The New Student Guide to Remote Learning

Posted by Deea Deb on September 18, 2020

Academic Success

Lions! There is a new guide in town and it’s here to help you successfully navigate being a remote learner! While all first terms bring new challenges, these are pretty unique to 2020.

The New Student Guide to Remote Learning

York’s Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) assists first-year students successfully transition into university life and they have launched their Student Guide to Remote Learning. This #YUBlog will take you through some of the features of the guide and how you can use them to easily transition into the new year.

The Student Guide to Remote Learning consists of three sections:

  1. Adapting to Remote Learning
  2. Learning Remotely
  3. Accessing Campus Resources

Adapting to Remote Learning

The New Student Guide to Remote Learning

This section of the Guide gives you several ideas and worksheets to prepare yourself for online learning. You can learn how to build an effective schedule, how to organize yourself and be an active learner.

Success Tip: Stay socially connected with York and fellow students remotely. Take advantage of video conferencing platforms like Zoom for not only studying but socializing too. Many campus organizations (Colleges, clubs, peer mentoring, peer tutoring, etc.) host great events that you can join online. Our Getting Involved: Clubs & More! post talks about the various ways you can get involved with the York community.

Don’t forget to check out the Learning Skills Services virtual workshop calendar to register for whatever you think will help you! LSS also offers one-on-one Peer Academic Coaching with their Peer Mentors.

Learning Remotely

The New Student Guide to Remote Learning

The Learning Remotely section will not only help you with all your technology needs but also provide you with valuable resources on how to be successful in online classes, taking notes, research and writing, exam preparation and more!

If you don’t have access to a computer at home, there is a limited number of laptops available through the Laptop Borrowing Program. For information on the different software platforms used by York, what you will need to get tech ready, and resources for getting set-up, visit Online Learning Protocol for York University.

Missing your study group or not sure where to find one? Here’s how you can create your own study group!

Success tip: If you find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time, try the Pomodoro Technique for scheduling breaks and rewards. I find using the Pomodoro technique helps my productivity, where I work for a set amount of time, for example, an hour and a half, followed by a set break, for example, 15 minutes, then another hour and a half, etc. Experiment with the times that work best for you. It could be a 50-minute work time followed by a 10-minute break, or two hours, followed by 20 minutes – it’s up to you.

Accessing Campus Resources Remotely

The New Student Guide to Remote Learning

This section gives you a ton of online resources to help you succeed academically. Whether you are looking for On-Campus Wellbeing Resources for Students or Finding Scholarly Materials Online, this section of the guide has you covered!

For information, announcements, and FAQs about York’s phased return to the campus visit the YU Better Together page.

Success tip: For additional resources, check out #YUBlog’s Remote Learning 101 series on the Career Centre, Online Library Services and the Learning Skills Services and our top mindfulness app recommendations.

If you have any questions be sure to comment below or tweet us at @YorkStudents.

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Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and writing. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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