Remote Learning Tips

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1. Get started


2. Take care of yourself

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  • Stay positive – you can be successful online
  • Establish a wellness routine that includes exercise and getting enough sleep
  • Inform instructors and health care provider if you are sick; take the time to get better
  • When you feel stressed or isolated, talk to us  

 


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3. Stay engaged

  • Keep up with course and college news in your student email and message center
  • Understand the expectations and outcomes for your courses
  • Check in with your instructors regularly; attend online office hours
  • Reach out to your classmates; create a study group
  • Write down your questions or concerns and reach out right away; don't wait to ask for help.

4. Manage your environment and schedule

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  • Set up a location where you can sit upright at a desk or table and take notes
  • Plan your daily and weekly schedules
  • For each hour of class, plan 2 hours of study time per week
  • Schedule daily 45-minute study sessions for each subject
  • Take breaks away from your study space

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5. Be organized

  • Attend class
  • Keep a calendar of due dates and exams
  • Create a to-do list; prioritize assignments
  • Focus on one task at a time; check it off
  • Organize your digital files with your course names for easy access

 


6. Online Live (synchronous classes)

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  • Join the class 3-5 minutes before start time so you are ready when class begins. 
  • Mute your microphone as you enter the class. Keep it muted to avoid inadvertent noises, such as coughs or chair squeaks, from distracting others.
  • Unmute when you want to speak or identify yourself, but be careful not to speak over others.
  • Follow instructor or class protocols for whether to leave your camera on or off.  
  • Be aware of what is going on within your camera view. Blur or change your background if it is distracting or not appropriate for learning.
  • Wear classroom-ready clothing. You never know if you’ll need to get up suddenly or your camera falls off the monitor or if you accidentally turn on the camera.
  • Try to look at the camera when you are speaking. It makes others feel like you are looking directly at them.
  • Stay focused on learning. Avoid looking at your phone or eating during class.
  • Use the chat feature for questions and other topics related to class content.
  • Treat the online class the same as any live class; be polite and respectful.
  • When class ends be sure to log out if you have no further questions, do not remain in the class unnecessarily.

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7. Be kind online

  • Respect others and their opinions
  • Be brief and stick to the point of the conversation
  • Read discussions before adding to them; let readers know which comment is being addressed
  • Be straightforward; choose your words carefully
  • Ask for permission before forwarding emails—they are considered copyrighted by the author
  • Use links and messages relevant to the class. Don’t post sexually suggestive, politically sensitive or “edgy” content
  • If content is offensive to you, talk to your instructor. Assume the writer has good intentions
  • Refrain from using ALL CAPS
  • Before you hit send, review messages for spelling, punctuation and clarity