Strive to make your academic work as collaborative as possible. Create study groups, contact friends to serve as accountability partners, be proactive in your classes to reach out to students you don’t already know. And, of course, devote non-academic time to meeting your social needs and just having fun “with” others.
There’s a lot to adapt to.Whether you are on or off campus there is now a lot less structure to your day, fewer environmental and social cues that you are a student in college, and there may well be greater distractions of a less-than-ideal workspace, so your difficulty is understandable—and that’s not even considering the economic, health, and personal worries you might be having about COVID-19.
Without extracurriculars and other non-academic activities, some of you may feel like you have more ‘free time’ yet find it more difficult to get started, create a doable schedule, and stay on task. Use McGraw resources to structure your ‘unstructured time’ (a more accurate term) and create a realistic, repeatable routine.
Many of us find it difficult to work at home and are missing our favorite workspace(s) on campus right now. Establishing a workspace that is physically, socially, and mentally conducive to productively engaging in your academic work will be crucial in the coming weeks. Use the advice “Designing Your Workspace” under the third bullet, “Creating Conditions Conducive to Engagement and Learning”.
These are extraordinary times, times that will challenge us to work together, to seek support, to offer support. The McGraw Center is here to help those of you off campus and those on campus, and first years through seniors, to adapt to the new and unfamiliar ways you are being taught and the expectations and demands that go with the changes to so many aspects of academic life. We want to reassure you that we intend to face these challenging circumstances with a spirit of camaraderie, resourcefulness, and resilience, and to tackle difficulties as they arise creatively and strategically.