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Challenged by Remote Learning Tips Transcript

Hi, I am Thomas McCoy, director of Student Disability Services.

Now that you are learning remotely, you may encounter some challenges with maintaining your academic focus or balancing work, study and personal life.

I would like to share with you some helpful tips that will assist you during this transition period and throughout your academic and working career. One technique is to make sure that you incorporate a transition activity between your work, learning and personal time.

When you are learning and working from home, it may be hard to switch from one activity into another. If you incorporate a short activity, such as going for a walk, having a cup of coffee or calling a friend between these transitions, it should help do something that will take you out of your current situation completely.

I'm Dr. Candis Hill Harris, the assistant director of Student Disability Services and UNG instructor. One of the most important keys to success is to have a clear line of communication with your professor, which is essential for online classes.

Faculty depend on nonverbal cues during in-person classes to gauge interest, understanding, confusion and comprehension. In an online setting, you will need to ask for clarification, indicate understanding and ask for more detail.

Organization is another consideration. Set up a schedule and create a routine. Avoid multitasking and treat an online course as you would an on-campus course, setting a specific time aside on a regular basis to devote to each class.

To focus when you're working on your studies, ignore the text messages, don't check your email and turn off the TV.

Finally, remember social distancing should not mean social isolation. Stay in touch virtually with people you encounter in class and on campus. Even when we were practicing social distancing, hearing from a friend can make all the difference in the world. And together we will get through this.

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