Online learning has its fair share of unique challenges, but it is important to know that you are not alone on your journey. If you require assistance, there are various members of faculty and staff that are just one email away. Creating connections by reaching out to available services on campus will be beneficial to you. Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that your peers are going through the same experience. This chapter will review these various connections and how each of them can assist you.
5.1 Speak with Faculty and Staff
The online academic journey will be unique for every student. At the beginning of your online journey, you may not think you need help, but as the semester passes, you may find yourself in need of support. Your main contacts for academic assistance, those who know the material the best, are your professors, Teaching Assistants (TA) and Graduate Assistants (GA). If you find yourself struggling with a concept, they are all just one email away!
Furthermore, there are several staff members on campus who are there to support you through your academic endeavours. Finding those faculty members and staff on campus who are specific to your faculty will give you an advantage. These staff members include librarians, academic advisors, undergraduate/graduate coordinators and more!
5.2 Discover Tutoring Options
If you require extra help, it is wise to find yourself a tutor who can provide further assistance with a certain class. Discovering tutoring options on or off-campus will provide you with more individualized assistance. This also allows you to create your own schedule, rather than having to attend the structured office hours provided by professors, TAs and GAs.
5.3 Reach Out To Peers
Lastly, it is important to know that your peers are going through the same experience as you. Forming connections by creating study groups or collaborating on assignments will be critical during your university experience. If you have the opportunity, consider joining a club, society, or sports team, as those are various avenues to meet new people.
Creating connections with your professor, peers and others will make your online semester easier. Additionally, when you attend on-campus classes in the future, you will already have made those important academic and personal connections. Not only can you utilize these face-to-face connections, but it is also important to take advantage of online resources that you have access to. Keep in mind, the more you reach out, the better off you will be!