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Virtual Schooling – The Future of Education

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Is virtual schooling the future trend of schooling and will it change the face of education for future generations? Online schooling has become increasingly popular over the last decade and is quickly becoming one of the key options available to students.

Students can sign up for courses online and then start them immediately. Students can also choose their own schedules and do their studies between part-time jobs and other responsibilities that they may have. It is by far the best option for people that are on the go. People today are busier than they ever have been and high school courses online work perfectly into anyone’s schedule.

For most students, there is no difficult transition involved when starting a course online. We have become a technological society and most of us  feel confident working with desktops, laptops, iPads and cell phones. Introducing online courses just seems like a natural occurrence to most students.

Virtual schooling has now become mainstream and it is estimated that enrolment for online courses has been growing by approximately 30% a year. This type of learning is suited for any type of student including rural students that only have a limited amount of course selection available, anyone with transportation problems, busy students in need of a flexible schedule, students that prefer learning at their own pace at home, or  anyone that needs a few extra credits.

Virtual schooling is the wave of the future and it’s expected that within a few short years approximately 50% of all of the courses offered in secondary schools will be taken online. Find out more about your virtual schooling options by visiting our website today at www.ontariovirtualschool.ca. You can also call 1 (416) 907-4899 any time if you have any questions.

5 Real-World Skills e-Learning Teaches You

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As we’ve noted before, skills are the bread and butter of resume building – the more you have, the better your odds of success become. And, while field-specific skills are important, employers also place great value on ‘real-world’ soft skills, which are far more difficult to teach. Want to know a great way to learn many of these desirable and widely applicable skills? Take an online course with Ontario Virtual School! You’ll not only be earning high school credits, you’ll be learning these 5 essential skills along the way, with virtually (pun intended) no extra effort.

#1 – Time Management

Unlike in traditional day schools, courses at Ontario Virtual School are entirely self-paced. Upon registration, students receive immediate access to their entire course and it’s up to them to plan their study schedules accordingly. While this flexibility allows students to study at the times that work best for them, it also means that students have to develop strong time management skills to ensure that they are making time to complete their coursework within their self-decided time-frame.

Online learning also allows students to take advantage of spare time, with mobile-friendly learning management systems allowing them to watch lesson videos, read through assignments or contribute to discussion boards from their smartphones or tablets while on-the-go. This kind of early exposure to self-paced time management teaches adolescents how to make and meet personal deadlines and goals. This is a vital skill to have in the working world, as without adequate time management skills, even the most capable workers can fall behind or make critical mistakes.

#2 – Manners

Online learning, with its reliance on email as a primary method of communication, can actually help improve a student’s use of proper manners. Whereas shorthand and slang typically rule the virtual domain, taking courses online reinforces the need for a particular level of email etiquette when communicating with instructors, administrators, and other students via discussion boards. This need to develop proper writing etiquette is a skill that will undoubtedly benefit students as they venture out into the world.

#3 – Initiative & Self-Discipline

Online courses rely on self-discipline and independent learning. Unlike traditional day schools, where teachers provide live encouragement and are there to monitor what students are doing in the classroom, online students are forced to develop their own self-discipline in order to get things done. This means that students must learn how to succeed without outside motivation and do the work without anyone watching them. This unique characteristic of online learning easily translates into successful real-life practices, as businesses often reward those who take the initiative in performing their duties.

#4 – Online Networking & Communication Skills

No matter what line of work you end up in, being able to communicate effectively is a crucial skill that all employers look for. The online learning environment, with its virtual classrooms and reliance on online communication, allows students to prepare for the modern reality of remote office arrangements where all communication and networking is done via email and video conferences. What’s more, taking courses online allows students to adjust to the non-instant realities of distant communication and teaches them to communicate their thoughts appropriately and efficiently, without the aid of visual cues.

#5 – Prioritization

Students who take online courses often do so because they have other important things on the go, whether that be work, childcare, professional sports or arts, or simply taking a regular course load at a day school. While the flexibility online courses offer is undoubtedly one of their greatest benefits, it also essentializes the need for strategic prioritization on a daily basis. What’s more, online students are the ones who must juggle their various deadlines and schedules, as there is no staff room where all of their various activity leaders gather to coordinate their assignments and requirements. Instead, the online student must take into account all aspects of their schedule and plan accordingly, allowing them to develop their ability to prioritize effectively.

