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For Students: Guide to Learning, Advising, and Academic Resources

Instructional continuity guide for students to assist in learning during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

We are aware that y'all will likely need to make some adjustments to your days and habits in order to be successful in your online class environments. As you consider the changes that you may need to adopt, here are some tips that can help you be successful as an online learner:

 

  • Learn the technology. If you are not already familiar with Canvas (or another platform that your professor may be using), start exploring it NOW.  You don’t want to wait until the day your first assignment is due to figure out how everything works.
  • Get to know your professors. Now, more than ever, it will be important to build relationships with your professors. Since you will have limited face-to-face time, make sure you engage virtually by contributing to online discussions and ASKING QUESTIONS when you have them (!) in order to let your professor know you are engaged.
  • Be organized.  When you attend a class on campus, you come prepared with notebooks and folders, armed with ways to organize your school supplies. You should take the same approach to online classes.
    • ‚ÄčFind a quiet space where you can concentrate, uninterrupted (away from the noise of other people, the television, etc), during your online sessions. 
    • Make sure you have note-taking devices (paper and pencil, tablet, computer file, etc) because you will still need to take notes on the lecture content, just like you would in the classroom. 
    • Set up a file structure on your computer that will clearly divide your readings and assignments so that you can find them easily and keep up-to-date with your school work, stress free. 
    • Don't surf the internet during class. This will be a hard one because you'll be on the internet for class, but resist the temptation to leave your class page while in-session.
  • Establish a routine. A (weekday) routine can help add structure to your day so that you are better able to focus and accomplish your tasks. Maintain the same day-to-day schedule as much as possible:
    • go to bed and wake up at the same time every day; practice the same morning routine until your first class starts; keep a regular lunch time; study in between classes
    • If you're not sure how to get started establishing a routine, treat your online education like a 9-5 job. Work on school-related things from 9a-5p every week day until you figure out what works best for you.

 

I know this is a big change for most of you and I want to remind you that your Guides are here to support you! If you find yourself struggling in an online environment, reach out and let us know so we can help you brainstorm some ideas for success.

 

This is a portion of an email that was recently sent to our Fall 2020 Guilford College Peer Mentors. 

Tips are adapted from https://online.uc.edu/successful-online-students/