Although relatively new to the long-term educational landscape, Independent Study is becoming more widely used in a variety of settings and implementations. In most cases in independent study models, students work primarily from home in curriculum that often delivers the same rigor and bears the same credit as curriculum in a traditional, seat-based model. The student is usually equipped with a detailed guide on how to navigate through the curriculum on their own, with the help of a designated support person, who is often a parent. In addition to the assigned person at home, the independent study student works closely with Highly Qualified Teachers to provide instructional support when needed. How this looks depends largely on how the model has been implemented. Today, many independent study models include time on site that can include instructional sessions, tutoring, labs, collaborative projects and a variety of elective offerings for students.