Taking courses with Ontario Virtual School does more than just allow you to complete your high school diploma at your own pace, it teaches you many valuable skills that work to develop the kind of work ethic and skills that employers value. Simply put, online courses prepare students to work in an increasingly online world.

Ready to start your online learning journey? Sign up for a course today!

12 Ways to Manage Your Exam Stress

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There’s no denying exam season is a stressful time. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to remember that while they are important, exams are not everything! What’s more, they do not determine your worth as a person – if you just had an internal ‘yeah, but…’ moment, repeat that last part until it goes silent.

Of course, some anxiety surrounding exams is normal and, to a certain degree, it can actually help sharpen your concentration. But when anxiety starts to impede your ability to perform as you otherwise would, it may be time to seek help from your instructor or guidance counsellor. In the mean time, here are some useful tips to help you manage your stress levels.

Author’s Note: For clarity, we’ve divided the tips up into a few distinctly stressful periods: 1) the time leading up to exams, 2) the day of the exam & the exam itself, and 3) that excruciating post-exam period as you wait for your final mark.

 

PRE-EXAM STUDYING

#1 – Anxiety symptoms can only be worsened by drastically switching up your eating and sleeping routines right before an exam. Instead, make the effort to be good to your body and your mind will be good to you! Physical activity is also a great way to relieve stress: go for a walk or a quick run and feel your shoulders loosen and your focus sharpen when you get back to it!

 

#2 – Don’t be afraid of working through difficult concepts! Sure, it may be anxiety-inducing to read through something you feel you know nothing about with the exam fast approaching, but think how much worse it would be to read that question on the exam and have no knowledge to answer it with because you skipped over studying it! Even a general understanding of a difficult concept can be enough to earn you some key points on an exam, and you won’t feel the added exam-day stress of the blank space!

 

#3 – Reach out! Students tend to lock themselves in their rooms around exam time. While it may help you keep focused, isolation can actually increase your stress because, as with stress of other forms, bottling it up is never a good idea. Instead, try talking through your anxieties with your friends, family, or school officials if you are having serious misgivings. Emotional support can make all the difference in navigating stressful situations, so make sure you’re leaving your door open to receiving it.

 

THE DAY OF THE EXAM

#1 – Give yourself a break from studying in the hours leading up to the exam itself. Make sure you eat a solid meal beforehand (a growling stomach in the silent exam room is sure to throw off your focus) and pack some (non-crinkly) snacks to keep your brain fueled if it’s a lengthy exam. It’s also a good idea to check the batteries in your calculator and the ink in your pens, whatever you may need to do to be 100% logistically prepared.

 

#2 – Arrive early but steer clear of the frantic one(s). These students are balls of anxiety who will only cause your own anxiety to snowball. Surround yourself with students who are outwardly calm in the time leading up to your exam, and if it feels like everyone is panicking in the hall, remember it is 100% socially acceptable to leave the pack and skim through your notes in solitude before heading into the exam.

 

#3 – Think positive! And if you don’t feel optimistic enough to tell yourself you’re gonna do great, at least be positive enough to stop thinking negatively. Instead of “I’m going to fail, I don’t know anything!”, remind yourself “I’ve studied as much as I could with the time I had. I know what I know and it will be enough.”  Negative thinking will only serve to limit your self-perception and can actually limit your ability to perform to standard on an exam.

 

DURING THE EXAM

#1 – Scan through the whole exam as soon as you get it so you know what you’re dealing with. This can also work to your advantage, as it will give your brain time to process answers to more complex questions as you tackle the easy ones, boosting your confidence as you go.

 

#2 – Work smart! Take a glimpse at the marking scheme and plan your time accordingly. The goal should always be to answer every question to the best of your abilities within the time allotted. If you find yourself spending too long on any single question, circle it to come back to later and move on. After all, it’s better to give an almost-there answer to every question than to give perfect answers on only 50% of the exam.

