Academic Support Programs

Online Learning

As a UW student you have what it takes to be a successful learner. Because we need to learn and work remotely right now, you may need to adapt much of what you already know and practice to be successful in an online environment.

While you will complete all of your coursework online, you still will collaborate with your teachers and classmates. Being committed, patient and reaching out to the right campus resources will help you thrive this quarter. Importantly, nearly all campus resources, including our learning centers like CLUE, the OWRC and the Instructional Center, are all online and here to support you.

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Preparing for online learning

Get some peace and quiet. You will need a quiet place to work without distractions from things like television, family, or roommates.

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Technology access

As you head off-campus, we want to make sure you’re prepared to take your classes online.

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The virtual environment

Online teaching takes place in two different modes: asynchronous and synchronous. 

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Practice time management

Ask yourself: am I regularly underestimating the time it’s taking me to get things done? A little self-reflection can go a long way.

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Ten successful online study habits

Find a study buddy whose work ethic you admire and set up an online review session with them.

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Communicating with instructors and classmates

Use the tools provided, including e-mail, discussion groups, chat room office hours, cell phones, and even text messaging.

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Virtual wellness

It is easy to forget about wellness when you are at a desk in front of computer. It is important to take care of our bodies and minds now more than ever. 

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Zoom 101

If you’d prefer not to be seen (and you don’t need to speak) you can use a screenshot of yourself in a Zoom meeting.

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Quick tips

Set up a distraction-free workspace, and set aside time to focus.

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Finals prep

Most finals are the accumulation of knowledge from your entire quarter. In many ways, you are preparing for your finals from the very beginning. There are ways to make sure you are mentally and physically prepared for your final.

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Staying Motivated in Online Courses

Breaks! I like taking 5-10 minute breaks in-between classes and homework. I try to divide my homework and lectures up so I can do a little bit every day without feeling stressed out about finishing. During my breaks, I like to have a little snack and spend some time with my family. It also lets me rest my eyes since staring at a computer screen all day is bad for your eyes.

—Maya Chen, She/Her

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Preparing for online learning

Virtual wellness

Finals prep

Setting up your classroom

Success with online learning environments

How to create a virtual study group