Tips for Taking Online Classes

How to Successfully Make the Shift to Online Classes


  • Communicate with instructors about new guidelines for online classes: What will assignments, presentations, and tests look like?
  • Be patient: Online classes are new for instructors and students.
  • Check emails from the advising center. Academic advisors are available to help you transition to this new method of learning.

Get Organized

  • Join or form an online study group (Google Hangouts, Zoom, FT, Slack, etc.).
  • Get a planner, calendar or app to stay organized.
  • Manage your time and hold yourself accountable.
  • Did you know? It takes full-time students nearly 40 hours of additional studying per week. That number jumps to 60-70 hours per week for online classes.

Help is available

Home set-up

  • Many internet providers are offering free service for students.
  • Create a quiet space for learning and studying.
  • Keep phone, laptop, tablets and other equipment charged.
  • Set up an ergonomic system.
  • Have a back-up plan if the internet goes down, like using phone data.

Healthy habits

  • Keep your current routine: study, sleep, and eat at the same time.
  • Have snacks on hand.
  • Exercise.
  • Practice deep-breathing or meditate.
  • Stay connected while practicing social distancing. Join Netflix Party and view your favorite shows or videos with friends and family.



Friday, March 20, 2020