Remote Learning Resources
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Our colleagues at the University of Michagan has these tips to adjust your study strategies.
TAEC wants to offer as much support for students as possible, so to assist you in enhancing your skills and habits for academic success, we are excited to offer the following workshops.
- Managing Your Time Under Quarantine
Find effective scheduling techniques and organizational strategies to prioritize to-dos, beat deadlines, and rebalance your life.
Missed the live workshop? Watch a 10-minute recap on Panopto!
- Staying Focused while Learning from Home
Discover techniques that can help you reduce distractions, organize academic materials, and improve concentration.Missed the live workshop? Watch a 6-minute recap on Panopto!
Topic: Preparing for Online Finals
Ease stress and maximize success during final exam week by developing a solid, manageable plan for organizing your time, materials, and study methods.
Missed the live workshop? Watch a 4-minute recap on Panopto!
Now more than ever, keeping yourself organized and on time is going to be an important factor in being successful in a remote class.
TAEC also encourages students to perform a Time Audit. Are you spending time in the most efficient manner? Are there ways to condense and streamline your schedule? Check out the Interactive Time Audit spreadsheet (Excel) and discover ways to adjust your weekly schedule.
- Note major deadlines: Identify when major projects, exams, homework deadlines, and participation in online discussions are due. Build them into your own calendaring system.
- Set your own schedule: Try setting a weekly schedule. Allot time to “attend” lecture, complete readings, tackle homework, study, and watch videos. Use applications that can send you reminders (calendar or reminder apps on your computer or phone would be useful) to stay on track.
- Chunk your time: It is easy to get lost in working on assignments. Try to break your work time into smaller pieces so you spend a specific amount of time working on any one part of a course before moving to something new.
- Reflect on your process: Check in with yourself periodically to determine if your time management is working. Make adjustments as needed.
Working remotely means changing how and where you tackle your course work and tasks. Here are some suggestions as you build out your space:
- Where work happens: Create a space that is conducive to your learning style. What furniture and equipment do you need to work at your best? As much as possible, build your work space to enable your success.
- Eliminate distractions: Consider what causes your distractions the most. Turn off or silence notifications from your cell phone and use focusing applications to keep you from wandering to social media or other sites/applications. The following applications might be helpful: Freedom, ColdTurkey, StayFocusd (Chrome), or Leechbox (Firefox).
- Locate the necessities: Be sure to have access to power for your device, internet connectivity, headphones (useful for listening to lectures/discussions when in a shared space), and textbook/readings.
- Keep it organized: Consider how you store and retrieve both digital and physical readings, papers, and related materials for your studies. Digital file structures (organized folders, clearly labeled) can assist in quick retrieval when needed. Keeping physical notes, seperated by course, allows for space to annotate, re-work examples, pose directed questions, and provide clarifying details.
Being remote does not mean you are alone! Here are ways you can stay connected in our new virtual life:
- Email: Stay connected with your professors, advisers, and fellow students. Email is a great tool for longer communication and questions that require more time to answer. Think about the message you want to send when writing an email – Tufts University has good guidelines to follow.
- Canvas/online discussion: Actively participate in online discussions for your remote class. These discussions keep you engaged in the course and can lead to new personal connections and insight into the course. As you connect with your classmates, you deepen your knowledge and help other students relate to the course material.
- Academic Support: TAEC academic support will continue in Summer 2020. See our Remote Tutoring Support page for up-to-date offerings.
- Advising: Remote UO Academic Advising is available to all students. See the Academic Advising page on how to connect with advisers remotely.
- Campus Operations: Stay informed about how the UO is reponding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Being remote does not mean letting go of basic etiquette principles; in fact, they become more important! Here are resources to help you present yourself in remote environments:
- Some guidance to help you navigate through this new virtuality – thanks to our colleagues in CURE
- How to Look Your Best on Webcam (New York Times – March 25, 2020) [pdf to download]