TIPS for emotional support and self-care
- Don’t lock yourself in a learning vacuum: participate, communicate, and collaborate. If you can, “go to class” with a small group of classmates.
- Make a friend to communicate with about assignments or vent to. If you work well together, try partnering up for collaborative assignments.
- Get engaged! Inside and outside of class try to participate which will enhance the experience.
- Find a way to be self-disciplined, self-motivated.
- Create little deadlines for yourself if needed.
- Snacks help keep you awake! Nutritious & delicious!
- Let your instructor know about any limitations (lack of technology, disability, etc.) so that they can accommodate that for online lessons.
- Make the learning environment work for you-move around, stand up and stretch, snack, whatever you need to make sure you stay focused and comfortable.
- Be organized in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you.
- Be aware of support services: counselor availability, library office hours, etc. We are still here to help you, but you need to reach out!
- Call on your support network to help you succeed!
- Don’t worry about being outside of your comfort zone - so is everyone else!
TIPS for TIME MANAGEMENT
- Keep an agenda to make sure you’re up-to-date.
- Keep track of deadlines so you do not miss anything.
- If the teacher doesn’t set deadlines for discussion forums, set your own deadlines to keep yourself on track.
- Make time for your studies. Set a time to accomplish work as if you were actually in class.
- Pace yourself if you are watching video lectures. Don’t rush to do them all at once, but slow down and take notes.
- Figure out your own way to manage your time. Set aside time to do readings, assignments etc.
- Check Google Classroom or other class sites at least once a day to make sure you know what has been added/changed/is coming up.
- Don’t let yourself fall behind. Set a routine for when you do school work to keep you on track.
- Make sure you save a copy of your work to a cloud in case you lose the original.
- Do not save large amounts of work for last minute.
- Leave time for unexpected technical difficulties.
Info retrieved from graduate students in IS590EL (eLearning) in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (instructor: Melissa Wong). Last updated March 10, 2020