Warriors are in this together
As you transition to online learning for the remainder of the semester — in addition to the changes that the COVID-19 health concern has brought to your social, family and professional routines — it may feel a bit overwhelming. But Warriors are resilient. Our faculty and students are facing these challenges together, and we have no doubt you'll be able to navigate these changes successfully. Following are several tips to help you adapt to this new style of learning and finish this semester Warrior Strong.
1. Take care of yourself
Your health and well-being are our greatest concerns. Make sure you continue to eat healthy and get regular sleep. Take time to rest, call friends and family, and, when possible, exercise. Contact your physician or the Campus Health Center (313-577-5041) if you experience fever, dry cough or shortness of breath.
2. Keep organized
Review your syllabi and instructions from professors. Keep track of changes to due dates and submission and testing guidelines. Contact your professor to understand what online tools will be necessary for lectures, discussions and projects. Remember to stay focused — while multitasking often sounds like a great idea, switching tasks has proven harmful to retention and leaves students more prone to mistakes. When studying or viewing video lectures, close distracting windows and programs.
3. Explore - and learn to love - new tools
While online learning tools such as discussion boards and video lectures may initially pose challenges, many may find that they actually better suit their learning styles. Familiarize yourself with these tools and their features, interact with your professors and classes via instant message and discussion boards, collaborate with team members through video technology, and seek online productivity tools that keep you organized. You may find effective new ways of studying.
4. Establish a routine
Learning from home without your traditional school routines can lead to unstructured time and a temptation to procrastinate. To stay successful in your studies, it's essential to set — and stick to — a routine that allows you time to engage your professors and classmates and finish your work. Use a diary or planner to create a daily schedule that works well for you. Discover what settings you best work and study in. Plan for moments of deep-focused work instead of multitasking, and take 15- to 20-minute breaks between tasks. Remember to also schedule time for exercise and rest.
5. Remain connected
Even though we can't meet face to face, interaction with our classmates, family and friends is essential both to your well-being and your academic success. Keep in touch with your fellow students via email, phone or social media. Make plans to continue meeting online with your study group or project teams. And don't forget to reach out to your professors or to other Wayne State programs if you need support.
Stay healthy, and don't forget to visit Wayne State's coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date campus information.