As the most flexible contemporary schooling system, the online learning model is well-suited for students who travel frequently. Whether you travel because of frequent family relocation, competitive sports, family vacations, parental work trips, or any other reason, the online schooling model allows you to keep your studies on track without any disruption.
At Cambridge Home School Online, we provide a quality Cambridge online education to students across four competitive homeschooling programs: Primary Prep/Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 10), Lower School/Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 13), Upper School/IGCSEs (ages 14 to 16), and Sixth Form/AS & A-Levels (ages 17 to 19). Across each program, we ensure students can travel as they please without falling behind in class.
Since our classes are structured online, students can join from anywhere in the world, provided that the time zones align and they attend classes from a quiet, distraction-free room. We advise parents to set up a study station for their children in the new location. By mimicking their child’s study room at home, parents can replicate the same environment and create a more formal setting.
If you’re new to online schooling, you may feel slightly hesitant about the process of studying while travelling. We’ve created a guide to help you kick-start school on the right note and enjoy a fulfilling experience. Excellent grades, a healthy school-life balance, and exciting adventures are right around the corner! Let’s understand how you can manage your studies and travelling like a seasoned pro.
1. Select the Right Online School
If you want to keep your studies on track as a student who travels frequently, you’ll have to switch to online learning at some point. However, that’s not all. Presently, you can choose between hundreds and thousands of online schools. Unfortunately, all institutions don’t provide the same quality of education.
If your online school doesn’t have certain provisions in place for online students, you’ll struggle to stay on track. For starters, make sure the institution has a low student-teacher ratio. This means they’ll be more accommodating to time zone differences.
Let’s consider an example. If your school teaches 20+ students in a single classroom, it’ll be difficult to exclusively group students in the same time zone together. In comparison, if each classroom comprises a handful of students, a wider set of time zones can be accommodated.
At Cambridge Home School Online, we deliver lessons to small groups of 8–10 students. This helps us accommodate varying time zones across the UK, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Your institution should also provide a high quality of education. At CHS Online, we have a team of MA/MSc/PhD qualified teachers on board. We also use a well-rounded, interdisciplinary, and independent curriculum to help students cover greater academic breadth and depth, secure top grades, and attend some of the most prestigious international universities.
Additionally, students get access to our vast online library of educational resources (eLibrary) and one-on-one success coaching from a team of dedicated student counsellors. Collectively, these resources give students the support they need to thrive academically, personally, and socially.
No matter where you are in the world, you’ll have quality resources at your fingertips. Complete your homework, revise your lessons, discover new insights, and develop new skills while on the road. The right online school will help you study and travel without any hiccups.
2. Become a Masterful Planner
As you take your studies from your hometown to a foreign city, you’ll struggle to stay on track without a well-crafted timetable/schedule. If you haven’t created one already, it’s the perfect time to start working on it!
Masterful planning is the foundation for seamless, hassle-free, and stress-free studying and travelling. You won’t feel like your classmates are progressing at a faster pace than you. You’ll also feel like you’re in control.
At CHS Online, we strongly encourage all students to create a digital timetable. You can sync this across your devices, make changes on the go, and stay updated at all times. You can also create a physical copy of the schedule. However, only opting for a physical schedule is a bad idea. It can easily get lost while you’re travelling. Moreover, you’ll have trouble updating it.
Our students use a range of advanced apps, including Microsoft To Do, Calendly, iStudiez Pro, myHomework, Todoist, Power Planner, and more. Speak with our teachers, do your own research, try a few apps, and finalise one that feels just right. This little trick will make life a lot easier.
You can neatly plan your day in advance. Keep track of everything: classes, excursions, sports, extracurricular activities, sightseeing, and so on. Aim for a healthy balance, not perfection. For example, you will not be able to complete certain activities at times, and that’s completely okay. A few exceptions here and there are okay as long as you’re consistent for the most part. If you start skipping homework every other day, then you’ll have a problem. However, don’t let minor changes throw you off.
A schedule will add structure to your life. It’ll make your day-to-day routine a lot more organised. As a result, your day will pan out sequentially and systematically, not haphazardly. Students who travel often feel rushed, tired, and short on time. This is the result of poor or inadequate planning. When you create a robust schedule, this problem will be nipped in the bud.
Pro tip: Your teachers are always available to help. If you’re having trouble selecting the right planning app or software, consult your teachers. They’ll help you make the right choice and learn the ropes.
3. Revise Regularly
Academic excellence is contingent on regular revision. As you get a quick refresher on your lessons for the day, you’ll cement the knowledge in your mind.
