We were curious: what are good students doing online that sets them apart? We found these five habits better position students to stay ahead and develop digital skills that will serve them long after school is out.
Sharing is Caring
When everyone shares great resources, everyone wins. But good students do more than drop a url into a class discussion thread and call it a day. They are able to identify trusted, credible content worthy of sharing with their class. They give credit for resources (and ideas) where credit is due. And they find a way to work these resources into discussion or pose a new question.
Calendar First, Then To-Dos
One of the best tips I ever received for staying on top of a heavy courseload was to start my day with a course calendar. As tempting as it is to automatically jump to assignments and to-dos, starting out with today’s agenda is one of the best ways to visualize what’s happening, what’s on the horizon, and how much time is allotted for tasks. (And fun fact: this technique is also incredibly helpful in the real world. Before diving into emails and meeting requests, spend a few minutes examining how your day is structured.)
So rise, shine, check your course calendar, and then get into the specifics of your to-do list. It’s a winning routine.
No student should have to go it alone. Kids who know how to ask for help or follow up on an assignment when they aren’t sure how to proceed are doing it right.
Questions are good; it’s even better when classrooms have an easy way for students to reach out when they need clarification, a second opinion, or a peer reviewer for their last paper. We like to recommend the Chalkup discussion space or our messaging tools for reaching individual classmates.
The internet has it’s own language. But good students keep internet speak at a minimum, favoring full sentences and flawless grammar. Practicing proper English, especially when interacting with classes and managing schoolwork online, will reinforce good language habits everywhere. (Although we love a good lol from time to time. Be reasonable.)
Know when to sign off. Breaks are good, and too much screen time does not a healthy student make. If cutting connectivity is easier said than done, perhaps setting Chalkup to a text message notification is the best way to ping you when there’s new work or a discussion to jump into. Your notifications will let you know if there is a reason to come back online.