Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center
A Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success
Productive studying 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.
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, separated by course, allows for space to annotate, re-work examples, pose directed questions, and provide clarifying details.
Now more than ever, keeping yourself organized and on time is going to be an important factor in being successful in class.
Note major deadlines
Identify when major projects, exams, homework deadlines, and participation in online discussions are due. Build them into your own calendaring system.
Try using a Term at a Glance Planner to organize major due dates, projects, and exams.
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.
Experiment with a Weekly Planner to organize due dates, keep track of assignments or appointments, and stay on track for academic success!
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.
Basic etiquette principles are always important! Here are resources to help you present your best self in an online environment.
CURE Netiquette Guide
Some guidance to help you navigate through this new virtuality – thanks to our colleagues in the Center for Academic Research and Engagement.
NYT Webcam tutorial
Being online does not mean you are alone! Here are ways you can stay connected as you navigate your academic career.
Virtual meeting apps
Stay connected with your professors, advisers, and fellow students. Apps like Zoom and Teams let you dial into meetings via video or audio only, or chat with campus staff, faculty or your classmates.
Download links are available on UO’s Remote Resources page under “Technology Resources.”
TAEC offers a wide variety of academic support free to all UO students. Use the contact us button at the top of this page if you don’t find what you are looking for.
Remote UO Academic Advising is available to all students. See the Academic Advising page on how to connect with advisers remotely.
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 three workshops. Watch them as video recaps.