Academic support: 7 tips for remote learning success
Director of Academic Support in office

Director of Academic Support Tris Wood and the academic support team works with students year-round on tips and strategies for academic success.


remote learning tips

1. Choose your location carefully.

As best you can, set up a quiet, comfortable, clutter-free learning space that will help you stay focused. If possible, find a spot near a window, so you get some natural light. Looking outside from time to time can help if you’re feeling boxed in. Avoid the temptation to spend your online class day in your bed.


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2. Have your supplies handy.

Gather everything you would typically take to class and put it in your learning space or all together in one school backpack (include your laptop and charger, textbooks, papers, notebooks, pens, and so on). Make sure your space has outlets for your computing devices. Headphones will come in handy for virtual classes — not to mention blocking out the neighbor’s dog or a family member watching TV in the next room.


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3. Organize your learning space.

Set up a consistent learning environment. By completing your work there repeatedly, you’ll begin to establish a routine. Determine what type of environment works best for your productivity.  

Keep your new “classroom” and course materials as organized as you possibly can. By taking a few minutes every day to keep your work area tidy, you can prevent getting distracted by useless clutter. Develop a system that helps you find what you need when you need it. It doesn’t have to be fancy. If keeping your course materials in a box on the dining room table works for you, go for it. Just figure out what works best and stick with it.


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4. Make a schedule and keep a routine.

Designate certain hours for studying and completing assignments. Although you may not have to “attend” your classes in person, you may have synchronous class periods each day. Your teachers will let you know their expectations, so be sure to check email and Canvas for updates and check in with them if you have questions.  

If you have synchronous classes, make sure you have the schedule posted and visible as a reminder. It might be helpful to post your class times and have a “studying in session” sign, so others are aware of your situation. 


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5. Manage your learning environment.

Let’s face it — you can’t eliminate all distractions when everyone in your household is home trying to focus on work and school. However, think about those you can control. Block out time to study and turn off your phone, disable notifications, stay off social media, and let your friends, family and roommates know that you’re going into class/study mode. Unless you live alone, you will have times when you get interrupted, so just try to roll with it. It’s good to get up and stretch every so often anyway.


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6. Recharge your devices -- and yourself.

Get into the habit of recharging your devices every night, so they’re ready when you need them. And take time to recharge and relax when you can. Online learning requires more time at our computers, so make sure you take breaks. Get some fresh air every day. Go for a run or walk. Check-in with friends and family. Read or watch something that makes you laugh.

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7. Get support.

Online learning doesn’t need to be an isolating experience. Your Peddie teachers, advisor, academic support and health center staff are here to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them. As we all try to find a new normal for Fall 2020, remember that you are NOT alone — we’re all in this together, and support is available.