How can students prepare for online learning?

The LVC Center for Academic Success has provided the following advice for online learning:

  • Create and stick to a daily routine.
  • Make a list of what you have to do and create a schedule for when you will get your work done.
  • Maintain motivation by breaking your work into a series of smaller tasks so you can cross things off your list and establish a feeling of accomplishment.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Create a space that is unique to you and conducive to learning that is equipped with the technology, supplies, and books you need.
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with professors and anyone else on campus with whom you are working. Communicating needs to be more intentional in an online environment.
  • Make sure you check your email at least twice a day and be your own advocate. If you are having difficulty or are confused about an assignment, ask for help. Reach out to your professor or make an appointment to see someone in the Center for Academic Success.
  • Reach out to the IT Solutions Center if you are having trouble with technology—
  • Take care of yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical and intellectual health (and often tightly linked together). Incorporate the “fun stuff” into your day. Set up a rewards system. For example, read and take notes for 45-60 minutes, then pause and do something enjoyable (walking the dog, watching one episode of your favorite TV show, etc). 
  • Above all, make sure you are eating well and getting enough sleep.