CRIB SHEET 1: Tips for Succeeding Online
On April 6, 2020 Semester 2 courses will resume with all course activities and interactions taking place online. The following tips are provided to help you stay organised and focused as you navigate this new modality:
1. How to Stay Organised
Your lecturers will likely be utilising a mix of synchronous (live) online teaching via a web conferencing tool like Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom, and asynchronous online teaching whereby you access materials and activities via the Moodle e-learning system. Courses may differ in how tools are used and delivery is structured. It is therefore very important for you to be clear about the structure and flow of each course and be proactive in staying organised.
2. Stick To Your Schedule
3. Maintain Communication With Your Lecturers
4. Continue to Take Notes
Whether you are participating in a live (synchronous) online session, watching a recorded video, or reading text-based lecture notes, articles or slide presentations, you should continue to take notes. Just listening, watching or reading material is not enough. Taking handwritten notes has been found to increase learning and retention.
5. Maintain Your Connection With Your Classmates
Use the technologies available to you to maintain contact with your classmates. Create virtual study groups to discuss the material or check in periodically just to see how each other is getting on.
6. Maintain Your Connection With the Campus
Even though extraordinary circumstances have forced the Campus to move to online delivery for the remainder of the semester, remember that you are still a member of the Blackbird Family!
7. Ask For Help When You Need It!
8. Finally, take care of yourself
Establish and maintain a routine that includes eating well, adequate exercise, rest and relaxation. Keep a positive mindset; be prepared to be flexible and adaptable; and above all, be patient and kind to yourself, your classmates and your teachers!
CRIB SHEET 2: Tips for Succeeding Online – Study Strategies
Research on learning has revealed a number of strategies which can help students to excel in their courses. These strategies are helpful in regular face-to-face classes, but can be especially helpful to you as you study at a distance from your teachers and peers. If you practice these strategies diligently, and seek help when you need it, you should have no trouble completing your courses successfully this semester, despite the challenges:
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