CSUSM is offering a variety of different modalities for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year that includes in-person, hybrid, and fully online courses. For a full description of each modality (format) please visit the Registrar's Website.
It's important to know that each course could be set up differently. Logging in early and frequently (every day) can ensure you stay on top of requirements and find the course more managable in regard to time and expectations no matter the format. Below are a list of basic rules of thumb when handling online courses:
If you expect this to be a barrier for you, please see the Technical Support and Resources page for students. If you are in need of a computer or internet access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Test your devices ahead of time if you are using any video- or tele-conferencing software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
It's important that you understand course expectations right away. For example,
Do your best to communicate regularly with your instructor, either through Cougar Courses or directly through email. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek clarification, if you have any difficulty at all with access to course content, contact your instructor immediately. Don't be afraid to ask for help; pride won't help you pass your class!
When you finish a task, reward yourself! Take a ten minute break, have a snack, take a walk, text a friend, watch netflix, anything that can motivate you to finish each task… and then keep working!
In addition to setting a schedule, set up a physical space that maximizes your ability to learn. This means different things for different students, but for many this means maintaining a clean and organized desk or table on which to work, setting a space apart from distractions like television and video games, and finding either a quiet place or using headphones to block outside noise.
Set boundaries and expectations with family or roomates about when you might be in-class or studying. Setting these expectations with each other can deepen the respect and support your family and/or roomates can provide you during this time.
Check out the Academic Success Center's website for online tools for academic success. You got this!
These websites have great study tips for time management, stress management, and online test-taking.
A few videos that discuss study strategies & time management:
Don't be afraid to get more support as you navigate these waters by using our free peer-led tutoring, supplemental instruction, and study groups which are available for students through Learning & Tutoring Services.
Fun Fact: Students who take advantage of the learning and tutoring services, get better grades. So, how can you build a visit into your new time management routine?