Take Charge of Your Remote Learning
Find one or more spaces where you feel most productive, and go there when it’s time to focus on school. Try your best to treat online class time like in-person class time. Tune out distractions around you, including your phone, TV and extra browser tabs. This may also mean setting clear boundaries with family and friends!
Find a way to turn your course content into something that belongs to you! Take notes, create a study guide or annotate your texts. Not only will you retain the information better, but you’ll thank yourself when it comes time to prepare for papers and exams.
Taking an online course does not mean that you are going it alone. Check each syllabus to learn about regular ways to connect with your professors, like email and office hours. Don’t forget to engage with your peers, too, using online platforms like text, FaceTime, WhatsApp, GroupMe or Zoom.
Use your study guides, notes or annotated texts to test yourself. Do this regularly, not just when it’s time to take an exam: you need to “own” the material, and that just doesn’t happen when you cram. See our Study Strategies workshop to learn more about what we call “distributed study”, an important alternative to cramming. You’ll also discover creative ideas for working with difficult material.
Set reminders for deadlines in your Google Calendar, phone or paper agenda. Build in extra time for assignments in case things don’t go according to plan. If taking a live exam, avoid extra stress by testing tech at least an hour in advance. If a technical problem does arise at the last minute, take a deep breath, take a screenshot and email your professor as soon as you can.
Hold yourself accountable to your goals for the semester and the schedule you set, including time for life outside of your classes.
Do something regularly that brings you joy! If you can, prioritize activities that take you away from screens and keep you safely connected with family and friends. And, of course, it’s always good advice to eat healthy, exercise and get a good night’s sleep.
Remember to take advantage of the support services available to you at UD, especially if you find yourself struggling. A great place to begin is the Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE). We offer on-demand skill-building workshops, personalized academic coaching, tutoring services and more! Visit the “Key Resources” section below to browse some of the many other offices dedicated to your academic success.
Key Resources at UD
- OAE tutoring: for individual, drop-in/PASS and group tutoring.
- OAE academic support: for online study skills workshops and individualized coaching.
- Advising Central: for additional UD resources designed to help you succeed, including your academic advisor.
- Tech at UD and UD Online Orientation: for support with IT.