Make a daily schedule! It’s easy to procrastinate and put off going to class, but attending will make you better-off in the long run. Try using google calendar to schedule classes and studying. Hold yourself accountable!
Attend virtual classes live. This helps with keeping a schedule and not falling behind.
Participate in your virtual classes! It’s tough, but participation keeps you focused and engaged, and will improve your learning experience. Reach out to peers in your classes. Create group chats and study groups. Meet new people, even virtually.
Show up to your professors' virtual office hours. This will demonstrate your interest in the class and help your professor get to know you! Email your professors with any questions and concerns sooner rather than later.
Take breaks. Schedule breaks into your days and study sessions. Looking at a computer screen for hours on end is tough. If you get headaches, try ordering blue light glasses. On Amazon they have great options for about $20.
Call your family and friends, and make time for self-care. Engage in the things that you enjoy: extracurriculars, hobbies, exercise, etc... Taking care of your mental health makes you a happier and better student.
Study and take classes in an environment with minimal distractions. Create a study space with all the school supplies you would use for in-person classes, and separate this space from your bed. Having different spaces for studying and relaxation allows you to focus better!
IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK FOR IT. You have professors, advisors, and the team at Hartford Promise who want to see you succeed. If you are struggling in any way, reach out and someone will be there to help you.
Being undecided about your major is okay. College is the time for you to explore and develop your interests. Take a variety of classes in areas that appeal to you.
Form relationships with your professors. A good way to do this is to go to office hours. Professors can be great academic and personal mentors, and they are often more than willing to speak with students! Ask questions sooner rather than later if you are confused in classes. Professors are there to help you.
Make a daily schedule! It’s very easy to procrastinate doing work and studying, which harms you as a student in the long run. Try using google calendar to schedule times for classes, studying, extracurriculars, and fun. Be responsible, and hold yourself accountable.
Balance your schedule and form good time management skills. A healthy balance between studying, sleep, socialization, and extracurriculars is conducive to success.
Ask for help. Don’t wait. Utilize your advisors, friends, peers, and the Hartford Promise Team if you are struggling, have questions, or even just want to check in. There are people here for you.
Explore opportunities to engage in your academic interests outside the classroom. This includes things like helping professors with their research, joining an investment club, or writing for the school paper. Be creative and see what your school has to offer.
Check out job and internship opportunities on your school’s website. Your school’s career office has many resources for you to take advantage of and explore.
College can be stressful! Do fun things outside of class: go see a movie, join an intramural team, or go to events your school is hosting. Make sure to take the time to take care of your mental health. This will translate into academic success.