Here are some tips for students from Melissa Wong,
a professor at San jose state university...
Tips for time management and organization:
- Keep an agenda to make sure you’re up-to-date.
- Keep track of deadlines so you do not miss anything.
- If your teacher doesn’t set deadlines for discussion forums, set your own deadlines to keep yourself on track.
- Make time for your studies. Set a time to accomplish asynchronous work as if you were actually in class. (This will happen naturally through the block schedule made by the district.)
- Pace yourself as you go through the video lectures. Don’t rush to do them all at once, but slow down and take notes.
- Figure out your own way to manage your time. Set aside time to do readings, assignments etc.
- Check Google Classroom or other class sites at least once in each block to make sure you know what has been added/changed/is coming up.
- Don’t let yourself fall behind. Set a routine for when you do school work to keep you on track.
- Make sure you save a copy of your work to a cloud in case you lose the original.
- Do not save large amounts of work for last minute.
- Leave time for unexpected technical difficulties.
tips for emotional support and self care:
- Don’t lock yourself in a learning vacuum: participate, communicate, and collaborate. If you can, “go to class” with a small group of classmates.
- Make a friend to communicate with about assignments or vent to. If you work well together, try partnering up for collaborative assignments.
- Get engaged! Inside and outside of class try to participate, which will enhance the experience.
- Find a way to be self-disciplined and self-motivated.
- Create little deadlines for yourself if needed.
- Snacks help keep you awake! Nutritious & delicious!
- Let your instructor know about any limitations (lack of technology, disability, etc.) so that they can accommodate that for online lessons.
- Make the learning environment work for you-move around, stand up and stretch, snack, whatever you need to make sure you stay focused and comfortable.
- Be organized in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you.
- Be aware of campus support services.
- Call on your support network to help you succeed!
- Don’t worry about being outside of your comfort zone - so is everyone else!
Tips for participation in synchronous sessions (e.g. Google meet)
- Make sure to pay attention, not being physically in class can be distracting.
- Email the professor if you have ANY questions. Communicate often.
- Participate in chats/discussion boards frequently
- Break out of your comfort zone and don’t let the physical distance be a barrier. Be even more open with your communication than you would be in person.
- Don’t lock yourself in a learning vacuum: participate, communicate, and collaborate.
- If you are taking a synchronous class, suggest to your teacher the possibility of recording lecture so students can refer to it again later.
- Find a fidget toy, or even a mindless app on your phone (pattern matching, color by numbers, etc…) to avoid distraction.
- Make sure you have a place with stable internet connections to work in, and one that will not distract you.
- If synchronous-don’t forget your computer charger!
- Log in early in case you experience technical issues
- Talk/socialize with your classmates beforehand
- Chat often but not so much that it’s distracting
- Pay attention and take notes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for help/clarification if you are confused about an assignment
- Make sure that you know of alternative places that offer access and accommodations for class time.
- Frequently check the channels of communication established for your course (Google Classroom, Chat, email, etc.)
- Simulate being in a real classroom, break yourself off from distractions. Having class on your couch at home may seem like a good idea but maybe set yourself up in an office instead.
- Snacks help keep you awake!