Tips to be a Successful Online Learner
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Keep a growth mindset, and monitor your self-talk. Remember, adapting to new situations can feel hard, but you can do hard things. Putting in the effort to adapt is just as important as your ability to do the work.
Some of your courses may not be taught in real-time for the remainder of the semester, so you will have to determine the best plan of action for each day and week to accomplish your assignments.
- Use apps that help you adapt to a Pomodoro-style time and focus management such as Forest and Focus-to-Do.
- Set up standing times to meet with classmates over Zoom or FaceTime to create study groups or opportunities to ask each other questions.
Schedule your coursework to make sure you maintain a healthy sleep schedule and time for regular meals. Take regular screen breaks.
Ensuring that you have established an environment that supports your learning best in your home is essential.
Some things to consider are:
- reducing distractions (set a timer and turn your phone off or use your “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane” function on your smart device when it’s time to focus)
- setting boundaries with others in your home (let them know when you are working)
- ensuring you have all your essential needs when you start your tasks (technology needs, notes, online resources, books, etc.)
Make a space for yourself that is comfortable and distraction-free to use as your base of operations for your coursework and studying.
Communicate early and often with instructors and classmates through email and zoom, if offered.
Be sure you are clear on how and when the course will be held, what materials are needed, and how to communicate with your professor and classmates.
Make sure you engage in the discussion, read your emails, ask questions, and be an active participant in the course.
Check email, text and canvas regularly. See if your instructor will be offering virtual office hours.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor with questions
Contact UK Information Technology Services if you have questions about tech tools.
Don’t go it alone!
The University of Kentucky is still here for you, even though you aren’t on campus. If you would like support in navigating being a successful online learner, you can make a one-on-one appointment with an Academic Coach (https://uky.mywconline.net/).
Schedule your rest, fun and downtime, just like you do your academics and work.
Keeping a routine is important - try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. Keeping the same sleep schedule is not only important for your mental health but also building a strong immunity.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and substances
Make it part of your daily routine to reach out to friends and family - do not just rely on social media, take the time to call, FaceTime, and/or Skype others. Community is essential for all.
Take proper precautions washing your hands (link to UK Fight song video), clean your devices, and seek care if you are ill.
Check back for more information from University Health Systems in the coming weeks.