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Wash Away the Sweat (and Germs!) and Get Ready for Online Learning - Tips from the Pros

In the twenty-plus years of my experience living in a college town, I can’t think of a more challenging time for students and parents across the U.S. than what they are facing right now. I am in this with you. I too am facing the fact that my two young children will now have to learn from a distance; which is a new experience for them. Across all of the “Parents of,”, we are heartbroken for the students, educators and families who are dealing with an abrupt ending of in-person classes for the spring 2020 semester. The feelings are varied whether it was your student’s freshman year, or their last semester before graduation.

While these decisions have had to be made quickly, it is necessary and leaves little time to really sink in before starting classes Monday, exclusively online. So now we wash away the sweat (and hopefully germs!) of the past couple of weeks and forge ahead with this new learning “environment.” I have read countless emails, messages and comments from parents across our nation who are worried about this new way of learning. Last week, we were approached by with an opportunity to help spread their word: HELP. Help your student with online learning but not just help them, give to them.

Immediately, I did my own research on (though I instantly recognized their name). Here is what I learned and what you need to know: Student learning is clearly their number one priority. One thing that stood out in my research was:

“Multiple studies have shown that any interruption to learning has a lasting

and negative effect on student development and achievement.”

As a parent who is always “all in,” I know too well that many of you, reading this right now, are as well. is “all in” too. Their mission to is minimize, to the greatest extent, the above quote. To prove this, they committed last week to give away100,000 hours of free tutoring sessions for students across the country. You read that right. They want to help and they want to give.

If your student is looking for help with math or chemistry, come to (by and get the help you need. During the school closures and for the rest of the year, they’ll be here to help each and every student.

With an increasing number of school closures happening around the country, there are many questions left to be answered. Here are some potential questions with solutions to help transition our students onto an online learning environment:

1) Okay, we’ve moved to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. What will this look like for my student?