We talk to FVHS students (and prospective students) every day. We ask them if they have really considered what is ideal for their situation. Do you have to go to college to get a job in an industry/field you are interested in or can you start in a position out of high school? Is college (right now) truly the best long term solution for you and are you ready (and able) to spend two or four years learning before you starting earning an income in this field?
For example, many of our adult students tell us they want to get into nursing. Nursing is a very challenging field. It is difficult to pass for even the best of students; it takes a minimum of two years and involves a lot of sacrifice. Then, if you decide it was not really the best for you later (after you have graduated) you cannot get the years of preparation and cost back! For many of our adult students, school is not where they excel. They did not like it the first time and it is only going to be more challenging this time around!
We encourage FVHS students to stop, look, talk, and listen to others (not just education administrators like us or college admissions folks). For example, in the medical field go to your doctor’s office and ask them! There are many incredible careers that simply require your high school diploma (or equivalency – HSE) plus some in office training. You can learn more about the field “on the job” and then know exactly what is best for you in the future. You are earning a living, learning a trade and researching if there are more educational requirements needed for career growth without racking up a lot of student loan debt. Trust me, it is always difficult to repay this debt and live a normal life in the first 2-5 years!
Keep in mind that now it is not that uncommon for students exiting undergraduate school (graduates or not) with student loan debts of $50,000 or higher. Many of these students have no shot of making more than $10.00 an hour for the time being. So please use the Franklin Virtual High School student services team as a starting point on what is best for you. Don’t stop there and talk to as many people as possible. Get your high school diploma without question but then think what the best steps for your situation will be. Don’t fall into the student loan debt strangle hold!
Online learning is a medium in which many adults are looking to study for their GED examination. Not only is online learning a great way to take classes while holding down a full time job and taking care of family obligations, but even adults who are unemployed benefit from online learning by taking classes and studying in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.
There are some fears that come with online learning, however. Some individuals worry about being able to navigate new software or not being able to interact with students and the teacher or not having a way to ask questions or clear up test question confusion.
To be a successful online learner, you may need to get buy in from your family and have to work with them to come up with a schedule that is conducive to both family time, work time, and study time. Letting your family and friends know how important earning your GED is will help them understand why you need time to study.
Working full time in addition to taking care of family could also mean you need to work on time management. The beauty of online learning is that you can study at your convenience, which makes it easier to work around other obligations.
If you’ve been out of school for many years, computer literacy might be an issue but it’s likely you can learn what you need to in order to navigate the online learning software. There are also likely high school students available for in home tutoring.
Don’t let the fears of online learning stop you form pursuing your GED! With a bit of work, some planning, and a lot of determination, anyone can navigate the tools needed to study online and prepare themselves for their GED exam. Good luck!
There are many benefits to online learning. While the hustle and bustle of life may seem to prevent you from fitting one more thing into your schedule, online classes can help you go back to school as well as avoid the stress of having to be in four places at once.
When participating in online classes, learning will take place in the comfort of your very own home. The beauty of online learning is you can do it anywhere you can find a wireless connection. Think of all the time and stress that will be saved not commuting anywhere. That is time and energy that can be well spent studying for your GED or toward completing a college class.
Secondly, there will not be any scheduling conflicts. With online learning, you work and study according to your own schedule. There will not be any missed recitals, or championship games. You can continue working and still get your education. Even more importantly, your online instructor will be available through email or video conferencing.
Learning will be focused. This is helpful because it will fit with multiple learning styles. Students are able to connect with each other through chat rooms, wiki pages and email. Because you are learning at your own pace, you can skip over material that you have learned already and get right to the topics you need to learn.
You are able to set your own pace. Students will graduate according to their own timeline. A very motivated student can work faster and graduate faster. Another student, who may have a lot going on in their life, can continue to work as their schedule allows. This keeps a student making steady progress toward their graduation goal.
Are you employed or do you have children and are you more than 25-years old? If so, chances are you are considered a non-traditional student when it comes to college. There are so many individuals who are 25 or older who are pursuing their GEDs and colleges are doing their best to cater to these adult students aka non-traditional students. Whether you’re looking to earn your GED or go for a more advanced degree, schools and colleges are doing their best to work with you to help you achieve these goals.
Economic downturns could be the reason you’ve decided to go back to college to earn your GED, or perhaps you’re just looking to get ahead in your current career and feel a degree could help you out. Due to the rising numbers of unemployed individuals, colleges are seeing an influx of non-traditional adult learners. If you think about the fact that also with the rising number of unemployed individuals, potential employers have access to a larger pool of potential candidates for hiring, you could need a GED to simply make yourself stand out from the competition. If you’re working in an industry that is seeking cutbacks and layoffs, a higher degree of education can make you stand out among your peers, so make certain your supervisors know you are going back to college to earn a degree.
Whether you dropped out of high school for financial or family reasons, there is no reason you can’t go back to college as a non traditional student to earn you’re your GED. Even colleges and online programs are offering classes both in person or virtual for individuals who want to earn their higher degree or GED, respectively. If you’re working full time you should be able to find a program that will work around your work schedule by offering classes either at night or on weekends.
Individuals who work full-time and are juggling commuting with family responsibilities and full time work find that online learning for their GED is the way to go. Online learning allows you to log into the computer and take classes at your leisure.
If you’re a traditional or a non-traditional student, you may still qualify for financial aid in the form of grants or loans to secure the financing for your GED enrollment. Pursuing your GED might help you advance in your current career and may make it easier to find new employment if you’ve been downsized.
Finding the right study space for you can make all the difference in how productive you are and give you better results for your time and effort. Whether you are studying for your GED or working on an assignment, the perfect studying spot will help you stay focused and undisturbed. Search for a place that meets your individual needs. Everyone learns differently. Some people need absolute silence, some cannot focus in total silence and some need to discuss their learning with others. So, seek out a place to study that fits the way you learn.
If you are one who prefers the silent learning atmosphere, look in your own home. Studying in the middle of the kitchen will probably offer too many interruptions. Can you get the solitude you require in your bedroom? If so, consider setting up a study space, such as at a desk. Getting yourself too comfortable, such as studying on your bed, can sometimes work against you. You do not want to find yourself dozing off and taking a nap instead of studying.
If your kitchen is not full of hustle and bustle, it would make a good study spot. You will have an open space where you can spread out your materials, and snacks at hand. Just avoid heavy foods while studying. Keep it light with fruits and vegetables. If this is not your ideal spot, maybe you would rather be in the basement. Many people like some background music while they study, though just be sure it stays at background level so that you do not loose focus. The trick here is to not become distracted with household projects.
Another quiet place to study would be at the library. You area less likely to nap in a quiet public place. You may also take comfort in being surrounded by other people whom are also studying. Libraries are equipped with WiFi, and will offer a quiet environment. There is good lighting and often many windows for a nice, open atmosphere.
You may prefer to take your studying to a coffee shop. This is a stimulating community with the lull of background noise that is not overtaking. Coffee shops typically offer WiFi, making them a great place to meet up with a study partner, group or study alone. Because you are in a public place, you are less likely to be bothered.
Know yourself and know what works best for you! Finding the right study space can help make studying that much easier and more tolerable.