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.
- 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
- View detailed tips from the Academic & Career Advising Center.
- Check out academic resources like CLASS online peer tutoring, library Chat, and Khan Academy and YouTube.com/KhanAcademy.
- Take a mental health break and call the Student Counseling Center if you need more support.
- 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.
- Keep your current routine: study, sleep, and eat at the same time.
- Have snacks on hand.
- 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.