Following the COVID-19 pandemic, online schooling has rapidly popularised across South Africa, especially in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Gqeberha, Bloemfontein, Soweto, and other notable cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
At Cambridge Home School Online, we couldn’t be more proud of our students living in South Africa. Over the years, our MA/MSc/Ph.D. qualified subject specialist teachers have helped our students hone their talent and achieve impressive academic success.
Students living in South Africa carry immense potential. However, they must be equipped with the tools, resources, and knowledge to become excellent learners. As a result, our students continually impress us by securing top grades, attending some of the most esteemed universities globally, and starting successful professional lives.
In this blog, we’ll focus on the latter. Let’s look at three ways online schooling has helped students living in South Africa start successful careers and build a safe, comfortable, and fulfilling life for themselves. Feel free to take notes and ask any questions you may have towards the end of the blog. Let’s continue!
1. Building the Right Skills
At CHS Online, our primary goal is to help students absorb and retain optimal levels of knowledge and perform exceptionally well in their examinations. However, we also have a few additional goals. Skill-building is one of them.
We build a strong foundation to ensure that our students achieve excellent academic progression in the future. Today, managers and recruiters look for a range of soft and hard skills in students. Common soft skills include time management, leadership, respectfulness, a strong work ethic, self-assurance, communication, collaboration, empathy, decisiveness, problem-solving, flexibility, and conflict resolution.
We start building these skills in students from a young age. Then, as students start the IGCSE and A Level stages, we double down on skill-building to help them become well-rounded individuals who excel in different areas of their life.
Skill-building helps students write excellent application letters for their chosen universities and ace their interviews. Then, as they pursue higher education and start their careers in the future, they possess the right skills that can help them stand out.
Our teachers plan skill-building activities at least twice a week. We focus on different skills to help students become more capable, well-rounded, and creative individuals. We also start building hard skills during the A-Level stage. These skills vary from subject to subject.
For instance, if a student is preparing for their A-Level Math examinations, our teachers will simultaneously help build hard skills like analytical thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, argument construction, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, etc.
The skill-building approach goes a long way in helping students start successful careers and excel in their respective industries. They possess the specialized knowledge and soft skills required to help them enjoy impressive professional success.
2. Giving Students an Academic Boost
Excellent academic performance goes a long way in helping students enjoy a promising careers in the future. Over the years, our alumni have progressed to executive-level positions and started their successful careers in South Africa. However, professional excellence and growth aren’t possible if students underperform in school.
At CHS Online, we equip our students with excellent teaching support, online resources, one-on-one success coaching and pastoral support, and independent curricular learning. As a result, our students receive engaging, stimulating, well-structured, and retentive lessons. Moreover, we keep our classroom size as low as possible (8–10 pupils per group) to ensure that every student receives one-on-one attention from their teachers.
Our highly personalized teaching approach helps students secure top grades across every homeschooling stage. By the time students start applying for university, they have a powerful arsenal of stellar grades at their disposal. Owing to their impressive and consistent academic performance, our students get accepted to some of the most prestigious universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and the like.
This is a big accomplishment that plays a pivotal role in the job success our students enjoy. Their excellent academic track record and impressive degrees help them step into some of the most sought-after professional roles with confidence and skill. As a result, our students enjoy a higher job interview acceptance and job offer rate. Moreover, they possess the right set of solid skills that help them become successful entrepreneurs.
3. Personal and Social Growth
At CHS Online, we believe that learning doesn’t just occur inside the classroom; it continues after a student’s classes conclude for the day. Therefore, the learning process must be carefully sustained.
As an online school, we ensure that there are no disruptions in the afterschool learning process. As a result, while our students achieve excellent academic growth, they also reap the benefits of continued personal and social development.
How? Flexibility. Students aren’t overworked like they are in most conventional schools. At CHS Online, we offer controlled flexibility to students. Once their online classes end for the day, they have ample time to play sports, socialize with their friends, discover new skills and hobbies, go on excursions, develop new skills, and explore their interests.
The learning process never stops. Students have varied experiences beyond the classroom, so they learn essential practical skills. As they pursue their careers, these practical skills help them perform well and commit to their roles through and through. We ensure that the delicate school-life balance is maintained across every academic stage.
By carefully retaining this balance, we give students the freedom to think critically and creatively, both inside and beyond the classroom. Students must develop the ability to brainstorm from a young age. This essential skill helps them develop new ideas and feel confident in their creative outputs. By equipping students with these tools, we help them shine.
About the Author
The author is an education specialist at Cambridge Home School Online. With over 20 years of experience, the institution provides a quality British online education to students living in Africa, the UK, Europe (including Western Russia), Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.
They offer 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). As one of the top online schools in South Africa, CHS Online is trusted by thousands of parents.