How to Prepare for Online Instruction

Currently, the world is facing some daunting, unpredictable times. World issues and the pandemic are affecting everything, especially the education sector. As schools prepare for online instruction in the fall, here are a few tips to help prepare and settle into the flow of learning at home!

  1. Try to limit technical difficulties.

Some people may be fortunate to purchase a new computer during this time and some may use one they already owned. Either way, it’s crucial that parents ensure that the internet is stable and that the computer can process video conferencing platforms and websites. Students will be heavily dependent on their computers, so this is probably the most important matter to take care of before school begins!

  1. Improve your sleeping schedule.

Some students may have lost a sense of time ever since the quarantine began. When fall comes, try to manage your sleep schedule and wake up earlier than when your class starts. You will have time to plan out your schedule, and this will help you mentally feel like you’re in a classroom instead of your own bedroom. 

  1. Practice video conferencing etiquette.

Teachers will greatly appreciate it when you are polite in the online classroom. Try not to eat during class, as it could distract you and other members of the call, just like in real life. Turn your camera on for your teachers to see, but your microphone off so that the sound is clear for everybody. Looking attentive will help your teachers gauge your understanding of the concepts. These mannerisms will also help you in a professional setting later on.

  1. Take breaks after classes/school.

It may feel frustrating and cramped, sitting in your room for the whole day. Feel free to rest in other living spaces of your home, go on a walk (safely with social distancing measures), eat your favorite snack — anything to help you rest and relax. 

Though online instruction isn’t ideal, it serves to protect students, teachers, and families. We also have online tutoring resources at Acclaim, so check those out for additional academic instruction. We at Acclaim hope that our students can stay safe during these trying times.


Scientific Facts for High School Students

High school science becomes extremely complex and thus, challenging for students. There are different fields such as biology, chemistry, and physics, to learn within a span of four years. In this blog, our brilliant tutor Edson gives his insight on scientific facts you should know about. This broad overview will set a foundation for developing your knowledge in the realm of sciences!

  1. Basic physics formulas

You should know what and how to understand position, speed, velocity, and acceleration. Additionally, you should know the relationships between these factors. This will help you figure out a way to calculate a missing variable. Knowing the importance of these four factors will help you with learning more difficult concepts in physics.

  1. Newton’s Laws

These laws are crucial to having a strong base in physics as well. You should know the definitions of the three laws, as well as their practical applications. Newton’s Laws are very important, as it explains how objects are in motion or static and are applicable to everyday life.

  1. Cell Structures

Biology only gets easier after understanding cell structures and their functions. This way, you’ll be able to differentiate the features in cells. You should also know about eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, as well as the core difference between the two. 

  1. 3 Domains of Life

With cell structures, you should also learn about the bigger picture. You should easily be able to name the three domains of life: Archaea, Eukarya, and Bacteria. Additionally, it is key for you to know the similarities and differences.

  1. Scientific Method

Possibly the most important of them all, it is absolutely essential that you know the Scientific Method by heart. Know the steps involved in the process, how to apply it effectively in an experiment, and create a testable hypothesis. Mastering this will help you perform well in laboratory settings, and enhance your grades in science.

Our tutor, Edson, says that a good grasp of all five of these concepts will cement your foundation in the sciences. Once you have the basics down, difficult lectures will become more coherent and understandable. To hear more tips and tricks from our wonderful tutors, read about improving your SAT Math and Writing scores!