The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost everything related to higher education over the past six months.  Online learning and education may not have been what your family expected when your student started school this year. Hopefully, you can take comfort in knowing that colleges and universities have been using online technologies to teach and enhance classes for many years before this all happened. This gives them a distinct advantage over the rather chaotic experience your student may have had their senior year.


While online learning at the college level is thought to be highly structured, regulated and effective, there are however, particular challenges that students can face when in a virtual setting.

Communicating with the teacher / professor

Communication is key when it comes to bridging the gap between the instructor and learner. With online learning, the educator may not seem as readily available as they would in a classroom setting.  Make sure your student asks when and how the teacher / professor can be reached for one-on-one support.

Establishing a functional work space

Setting up a work space that lends to greater productivity with the least amount of distractions possible, is critical to success in virtual learning environment.  Also make sure a dependable internet connection is readily available for use. If you have to go to a public space, have headphones available for listening to lectures or discussions.

Utilize your resources

Make sure you stay connected to your professor and classmates and utilize resources such as study groups or online discussion boards if they are available.

Actively Participate

Over time, your student may begin to feel very isolated with online studies, especially since they’re not with their professor or classmates on a consistent basis. Encourage your student to participate actively and work together with classmates to complete assignments and lessons. It’s also wise to engage in the discussion, ask and answer questions and be an active participant in the course.


Our coaches are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience that is custom-tailored to the individual needs of your student.

Signs to Look for that Your Student May be Struggling with Online Learning

It’s important to keep an eye out for early indicators that your student is struggling with online learning.  As a parent, you may not know if your son or daughter is skipping classes and they may not share if their grades are steadily declining.  With that said, there are a few signs that if present shouldn’t be ignored.

  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Steady decline in communication with friends or family members
  • Home sick or coming home too frequently
  • Late turning in assignments
  • Lack of class participation, not engaged
  • Not attending class regularly


We can help them acclimate to and even optimize this new environment by;

  • Assisting with organization of time and materials. These are key factors in the ability to be successful in any course, but especially online courses.
  • Providing added support and accountability for students to gain an understanding of expectations and help following through.
  • Being there as a resource, to answer questions, and anticipate common issues to help student prepare for and work through any challenges.
  • Helping to balance work loads. Often when taking courses online, students tend to over or underestimate the amount of time it will take to accomplish tasks. Your ACS Coach will help set limits and parameters that allow students to create a balance that works.


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” The program has geared me up for success not only in the classroom but also in life. Having a dedicated plan day in and day out has helped me achieve so much. With the help and guidance from ACS, I was able to graduate college (which I never thought could happen) and have helped me land my dream job right out of college! Thank you ACS!! “


Joe D.

” I was able to improve my test scores, improve my overall grades and even make dean’s list. I also gained a new mentor, coach, and friend. I am using the skills I learned through ACS daily in my career such as planning, focusing, and prioritizing my tasks each day. “


Carolina B.

” I struggle with time management and I have learned that I need accountability to finish and reach my goals. Having someone who cares about my success, offering tools and strategies to get there, has been crucial for my professional and personal development. I am so grateful for this support from ACS in this journey. “