Things have been evolving rapidly with the Coronavirus outbreak, and we realize the disruptions — including the switch to remote learning — may at first seem overwhelming. These practical tips and resources can help you get started as you navigate distance learning after break.
Avoid the temptation to stay in your PJs. Start your day by getting dressed in your normal school clothes and you'll get in the mindset of heading to class. Otherwise you might find yourself in the mood for lounging on the couch.
Do you have a favorite spot to study when you're on campus? Whether it’s your dorm room, a coffee shop or the library, creating a similar space at home can help you stay focused.
Have a morning routine at school? Whether it's grabbing a cup of coffee, having breakfast or hitting the gym, try to find ways to replicate your normal class-day rituals. This will help you mentally prepare to study.
It can be hard to say “no” to family or friends when you don’t have to go to class, but you can let them know you're busy when you're in your workspace.
Turn off your phone, your microphone, your webcam — whatever it takes to help you stay focused while working. This isn’t always easy in our connected world, but there are tools available to help set limits and stop distractions. You'll find some good ones in this article on website blockers.
With no trek to class or commute to consider, take advantage of the downtime and allow yourself to step outside, exercise, or find other ways to relax and regain your focus.
Stumped by something? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This situation is new for all of us, and there will be plenty of questions that arise. In addition to guidance or resources your instructor might be able to provide, you'll also find more resources and contact information on this site.
Take things day by day and try to use some of the approaches outlined here to stay organized and focused. Reach out to your instructors and classmates as needed, and use the additional support resources listed here. Remember, you’re not alone — we’re all in this together!
The following resources are available to help you prepare for this transition to remote learning.