Make a schedule.
Track what assignments need to be completed each day/week. While younger students may need some help, older students should be able to get this going on their own.
When making a schedule, be sure to build breaks into the day and try not to cram too many lessons into one block. Generally, 30-50 minutes of learning, then a break, makes a good schedule, though younger students may need more frequent breaks. If you’re having trouble developing a schedule, Connections Academy provides useful examples for all age groups.
Ensure everyone is on the same page.
Be sure your student knows what is expected of them when completing their schoolwork from home and how to best reach their teachers, whether by phone, email, or class website.
Ensure they understand what needs to be done by asking them to describe the assignment to you. If they can’t describe it, chances are they’re going to have a hard time completing it.
If there are live, synchronous online classes or collaborative activities available, ensure your student is attending when they can. For students making the transition to online school, these opportunities are vital, as they give students the chance to meet their peers and interact with their teachers should they need additional help or have questions. But if students cannot attend live, classes are often recorded and students can participate in online discussion boards on their own time.
Review and reflect on the day.
At the end of the day, reserve time to ask your student what they learned and to show you what they worked on.