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Worried your child's not organised enough for online school?

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Posted on: 20 Oct 2020
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Valenture has the blueprint for student success.

“I don’t think my teen is organised enough to do online schooling…” is what I hear almost every time a parent phones to ask me for information about Valenture Institute, or I am discussing schools with friends. 

“They’re not good at organising their time and planning what work to do when,” is along the lines of what often follows.

The word ‘organise’ means arrange systematically or order. Some of us are good at arranging our time, making lists, and working in a logical manner. But many people aren’t naturally good at organising their work or study time and these people need to put structures in place to help them. 

I read an article recently on Lifehack.com called ‘How to Organise Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organised People’. The author, Zachary Domes, writes, “Really organised people are not born organised, they have to cultivate healthy habits, which then help them to stay organised.” His first two tips are relevant to studying – write everything down, and make schedules and deadlines. 

“But my son/daughter will never do that,” I hear you say. Well then you’ve come to the right place, I reply. 

The designers of the Valenture Institute curriculum must have anticipated that many parents would be concerned about their teen’s ability to organise their school life outside the framework of a traditional school framework and without a teacher standing at the front of the classroom to remind them when work is due and castigate them when they miss a deadline. It was certainly on my mind when Sam started – how would he keep track of what was due? Would his manage his time well enough?

But they came up with what I now believe is a blueprint for student success. Every Friday, Sam’s mentor sends his work plan for the following week. This sets out the timetable for the next week, including any cycle tests that may be coming up, and a breakdown of what the student should do each day of the week complete with the time it will take the average student to complete each task. You see where I’m going with this, right?

The weekly plan is the Yellow Brick Road that students need to follow in order to complete all the work set for that week. So, for example, in week 13 students must complete module 13 in each of their subjects. The tasks in the modules are set out in numbered order – you must complete them sequentially as each one builds on the week’s topic and you usually can’t do, say 13.4, without having done 13.1–13.3. 

Your son struggles with being organised? Your daughter struggles with executive functioning? This may well be the right school for them. The developers of the Valenture curriculum have created a step-by-step plan to help even the most disorganised teen. And while following it won’t get them to the Emerald City, it will help them complete the work expected of them in an orderly and systematic way. 

Written by Caryn Gootkin

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