 

#3 – Stay focused on the process of answering the question rather than on the end result. If your mind starts to drift or you find yourself catastrophizing, take a thirty second break. Close your eyes, take a couple deep breaths, stretch and re-focus yourself on the task at hand.

 

THE POST-EXAM WAIT

#1 – Don’t overthink! Reflection is good, and if there is some exam strategy to be learned from this exam experience, by all means flesh it out and put it into action for the next one, but know that beating yourself up for mistakes made or things left unwritten will only make your outlook worse.

 

#2 – Spend your time studying for your next exam, rather than re-studying for the exam you already took. There truly is no point to going through lesson notes to figure out when Question 19 was taught or what the answer to Question 6 was. You’re not going to be writing this exam again, but chances are you will be writing a different exam, so use your time wisely!

 

#3 – Be confident, but realistic. What’s done is done. There is nothing you can do or change, so be kind to yourself and be confident in the answers you gave. You may not have aced it, but you probably didn’t fail either. Remember that your teachers are not out to see you fail, and if they can see that your train of thought was on the right track, chances are they’ll give you at least partial credit. 

Studying for Success: OVS Tips for Exam Prep

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Summer is just around the corner, but first, the dreaded exam season must be tackled! Here are some quick tips to help you study for success.

 

Make sure you know what you’re in for

Ask your teacher what format the exam is going to take, and how the sections are going to be weighted. After all, studying for multiple choice looks very different from studying for long answer response! Also, knowing what to expect come exam day can go a long way towards alleviating test anxiety.

Get organized

Make sure you have all the notes and study materials you need for each exam you’re taking. If you missed a lesson, hit up a friend for their notes or ask your teacher to go over the material with you after hours. Organize your notes by subject and by unit, taking care to exclude anything that your teacher may have guaranteed won’t be tested (don’t waste your precious time studying something if you know you won’t need it for the exam!)

Prioritize your exams

Sure, you might be making studying, in general, a priority this time of year, but it’s also important to prioritize your various exams. Some will be more difficult than others, some you might already feel prepared for, and some may be worth far more than others. While you’ll want to schedule time to study for all of your exams, the amount of study time each exam requires does not necessarily have to be the same. Be sure to evaluate all of your exams according to the following factors prior to creating your study schedule: a) your existing comfort level with the course content, b) the weight of the exam, c) your current standing in the course, and d) when the exam is taking place.

Break it up (or at least take regular breaks)

Exam season is essentially synonymous with all-nighters and intense cram sessions for many (ok, most) students. Regardless of how well you feel this kind of studying works for you, the facts state that breaking your studying up over time (read: nights slept) helps give your brain time to process the material you’re studying. If that ship has already sailed, or you simply know no alternative to the cram sesh, be sure to at least take frequent study breaks to help keep your mind focused. Stand up and stretch, grab a glass of water and a nutritious snack, play with your pet, reassure your family you’re still alive, then head back to hit the books some more. A few active minutes every hour can go a long way!

Teach someone

Whether or not a study group is going to work for you is largely dependent on you and your learning style. But one thing is for sure: the act of teaching intrinsically reinforces the act of learning. Basically, you can learn by teaching someone, so pick a partner and teach them the toughest concept on your study guide! And really, for the purposes of solidifying your own learning, that someone doesn’t even have to even be there! The simple act of explaining a concept out loud, just as you would to another person, can help you identify holes in your knowledge and, in doing so, can help you achieve a more thorough understanding of an idea (just make sure no one else is around to hear you talking to yourself!)

Quiz yourself

Brainstorm potential questions you think might show up on the exam and practice answering them. Better yet, create a group chat with some of your peers so you can get questions you might not have even thought about preparing to answer! Doing this will help you familiarize yourself with the kind of content you’ll be expected to produce on the exam and can also be a great tool to help you hone in on what to study in the final days (or hours) leading up to the exam itself.

Take it one step further and host a mock test!

If you are susceptible to ‘blanking out’ in a test environment, mock tests can be super helpful. See if your classmates would also be interested in taking an old practice test with you, and enlist a parent or older sibling to act as an ‘invigilator’ to keep everyone quiet and within the time limits. Putting yourself through a mock-run can help put anxiety in its place and allow you to work on your timing strategy before the real deal!

