Coronavirus is not going anywhere, and universities are closing and sending students home. At this time, many have canceled on campus classes for the rest of the Spring semester, and how to learn has changed entirely. For students who are used to attending classes in person and having a teacher give a lecture, it may feel unfamiliar. For teachers who have taught the same courses for years and years, it feels weird. The uncertainty and unsureness of learning differently are affecting everyone in the school system, from little pre-k’ers to college students. Here are some tools and tips to help students make this change.
Treat School Days Like School Days
While you may not attend school physically, many college classes are being held online. Some teachers are even holding virtual meetings during class time and sharing information that to keep their students on track in their learning. Although a student may have been sent home from college doesn’t mean they are going to be available all the time. Class requirements still need to be met. Set aside this time like you normally would focus on your classes.
One thing that everyone needs to do is be flexible. Let go of the expectations you had for a “normal” school experience. Everyone is dealing with this pandemic in their way, and it means we need to give ourselves and others some grace as we maneuver this season we are in. Teachers may need a few weeks to figure this out, so be realistic about the whole situation and go with the flow.
Learning Tools for University Students
There are some great tools for older students who are trying to meet class requirements for credit. Many companies are offering their tools at low or even no cost to help everyone deal with this situation. Here are a few of the tools you can consider.
• Barnes & Noble Education is offering self-tutoring and writing resources for students. Through Bartleby Learn , they are providing students with access to answers and collegetutoring for ten sessions. Via Bartleby Write , students have access to a virtual writing center for citation help, spelling and grammar checks, and plagiarism detection.
• Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials program for free for those low-income families who do not have internet access.
• Other companies are offering free access to their courseware, including Cengage. It is worth it to look at the site to see if your course materials are supported.
• Connection is key to continuing college classes, including discussion. Some of the most commonly used tools are Google Classroom, Adobe Connect, and Zoom.
Students of all ages take part in any virtual discussions that are offered. Not only does it offer you the learning opportunity you need, but it helps you feel more connected with your school and instructors, which is vital at this time. Text with your friends, FaceTime, SnapChat, TikTok, or use any other platforms to keep those bonds strong.
Yes, it is a difficult time. Yes, It is hard. However, Try to stay positive and do all you can to meet your class requirements and get the credit you have worked very hard on.
By: Janis Rodgers