Psychology Student 2020 Survival Guide
With the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic and government shelter-in-place rulings, all Texas A&M students have been transitioned to an online version of their classes. Many of us are back at home with family, socially isolating ourselves in our rooms and other personal work spaces. Some of us are continuing to work while also juggling online class assignments, Zoom meetings, organization expectations, and coding assignments from research labs. It is safe to say that all of us are worried about the effects of this change on our academic performance. Never fear, as the members of media outreach are here to give some tips to make these many transitions a little smoother!
First and foremost, review any adjusted syllabi or modified class expectations as outlined by professors. Many professors are omitting certain assignments and quizzes, changing late policies, and are heading into uncharted territory just like us. Remember to be compassionate as professors are slowly figuring out their new routines just like us.
Second, organize your assignments, quizzes, exams, and class meeting times in a planner or other organizational tool. Google Calendar is a great resource for organizing daily activities and due dates. My Study Life is also another great online resource, and functions just like a physical paper planner. An old-fashioned paper planner does the trick as well. Using these tools is especially important for online courses, as it is easy to get overwhelmed with and forget deadlines.
Third, notify your professors about any issues you have regarding internet connection or lack thereof. The sooner the better. Professors are willing to accommodate for these issues as long as you let them know ahead of time. If you find yourself emailing your professor an hour before an online assignment is due, chances are the professor will not be able to help. Be responsible!
Finally, give yourself time away from the computer screen. Many shelter-in-place rulings still allow for outdoor activities like bicycling and jogging. Take advantage of these opportunities while also practicing social distancing.
We hope that these tips help you during these uncertain times. If you are feeling alone or anxious, Counseling and Psychological Services is still available for students over the phone. HelpLine remains operational from 4 p.m.-8 a.m. weekdays and 24 hours weekends. Call 979-845-2700 to talk about anything!