Tips for Students on Learning Remotely

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Dear Students — We understand you may be feeling anxious and uncertain about all that is happening in your lives this semester. We have put together a list of resources and tips to help you adjust to learning from a distance. You may find additional resources through your instructors or other campus resources.

Remember that your instructors are modifying several weeks of material and learning new tools in a short amount of time to adapt your courses to the digital world. We’re all working on this together and here to help you switch to remote teaching and learning. If you need any technical assistance, please submit a help request opens in new window.

Tips from the Writing & Learning Center

The Writing Center and Learning Center will continue providing coaches and peer tutors through online support. We highly recommend checking out their Keep Writing and Learning handout opens in new window to help you design a successful online academic life. This handout will be updated regularly so continue to check back. Find tips on:

  • Managing time
  • Managing distractions
  • Active learning and studying
  • Managing writing projects
  • Connecting with instructors and classmates
  • STEM support

Zoom

Some of your classes may meet online in a Zoom meeting or share recorded sessions to view through Zoom. Here are 3 steps to get you started with Zoom:

  1. Create your UNC Zoom account opens in new window
  2. Download the Zoom application opens in new window
  3. Sign into your account before each Zoom session opens in new window

Here are help guides for students new to Zoom:

Sakai

You might find that more of your classes are using Sakai. If you are new to Sakai, here are help guides on submitting your course work. While Sakai is responsive and will open on all devices and browsers, we recommend using Firefox and submitting work on a computer. See more Sakai tips for students opens in new window.

Important Note on Tests & Quizzes: When taking a test, remain in one browser tab of Sakai. Do NOT open Sakai in additional browser tabs or windows. Doing so could cause you to lose your work. If you must access other parts of your course in Sakai, save and exit your test before navigating away. Then reopen the test to continue. Don’t forget to submit when you have finished.

Library Services for Distance Learning

You can still access library e-resources opens in new window and learn from a distance. UNC Libraries often host course readings for classes as well. You can view their Course Reserves site opens in new window for links to electronic reserves, paper or media reserves, Health Sciences Library reserves, and other information about accessing reserve materials.

Accessibility Resources & Service

The Accessibility Resources & Service opens in new window office continues to be open virtually Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. All meetings will be held via Zoom, Yellow Schedule, or phone. If you have any questions about accommodations at this time, please see the ARS FAQs opens in new window.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Above all, take care of yourself.

Should you find yourself experiencing anxiety, please reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services opens in new window. They are open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm, or you can call CAPS 24/7 at 919-966-3658 at any time.

We also encourage you to review things you can do to help yourself opens in new window to manage your mental health during this time.

Campus Updates & Additional Resources

We also invite you to check out the following resources:

Be safe and well.