5 Tips for Remote Learning and Academic Success

By March 26, 2020 No Comments

1. Manage your emails and communication.

As you have probably seen, all of your courses are required to communicate with you and check in. We know it can be overwhelming, so you need to be organized and have a plan.

  • Check your ASMS e-mail AND other class platforms regularly (2-5 times a day at least!)
  • Set aside time in your day to read through, reply, or record assignments from emails/messages.
  • Reply to your faculty members’ messages within 24-48 hours (or complete the assignment by the deadline).
  • Make a folder for each of your classes in your email account. Every time you get an email from a faculty member about that class, put it in that folder in case you need to reference it later.
  • If your faculty members are posting information on a platform (e.g. in a Facebook group), utilize something like a notebook or folder to write down assignments or important information / dates in one place.

 2. Make a plan for each class.

Remote education requires even more ownership and planning because it is more independent. If anyone can do this, it’s our ASMS students!

Each of your classes is likely set up differently (discussion posts, Facebook Live, weekly check-ins, etc.) Although we are working on scheduling plans, do not expect seamless coordination. Be organized.

  • Plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute or the day before. 
  • Utilize a calendar or planner.
  • Make a running to do list and checklist of due dates or test dates for each class.
  • Put the due date for each assignment or test on your calendar/planner.
  • Block off a time(s) on your calendar to work on assignments or study for tests.
  • Spend time each day on each of your classes so you do not get overwhelmed.
  • Put your workload into context. You are likely working several hours a day at home right now. At ASMS, you were in classes for a minimum of five hours a day and expected to do about two hours of homework. Now, your workload at home includes what would have been class time at ASMS. You are no longer just doing homework at home.

3. Communicate more proactively and frequently than you did before.

We are all adjusting to new realities and the only way we can get through things is to communicate early and often. Talk to your faculty member when you need help or have a challenge.

  • If you are even a little overwhelmed, talk to your faculty member.
  • If you are struggling due to personal circumstances or access, talk to your faculty member.
  • Is something happening that has an impact on your ability to do work? Talk to your faculty member.
  • If you cannot come to a solution with your faculty member, reach out to the academic dean.

4. Create your space for success.

It is challenging not to have access to the materials, technology, and spaces we are used to having to do our work. We are all missing campus and feeling a sense of loss. 

  • Talk to your faculty member if you run into an issue.
  • Create a space in your home (living room, kitchen table, bedroom, even outside) where you can best focus and get work done.
  • Move spaces if needed to re-energize your mind.
  • Video call a friend to virtually study with you.

5. Give grace. You can do this. We can do it together.

Everyone has been thrown into this last minute, and we are all trying to do our best. We know you are doing the same. 

  • If something does not work, or if there are issues, try to be gracious to the people running things. 
  • Control what you can control. Do not put things off to the very last minute. Communicate with us. Get the help you need.

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