Preparation and Expectations: Remember, your professors are the most valuable resources for your success. Make sure you are clear on their expectations before setting up a system to maintain motivation and accountability.
- Treat your online course like an in-person course
- Engage yourself in the material prior to the lecture/recording
- Actively participate in discussions or forums
- For a live class session, test your connection by joining the meeting 7-10 minutes prior
- You can then mute the audio and disable the video
- Take notes with pen and paper
- This helps with staying focused and information retention
- Take 5 minutes to write a summary of the lecture, highlighting 3-5 major takeaways
- Make the most of your CMC network and ask for help!
Importance of Routines: Structured time works best. Work will become more manageable and less overwhelming when your mind is focused and attentive.
- Plan out your week day-by-day
- This includes times to be social with other CMCers online
- Write a to-do list for each class/project
- Set goals that are realistic and make sense with your workspace
- Focus on one task at a time
- Use distraction blockers that limit access to a website or app
- Make time for regular breaks
- Prioritize your work using a coded system
- Red (immediate attention), yellow (on the radar), green (good shape)
Importance of Flexibility: Any new experience feels challenging at first. Everyone is adjusting, including your faculty members. Patience will be the key virtue during this time.
- Expect a turnaround time of 24-48 hours for responses to your email(s)
- Be prepared for possible delays in connectivity, communication, and the general pace of the semester
- When things get overwhelming, don’t hesitate to email DOS
Well-Being Tips: Staying nourished—in all ways—should be a top priority!
- Maintain a consistent and healthy sleeping schedule
- Success Consultants would be more than happy to talk through a plan for you!
- Listen to your body and give it what it needs (and more)
- Drink a glass of water in between meals
- Find ways to be engage and activate your body throughout the day
- Take breaks away from the screen
- Blue-light blocking glasses may help with eye strain, headaches, and getting to bed
- Commit to a meditation practice—first thing in the morning or last thing at night