Learn good study habits, time management strategies, and academic standards
- Practice with the technology: Gain clarity on the technological expectations for each course by carefully reading communications from your faculty which may include emails, the course module site, and updated course expectations in the syllabus. Make a list of these technologies and become familiar with and practice using them.
- Communicate regularly with your faculty: Be sure to ask questions and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your faculty through email, office hours, and class. Familiarize yourself with netiquette expectations to maximize positive relationship building between you and your faculty as well as with your peers.
- Engage with your classmates: The more you engage in class discussions and seek out opportunities for community with classmates both within and outside the formal structures of the course, you will benefit from an increased sense of ownership of your learning. You will also continue to cultivate critical professional and personal relationships.
- Develop a structure for engaging with your classes: You may have more flexibility, but the demands of course work within a remote learning environment can be a challenge. Set aside consistent blocks of time to complete course work and identify a location that will be most conducive for working effectively. Additionally, begin assignments and other course work as soon as possible so that you can surface potential challenges and have plenty of time to seek out clarification and support.
- Find times for a digital break: In our new digital learning reality most of us will be spending more time online than ever before. Try to avoid digital overload and spend some time outside, hanging out with people in your household, cooking, gardening, or something else to give yourself a break from the digital.
Your Study Habits During COVID-19
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Understand Your Assignment
Your instructor is the ultimate resource for clarification of an assignment, but the resources below are also useful for understanding the requirements of your assignment.
It's simple but true: one of the keys to producing a successful assignment is making sure that you follow your instructor's directions. If you misread or misunderstand an assignment you will waste a lot of time and effort - and your mistake could have an unfortunate impact on your grade. Here are some guides which will help you determine what you are supposed to do for your assignment:
- Command Words: Lists terms that are commonly used terms in assignment descriptions and tells you what kind of task the assignment is asking you to do. For example, "Analyze: To break the subject up into its main ideas, and evaluate them"
- Kinds of Assignments You Will Write: Examples and guidance for writing different kinds of assignments - evaluation, synthesis, etc.
- Understanding Assignments and Questions to Consider: UBC Okanagan Learning Commons
- Deciphering Assignment Terminology: UBC Okanagan Learning Commons
Time Management Tips for Online Learning. Produced by Learning Resources at Miami Dade College