15 Proven Strategies to Limit Growth and Decrease Purpose

by Melanie Barrett

Book Cover: How to Destroy Distance Learning
ISBN: 978-1-7774140-2-3

Are you feeling overwhelmed and lost with distance learning classes? You're not alone. Distance learning is hard when you're in high school. But it doesn't have to be!

Distance learning can play havoc with a student's sense of purpose, confidence, and motivation. Many high school students struggle to find the independent drive necessary to persevere and reach their learning goals in a virtual classroom.

In How to Destroy Distance Learning, Book 2 in the How to Hate High School series, veteran teacher, Melanie Barrett, shares 15 more strategies that negatively impact the high school journey by limiting growth and decreasing purpose when learning online.

With her natural candour, she encourages students to recognize how their own choices and behaviours can impact their experience with distance learning in high school, and prompts them to make a plan to seek personal growth and discover purpose in their learning.

This is a must read if you are:

  • about to start distance learning classes high school
  • currently taking distance learning classes in high school
  • love someone who is taking distance learning classes in high school
  • teach high school distance learning classes
  • an adult who influences young people about distance learning

Authentic and direct, this book will empower readers to take control of their high school distance learning experience and find the drive they need to persevere, and reach their goals.

Publisher: Marmalade Books


Distance learning in high school can be extremely difficult. It requires self-discipline, commitment, and a great deal of motivation to be successful. Most people miss the personal connection, collaboration, and immediacy of face-to-face learning at school. It is difficult for teachers to plan interesting and inspiring lessons in the same way they can in a physical classroom. Distance learning can be a blow to students’ sense of community, sense of self, and sense of purpose. Adapting to distance learning can feel like landing on a distant planet. There are similarities to learning in a physical classroom, but there are also so many unique challenges that it can feel confusing, disjointed, and completely alien.


Sometimes, however, online distance learning is a necessity, as we have seen during the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Despite its numerous challenges, it can foster continued development at times when face-to-face learning is not possible. With a positive mindset, and a flexible attitude, distance learning can be a new growth opportunity for learners.

If you are not looking for growth, and you would like to destroy your opportunities and increase your frustration when involved in distance learning, look no further! This book provides you with 15 simple strategies you can use to help you meet that goal. Use them to build on the strategies you’ve learned in the book, How to Hate High School. Each strategy is followed by a space you can use to create an action plan to help you apply what you have read to your unique distance learning situation.

However, if you want to get the most out of your distance learning experience, and feel good about your online learning, you can flip all of these strategies around and develop a more positive and purposeful action plan for distance learning growth.

Destruction or Growth.

Frustration or Purpose.

The choice is yours. I hope you choose wisely.


About the Author

Melanie has been a successful and influential Secondary School Teacher for over twenty years. In that time, she has supported 1000’s of students and 100’s of colleagues in developing their motivation and productivity skills. She has a passion for helping people become their best selves and she loves sharing positive ways to improve personal mindset. She lives near the lake in Toronto with her spouse and their loving and brilliant dog. She continues to be a work in progress, and she likes it that way.