These next few weeks will be a little bit of a learning curve for all of us. Here are some simple tips to help you get through online classes.
1) Keep a routine
In the next few weeks, it will be especially easy to sleep in all day and procrastinate schoolwork without dedicated meeting times for your classes. A routine can help keep you on track and stay focused when it is time to work. Your routine now might look a lot different than your usual but its important to create some sort of routine and stick to it. Falling into a rut and becoming unmotivated is much easier when you are at home all day every day and don’t have a schedule. Make sure that in your schedule you make time to de-stress and take care of yourself.
2) Check D2L daily
Online class schedules may be subject to change as we all adjust to online curriculums, so it is important that you log on to D2L daily and check for updates from your professors and check the assignment schedules for your classes. Even if there is no change to your schedules on a daily basis it will help keep you accountable, so you don’t overlook small details or forget deadlines.
3) Email professors with any and all questions
This is an unprecedented situation that we are all adjusting to, staff and students alike. Switching from in-person class to fully online with no prior communication can be difficult on both sides. It is important during this time that you stay in contact with your professors and make sure that communication is as clear as possible. If you don’t understand the way the class will work or have a question about an assignment don’t hesitate to reach out to your professor over email. If you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor use ConnectState and put your preferred method of communication in the notes section (zoom, phone, email, etc.) Your professors and advisors are here for you during this transitional time to help you do the best that you can with these new circumstances.
4) Keep up with SDSU alerts and updates
COVID-19 is causing major changes in almost every part of our lives and things are changing every day, so it is important to stay updated with how the university is changing in response. Follow the Ness School and SDState on social media for immediate updates and support. Also, stay updated with the SDSU response page to see what changes are happening and what precautions the university is taking.
5) Take care of yourself
Make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating proper meals during the day. These uncertain times can be especially stressful and mentally taxing, and it is important that you take care of your mental and physical health during this dramatic change. To keep your body moving try to get outside and take a walk when you can or do some simple home workouts, anything you can do to get your body up and moving is beneficial. Destress by learning a new skill, play some games with your family, or read that book you have been too busy to ready this year.
6) Remember we will get through this
Remember to stay positive during this phase of the semester. The university has your best interest in mind and wants to keep you all safe and healthy. This transition may be difficult and unwanted by some, but it is crucial to keeping our faculty, staff and students healthy. So, while we can, make the best of the situation, stay positive and take care of yourself. We can get through this if we work together and stay strong together (through screens of course).