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How to Survive and Succeed at Bedside University

Updated: May 31, 2020

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William and Mary University

COVID-19 has forced many colleges and universities to transition to online instruction. These are troubling times for students, as many are not used to online classes and are struggling to find a new normal. As a college student facing the same problem, I’ve compiled a list of tips that have helped me stay focused. These tips have helped me stay on track with studying, upcoming tests and assignments, and organizing activities for my leadership roles. As I find myself with an abundance of free time, these tips have also helped me stay motivated and productive. Here are my quick tips that will help you with this online transition:

  • Do your normal morning routine to get ready for classes

  • Get dressed as you normally would. Do not wear your pajamas!

  • Do NOT take your classes in bed

  • Try to “attend” your classes (pre-recorded lectures) at the same time they would normally be

  • Attend all Zoom lectures and discussions (even if they are optional)

  • Stay engaged by asking questions and keeping your camera on while on Zoom classes

  • Make academic goals the night before

  • Update your calendars and planners with new due dates and tests dates

  • Find a space to do homework and classwork (i.e. dining room table, kitchen table, etc.)

  • Stay on track with essential readings for your classes (i.e. textbook chapters and required articles)

  • Take notes as you normally would (typing or writing)

  • Find the best ways for you to study at home, whether it’s focusing on one subject or splitting your time between multiples

  • Give yourself time to relax and mentally be free before going back to work

  • Stay in contact with professors through your struggles and successes. They want to hear from you!

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