Make time to socialize or just ~ do you ~ at least a few times a week

If your plan is to spend every waking minute in June (and even those when you should be sleeping) studying, you’re not planning for success – you’re planning for stress! Don’t overload your PVR with shows you’re not watching, and don’t feel you need to leave all your group chats. Plan your time to create balance between studying and socializing. The emphasis may go to the first, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely eliminate the second. And, believe it or not, it will actually work in your favour when you go back to hit the books refreshed and energized from some time away (having fun!).

And finally, … FOCUS!

We’ve saved the best for last. The biggest tip for succeeding this finals season may seem simple, but in actuality, it’s the most difficult thing to do this time of year! The promise of summer and moving up in the world looms large right now, and that’s enough to cloud anyone’s focus. So, even if your friends are finishing their exams earlier than you, fight to keep your focus until your race is over too!

Online Summer School Opportunities

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Doing your studies online during the summer at our virtual school gives you the opportunity to study anywhere at any time. As long as you are in an area where you can have access to a computer and the Internet, you are all set up and ready to study!

Get started with your online studies this summer by registering for a course or courses now. Your schedule can be as flexible as you want it to be and you’ll be able to enroll for your online classes at any time. When you study online, you can make your own schedule according to your lifestyle!

If you’re planning on going away on a holiday this summer, you’ll be able to enjoy a stress-free holiday knowing that you can bring your studies with you. This is the best option available when you want or need to take summer school classes. You’ll still be able to travel even if you are in summer school!

Whether you decide to take a course in English, Math, Science, Social Studies or you choose to take one of the other elective courses, you can have full confidence in our school. Our standards are the same as what you would expect in a brick-and-mortar school but we also offer the convenience and flexibility that can only be found with online schooling.

This type of education gives students the opportunity to work, travel and otherwise enjoy the summer while still getting a quality education. It is the perfect solution for all students that need to take summer school courses this year.

Learn more about our wide and varied virtual summer school opportunities and find out how to enroll now for your courses at www.ontariovirtualschool.ca.

The Ultimate Pre-University Bucket List

Looking Forward to Summer: Part III

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Part III: The Ultimate Bucket List for a Productive Summer before University

Summer break is amazing and great and everything fun, but all too often it breezes by without us having really accomplished anything. To make sure you avoid that end-of-summertime sadness, OVS is here with the ultimate bucket list to make your Summer 2K19 both fun and productive!

1. Learn a new skill

Learning something new is never a bad idea! There is so much knowledge available online for free these days, through sites like Coursera, EdX, and Khan Academy. Sign up for a free online course and become proficient in a marketable skill, like learning a coding language or becoming a Photoshop expert. Try to find something that is both interesting to you and something that will enhance the skills section of your resume!

2. Read 10 books

There are so many reasons to pick up a book and dive in! Not only does reading make you a better writer, it’s also been shown to improve your memory and focus, as well as reduce stress. What’s more, reading can make you more creative and helps to improve your critical thinking skills.

So, even if you’re not a book lover, find a few books you can see yourself getting into – perhaps start with the print version of your favourite movie or a biography for one of your heroes, even a graphic novel would work! After all, come September – whether you like it or not – post-secondary is going to require a lot of reading, so why not learn to enjoy it now!

3. Explore your city

Yes, you may have lived there your whole life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve seen and done all there is to see and do! Play tourist in your own town and make sure you’ve hit all the sites and attractions your hometown has to offer! Chances are you’ll find something you didn’t even know existed. Plus, when you go off to post-secondary, one of the first things people will ask you is where you’re from, so you want to make sure you have something cool to say! 

4. Teach someone something

They say the best way to learn is to teach. So, take some time this summer to pass on your knowledge to someone else. It could be something as ‘simple’ as teaching your grandma how to navigate the web – after all, the self-awareness it takes to communicate something that comes second nature to you can be a lot harder than it seems!

5. Volunteer at least 5 times or, go the extra step and set up a habitual volunteer position

Not only does volunteering give you impressive filler for your resume, it makes you feel good to give back! There are so many options for volunteering out there, all you have to do is find one that appeals to you!

