Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:
We’ve explored the impact of school closures on academic growth. We know, however, school closures have also had a significant impact on student engagement and social experiences in school as well. In the spring, as many as three-fourths of teachers reported students having lower engagement in remote learning when compared to the “normal” school experiences, and nearly 60% of students report that online school is worse than their traditional learning experiences. Early research on Chinese students found that their experiences with Covid-19 increased anxiety and depression—and, importantly, more anxious students tended to find remote learning less appealing.
Nevertheless, we know that students can still have strong positive experiences in learning, even in challenging times. Research on e-learning has found that students in online courses with more “live,” synchronous learning and intentional student-teacher interactions, received more meaningful feedback, found the course more engaging, and were more likely to complete the course. Students with instructors who incorporate strong communication, flexibility, and structure report that they learn just as much in the online setting as they had previously in face-to-face courses.
In both our in-person and remote instruction, we’re using the latest research along with lessons learned from years of successfully preparing students for success in high school and college to ensure students are getting the best possible educational experience this fall. We also work to build positive relationships and structure into our programs that our students report are so essential to their educational experience. Reach out to us to learn more.
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO