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Keep on learning: tips for making the transition to online learning 

As you navigate remote learning, you’ll likely find some unique challenges as well as new opportunities. Below you’ll find a host of tips to help you transition well and thrive in your new “normal.” Before you get started, though, read The Bell article on tips for getting setup well: From On Campus to Online: 7 Pro Tips for College Students Making the Switch ➔

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Schedule your time

Take time to plan out your days. You’ll find that you can really benefit from creating specific times for studying and self-care as well as scheduling in a time to take breaks. Consider using a daily schedule to organize your time, courtesy of the Academic Success Center. While scheduling your time, be sure to review your updated syllabi, check Blackboard and read any emails from your professors for changes in due dates and assignments. Visuals can be really helpful, so consider printing out a weekly- or monthly-view calendar to make a note of new deadlines. 

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Show up for class

Plan to get up, have a good breakfast, change out of your pajamas (even if you just change in to “daytime pajamas”) as you prepare to attend your virtual class. If you have a synchronous class, meaning you’re all convening together online, it should be scheduled at the regular class time, but check with your professor about time zone issues!   

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It may be overwhelming right now, but check your Gordon email often for information from your faculty. Also, let them know how you are doing! They really care about you and your continued success, especially during this time, so they’ll want to hear from you.

You may also want to chat with your housemates about what you’re studying or about your current workload. Let them know you want to keep learning and what you might need from them to help stay focused. 

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Stay engaged and motivated

Minimize your distractions: Is there a spot where you can set up a little study station for yourself? The ideal spot might be away from others and by a window. Check out our article for more tips on setting up your workspace.

Set realistic goals for the day and the week: Just like scheduling your time, you’ll need to be intentional about what can be accomplished, especially if you’re faced with additional distractions or slower internet speed.

Reward yourself when you meet your goals: Plan for mini-milestones! Finish two chapters? Take a walk! Complete a task? Dig into your prized snacks! Some days are better than others.

Connect your Gordon community: Interact with your friends and your Gordon faculty with tools like Zoom, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Try committing to connecting with someone each day about your coursework and, we promise, you’ll likely feel less overwhelmed and you’ll definitely feel less lonely.

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Use creative study strategies

Teach the material to your dog: Need to memorize something? I’m sure he’d be glad to lend a listening ear.

Make flashcards and sit outside to quiz yourself: Do you even need more excuses to get outside?

Use your fridge: Draw concept maps of the chapter and tape it to the fridge. You’ll see the content more often and then the whole family can enjoy what you’re learning. Extra credit points for then teaching the concepts to them, because one of the best ways to solidify learning is to teach!

Summarize notes in your own words: Use your little brother’s crayons to make it colorful—whatever you need to do to keep yourself engaged and interested from a distance.

Use your resources

The Academic Success Center and Jenks Library are always available to help you out! Never hesitate to reach out to them for assistance with anything from reasearch tips to guidance on writing to finding just the right scholarly article—they are eager to be of service.

Still need help?

Academic counselors are available to meet every week via online platforms like Zoom. Email to set up a meeting, or email your ASC counselor for further details and information. English Language Learning assistance is still available by emailing



Explore new ways to research

With over half of the Jenks Library's collection available online, Jenks Library is ready to support you no matter where you are. Check out the Remote Learning at Jenks Guide to learn how to navigate Jenks online. Your faithful librarians are keeping this guide updated regularly, so check back often for tips and updates!

What can you access from home/your dorm/the quad, etc.? Nearly everything! All that’s needed is access to the internet, the library homepage, and your Gordon login credentials and you’re in. 

There are several ways to access library resources remotely:

  • Ebooks: Search the NOBLE Catalog by Format and choose “Book (Electronic)”. When you search the NOBLE Catalog, you are searching across multiple ebook platforms such as EBSCO and OverDrive.
  • Academic (Scholarly) Articles: Select and search a Library Database for scholarly articles that fit your research needs. Most of the databases are pre-set to limit to full-text, which means you’ll have immediate access to your search results as PDFs or web documents.
  • Scholarly Journals: Know the name of a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper you are looking for? Search Journal Finder to discover online options. Not sure where to look yet, but know your subject area? Use BrowZine to browse for academic journals by subject. 

Still need help?

Can’t find what you need? 
Ask us and we’ll try to connect you with the information you’re looking for or suggest some alternative options. We’re also continuing Interlibrary Loan for article requests so if you need an article for a project, please use the article request form so that we can get it to you via email! Article request can be used by anyone, anywhere. If you are studying on campus, you can also use our book request form to get books you need from other libraries outside the NOBLE system. 

Stay in touch!
Your friendly librarians are still here to help. Email with your questions! You can also use this email to request virtual research appointments via Zoom. You can also chat with us online. Look for our chat bubble on many of our library website pages. Have a quick question? Check out our new FAQs Knowledge Base to see if we have an answer for you. If not, submit your question and we’ll get back to you! And follow Jenks Library on Instagram (@jenkslibrary) for updates and more resources!

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