6. Expand your comfort zone

Leaving high school behind and venturing on to post-secondary is going to rocket you out of your comfort zone. Why not embrace it before it’s thrust upon you? Try something new! Go to a different part of town! Or, if you really want to push yourself, try leaving your phone behind as you venture around for a day!

7. Practice being a good housemate!

Whether you’re going to be living on your own or with a roommate (or several), you’ll need to be able to maintain your own space and handle basic chores on your own. To ease the transition, start picking up some of the slack around the house over the summer! Your parents will appreciate the extra help, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when you realize there’s no one around to make your dishes and laundry pile magically disappear anymore!

8. Become financially literate

Financial knowledge is a rite of passage, so make sure you’re prepared with the basics. At minimum, you’ll need to know how to pay bills online and how to set up a personal budget and stick to it. Heading into post-secondary, having your own chequing and savings accounts set up is also a definite must. Even if you have them already, it might be worth your time to browse around as many banks offer special rates to post-secondary students. Take some time this summer to discuss financial responsibility with your parents and your banking institution.

9. Learn how to cook 10 healthy meals

Sure, ordering takeout is ridiculously convenient, but it also adds up quickly! Part of sticking to a budget means cooking the majority of your meals at home, so be sure to spend some time this summer into learning how to prepare a few simple, healthy meals that you can commit to making.  And if you’re the kind of person who burns toast, try investing in some cooking lessons to get you through the weeks once you fly the coop!

10. Master the art of public speaking

Or at least get comfortable with it! Post-secondary is going to require you to speak in large group settings, so why not jump right in! Try taking some stand-up comedy classes, engaging in spoken word events at your local coffee bar, or even try your hand at karaoke to shake off that stage-fright in an easy-going environment!

11. Take a course in some form of self-defense

Moving to a new place is exhilarating, but it can also be scary. Knowing how to defend yourself will give you, and your family, piece of mind that you can hold your own in the big city. Not to mention, martial arts can be a great workout and a lot of fun! Sign up for a class with your friend and get ready to kick some butt!

12. Take a course in CPR/First Aid

Likewise to the above, living without your parents for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to act in any situation. Having first aid training will ensure you know what to do if something goes awry and you or someone around you needs help. Bonus: Many of these courses are also great certifications to list on your resume and can help you land positions working around kids if you’re looking to earn some extra cash on the side!

13. Spend quality time with your friends AND family!

Plan a road trip! Go to a concert! Hang out at the beach, pool, park – whatever floats your boat, just make sure you make time for the ones you’ll miss most when you leave home. And even if you think you can’t wait to leave, take it from someone who’s been there – you will miss your parents (and even that pesky little brother!) when you don’t see them every day, so plan for some quality fam-jam time before it’s too late.

14. Visit your home-to-be

If it’s not too far from where you are, visit your post-secondary campus and start familiarizing yourself with its ins and outs! And if going there in person isn’t an option, check out their website for incoming students – many schools have video tours available online. Knowing your way around your college town and campus will help you adjust more easily in the first few weeks of school.

15. Learn how to appreciate being alone

Okay so this doesn’t sound all that fun, but trust us, it is super important. Moving on to post-secondary means leaving behind most, if not all, of your existing social network and it can take time to build a new one. There will be times in the first little while when you won’t have a best friend two doors over to come hang out with you. Learning to thrive on your own is a big part of growing up, so if you learn to appreciate time spent flying solo, it’ll be less of a downer when it inevitably happens. Besides, alone time can be a great thing – you can get a lot more done without anyone around to bother or distract you!

16. Follow your passion to create your own project

Turn your interests and talents into your own summer-long project! A few go-getter ideas: Teach yourself how to program and make a simple app for you and your peers. Practice your creative writing and submit your work to journals that publish high school students. Get some friends together and start a sports league in your hometown. The possibilities are truly endless and entirely up to you!

17. Plan for next year

Creating an action plan for the year to come will help keep the feeling of success going! Make a list and check it twice to make sure you have everything you’re going to need come September. You can also use the extra time to tackle those DIY dorm decor ideas you’ve been pinning for months, because why not?

