Remote coursework can feel much less structured than in-person class meetings. While your faculty will let you know the logistics of how your course will meet and how assignments and exams will be handled, we want to share some tips to help you stay organized and engaged in your coursework.
Mark your calendar today
Save your syllabus and mark assignment due dates in your calendar or planner. Take time every day to review upcoming assignments and prioritize what to work on.
Establish a good workspace
Find the space and environment that works best for you! You might find that a quiet, peaceful place will make it easier to concentrate. Or, you might prefer a little background noise. No matter the place, consider studying while sitting upright at a desk or table rather than in bed or on the couch. Also, make sure you choose a place that is well lit and is free from any clutter or materials that you don’t need at the moment. You’ll find that a clean workspace will free your headspace and help you feel more prepared to study.
Set up a regular routine
Create and follow a schedule to help you stay on track. Make use of tools like a planner or Google Calendar to keep track of your goals, assignments and deadlines.
If your classes are holding standard meeting times, make sure to log on and attend any Zoom calls. Open up any essential course materials before joining on the call to make sure you don’t miss anything important.
If your instructor is using a more asynchronous approach to remote learning, consider following a similar schedule as in-person class meetings. For example, spend time reviewing materials and studying for a course as if it meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., or another time you don't have another class. You’ll find the routine will help you stay on top of material, assignments and deadlines.
Create a realistic study schedule (and build in breaks!)
Organize your study time into two-to-four hour time blocks. Within these time blocks, study for at least 50 minutes before taking a brief 5-to-10 minute break. Afterwards, reward your efforts by relaxing or doing something you enjoy.
Know your resources
Even though coursework will be online, there are many academic resources that will still be available to you.
Individual Consultations with Academic Resources can be held online or by phone. They can be held by using Zoom video or phone or by a domestic phone number. The specific link or phone number will be assigned to your appointment when it is made in My Journey.
Access peer tutoring! When you schedule a tutoring appointment for one of your classes, your appointment confirmation will include a link to Zoom.
Stay engaged and reach out
Stay connected with your instructors and classmates. Post to discussion boards, organize study groups and meetings over Zoom or other platforms to keep in touch. Check your email and online class platform daily to keep up to date on class assignments and any changes to the syllabus.
Your instructors, faculty advisors and navigator are available to assist you. Interact with your faculty using email, Canvas or any other tools being used for remote learning. And as always, you can continue to use My Journey to schedule a meeting with your navigator.