CFAS Guide to Online Academic Success
We recognize that establishing academic support is part of a much larger puzzle to become a successful online learner. These tips will make online learning environment easier:
Prepare your workspace
- Do your best to find or create a workspace that aligns with the ways you learn best. An ideal space for many is quiet, organized, distraction-free, technologically ready, and available for use when you need it.
- Put your devices on "do not disturb" and unplug from social media while doing class work.
- While on breaks, try to do so in a different space in order to maintain a “work-only zone.”
Make a plan, and stick to a schedule
- Don't know where to start? Connect with your advisor (or a staff member in your College / School Dean’s Offices and Student Support Services) and map out your academic journey.
- Use a calendar to keep track of your classes, when you plan to do homework, when assignments are due -- and everything in between.
- Don’t know where to begin? Sign up for a Study Skills session to learn how to effectively manage your time.
- Pro Tip: Color coordinate your classes on your calendar to keep track of class time, when assignments are due, and when you plan to study with peers. You can also create to-do lists with your peers to establish accountability and stay connected with classmates.
- Going to class is one thing, but being present is another! Stay engaged in class by reading your textbooks in advance of class time, asking questions, and taking notes.
- Explore techniques for note-taking, or get tips for organizing your readings here.
- It’s also good to explore online test-taking strategies to ensure you’re ready for what’s in store.
- From academic advising or tutoring to accommodations and writing support, there are many resources available to you.
- Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor (via UVM Navigate) to create your academic plan, and connect with a specialist from Student Accessibility Services if you’re seeking academic accommodations.
- From there, meet with a tutor to better understand and explore your course materials, or connect with peers in the Writing Center to review assignments, brainstorm ideas, and get organized.
- It’s important to build academic supports into your schedule -- and there is always someone available to help.
Tend to your wellbeing
- You can’t succeed without you! From physical and mental health to self-care, it’s important to listen to yourself and honor what you need to succeed.
- Take some time to consider your needs and goals as a learner. For wellness tips and resources, explore the many offerings of Living Well and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
- Stay motivated and engaged in your online learning experience by reaching out to your classmates and peer supports.
- Try to connect with others who share similar interests, and establish a group study routine and opportunities for community-building. You are part of collabortive, co-generative, and engaged community -- enjoy and rely on each other!
CFAS is here to help you make connections across the university.
With so much to learn, we do our best to connect the dots. This page offers guidance for remote learning and provides clear pathways to student support services. As you scroll down you'll find links and other resources to help you thrive in your learning environment.