Let’s face it, we all know that we would rather be learning in the classrooms of Salem right now, but that unfortunately isn’t the reality. During this time of virtual learning many of us might think that we have a sound plan to minimize procrastination and get our work completed efficiently. But that is not always the case. This article is here to bring you some helpful tips!
Tips for Academic Success
- Build a study plan for yourself.
- Weekly/daily plans: Plan bigger projects out ahead of time to hold yourself accountable. This helps keep all your activities from school to work in one location.
- Avoid over scheduling: If you have 16 credit hours, you might run into hardships with a 40-hour work schedule. Pre-plan and make those managers/administrators aware of your needs.
Create a home workspace
- Away from distractions/others working from home alongside you.
- With good internet connection and a backup plan if you were to lose your connection.
- Somewhere other than your bed! (Don’t work where you should rest.)
Treat your online class like an in-person class
- Turn on your camera if you are able and feel comfortable doing so.
- Take notes. Avoid relying solely on printed PowerPoint slides.
- Participate and actively engage in course conversations with your professors and peers.
Tutoring /Academic support
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Know where to go for help (Quest, Writing Center, Library Liaisons, etc.).
- Don’t wait until midterms or the last minute to try and bring up grades. Stay on top of them from day one.
Communication is key
- Check your email and moodle regularly for updated due dates, class times, and request from professors.
- Contact professors to clarify any coursework related confusion.
- Reach out to your peers. Start a class GroupMe to help guide one another through the semester.
Extend yourself and others grace
- Plan brain breaks throughout the day to help with Zoom/screen time fatigue.
- Be patient with peers and professors.
As we all continue to coexist with our new normal that is remote learning, take these tips and use them to promote your virtual success. Here’s to having a productive and rewarding spring semester!
Kierston Garner, Head Softball Coach
Quntashea Lewis, Head Women’s Basketball Coach