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Making the Transition to Remote Learning

Preparing to Learn Remotely

Setting Up Your Home for School

Studying from home may feel less convenient than going to a classroom, library, or computer lab. The key is to get yourself into a working mindset. Recognizing how your mind associates spaces with tasks can help you create a functional study station.

  • Designate a chair and table for school. Beds and couches tend to be for sleep or lounging; pick a spot where you’re likely to stay poised and alert.
  • Keep your morning routine. Even if your classmates won’t see you, rituals like eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, and getting dressed prepare you physically and mentally for the day. 
  • Move elsewhere for breaks. Move to another room, or at least another part of the same room, when you take a break. This helps you distinguish work from rest while stretching out a little.
  • Eat snacks. You burn a lot of calories when focusing your attention on something. Eat something during your breaks, and set aside time for meals.

Stay Organized and Set a Schedule

It is important to ensure you are making effective use of your time. We recommend creating a calendar to plan out important due dates and study times.

You can also create to-do lists and set specific deadlines for yourself to ensure you are remaining up to date on all your assignments.

Remember to include time for exercise and self-care.

Check Your Syllabi to Find the Following Information

  • Are assignments changing?
  • Are there new due dates?
  • Is how you’re submitting your assignments changing?
  • Are any quizzes or exams being offered virtually? What should you do if you need help?
  • Is your course offering virtual office hours? When and on what platform?

An Important Tip for Planning

As a rule of thumb, for each 1 credit hour course, you will need 1 hour to review the materials and 2 hours to complete assignments and study. For a three credit hour course, you will need to block out 9 hours a week in your schedule. This is why is it important to set a schedule and plan ahead.

Making the Most of Your D2L Classes

  • Stick to your instructor’s schedule as much as you can. Staying on a schedule will help you have a feeling of normalcy and prevent you from falling way behind. Communicate with your instructor if you are unable to meet any deadlines.
  • Find each instructors preferred method for communication. Will it be through email within D2L or will it be through UNG email?
  • Continue to take notes as you would if you were there in person.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Student services are available via email or phone to answer any questions you may have. You can find a list of our services by clicking on the Academic Student Success tab below.

Transitioning to Remote Learning

Accessing eLearning@UNG (D2L)

Your instructors have moved all courses to eLearning@UNG (D2L).

Where to Find eLearning@UNG (D2L) Tutorials and Resources

  • You can self-enroll in the eLearning@UNG (D2L) Tutorial. The link for self-enrollment is located on the right hand side of your eLearning@UNG (D2L) homepage.
  • You can also find tutorial videos and more D2L resources on the eLearning@UNG (D2L) homepage.

How To Find Course(s) within eLearning@UNG (D2L)

  • All of your courses are listed within “My Courses”. If your course is not “pinned” on the homepage, click on the “view all courses” link. Once you find your course, you can “pin” it and access it directly from the homepage.
  • Detailed instructions can be found within the “Finding and Pinning a Course” resource on the right-hand side of your eLearning@UNG (D2L) homepage.

Academic Student Success Services

Even though our physical offices are closed, UNG’s Student Success Services are available at a distance.

All of the same services you visited while on campus will be able to assist you remotely, such as Tutoring Services, Supplemental Instruction, Online Student Success Advisors, Academic Success Coaches and more.

Online Student Success Advisors (OSS)

UNG’s Online Student Success team is dedicated to assisting all students with their online courses. Online courses are available through UNG Online, eCore, and eMajor.

How the OSS Team Can Help You

The OSS team is here to assist you with registering for online courses and navigating UNG’s learning management system, eLearning@UNG (D2L). An OSS Advisor can help you with any questions and/or concerns you have related to your online course in addition to providing information on how to be successful in online courses.


The OSS team has several student resources listed on their Student Resources webpage for both undergraduate and graduate students along with specific eLearning@UNG (D2L) resources.


For questions, contact

Academic Success Coaches

UNG’s Academic Success Coaches are here to equip you with the right tools to succeed, according to your individual needs. 

How Academic Success Coaches Can Help You

Our Coaches can work with you one-on-one through virtual meeting options to help you successfully navigate the shift to online learning.  

An Academic Success Coach can assist you with such things as time and task management, study skills and strategies, and goal setting, just to name a few.  An Academic Coach can be your accountability partner to help you stay on track for the rest of this semester and beyond.


Our Academic Coaches are Patrick Miles,, and Zach Thrift,

Academic Advising Center

Academic advising with professional advisors is taking place through Microsoft Teams.

What If I Have Already Booked an Appointment?

Students who have already booked appointments will receive a Teams link a few minutes prior to their advising appointments.

How Do I Make a New Appointment?

All students can still book appointments as usual through

What If I Don't Have a Computer?

Students who do not have computers available or who have other limiting circumstances may contact their advisors through email for other accommodations. We’re available and ready to help!

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) at UNG is committed to serving students in the transition to online learning from face-to-face study sessions. SI is an internationally accredited student success service that offers collaborative study sessions for many of UNG’s most difficult courses.

How SI Can Help You

As instruction moves to online platforms, collaboration with peers will be invaluable for your success. SI provides the perfect environment for this! You will have the opportunity to engage with course material with your peers and a trained facilitator who has successfully completed the course and is committed to their students’ learning.

How to Participate in the Sessions

Facilitators hold sessions consistently each week via Blackboard Collaborate. Students enrolled in courses supported by SI can benefit, even if there’s not a facilitator assigned directly to their class.

Regularly scheduled sessions will resume on March 30 through the remainder of the semester. Come learn with us!


For questions, contact

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services (TS) gives students the core knowledge, skills, and learning tools they need to succeed in many kinds of tasks. Tutors can answer quick questions about a problem or work with students throughout an assignment.

How Tutoring Services Can Help You

TS is moving online this semester, offering one-on-one and small-group tutoring in writing, math, physics, chemistry, accounting, and other subjects via Teams. 


For questions, contact

Smarthinking (Free Online Tutoring)

UNG offers free online tutoring 24/7 through Smarthinking.

How Smarthinking Can Help You

It provides assistance in a wide variety of subjects (more than 150). Students can "drop-in" for live tutoring in many core subjects, submit questions for a response within 24 hours, or schedule a 30-minute tutoring session.

How to Access Smarthinking

You can access Smarthinking directly through your courses in eLearning@UNG (for UNG Online classes) or through your courses in GoVIEW (for eCore classes).

Student Support Services

The Academic Students Success Services aren’t the only services available remotely. All the other services you are used to visiting on campus are available for assistance as well.

Health and Wellness

Student Health Services

UNG Student Health Centers in Gainesville and Dahlonega will be on call for students. Students may use the Student Health Center in Dahlonega or Gainesville, rather than an urgent care, primary care, or emergency facility but should call ahead.

Students should contact Student Health Services by email or phone before going to the Health Center, particularly if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms.

Student Counseling

The Student Counseling department is dedicated to student's mental health and well-being. They provide counseling and referral services for a variety of issues. Our counselors are committed to your well-being.  

If you have a concern about your mental health, please call to consult with one of our counselors or schedule an appointment.

Technology Support

IT Service Desk

Access to technology support will be available even though you won’t be on campus. The UNG IT Service Desk can assist you with two-factor authentication, password management, software installation and diagnostics.

If you do not have internet access from home, visit our Connectivity Resources page to explore the options internet providers are offering students.

For questions, contact 

Video Conference/Virtual Meeting Offerings

Academic Support Services

Student Disability Services

The UNG Student Disability Services department is available to meet with you virtually.

UNG Libraries

The University Library is available to assist you remotely.

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