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Preparation 101: Virtual university

October 15, 2020
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The school year has officially started, and many things look different this year. We've prepared some tips to help make the most of your virtual learning experience. Read on to discover some ways to adapt to this new reality! 

1. Make sure you have the right programs and/or software

Don't leave things to the last minute—make sure you have all the required software/programs installed on your laptop or tablet. Try using the software ahead of time. Technology sometimes fails or causes issues, and the last thing you want is to catch up on a lecture or course work because the software just wouldn't work.  

2. Do coursework and keep up with your assignments

It is easy to fall behind while studying and learning from home. You may find that you're experiencing more distractions than normal with your siblings and parents also stuck at home, and the TV remote just within your reach. Regardless, try to stay on top of all assignments and readings – just as you would if you were attending class in person… right? Do not make skipping your virtual classes an option. Make sure to follow up on lecture materials with your TA's and professors to ensure you get that A you deserve!

3. Reduce distractions

This is tough! You may be tempted to stay in bed longer, binge-watch all day, or chat with friends… but try not to. Consider having a designated study space where you can remove yourself from any potential distractions. For example, the kitchen might be a high traffic area in your house that is prone to distractions and interruptions. Avoid working in spaces where family members are likely to be. Reserve family bonding for dinner time!

4. Keep a calendar to stay on top of due dates

There is nothing worse than scrambling last minute over a due date that you missed or forgot about! But we've all been there at one point or another. Keeping an agenda will help you stay on top of important due dates for assignments, midterms, and exams. Another helpful tip is to write your due dates as soon as you get your course syllabus, so you are sure to remember that huge essay due before the end of the semester! If you're looking for additional tips, check out this article from McGill University.

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