The team from Citizens’ High School has compiled this guide to distance learning so you can have a better understanding of how online schooling works.

Do I Need to ‘Attend’ My Class at a Specified Time?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked by prospective students when they are researching online courses. For the most part, the answer is no. Online classes are designed to let the students work at their own pace. This means you can build your coursework, tests, papers, and projects around your own personal and work schedules.

How Does Interaction Occur in an Online Class?

An online class does not necessarily mean the students will not interact with teachers or other students. Many online courses provide discussion groups that occur in the course software programs, chat rooms, forums, and even via social media. 

How Do I Submit Assignments?

Much like submission guidelines used today in traditional high school settings, online classes require students to submit their work via email or the online portal provided by Citizens’ High School. You will be able to upload papers, tests, projects, videos and audio files for your teachers to review and grade.

How Do I Contact a Teacher?

Even though most of the lecturing and teaching will be done through audio or video files, you can still contact your teacher if you need a question answered or a project clarified. This is best done via email or a chat feature. If the teacher allows, you might even be able to call them during their posted office hours.

Do I Have to Attend College After High School?

The short answer here is no. If you are not interested in moving onto college, the Citizens’ High School team offers a general studies program that prepares you for a career after earning your high school diploma. This program will help you learn the tools and skills needed to enter the business world immediately after high school as the courses are designed specifically for this goal. However, if you are interested in attending college after high school, Citizens’ High School offers an academic studies program fit to prepare students for college-level workloads and courses. 

Do I Need to be a Tech Wizard?

One worry that many prospective students have about the topic of what are online classes is that they might not be technologically inclined to succeed. You do not need to be a tech wizard to study online. In fact, enrolling in an online high school diploma program will help you improve your technology skills. You will become more equipped in programs such as Microsoft Office, Canvas, and more.

Enroll in an Academic Program Now

If you are excited to earn your high school diploma after dropping out of school years ago, it’s time to find out all that Citizens’ High School has to offer. You don’t have to go back to school in the traditional sense since you can complete all of your courses online. The benefits of online schooling are numerous, and you can enroll with CHS any time of the year. Call us at 800-736-4723 or contact us to learn more or apply today.

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