- I use used textbooks and Khan Academy.The last time I got some was 2 yr ago!
- When I talk to my mom about my homeschooling,she constantly ask me to repeat what I said.Every blue moon she or my sisters will try to help me with my studies,we end up arguing.
- I have a lot to learn, I want to stay on track.
You are not really looking for a schedule – you are looking for a homeschooling plan that will get you to where you want to be.
Start with goals
What do you want to accomplish?
Is your goal to get into college? If so, what kind of college, and what area do you want to study?
Is your goal a specific career, or to get a high school diploma? Perhaps you just want a general education. Just remember, if you don’t have a goal, then you will never get to where you want to be.
Next, the plan
If your goal is a specific career, then you need to research to find out the requirements, and what kinds of skills are needed for the career. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) is a good place to start. Also, there are often professional societies and other resources available on the Web. Google your field of interest. Don’t be shy – contact them if you have questions.
If you want to study something specific in college, get online and research your field of interest. Go to the college websites, and study their general admission requirements, and also their requirements for particular fields of study. Pay particular attention to admissions requirements for homeschoolers.
Don’t ignore your own preferences or passions. If you want to pursue music, or art, or sports, etc. research that also. Be prepared.
Make a list of the requirements you need to achieve your goal. For example, this might include three years of math study, and/or two years of language study, etc.
Lay out a timeline for all your requirements. Fit other activities in. Leave room for other stuff, like vacations, trips, etc. Don’t forget about getting exercise – that’s important.
Start with a long term schedule, and then break it down into smaller chunks as needed. It may be easier to do this on your computer or online. So you could have a grand plan, a yearly, monthly, weekly, and even daily plan. Whatever works for you, because if you don’t use it, it is worthless.
- Monitor and track
Make sure you are keeping on schedule. Adjust the schedule if needed.
That plan should get you where you need to be.
However, there are a couple of other things you should consider:
- Is homeschooling the right choice for you? Sure, you have lots of freedom, but if you can’t get the learning done, then maybe the structure of school is a better choice.
- Find one or more mentors. You need someone who can help you make your goals, stick with your plan, and give you encouragement. This doesn’t have to be an adult. It could be other homeschool kids online, and you guys could discuss your difficulties, and share ideas about what is working. So get involved with other online communities or homeschool groups in your area. You are not alone.