18. Relax & enjoy your freedom!

Just because you want to show colleges that you’re being productive and not wasting the summer doesn’t mean you can’t take some time to recuperate and have some fun! If you follow this bucket list, we guarantee you’ll not only have an awesome summer, but you’ll also be a more well-rounded person come fall! It’s a total win-win, so what are you waiting for? Get planning today!

Looking Forward to Summer 2019: Part II

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Part II: Resume writing for high school students: How to capitalize on the skills you already have!

With summer break just around the corner, hundreds of businesses are on the lookout for interns and seasonal hires, and a lack of experience is no reason for you to miss out on all those valuable real-world skills! As renowned tennis star, Arthur Ashe, once said: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”. So, don’t let the fact that you’re still in high school trick you into thinking you have nothing to offer potential employers. OVS is here to help you recognize the valuable skills you already possess, and show you how to present them in a way that will make you a hit with employers!

OVS Tip: Before you begin, be sure to check out the Canadian Government’s general guide on the do’s and don’ts of resume writing.

 

Choosing the Right Template

While there are hundreds of websites out there telling you that they have the absolute best resume template available, the truth is no one such template exists. Different templates work for different industries, and more importantly, different types of candidates. As someone with little to no formal experience, you’ll want to go with a resume format that leads hiring managers to focus on the skills you do have, rather than the experience you don’t.

 

What to Include

Unlike traditional resumes that use most of their 1- to 2-page allotment listing experience and accomplishments, your resume will have the unique ability to focus on different kinds of sections. Be sure to use these wisely to promote yourself and really showcase what you bring to the table. Here are the sections you should think about including in your custom-built resume:

 

  • *Objective/Summary
    • This section is absolutely crucial in a resume with no experience, so make it the first thing an employer reads (after your name and contact information). Make sure to keep it brief (no more than 4-5 lines) and always tailor what you say to the job you are applying to. Remember, this is not your cover letter, it’s a summary of what you have to offer!

 

  • *Skills
    • Your skills are what are going to get you the job, so make sure you’re listing the right ones. (Hint: highlight keywords from the job posting to get an idea of what skills an employer is looking for!) Be sure to throw in a mix of key hard skills (i.e. Microsoft Office, Google Suite, etc.), as well as some soft skills that you really excel at (adaptability, creativity, etc.).

 

  • *Education
    • List your current high school with your anticipated graduation date (Month, Year)
    • Include your GPA only if it’s high, and be sure to include the unit of reference (e.g. 3.7/4) NOTE: This information is not expected or required on a resume, so it should only be included if it will impress the recruiter.

 

  • *Volunteer Experience
    • If you have any volunteer experience (even if it’s just helping out at your parent’s store or office), be sure to list it here. After all, a resume with some experience is better than a resume with no experience!
    • Be sure to exemplify your specific responsibilities and accomplishments in these roles using strong, persuasive verbs (sell yourself!)

 

  • Relevant Courses &/Certifications
    • Include any industry-related online courses you may have taken from sites like Coursera, Udemy, IOA, etc. (Pro Tip: TAKE courses like these to show potential employers that you’re serious about getting the skills you need to succeed in your field of choice).

 

  • Awards & Accomplishments
    • This is your place to show-off! However, if you have a lot of things to be proud of, keep it to just a handful of your most impressive (& most relevant) accomplishments.

 

  • Languages
    • If you are bi- or multi-lingual, make note of it in a separate languages section! Be sure to indicate your level of fluency in any languages you list.

 

  • Hobbies & Interests
    • This section is entirely optional, but it could help to showcase your human side and, if fate aligns, it could help pique a hiring manager’s attention if you share common interests.
    • Take care in crafting this section: be sure to only include things that will reflect positively on your character (i.e. reading & spending time with family and friends, not: partying & playing video games).
    • When formatting: list items in a single line, separated by commas, rather than using a bullet form list – this information is entirely extra, so you don’t want to waste valuable space on it.

 

So, while the thought of starting a job search with no formal work experience may sound like a losing battle, by arming yourself with a solid skills-based resume you can be confident in knowing you’ve put your best foot forward.

