Tips for Student Parents

April 16, 2020

We get it – things are not ideal right now. Adjusting to online classes in the middle of a semester is not easy for anyone, but SCTCC students who are also parents have the extra stress of adjusting to online classes for themselves AND their kids. We put together some tips for parents out there who may be struggling with online classes.

  1. Communicate often and early with your instructors about your situation. If you don’t tell them what’s going on, they won’t know you needhelp.
  2. Check with your instructor about your class lectures that are recorded. If the lectures are being recorded, make sure youknow where and how to access them. Then you can watch synchronous lectures at a later, and possibly more convenient, time.
  3. Take advantage of online office hours to check in with your instructor and ask questions. Not only will it benefit you academically, but you can connect on a personal level with your instructor.
  4. If your kids are old enough, have them help create a schedule that blocks out time for you to work uninterrupted on schoolwork. Involving your kids in making the schedule means they’ll be more likely to stick to the schedule.
  5. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your fellow students who are in a similar situation to talk about tips, strategies, and advice.
  6. If your kids are in school, communicate with their teachers often about your (and your child’s) situation as well. They may have some suggestions or resources that can make the situation easier for you and your kids.
  7. Schedule yourself some “me” time. Parenting is a full-time job, and online classes can also feel that way. It’s important to give yourself a little bit of time to unwind and relax to recharge your personal energy levels. Find 15-30 minutes each day where you can gather your thoughts, enjoy a comfortable walk, meditate, or any other activity that makes you happy.

The most important thing to know is that you are not alone! Not only do you probably have classmates who are juggling their classwork with kids, but chances are that some of your instructors are also watching their kids alongside teaching.

That’s why communicating and checking in with your instructor is one of the best things you can do right now – they will understand and be able to relate to what you’re going through. Chances are, they may have some suggestions that can help you make your success and goals a top priority while keeping your family safe during the pandemic.

It's also important to make sure you're taking care of yourself and your family, both physically and mentally. SCTCC has resources available for students who need them, free of charge. One of the best people to start with is Student Support Manager Melanie Matthews – she can help you work through any problems you might be having and connect you with local resources that would be helpful during this time. Melanie can be reached via email at melanie.matthews@sctcc.edu or 320-308-5096.

Kate Wallace
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