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Remote Support for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Keleher Learning Commons support and information for USM students studying remotely and faculty teaching remotely.

Steps to stay motivated

We’re in this together! Here are some tips to stay motivated while you attend your face-to-face courses in an online learning environment.

Do These 3 Things Regularly

  1. Log in to eSpire. This is your first step toward success! You can look for course updates, contribute to class discussions, complete assignments, or connect with other students(s). Get in the habit of doing so regularly.
  2. Communicate with your instructors. We encourage students to communicate with their faculty. Follow the guidance on which methods they prefer, such as email, discussion boards, Zoom, virtual “student” office hours, etc. If you have a question, reach out to them.
  3. Ask for help when you need it. Open communication helps you develop a rapport with faculty and pave the way if you have questions down the line. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We want to help you succeed.

Make a Schedule

Block Off Times for Studying Each Week

Create a reasonable study schedule and stick to it. Look at your commitments at the onset of each week and determine your obligations for coursework/study time, work, and family for that week. Block off time to meet each requirement and schedule this time as appointments on your calendar, and then keep your appointments. Having a consistent workspace is a good idea, too.

Stick to a Routine

Keeping a regular routine can help you stay on track and take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. Setting up some structure for your day can help relieve some stress or tension that comes with times of uncertainty. 

Study with Friends!

You do it when you're on campus together, so why not do it virtually too? Apps and tools like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Snapchat, and Duo are all apps that you can use to connect with your friends and classmates. Make it a habit to reach out to each other or form a virtual study group. Studying in pairs or as a group can help with accountability, support, and community. 

Take Care of You

Take Care of You, too!

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