Before you get started with your online courses, it's worthwhile to take a few moments to consider your study space. Here are some tips to set you up for success!
- Find a spot and stick with it
- Look for a place with minimal distractions to help you stay focused.
- Do you have enough space for your notes, textbooks and supplies?
- If you can, designate this space just for studying to help separate student life from your home life.
- Assess your technology*
- A desktop or laptop computer is preferred over a mobile device or tablet.
- Do you have a reliable internet connection?
- Consider wearing headphones with a microphone to ensure clear communication.
- Does your computer have a built-in camera? If not, you may need a webcam.
- Use a chair that is supportive and comfortable to sit in. Avoid studying in your bed.
- Reduce neck strain by raising your screen. It can be as simple a placing a few books under your laptop!
- Pay attention to your posture.
- Have proper lighting to reduce eye strain. Use natural light where possible to add a desk lamp.
- Gather materials and supplies
- Calendar and/or agenda to organize your schedule.
- Notebooks, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, etc.
- Water bottle (stay hydrated!)
- Personalize your space
- Add a plant (it can improve the air quality too!)
- Use a favourite mug as a pen holder
- Put up pictures of friends, family, pets or anything that makes you smile.
- Set boundaries
- Let others in your household know when you are 'in class'.
- Set a start and end time to your school day.
*This fall students can access Anderson Hall for Wi-Fi, IT equipment and resources, software and the Library. The available rooms include a computer lab (AH147), a study room (AH116) and an equipment room (AH175) to sign out and return laptops on loan. Until December 19, 2020, hours of operation are: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Library services: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.
As you are getting your space set up, it's also a good idea to be prepared to attend your course. Here are a few things to consider:
- Use a wired or stable wireless internet connection.
- Wear a headset so you can hear and be heard clearly when speaking.
- Be prepared and have your materieals ready just as you would for an in-person course.
- Join the meeting a few minutes early to ensure your audio/video are working and to avoid disrupting the class.
- Mute your audio when joining.
- Consider turning your video off if not needed.
- If your video is on:
- Dress appropriately
- Be aware of your background
- Make use of the 'raise hand' and other non-verbal feedback functions.
- Keep chat relevant to the lesson.
For more technical Zoom information, check out the Technology Support tab below.
Setting Up Your Study Space: https://youtu.be/kwGoCDWCHjA
Preparing For Your Online Course: https://youtu.be/P0ZhTtdnqFI