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It’s that time of year again! How are you preparing for the new school year? Here are some tips that will enhance your chances of success this year and in your future years. 1. Know your schedule and courses Start the year with an organized approach! Learn your schedule and where your classes are held … Read More

A Day in the Life of an Online Student

Hi, I’m Amanda! You may remember me from my student spotlight: My Return to VHS. I was asked to share more about my experience as an online student to give you a better idea of what it’s like, or at least what it was like for me. Usually I was working on four courses at a time, … Read More

So we now know what Academic Honesty is; that is, what it means to plagiarize or cheat. Now, let’s examine key study skills so you can avoid the temptation to take short cuts when writing papers, listening to instructional videos or lectures, or studying for quizzes, tests, or exams. Working with credible sources will allow … Read More

July 1st marks an important day in Canada’s history: It’s the anniversary of our becoming a nation 150 years ago. As we celebrate this milestone by wearing red and white, waving our flags with pride, and spending time enjoying the beautiful land on which we live, let’s reflect on some of the defining moments in … Read More

Learning to think and work independently is all part of the educational process. At VHS, we expect our students to take responsibility for their work and all of their actions in their courses. Sometimes the expectations to obtain a certain grade or meet a tight deadline leaves students feeling pressured to take short cuts and … Read More

Virtual Elementary School is Virtual High School’s sister school and offers online elementary level courses to students living anywhere in the world.  A common question that Virtual Elementary School (VES) receives is “How can my family use VES in our homeschooling plan?” The short answer is that VES is similar to using a textbook to learn … Read More

Choose a Growth Mindset

Late one Thursday afternoon Duncan anxiously waited to hear how he had done on his recent assignment … *Ping* … 56%. Duncan’s fixed mindset story: Only 56%? Yikes! Didn’t I do any better than that? How did that happen? Everybody else probably aced it, but I didn’t. All that time and effort—what a waste. My parents are … Read More

You’re enrolled in a self-paced, online course. Where do you start? How will you maintain focus? One really important thing to remember about this style of learning is that the self-motivation and self-direction required to complete the course are excellent life skills that will be of benefit to you long after you have finished your work with VHS. … Read More

Take a break from distraction when working online. Trying to do too many things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all. A single-minded focus enables you to produce better work in less time, with more retention, and less stress. “Go Tabless.”  James’ Story One Wednesday evening James, the creator of Tabless Thursdays, … Read More

The persuasive essay, the lab report, the informative presentation – all of these tasks involve putting forth your ideas in efforts to convince others or to reveal what you’ve found in your research. In all cases, whether in your science, music, history, English or other courses, the support you gather, that is, the information you … Read More