The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. Everyone is feeling the effects of economic and social unrest that stem from this public health crisis, and GED students are among the most impacted populations. In the nation’s capital alone, 64% of adult learners surveyed are parents struggling to teach their children while schools remain closed – all while putting food on the table and trying to achieve their own educational goals.
Stress is at an all-time high. Some of the biggest roadblocks for adult learners are distractions at home, lack of time, and being unfamiliar with distance learning platforms. Luckily, students can count on dedicated educators like you to gain confidence in online learning and stay motivated.
We understand that the switch to distance learning is an ongoing challenge. It also presents the opportunity to try new tools and personalize learning in new ways. We are here to support you and your students throughout the GED journey. Here are some tips to get the most out of online learning:
- In group class settings, establish a sense of community by including time for icebreakers and short games like trivia or going around for each person to share a fun fact like their favorite dessert. Remember, you can participate too! Your students will appreciate getting to know you better.
- When team projects come up, split students into smaller breakout rooms where each person has time and space to speak and contribute ideas.
- Visual aids are important. Demonstrate concepts step by step using an on-screen whiteboard or similar tool. Encourage questions along the way. Chat is an excellent feature for this, where students can ask questions without interrupting out loud.
- Screensharing helps keep everyone on the same page.
- In 1-on-1 settings, take a few minutes to listen to challenges that your student may be facing outside of GED prep. You can then adjust the workload to be sure your student doesn’t feel overwhelmed.
- Overall, compassion and flexibility are key. GED students are often sharing devices with other family members who are learning online. Schedules may need to be adjusted from time to time.
We know that you are going above and beyond every day! It’s not easy to balance everything. To help you save time and energy, we continue to post free resources and class materials at GED.com. Also, check out the popular tools below to help students stay engaged.
GED® Play is an on-demand video learning platform developed in partnership with Aztec Software and Kaplan Test Prep.
GED Play enhances student performance on key GED measured skills with:
- Comprehensive videos covering all four GED test subjects
- Targeted content that aligns with skills evaluated on the test
- Short lessons that make it easy for students to learn without feeling overwhelmed
Try pairing GED Play with GED Flash™ for Organizations to keep concepts fresh in mind. Students are short on time, so GED Flash provides thousands of mobile-friendly interactive practice questions.