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It takes hard work to become a professional surfer; you already know that. Your dedication to excelling at the sport can cost you a lot in terms of your personal life. It doesn’t have to, though. If you’re working on getting sponsored, you can still do all the stuff that other kids your age are doing, including attending and graduating from high school. In fact, you can get a better education.

10 Sep

3 Reasons Online School Helps Surfers Get Sponsored

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Expression and communication are key components of any education and these tips will help you to create an awesome video to help you communicate through the lens of our digital culture. One of the many perks of online school and a personalized learning curriculum.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 106: Digital Literacy and 5 Steps to Make Viral Video

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n today's digital world, part of this system involves learning the little tools and tricks native to online web applications, as well as the traditional methods of time management and effective communication with peers. These management tips for online students are well suited to help any student participating in a personalized learning program develop the skills necessary to succeed.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 104: 5 Project Management Tips for Online Students

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Through the course of a personalized learning program, you may find that you need to give a presentation or two on what you've learned. For online presentations, it's important to use programs that give a sense of visual movement while still communicating your ideas effectively: for those things, we recommend Prezi, along with the standby of Keynote or Powerpoint (when used effectively). For those who don't know, Prezi is a system that allows online students to create a presentation that provides a great amount of visual stimuli and allows you to pan towards and away from information very easily. But just using the right software isn't all you need in order to create a dynamite presentation: follow these tips to make sure that the next presentation you give is astounding.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 105: 5 Tips to Make an Awesome Online Presentation. #5 is crucial!

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A lot of students, whether in the classroom or utilizing online personalized school lessons, can have trouble staying on task while studying or doing homework. Whether your child is learning at home or at school, you want him/her to make the most of their work time. That's where the Pomodoro technique comes into play.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 103: 5 Easy Steps to Help Online Students Learn Using the Pomodoro Method. You're going to love #4.

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Meet Kari - As a student she travels the world utilizing a personalized education. It’s a great experience. With easy access to teachers who mentor and mold, students interact in diverse roles to increase their knowledge base and learn to adapt to free-willed thinking scenarios. Being able to virtually connect to a classroom has left her with a sense of belonging, not only because she has participated in an engaging learning environment without ever stepping into a classroom, but is also included into a venue where her ideas are challenged and embraced as she learns. This comes as a result of having fantastic teacher mentors.

09 Sep

Great Teachers Make Great Online Schools: 3 Quality Traits to Look For

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When it's time to sign on to online school, do you find yourself wanting to go get a snack in the kitchen, check your Facebook account, or go pet the cat? These are sure signs of getting distracted from the more important task at hand - completing your online personalized education. Here are 5 tips to stay focused and productive.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 102: 5 Tips to Say No To Distraction

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Everything in education is changing. Information is moving faster. Instructors have access to an ever-growing array of resources. And almost every school in the country is offering online courses. Even the tradition-rich American Bar Association, which has a reputation for being a bit stodgy, has approved an online J.D. program.

09 Sep

Student Productivity 101: Become a Note-taking Ninja

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Kari is a student that travels the world but utilizes the personalized education options CMASAS online personalized school. It’s a great experience. With easy access to teachers who mentor and mold, students interact in diverse roles to increase their knowledge base and learn to adapt to free-willed thinking scenarios. Being able to virtually connect to a classroom has left her with a sense of belonging, not only because she has participated in an engaging learning environment without ever stepping into a classroom, but is also included into a venue where her ideas are challenged and embraced as she learns. That’s the magic of online high school.

09 Sep

What Makes a Great Teacher in an Online School? 3 Quality Traits to Look For

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Rory is a math whiz who enjoys helping his friends complete difficult equations on their homework assignments. His sharp thinking and happy-go-lucky nature also helps him in his role as a young swimmer. Since he takes his sportsmanship seriously and trains everyday, Rory's parents decided to enroll him in an online high school that will focus on his personalized education as he completes the rest of his studies.

09 Sep

Personalized Education - Top 5 Apps to Improve Online Students' Vocabulary

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High school is a tumultuous time. Everything seems to be in flux all of the time. It's a time of rapid growth, both physically and emotionally, and for some, it is a time of great stress as they try to decide just what they want to do with their life.

09 Sep

7 Tips for Setting Goals as an Online High School Student

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Imagine graduating from high school, yet still struggling to read well. That may seem like an impossible scenario, yet literacy continues to be a problem for on-site and online high school students alike. Dr. Terry Salinger is an educational expert who serves in multiple roles as the Senior Advisor to the National High School Center, as well as the Managing Director and Chief Scientist for Reading at the American Institutes for Research. Her research and statistics from the National Adult Literacy Survey showed that over the past 15 years, over 15 million high school students have graduated barely proficient in reading at the fifth grade level. Another statistic revealed that 19 percent of high school dropout students "are only able to perform at basic or below-basic levels..."

09 Sep

Top 5 Reading Comprehension Apps for Online High School Students

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Karen is entering her junior year in online high school at CMA-SAS. Besides being a budding violinist with aspirations of joining the symphony one day, she also wants to be a professional song writer. Her parents support her career decision and encouraged her to double her workload by taking several AP advanced courses during her first two years of high school in order to develop her analytical and writing skills. She's also joined a local poet's society and sought the help of an after-school writing tutor to help her polish her essay-writing and grammatical style. Although her schedule is extremely demanding, Karen never doubts that she'll have to work hard and sacrifice in order to get the life she wants after graduation.

09 Sep

5 Writing Tips for Online High School Students

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We have all heard the adage, 'Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life'. While many may argue the validity of this statement, no one could argue the sentiment. The path to a fulfilling and happy life may well be to follow your passion The problem lies in finding out just what your passion is.

