Organizing your school work in new ways is sometimes challenging, but you can do this.
• Think about which of your classes are the most difficult. Start with those classes and begin to create “to do lists” for those. Break down your list or tasks into clear, manageable steps. You can start a list of upcoming tasks for each course at the beginning of each week and put it all in one place, like a journal or planner or just a piece of paper. Perhaps you want to create a folder on your computer for each class.
A notebook can work well.
• Communication will not be the same as it was in face to face classes. In email correspondence, try your very best to phrase questions to your instructors in such a way so they are able to respond in a brief response. Faculty members may be more likely to respond if they know they can answer you quickly, plus this will keep down the back-and-forth emails with professors.
• A great idea is to create email folders for each course and put any communication into that folder, to manage the huge influx of digital information. For many faculty in the Country teaching on line is not common and challenging.
• It can be isolating to go from an active college student on a busy campus to sitting at home with no one to interact with but email and Blackboard. Stay engaged with family and friends through this stressful experience. You’re least at risk outside, so get outside for exercise and fresh air, if possible.
WE care about them and the College cares about them too. These are really challenging times for students.
Engage in your courses every day. Because the content may be delivered not in the method you’re used to, you will likely need to spend more time on learning the content than you usually require. More review of notes, more reading, and employing more active study methods to stay engaged while learning alone are important strategies. Everyone is learning to do things in a new way.
• Communication is critical if you’re having trouble with an online test. Contact the instructor. Students must take an active role. Keep communicating!
• Utilize academic support, even remotely. Academic advisors, tutors
The novel coronavirus disease (covid-19) is real. It is raging like the turbulent waves of the Red Sea. Its impact is strongly felt by everyone across all sectors within and beyond South Africa. The higher education sector is not spared from this wrath. What is more, universities have observed the lockdown call and overhauled operations and campus routine events such as contact teaching, conferences, graduation ceremonies and research workshops, even prospective students are not left out. Students have been instructed to stay at home and staff to work remotely, this is a challenge to prospective students. Lucky are those whose brothers and sisters are already endorsed in institutions because they can adapt the new system of learning from them.
Understandably, there is much concern around how students and staff will cope in the online environment, given the South African reality where people have varying technological abilities and resources. Given the global experience, we will also need to grapple with our own realities. For too long we have been teaching and assessing with the average student in mind, without considering, among others, students with disabilities and students from less-resourced environments. The average student is the one viewed according to average abilities and functionalities, has average to good eyesight and hearing, a range of movement that is unaided, comes from a fairly well-resourced environment and processes information very quickly.