Think your resume is up to snuff? Head over to the official Canadian youth job bank and put it to the test! And while on your job hunt, remember that your first couple of jobs need only serve as stepping stones of experience that will help put you on the path to where you want to be.

P.S. Rejection is an inevitable part of any job search: don’t take it to heart – keep building your network and sending out applications until you find the shoe that fits!

Looking Forward to Summer 2019: Part I

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Part I: 5 ways to get ahead this summer!   Summer is fast approaching, and while you’re probably not running short of ideas for how to spend your two months of hard-earned freedom, it’s worth noting that summer break is also a great time to get ahead, both in your studies and in life!  Here are 5 of the best ways to make this summer work for you!

  1. Take a course! Obviously the last thing you want to do is sit at a desk studying all summer, but with Ontario Virtual School, you don’t have to! Study from the park, the cottage, or even the beach! Still have elective credits to complete? Consider enrolling in Photography, Writer’s Craft, or Challenge and Change through OVS: you’ll be completing summer credits while still studying something that interests you!
  1. Become an intern! Know someone who works in your dream field? See if they’re looking for a summer intern! Interning can be a great way to see if the career of your dreams is really the career for you. The experience and skills you’ll acquire by immersing yourself in this kind of real-world environment will be well-worth the few hours per week you’ll be ‘giving up’ from your summer break.
  1. Work a paying job. With the money you earn over the summer working either full or part-time, you can accomplish a lot. Not only will you gain experience to list on your resume, you’ll also be learning valuable financial and life skills. Pro-tip: Start saving that money to put towards the cost of books, clothing, and other back-to-school necessities!
  1. Volunteer your time. Not interested in the daily time commitment of a paying job? Consider donating your time to a cause you care about instead! You’ll still be gaining professional experience to list on your resume, and you’ll feel good about making a positive impact in your community! Remember, just because you’re not getting paid for the work you do while volunteering, that doesn’t mean the skills you’re learning are worthless! Colleges and universities, and even workplaces down the line, will value candidates who show a willingness to seek out new opportunities for learning, regardless of the monetary reward attached to them.
  1. Do Your Research. No, I’m not tasking you with a summer research paper. I want you to really investigate the career you’re working towards! (Don’t have an ideal career in mind yet? All the more reason to do a little digging to find what motivates you!) I can virtually guarantee you (pun intended) that a quick online search will pull up dozens of articles and blog posts discussing various aspects of your future field. But don’t stop there! Research people who have the career you want. Look up your dream company on LinkedIn and cyber stalk its employees. See what skills and experiences come up on their profiles most often and start putting together an action plan for how you, too, can gain the kinds of skills and experiences that could ultimately land you your dream job! Doing this research early can help you evaluate whether you’re on the right path, and if you find that you’re missing necessary prerequisites or just want to upgrade your marks, OVS is here to help!

(6.) Find Your Balance. High school summers will be some of the best of your life, so whichever path to productivity you choose, be sure to also take some time to have fun, relax, and hang out with your friends! Summer is always short; it’s our job to make it sweet!

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How Do Virtual Online Schools Work?

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While most people are still going to a brick-and-mortar school to get an education, there is a brand-new community of students that have started to get their education online. Once you step into this brand-new type of learning atmosphere, you’ll never want to go back to a traditional style of learning again. Virtual schools give you the opportunity to expand your horizons and pace yourself correctly as you make your way towards a degree. How Online Schools Work It’s really quite simple to get started with an online education. Simply fill out the easy registration form and we’ll send you an email that comes directly from the teacher. You’ll be welcomed to the course and you can then start your studying at any time. You don’t have to attend school during daytime hours – you’ll have the freedom to choose your own schedule. All of your lessons will be available online in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. These lessons are all engaging and stimulating and contain real-life simulations, videos and animations. Homework and quizzes are provided so that the student can be sure that he is understanding all of the material. Teachers are always available to offer support and can be contacted at any time. If you need help with a video presentation, project, an essay or any of the other assignments that may be required, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your teacher. Our school fosters a nurturing and supportive environment for all of our students. If you have any other questions or would like more information about our online virtual school please visit our website today at www.ontariovirtualschool.ca. You can get the education you deserve delivered to you online in the comfort of your own home. Your education is important to us and we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that you succeed.