09 Sep

Meet Emily and Her 3 Keys to Find Your Passion in Online High School

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Shane was in his first year of high school and his mother watched her normally easy-going son become more and more depressed. While he was capable of getting high grades, his first quarter grades saw him failing almost every class and those he did pass, he just squeaked by. When he came home each day, he went straight to his room. She had figured he was simply getting used to the added workload of being in high school, but his grades didn't indicate he'd been working at all.

09 Sep

How Online High School Can Save the Bullied Child

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The traditional high school classroom can hold many students back. With one teacher presenting material to a large group on a set schedule, the pace is rarely right for anyone. The brightest or most prepared students in the room lose interest quickly; those who encounter obstacles may be left behind and have great difficulty catching up. Time is wasted, and many—if not most—students are bored. Fortunately, there is an alternative: online high school may offer a solution to each of those problems, along with other perks that may not have occurred to most parents.

09 Sep

The Perks of Being an Online High School Student

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Meet Jared and Jill. The two leisurely wake up on a Monday morning around 8:30. No, it's not a holiday. They attend high school online.

09 Sep

5 Best Study Habits for Online High School Students

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Don't underestimate the positive influence that online high schools can have on today's youth. With state-of-the-art systems and qualified teachers, students can still enjoy participating in the activities they love while working to become tomorrow's leaders.

08 Sep

Let Your Creativity Flourish with Online High School

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Carol is a gifted gymnast who's starting her junior year in online high school soon. Although a little nervous about the rising academic pressures, her hopes of graduating as soon as possible to pursue her career in gymnastics full time outweigh her graduating early jitters. She and her mother decided to consult with several staff members from CMA-SAS online school to discuss the possibilities of an early graduation so Carol can prepare for one of the biggest competitions in her budding career. Fortunately, her exceptional academic performance and good report with her former instructors has increased Carol's chances of getting her diploma sooner than she may think.

08 Sep

5 Reasons to Graduate Online High School Early

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Tony and Sue are excited to begin their study abroad program in Europe. They've already received their passports, made flight arrangements, and have been actively researching the cultural aspects of the town they'll live in. Both understand how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to see other parts of the world at such a young age. The contacts in their community are equally honored to see them pursue studies elsewhere and are eager to see how they'll be able to bring what they learn back to their hometown.

08 Sep

4 Advantages of World Travel for Online High School Students

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Many creative people who have a knack for thinking outside the box can relate to the benefits of a liberal arts education. However, some of them don't end up following through out of fear that this educational route is unrealistic and leads to an uncertain future. This type of thinking couldn't be farther from the truth. Check out how studying liberal arts can prove to be a rewarding journey.

08 Sep

5 Advantages of a Liberal Arts Education

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A personalized education motivates students to learn and succeed by making the curriculum relevant and interesting for them. Here are four different ways that personalized education motivates students in our online school, Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences.

08 Sep

How can a Personalized Education Motivate Students' Learning?

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Who could have imagined, even 20 years ago, that education would change so drastically by the 21st century? Today's options for education, from kindergarten through graduate school, are significantly different than they were two to three decades ago.

08 Sep

Global Education and Online Schooling

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A growing number of international students are choosing to study in the USA via online virtual schools. Populous countries such as China and India have so many students that not all can get into universities in their native country. To illustrate just how important it is to earn international qualifications in secondary school, consider the following story.

08 Sep

5 Reasons an American Accredited High School Diploma Helps International Students

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We're living in unprecedented times. For the first time ever in history, everyone owns their own media channel and the ability to spread a message (click to tweet). Students growing up today will no longer need a lot of money to have the clout of mass media names like BBC, FOX, or CNN. They just need to know how to tweet, market a Facebook page, and write a meaningful blog post.

08 Sep

3 Reasons to Teach Social Media in the Online High School

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Meet Irie Her family owns a store titled The Bell Jar - and yes, the name is a reference to the late poet Sylvia Plath. Irie's enthusiasm as a young entrepreneur empowers her dreams for making an impact in the fashion industry.

08 Sep

3 Ways Online High School Empowers the Entrepreneur

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Parents of professional teens understand how nerve wracking it can be as they attempt to juggle their teen’s education with their growing professional responsibilities to their sports endeavor. So whether their gifted child is an up-and-coming musician, an athlete or a skilled surfer - obtaining a quality education is a challenge. Enter personalized education and online school. With the advantage of online high school your professional teen can benefit in the best of both worlds.

08 Sep

3 Ways Professional Teen Athletes Benefit from Online High School

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A Day in the Life of a Bullied Teen A tall, shy boy with braces enters his history class on the first day of school. He's just moved to the area, and he's nervous about what the new experience will bring. As a sophomore in high school, he's intelligent with strong musical skills and feels capable of taking on the workload. However, he's still wary of leaving behind the only friends he's known since elementary school and befriending strangers.

08 Sep

4 Reasons Online High School Helps the Bullied Child

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The traditional classroom has been much like The Pit on Wall Street. The atmosphere created by the traditional school system creates a culture much like this. Instead of jumping up and down and/or yelling, students still need to raise their hand to share their idea and no matter how hard a teacher works to create a safe culture, introverts have learned that if they raise their hand and say something strange, silly, or wrong, the class gawks at them. Feeling awkward never becomes fun. By the time high school or college rolls around, introverts have learned to stay quiet in their shell.

08 Sep

3 Ways Online High School Empowers the Introvert

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One of the greatest pleasures in working in education involves helping students grow from year to year. The greatest gift? An email or visit from a former student who has grown into a remarkable adult. The flip side of this though is that in the traditional school structure, some students slip through the cracks because it's too difficult to personalize education. Too difficult to bring struggling 9th graders up to speed.

08 Sep

Will Online High School Save Alexis?

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