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Staying motivated and organized during distance learning

Here are some tips from fom Augustana’s Reading/Writing Center:

Use a planner

Record when your assignments and exams are due in a planner, and check it every morning to make sure that you are on track in every class. Also, check Moodle for assignment due dates, as they may have changed with our shift to distance learning.

Stick to a schedule

Think of how you spent your time when we had face-to-face instruction, and try your best to replicate it. If you had class from 10-11:15 a.m., dedicate that same time period to doing classwork. If you exercised from 5-6 p.m., do something active at home during that time.

Sticking to a schedule can help keep you organized and avoid procrastinating.

Set goals for the rest of the semester

Writing down the things you want to accomplish this term can help motivate you to get started on the things you need to do today to achieve that goal.

Take breaks when you need them

Go for a walk, make a cup of coffee, eat a snack, check social media, meditate, or call a friend... then get back to work.

Check your email

Now that it’s harder for professors and faculty to keep you updated with changes to courses, registration, and other important information, checking your email is a must.

Ask for help when you need it

Distance learning is an adjustment for all of us, but there are many resources available to help you stay successful. Reach out to your professors or make a virtual RWC appointment (via Starfish) if you’re struggling.