Creating the Optimal Workspace for Online Learning

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One of the things our students love most about our platform is that it allows them to complete their studies from anywhere – well, anywhere that has an internet connection, that is! The flexibility online learning allows for is far and away its best feature, but is studying from just anywhere really the most productive? Here are three things to keep in mind as you work towards building your optimal workspace, just in time for the crunch of exam season! 1. Separate your space First things first, the ideal workspace needs to be separated from your personal and family spaces. If you think of your home in terms of zones, you probably already have a zone for eating, one for sleeping, and one for general living; now you need one for working. When creating a learning space, it’s best not to overlap with one typically used for another purpose, as this can lead to distractions and potential conflict (like when your bratty younger sibling who’s finished all their homework comes in to watch TV at full volume). No matter the size of your space, try to set up an area with a desk, good lighting, and a comfortable chair so that you know you mean business whenever you’re there. For some students, setting up that ideal workspace within the home just isn’t possible, but that’s no reason to worry! It might take a little longer to find and establish, but once you go out and lay claim to that perfect cozy corner at your local library or neighbourhood café, you’ll be able to hit the keys in earnest. When choosing your study spot, be sure to unplug from your devices and take some time to really observe the environment for noise level and potential distractions. Yes, Starbucks can be great for a hit of java and a snack mid-unit, but the constant foot traffic will distract even the most plugged in of learners! Opt for a less mainstream café and you’ll be supporting a local business at the same time. You’ll also want to make sure that the available seating is both comfortable AND supportive (beanbag chairs and plush cushions are great for scrolling through Instagram with your midday iced-capp, but they’re significantly less great for working through a whole unit’s worth of lessons over several hours – hello, sore muscles!). 2. Determine & destroy distractions before they wreak havoc Even after you’ve gone through the process of setting up or selecting your ideal workspace, you’re still going to need to spend some time identifying distractions and deciding on a plan to get rid of them. Here are some common distracting factors and potential solutions to mitigate their effect. – Think about what’s in sight of your workspace. Even a TV that’s switched off or a street-facing window can become distracting if your heart’s not in the content. Position yourself so that your sightlines will not distract you. – Your PHONE. Yes, we love our phones; what would we do without them? But when it comes time to buckle down, turn your phone on silent, keep it out of sight and (ideally) out of reach. If you absolutely have to have it around, keep it face down and silence all social or app notifications to avoid the constant desire to check in. – Your computer itself can pose additional distractions, but they aren’t entirely unavoidable. Some good control measures include closing all non-course related tabs and turning off desktop notifications for social sites for the duration of your study session. – Finally, one of the biggest distractions is other people. Particularly when working on online courses, it can look to others as though you’re simply watching Netflix or browsing the web. Be sure to communicate with those around you and make them aware of your study habits so they don’t interrupt or distract you; establishing these kinds of respectful boundaries will allow you to create a more effective workspace. 3. Set yourself up for success – not stress! A huge part of creating a great workspace is making sure you have the right tools at your disposal. Particularly for those planning to study from outside the home, make sure to look ahead in the unit and print out any assignments you might be ready to complete that day. Many students also find investing in over-the-ear headphones to be worthwhile, due to their increased noise-cancelling features. And finally, perhaps the best way to prepare yourself for success and avoid stress (not to mention spark joy©) is to declutter your workspace! Organization is often overlooked by students looking to design functional online workspaces, simply by virtue of the fact that there are rarely any physical files to keep in order. Truthfully, saving all your files to your desktop and naming them along the lines of “Assignment FINAL – FINALFINAL” is begging for instances of mistaken uploads. If this sounds like you, spend some time sorting through your online files and organizing them in a way that makes sense for you – consider it like creating a virtual ‘filing cabinet’ that will allow you to streamline your review come exam time. In the end, having all the tools you might need at your fingertips will not only physically prepare you to tackle your lessons efficiently, it will also reduce your stress and mentally prepare you for productive learning!

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