As the Trinity community moves to remote synchronous learning for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, the Tiger Learning Commons has laid out small but effective steps for students to continue their success.
Plan: Make time to organize and structure your time and assigned tasks. There are several tools for time management available online to help you keep track of your work, including Google Calendar, a great place to start carving up your days into manageable chunks. Most Trinity faculty will deliver their courses using Zoom, so you should also spend some time getting to know this online video conferencing platform.
Set Boundaries: Establish boundaries with the people you live with. Make sure they understand your need for a schedule, a quiet environment, and freedom to get your work done. Help them understand that serious thinking often requires time alone and away from devices. Talking about it before classes resume will help ease the transition, but you should be ready to revisit the discussion as needed.
Prepare Your Space (and Yourself): Figure out what you need to do to create the best study space you can. It’s easier to focus and learn if the location is separate from where you relax. Gather what you need in your study space. Dress as if you are going to class in-person—it will help you get in the right frame of mind (and your professor will appreciate it!).
Stay Connected: Check your email, TLearn, and the Trinity site for updates. Trinity will also be updating social media with crucial updates. Keep your faculty in-the-loop with questions and concerns. Take advantage of the vast Trinity resources that are still available to you. Our faculty miss you, and want to help as much as they can.
Breathe: Be kind to yourself and others as we all learn how to do this new thing together. We’re on a short learning curve but we can—and will—do this!
For more tips to prepare for remote synchronous learning, visit gotu.us/covid19.