Moving online - tips for students

This seems to be a duplicate of a student guide so have archived it as the student guide has been updated more recently (OF)

We understand that fully online learning may be unfamiliar to City’s students and so to help you with the rapid transition to online, we have put together some tips to support you. You might also want to look at guidance for using City’s educational technologies, such as Moodle, Adobe Connect and Microsoft Teams  

Be respectful of others online. See City’s student charter 

Studying online

If you can, find a suitable physical space for studying (ideally a desk and comfortable chair) where you won’t be disturbed. 

Try to establish a schedule for studying and let people around you know when you are studying so they don’t disturb you.  Also, try to keep to your class schedule. If you can, meet with some of your classmates online while you’re going through any material.

You can’t learn if you’re not well, and that includes your mental well-being. Don’t think I’ve got lots of time now, I should work around the clock.’ Instead, when you’re studying, break it up into short sessions, and if you’re revising, look back at materials you’ve revised the day after you’ve looked at them. Use the study strategies that will make the best use of your time so that you don’t overwork, and maybe change them if they don’t.

If you can, use practice tests to identify what you don’t know, or set them for other students. Use as many as you can and spread them out over the days.

When watching a video or reviewing slides make sure you take notes. Pause videos and use timestamps to take note of key points. 

Log in to Moodle at least daily to check for new activities and messages. Ensure you subscribe to Moodle forums and check your City emails.

Ensure you check in with your lecturer if things are not clear. This could be via a Moodle discussion forum or by email. Also talk to them if you’ve got too much work to do at the same time (e.g. 4 tests in one day) and clarify how best to communicate with them if you’re not sure.

Either within Moodle or via external groups (such as WhatsApp or Facebook), and form study groups to talk through the materials you are learning. Explaining how you approached a problem or why your answers are right or wrong is a very good way to learn. Too much social media and news can cause anxiety, so talk to those around you.

When studying online it helps to develop a reflective approach by keeping a record of what, how and why you are learning.  Keeping a regular log where you can record what you have learned and how you could improve. This can be done on an online notebook such as Onenote even as an audio or video journal. 

Disruption is tough on everyone; be considerate of your fellow learners and your lecturers as they deal with an evolving situation and be prepared to be flexible. Things may not work as expected first time. Keep in mind your lecturers and peers may be getting LOTS of emails, so identify yourself, use email etiquette, etc. They may also have challenging personal circumstances due to the disruption, so remember that kindness can go a long way.

Develop your initiative and resilience. For example, if your reading link is broken, maybe you can search for the journal article yourself by using the library search.

Develop your online learning skills

Searching for information, making notes and more. Check out the Open University’s Study skills for online learning as well as Preparing to learn Online at University. University of Leeds. (Including a section on note-taking

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