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Distance Learning Tips: What You Should Know and Do

Posted by Tim on June 29, 2020 in Academics, Tutoring

Distance Learning –What you should know and do!

Expectations for the Course:  Review and check the syllabus.   Was it revised?  What do you need to do? Make a list of required assignments, projects, homework and tests. If something is confusing you, ask your instructor for clarification.  

Technical:  Where will you be connecting? Where is the best Wi-Fi?  Will you need a camera, microphone, etc.?   Check with the libraries and other areas for support. Check UBIT website for technical updates.  Notify your instructor if you are experiencing technical issues.

Dedicated Space: Designate a space where you can work uninterrupted.  Make sure that it is an area where you can stay focused and not easily distracted. Check to make sure that your Wi-Fi connection is good. Make sure you’ve designated a space with a good academic atmosphere.

*We realize that some of you might not have a space you can identify in your homes that is conducive to academics, do the best you can. If a library is an option perhaps going there for a few hours a day to get some uninterrupted work done.

Make a Study Plan: Create a plan to succeed. Schedule your time for class and a time to study.  Make “to do lists” and set time limits to work.  Take large projects or assignments and break them down into small sections with your own due dates.  Keep to a schedule by following the routine of your old schedule when classes were in person this allow you dedicated times for class. Remember to use the study success formula which states that for every one hour of class you need two hours of study outside of the classroom.

*Even though we are working remotely. We can help you create study plans and schedules to help keep you on track. Contact   

Check your Email and UBLearns:  It is imperative that you check all communications modes often.  You should be checking your email at least two times or more a day.  Every day you should be logging onto UBLearns or whatever platform your course is using. You need to stay on top of your work so you are aware of any updates or changes.

*Yes! email has gotten overwhelming. Carve out time every day to review what you are sent, you don’t want to miss an important message or opportunity.

Ask for Help When Needed: If you are confused or unsure about your class, ASK FOR HELP!See your professor or TA during office hours.  These hours could be virtual or in person.  Create a group chat with other classmates in order to share questions and answers.  Try academic support services such as tutoring or study groups. See the Tutoring & Academic Support Services website for our schedule or to make an appointment.

Stay Motivated: It might be hard to stay motivated especially when your courses are all online.  Keep a schedule, talk with other classmates and check in with your advisor. Review your academic goals and your life goals. Remember why you are in college. 

Check out this great resource to help keep you on track: