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Effective Use of Time
Unfortunately within Day School arrangements, by their very nature, students have a lot of down time; waiting for; buses, travelling to and from school, moving from class to class, waiting in lines or for teachers to arrive, listening to negative interactions between teachers and behavioural problem students, waiting for help from a busy teacher or waiting for other students who may be too distracted to finish work - so that their group or class can move on to the next step or concept.

Sadly, within the high pressure school environment, a high proportion of teacher interactions within classrooms are centred around negative behaviour management communications rather than giving support to learning through instruction or encouragement and praise.

It is not surprising that many students learn more in 3-5 hours within the home, without the down time and distractions, than students who are away from home for 7 hours or more per day - only then to arrive home to assignments or set home work. It is perplexing when considering that most adults would not have to do the long hours that secondary students are expected to do? Could student time be used more productively?

Individualised teaching and personal attention
Instead of one teacher dealing with a class of 20-32 students, Distance Education parents are working directly with each child with the support of an experienced teacher just a phone or Skype call away. Within many classrooms, each student has little access to the teacher's time. Within Distance Education, students have more quality support from an adult. Problems can readily be perceived and dealt with. If the child has a question or needs attention, help is more easily available.

Because the incidence of adult input and support is much higher within the Distance Education situation, it is easier to meet individual needs. The pace can also be more easily adapted to the needs of the student. A learner having difficulty can be supported at their own pace. A student finding a section or topic easy can also be advanced or extended.

More flexible use of time
We believe our Distance Education families benefit from an individualised long-term program for each student that enables goals to be set and a daily planned schedule to support health routines. However, parents can still feel free to fit in special learning opportunities that fixed classroom hours may not allow. Students can take special field trips, attend local, national or even international learning events or gain specialist tutoring support at of peek rates. Families can also plan vacations during the off season, or in hot climates start their school day very early in the morning while things are cool.