A part of the term has already passed most will agree that online university has not been easy. Hence, the BSA Social Media Team wanted to help you out. We’ve browsed the internet and King’s intranet to find some useful tips and resources to provide valuable information and resources to hopefully improve your remote learning experience.
Created in partnership with other departments at King's, including Libraries & Collections and Careers & Employability, this is a place to go for study tips and resources provided by King’s. Honourable mentions from this elaborate KEATS page include:
Using Technology for your Studies with information on the use of digital tools.
One-to-one sessions, where you get paired with PhD students that can offer a range of support in academic and scientific writing, academic reading and statistics, while also assisting you with learning online, planning, time management, help boost your confidence and further support you with the skills necessary to undertake a course in higher education and beyond.
What to expect: An introduction is a useful Macmillan resource for anyone just starting university and feeling in need of some additional general tips, not necessarily remote-learning oriented.
2. Student Services Online have also compiled a few FAQs about digital skills and studying online.
3. King’s has also created an Essential Digital Skills Programme you can complete via KEATS through both semesters and will be recognized on you HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).
It covers how to use the required IT systems to support your academic development and gain confidence in their use, how to be a good digital citizen and develop a positive digital identity and touches on the digital skills required by employers.
4. Especially in these times, we also mustn’t forget about our wellbeing. There are many emerging online spaces, apps, and various other initiatives aimed to help you deal with any adversities you may face while at university. King’s regularly recommends Togetherall but some more recommendations, especially on accessing support remotely, can be found here.
Engage with learning, especially in the live sessions. Be present and active in tutorials and workshops and pay attention when watching lectures to avoid wasting time.
Get rid of distractions! Say no to your phone while studying. And, if you’re really struggling to not browse on your computer, block the distracting sites.
Utilize social media and communication platforms to create study groups, so this all feels a bit less isolating and a helping hand is only a few finger taps away.
Take regular breaks. And try to make the schedule work for you. With so many things being pre-recorded, you don’t have to work at 9 am anymore, if that’s when all you can think about is coffee.
Adapt your home workspace appropriately. If you’re able to, utilizing your desk and preparing for a study session in advance is ideal. Most people can’t work in bed, so try not to do that.
Check your emails and KEATS regularly. This is especially important now as things are changing quicker than ever and you don’t want to miss anything.
As Peer Assisted Learning leaders would say: "Read the Module Handbook!" to ensure you know all there is to know about the organisation, topics and assessment for each module.
Join societies and attend online events in your spare time. It’s a great way to break up your learning, get the broader university experience (even in this modified form) and socialize. All things that are sure to be beneficial for your wellbeing, which we mustn’t forget about, as it’s a prerequisite for successful university study.
We’re all still trying to get the hang of this, so you may find some comfort in that we’re all in the same boat - trying to navigate and excel at this novel university experience. But it just because it’s new and at times challenging for us doesn’t mean we can’t do it. 😉