For centuries, parents have been taking their child’s education into their owns hands and homeschooling their children. In the past couple of decades, homeschooling has gotten more popular and has become a more acceptable alternative to traditional educational environments, particularly for parents with concerns about school quality and safety. While the benefits of homeschooling and online homeschooling may be different on a student-to-student basis, there are some distinct advantages that apply to the educational practice as a whole. Since a homeschooled students education is usually managed by the same person over a long period of time, their education plan can be consistent previous taught topics and courses.
Homeschooled students received a tailored education from their teachers because curriculums can be crafted around the student’s needs, strengths, weaknesses, and learning difficulties. Homeschooling provides a one-on-one experience and interaction for when a student is having a difficult time grasping a concept or subject. The curriculum can then be adjusted to help the student better understand while in public schools the student would have to either seek out a tutor or be left behind and get a better grasp of the subject on their own.
In public schools, scheduling conflicts like family emergencies or extended family vacations can cause students to fall behind if they missed days of school but with homeschooling that issue is nonexistent. Homeschooling allows classes and homework to be taken on the go and learned anywhere. Online homeschooling, in particular, has made virtual classrooms easier and more convenient than ever because it allows so much flexibility. Online schools do follow a conventional school calendar, and some courses do have fixed schedules for the student, but as long as students are on track and communicate with teachers, they have more flexibility in where and when they complete lessons and assignments.
Homeschooling better helps students prepare for college by teaching them the importance of taking responsibility for their own learning. Homeschooled students may also show more self-motivation and interest in their areas of study which is one-factor colleges look for because this usually means the student is also more self-disciplined, will take more responsibility for their education, and are more likely to complete their college education.
Homeschooling is considered the most beneficial educational experiences and when homeschool student was asked about it they reported that they were much more independent in their approach to life and learning. They had never felt the need to follow the crowd, and this served them well. In regard to having to solve learning problems, they were much more independent in seeking out the answers themselves.