Through my homeschool high school experience, I learned that one of the most important aspects to staying sane and getting good grades is scheduling. Of course, proactively sticking by the schedule is perhaps even more important.
Throughout elementary and middle school, one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is its flexibility. This is one of the main reasons a majority of parents choose to homeschool their students. While flexibility is still present in high school, it’s not quite as pliable. I suppose this varies per student, but most high schoolers I know have a fairly rigorous schedule during the school year. Of course, some high schoolers have a pretty lax schedule. I have a friend who doesn’t wake up until at least ten o’clock in the morning, will leisurely get around to doing her school, and will have it done by mid-afternoon. However, she is the exception – I’ve never met another high school with such an easy-going schedule.
Most of the time, homeschool high schoolers are involved in 2-3 homeschool co-ops and at least two classes at the local community college. Aside from that, they have a few subjects to complete at home. This is where scheduling becomes a necessity.
At the beginner of each semester, I would evaluate my studies. First, I would plan out which subjects I needed to do each day, whether it be reading a lesson, completing homework for a class, or actually attending class. I printed a table, which listed each day, and the tasks for each day. More often than not, it would look similar to:
See, I didn’t usually list exactly what needed to be done (for example, “Read lesson twenty until first page break”), but I did list extras if it involved reminding me to finish my homework, write an essay, or attend a class/lesson.
This worked super well for me to stay focused throughout the day. Not only did I NOT have to worry about forgetting something, but I had arranged the list in chronological order according to time frames for classes and such, so I could just follow the list as the day wore on. It made it easy for staying on task and on time during the semester.
With my lists, unless my Dad popped a vacation on us or something similar, I was able to stay completely on schedule. Nearly every year, I finished my first semester in perfect time for Winter Break, and I always finished my second semester at the end of May – just in time for summer vacation. Of course, it varied with vacations, family issues, health issues, and life in general, but the lists made it worlds easier to get back on schedule.
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