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RCCC offers tips for transitioning to online studies

SALISBURY – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has offered courses online since 2000, and as other educational entities have transitioned to virtual classes in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“We know that many students prefer in-person classroom instruction and may be struggling to master technology and stay organized and focused on their virtual classes,” said Jenny Billings, chair of Curriculum and Developmental English and Academic Skills.

Here are five tips from Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and staff to foster an easier transition to online learning:

Tip #1 – Do not be afraid to ask for help! Reach out to your instructor via email, and if email is not a good way to address the questions you have, then ask for a phone call, screen sharing or a virtual meeting (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.). Connect with classmates via text, email or online study groups.

Tip #2 – Check your college email and other internal platforms such as Blackboard daily, and make sure to read through each item or message fully. Configuring your email on your phone can help make sure you don’t miss communications.

Tip #3 – Set up a routine, manage your time wisely, and work in a space free of distractions and interference. Create a schedule with listed deadlines and planned study times, and stay organized with online folders, calendars and notifications.

Tip #4 – Take advantage of virtual tutoring services and instructor office hours. Rowan-Cabarrus offers free online tutoring to support students in their various coursework. Free online tools such as Grammarly also can be helpful.

Tip #5 – Take care of yourself! Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and take care of your mental and physical health. Take regular breaks to stretch, relax and avoid computer eye strain. It can be a good idea to use a timer and set a designated schedule for your work time – work for an hour, take a short break, and repeat the process.

 

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