For support with adapting to studying online, SACC have collated and developed a wealth of resources to help you cope during COVID-19, including advice on how to stay focused on your work. This page is about supporting other aspects of studying whilst working from home.
DEVELOPING ONLINE LEARNING STRATEGIES
Since March 2020, we have experienced a sudden change in the way in which we engage with our studies, and this requires us to adjust the ways in which we learn.
Usually, the primary focus of going to university is to learn about a certain topic or field, in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary for advancing one of the following: our understanding of the world, our career, or the field itself.
A secondary focus is learning how to learn, both in general and within one's own discipline. This involves experimenting, discussing things with peers, supervision from academic and support staff, and self-reflection. There are central and faculty-based skills teams to help support this development, but it is often a personal journey.
When the method of teaching and learning undergoes a sudden change, the issue of ‘how we learn’ becomes a primary focus. This can take time getting used to, but there are resources out there to help us adjust, so that we can continue to engage fully with our studies.
LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER
As we adapt to learning online, we develop strategies for doing so effectively, whether intentionally or not. Everyone develops different strategies, so why not pool our resources and share tips?
The UTLC Skills Lab has set up an online Padlet discussion wall for you to ask questions and share tips with each other about the following aspects of studying online:
- Canvas conferences
- Group work
- Time management
ATTENDING SKILLS WORKSHOPS ONLINE
Skills Lab workshops and Writing Centre appointments now take place online; also, we have added a online workshop on Online Presenting Skills.
ATTENDING ONE-TO-ONE APPOINTMENTS ONLINE
- Make an appointment with the Writing Centre for discussing any written work on which you are currently working, at any stage.
- Make a one-to-one appointment to discuss and develop your working methods by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES, COURSES AND HELP GUIDES
- UT SACC advice on staying focused while studying at home
- Webpage: UT Student Union Study Tips
- Goodhabitz was free for UT students until October 2020; it includes resources on improving online teamwork.
- Video: Rose from Ways to Study shows us “How to watch online lectures at home”
Text version: 7 tips for online lectures
- UTLC Skills Lab Padlet: a place to share study tips for UT students
- Do you have resources you think would be useful to others? Put them on the Padlet.
Help Guides (Canvas)