8 ways to enhance your remote learning experience

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: August 30, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Stay focused and stay organized as you prepare for a semester of remote learning at the U of R.
Stay focused and stay organized as you prepare for a semester of remote learning at the U of R. Photo: stock

If you're taking classes virtually at the University of Regina this semester, here are some easy things you can do to make your life easier throughout your remote learning experience.

  1. Get involved

While you may not be on campus full time, there's still plenty of clubs and activities that allow you to participate virtually. Stay connected to the U of R and your peers by joining a URSU Campus Group or taking a virtual UR Fit class.

Keep track of your due dates in a
calendar so you never miss a deadline.
Photo: Pixabay

2. Get organized (and stay organized)

Read your course outline (twice!), send an e-mail to your professor introducing yourself, put all your due dates in your calendar, and block time every day for each of your classes. Try your best to mimic the structure of an in-person class to make sure you'll never fall behind.

3. Think about your workspace

Your physical environment can have a major effect on your productivity and overall mood. If you're learning from home, try to create a dedicated space for school work only. Sit in a well-lit area (by a window is best), make sure you have a proper chair (your spine will thank you), get some plants (fake plants work too), and don't forget to step away once in a while to stretch your legs!

Rep your U of R pride on your Zoom calls!

4. Download a University of Regina Zoom background

Missing those scenic U of R campus views? We've got you covered. Click here to download a Zoom background featuring your favourite spots around campus.

5. Utilize the U of R's free mental wellness supports for students

University courses can be overwhelming at times and not being able to see your classmates in person can sometimes take a toll on your mental well-being. The University has some great resources available for students like Mindful Mondays or U of R Counselling Services, which are aimed to help you handle the stresses of University life.

6. Take a break!

Did you know U of R students have access to free movie streaming platforms and discounted Spotify and Amazon Prime memberships? Find the perfect study soundtrack with the Spotify Student Plan or get your school supplies delivered right to your door with an Amazon Prime Student membership.

Take advantage of student discounts
for streaming services! Photo: Pixabay

7. Ask for help

If you're stuck in a rut or feeling overwhelmed by your assignments, the best (and easiest) thing you can do is talk to your professor. Profs and instructors are here to help you succeed and if there are obstacles in your way, they will do everything they can to help you overcome them. Another great resource is the U of R's Student Success Centre, whose purpose is to help students achieve their university, professional development, and life goals.

8. Read the U of R's 9 Tips for Success in Remote Learning
Here's a handy list of reminders to set you up for success as you tackle a semester of remote learning. You've got this!


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