Summer Online Learning

Village Virtual Summer School 2017 Flyer

Summer learning programs combat the “brain drain” often associated with long breaks from academic environments and give students three important opportunities:

(1)  An opportunity to focus on areas of interest, such as career exploration or foreign language

(2) An opportunity for remediation of credits and focused attention on areas of weakness as they prepare for the next level of learning in that subject

(3)  An opportunity to earn credits that open up their face-to-face schedules for more AP, dual enrollment or elective courses in the fall.

Online summer learning has two other important benefits:  assistance with time management and 21st century skill development.  Students in Village Virtual online courses have a certified teacher and a Student Support Specialist ready to help at any time, but the responsibility for logging into the class and completing work according to the pacing guide of the course is entirely up to the student.  This is a student-centric approach that well prepares students for the rigor of self-guided learning in postsecondary studies and on-the-job training.  Additionally, students receive the benefit of utilizing state-of-the-art online learning tools that help them navigate the digital environment and utilize these assets for lifelong learning.

Call, email, or visit our website today to learn more about Village Virtual’s Soar Through Summer program.

Call:  423-521-2796         Email:  info@villagevirtual.com    Visit:  www.villagevirtual.com

60-Second Education: Changing a Flat Tire

What you’ll need:

  • Jack – tool used to lift the weight of the vehicle
  • Lug wrench – tool used to remove the lug nuts from the wheel
  • Wheel chock – a block of wood or other material used to prevent the vehicle from rolling

What you do:

  1. Pull over in a safe area.
  2. Make sure the vehicle can’t move on its own. In Park, emergency brake on, wheels chocks behind non-damaged tires.
  3. If applicable, remove the hub cap with the back of the lug wrench, then loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Place the jack under the vehicle. There are special areas designated under the car for this, usually just behind the front tires and just in front of the rear wheels. Jack the vehicle up until the damaged tire is completely off the ground and can be spun by hand.
  5. Remove the lug nuts completely and replace the tire.
  6. Tighten the lug nuts by hand, lower the vehicle, and remove the jack.
  7. Finish tightening the nuts with the lug wrench and reposition the hub cap, if applicable.

Want to learn more about how to take care of your car? Village Virtual offers an Automotive Basics course. Learn more here!

60-Second Education: Understanding Credit Reporting

  • A credit bureau collects, maintains, and sells individual information and sells it in the form of a credit report.
  • Types of information they collect:
    • repayment history
    • amount of credit available and used
    • recent inquiries
    • outstanding debt collection
    • public records such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, and repossession
  • “The Big Three”: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax
    • Score range is 300 to 850
    • Used by 7 out of 10 banks
  • Sites like CreditKarma will allow you to view your credit scores without adding a hard inquiry to your record.
  • What’s an inquiry?
    • An inquiry is a request to check your credit.
    • Happens when you apply for a line of credit, like a credit card or auto loan
    • Hard inquiries appear on your credit report, soft inquiries do not.

Want to learn more about how credit works? Village Virtual offers a Foundations in Personal Finance course. Learn more here!

Make the Outdoors Your Classroom this Fall!

 

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Do you love spending time outside while the leaves are changing color? School is starting back in August and most of you will be spending a lot of time indoors due to your classes. Village Virtual is offering you the opportunity to take your coursework on an adventure with you. Online classes allow you to learn wherever, whenever you choose.

Here are a few reasons to take advantage of online learning:

  • Learning outside can make you happier
  • Online courses can effectively raise self-esteem by creating non-competitive learning environment
  • Flexibility of online learning allows you to work at your own pace
  • Students who choose Village Virtual have access to over 300 individual courses, allowing you to create a more personalized learning experience
  • Concentration is fostered by working in a comfortable environment with limited distractions. In the classroom, students have constant distractions, making it hard to concentrate on the task at hand. With Village Virtual, you can learn within your comfort zone and stay focused!

 

Sources:

http://outdoorclassroomproject.org/about/the-outdoor-classroom/

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/10-advantages-to-taking-online-classes/

Note-Taking Tips for Online Learners

Whether you are an avid note-taker or just starting to learn, we hope this blog will demonstrate the importance of notes and give you some new ideas for creating them.  If you already have a note-taking strategy that works for you, that’s awesome!  Keep reading, though, because you may learn something new to add to your current strategy.
Why is Note-Taking Important?
Humans forget things easily and quickly. After only one day, most people will have forgotten 62% of what they learned. Our brains transfer information into memory as we process through our senses. However, our brain has trouble deciphering what is important and what is not. As you write, you automatically organize relevant information, which helps your brain retain the new information. A study by UCLA found that cramming (studying a large amount of information in a short period of time) pushes information into short-term memory rather than long-term memory. Taking effective notes all semester will allow your brain time to make connections and move information to long-term memory. 
 
Notes Haven’t Helped Me.
Everyone is unique, meaning there is not one note-taking strategy that works for every single person. If you haven’t been making the grades you would like, try something new. Check out some of the ideas below, and mix and match methods until you find what works best.
 
Visual Note-Taking
If you are more of a creative type or you get bored easily with a lot of text, visual note-taking may be a good option for you! Watch this video to learn the basics of visual note-taking. There are three components to this strategy including Text, Images, and Structure. 
 
Text: This does not mean merely writing the lecture word for word. It means that you should highlight important information based on what you already know. Think about using colors,different styles of writing, underlining, etc. to highlight information you need to remember.
 
Images: Yes, this does mean you get to doodle in your notes. Please, just make sure it’s relevant. For example, maybe when you’re learning about chemical equations in Chemistry, you could draw a picture of a salt shaker instead of writing “Sodium.” 
 
Structure: This includes graphs, charts, tables, and other forms of organizing. You don’t need a printable to create these.  You can draw your own flow charts, Venn diagrams, etc. This helps to easily organize otherwise confusing text. 
 
Cornell Note-Taking
Another note-taking strategy is called the Cornell Method. You can print the attachment and use it to help you organize your lesson notes. The Cornell method splits your notes into Key Points, Details, and a Summary. As you pay attention to your lessons, jot down the key ideas in the space on the left and important details in the middle. At the end of the lesson, create a summary. Although it may seem like an annoying conclusion to your lesson, this step is crucial to helping your brain decipher what was important and make connections to other things you have learned. Don’t be afraid to combine your Visual Note-Taking tools with this method, such as using multiple colors of writing pens.
 
Outlining
Outlining is another way to organize your notes. Take a look at this example:
 
Renaissance Music
 >Instruments 
                – Bagpipe
               – Cornet
>Composers
               – Thomas Tallis
               – William Byrd
 
First, the main topic is listed. The next sub-topics are bulleted. Details that fall under those sub-topics are listed in further bullets. Once you start taking notes with this method, it is easier to hear how a lesson could be outlined. Thus, this method can help train your brain to grasp lessons in a more organized fashion. 
Type Your Notes
Some people feel as if they can type faster than they write. If you fit into this category, you may want to consider typing your notes in a word processor such as Microsoft Word. You can also use Evernote, which is a free online note-taking tool. Using Evernote, you can access your notes from any computer. Keep in mind that typed notes are not allowed on your final exam. However, you can print your typed notes, highlight what’s important, and write that information down prior to your exam. In fact, that process will further help you in preparing for the test.

We hope these strategies help you take excellent notes in your online courses. If you have a new note-taking idea, we would love to hear about it! Send your idea to the Student Support Team at support@villagevirtual.com.