If you travel frequently, you may feel like you don’t have enough time to revise. No matter how hectic your routine may be, you can always fit revision into your day. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, even if it’s the little voice in your head.
Travelling is extremely important. It satiates the soul, exposes students to new cultures, people, traditions, and places, and gives them a taste of multiculturalism. However, this doesn’t mean that your academic life takes a backseat.
Students often get caught up in the theatrics of travelling. As you visit new places, embark on exciting adventures, meet new people, and have new experiences, the thrill of your day-to-day life may spark indifference towards your studies.
No matter how packed your day may be, make time to revise regularly without any exceptions. Yes, you can cut revision short on some days. However, make sure this doesn’t happen too often. When you revise regularly, you’ll stay on top of everything.
At CHS Online, we strongly encourage students who travel to develop this habit. This little trick will help you elevate your grades and remain one of the top performers in your class. Use revision tools like AnkiApp, SimpleMind+, Padlet, GoConqr, and Adobe Spark Post to boost your revision game.
4. Connect with Students Who Have Been in the Same Boat
At CHS Online, we have a strong community of students and alumni. If you’re having trouble learning the ropes of studying while travelling, turn to other students and alumni for help!
Our teachers will help you connect with pupils who share (or have shared) similar experiences. For example, if you frequently travel to Italy, we’ll help you connect with students or alumni who have attended online school from Italy numerous times. As you listen to their experiences, you’ll learn how to balance schoolwork and travelling.
Experienced students will also help you understand the importance of building a strong local support system. If you travel to a certain city frequently, make friends, explore local libraries and cafes where you can hang out and study, go on adventures, explore new interests and hobbies, and keep the learning process going. A healthy personal and social life will reflect positively on your academic performance.
If you feel like the odd one out, remember that other people have been in your shoes before. As you build a local community and stay connected with your online schoolmates from home, you’ll feel more supported, encouraged, motivated, and content. Enjoy the process!
5. Touch Base with Your Student Counsellors
At CHS Online, we provide one-on-one success coaching and pastoral support to every student. Make sure you touch base with your student counsellors to keep everything from your academics to your social life and mental health on track.
Counselling is one of the best resources that can be provided to any student. When pupils are able to get rid of the stressors and triggers in their day-to-day life, they feel more content, learn better, and perform exceptionally well in school.
Travelling is exciting, but it can also feel slightly tiring and overwhelming at times. Turn to your counsellors routinely to ensure that you’re managing schoolwork, friendships, family, and your own personal life as well as you can. If you need help at any point, don’t hesitate to discuss your problems.
6. Catch Up If You Ever Miss Out on Something
At CHS Online, we understand that students who travel frequently may miss out on certain activities, online lectures, and events we plan throughout the term. If you ever miss out on something, always catch up in a timely manner.
We equip each student with access to our vast eLibrary. Explore a wide range of resources, including previous catch-up lessons, PowerPoint presentations, videos, books, activity guides, study guides, worksheets, past papers, and so much more.
Our eLibrary is updated regularly, so you can benefit from the most relevant, advanced, and useful educational resources. Whether you want to learn about a new topic, brush up on your skills, or understand a concept in greater detail before your upcoming class, our eLibrary will help you tackle everything and get back on track.
Pro tip: Note-taking is generally an excellent practice, but it’s absolutely necessary for students who travel. Since you’re on the go, you’re having a multitude of diverse experiences. It’s easier to forget information.
Increase your ability to recollect knowledge by taking notes during classes and when you utilise resources like our eLibrary. This practice will go a long way in helping you remember critical concepts, ideas, topics, and subtopics. Revise all your notes towards the end of the day. This won’t take long, but it’ll make a big difference.
Switch to a Reputable Online School
If you haven’t already made the switch from conventional to online schooling, we’re here to help. At Cambridge Home School Online, we accept applications from students living in the UK, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Once we have a good grasp of your travel plans during the school terms, our teachers will customise your classes and provide approval accordingly. Please note that we don’t allow students to travel to certain countries with significant time zone differences. Open, honest, and active communication will help us create the most suitable plan for you.
Explore the following resources to get started:
- Admissions Process
- Term Dates
- Application Form
- Open Morning
- Scholarships & Bursaries
- Grades & Fees
- Online Reviews
As one of the most prestigious British online schools across the globe, we have a razor-sharp focus on helping students secure top grades, enjoy extracurricular growth, achieve excellent academic growth at an advanced level, and kick-start a fulfilling career in the future. By equipping students with the tools they need to stand out and succeed, we help shape futures.
Thank you for trusting our institution. If you have any questions about the process of studying while travelling at CHS Online, please feel free to contact our team. We’re excited to help you start a new journey and check your goals off the list!