Tips for Online Learning

Here are tips to help you be successful while learning online.

Communicate often.

  • Reach out to your instructors to find out how and when your classes will be held. 
  • Check CarmenCanvas often for updates. Instructors are encouraged to use Canvas to keep you informed. Your instructors will contact you with information regarding scheduled tests and exams.
  • Contact the Service Desk if you have questions about tech tools.
  • If offered, participate in virtual office hours over CarmenZoom.

Stay organized.

  • Take the time to put together the schedule and expectations for each of your classes. Check CarmenCanvas for updates to your syllabus.
  • Prioritize your work. What due dates are coming up first? Make a smart decision about how to best spend your time. Learn more about digital literacy and time management
  • Give yourself plenty of time when turning in important assignments and tests. Don't wait until the last second, just in case you encounter technical issues.
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Take care of yourself.

  • Stay healthy by getting adequate rest, nutrition and exercise. Take proactive steps to take care of yourself.
  • Keep a growth mindset as you adapt to new circumstances. Your success has as much to do with your effort as it has to do with your ability.
  • Monitor your self-talk and stay positive.
  • Find resources and tips on physical health, mental health and general wellbeing from the Office of Student Life.
  • If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255 or 614-221-5445, or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4hope to 741741.

Manage your environment. 

  • Schedule specific times in your day to dedicate to studying or participating in your online class. Check with your instructor if you should be calling into live Zoom broadcasts.
  • Consider using the "Do Not Disturb" function on your devices or a lockdown browser on your computer when you are trying to manage distraction.
  • Find a space that is comfortable and allows you to focus. This can be your home base for coursework.
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Stay engaged. 

  • Communicate regularly with your instructors for updates.
  • Don't forget to call, text and message friends, family and classmates.
  • Take your student organization meetings to CarmenZoom or hold a group chat to stay in touch. Show your Buckeye pride by downloading custom Ohio State Zoom backgrounds.

Ask for help. 

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