Five Tips to Succeed During Remote Learning

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Chad Enwright
Chad Enwright

Sophomore Chad Enwright is a business administration major with a double concentration in management and marketing. He is a resident adviser, a member of the football team and the chief recruitment officer for Phi Beta Lambda, the College’s professional business leaders fraternity. Additionally, Chad is an international student from Canada. He prides himself on his strong work ethic and positive outlook on life.
Check out Chad’s five tips to succeed during remote learning:

  1. Technology is your friend, learn it and use it.

It can be difficult to adjust to online classes, but we have access to so much technology to help conquer the challenge. Social interaction is a big part of in-person learning, but programs like Zoom are great for connecting with classmates and professors. In addition, I think the transition to online learning is providing an excellent opportunity to learn a new skill. Many professionals will need to use virtual resources to connect with colleagues in other branches or even other countries, present reports or provide feedback. This experience is helping to better equip students to tackle business objectives and scenarios in the workforce.

  1. Stay focused on your classwork.

The academic year may be coming to a close, but make sure you stay focussed in your online learning environment. Remember, our professors and advisers are here to support us, so lean on them when you need extra help. I like using a whiteboard to stay up-to-date with my courses, especially when tracking due dates. Don’t forget, exams are just around the corner. Be sure to find a quiet place to study, keep your workspace and computer organized and know that the Comet family is cheering us on!

  1. Maintain a healthy diet and focus on mental and physical wellness.

Being in your home for extended periods of time can pose hurdles to your mental and physical wellness. Take care of the food you eat and the activities you enjoy to maintain a healthy balance. Remember to decompress and find things that keep you motivated and upbeat instead of staying glued to a screen. Do your best to avoid junk food — now is the perfect time to practice recipes you never had the chance to make. And finally, drinking water is key, so treat it like your best friend.

  1. Stay active and social.

Utilize the spring weather to explore the great outdoors or exercise. Visit local landmarks or channel your motivation to go for a run or ride your bike. Staying active is important for both physical and mental health (see above!), and enjoying the outdoors can help you maintain your best self through this time. In addition, social interaction is essential in your routine — as long as you’re practicing social distancing. Virtual platforms are the perfect solution, whether you’re using a gaming console to connect with friends online or using FaceTime, Skype or Zoom for video chats. There are a wide variety of ways to connect with one another so make the best of it!

  1. Stay positive, we are going to get through this.

Continue to be mindful of your surroundings, practice social distancing, thoroughly wash your hands often and most importantly, stay positive. We are going through a difficult time, but we will be better and stronger on the other side. Persevere — find the good in this situation and point your focus on the time to come. We will get through this together!
To learn more about support and other resources available at The University of Olivet, contact the Office of Student Engagement at gdotts@uolivet.edu or 269-749-7718. Each week, the team is hosting a number of Zoom sessions and other virtual events. They also can help connect students with mental and physical health resources. You can also view and download a list of resources here.


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