Student who’s been learning online for a decade offers advice to families going virtual

Originally aired by KUTV – August 31, 2020

Online learning is something new for tens of thousands of Utahns, but Maddi Kahl is a pro.

She’s a 10th-grader in Kearns who made the switch nine years ago.

Here’s some of her advice:

  • Put away the distractions, like phones and video games.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a teacher, even if they’re not face-to-face.
  • Don’t rely too much on search engines to complete assignments.
  • Stay on track and don’t procrastinate. Deadlines will creep up on you.
  • Keep taking notes. “Even though you’re online doesn’t mean you should stop taking notes,” she said.

Kahl attends Utah Virtual Academy, one of several online-only educational opportunities for Utah students offered above and beyond options at individual school districts.

Kahl and her dad encourage students and parents to be patient, give it a few months as families find a new rhythm.

To learn more about Utah Virtual Academy, visit

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