Student Tips Blog
My name is Justine Egan and I am a graduate student in Psychology here at URI. I also work in Online Education. If you are reading this blog, then you likely either want to learn more about online classes in general or about how to succeed in an online course. I am here to help! In addition to being a grad student, I was also an undergrad here, so I have taken many URI courses through Sakai, URI’s classroom management system (i.e. where online courses typically take place). I have experience using the platform as both a student and as an instructor.
Each week, I will offer tips that are geared to improve your experience as an online student and help you succeed in your course(s).
I hope you find this blog helpful. Below is the full list of blog posts, with a new post being added weekly!
If you have any questions or think of any subjects you’d like me to address in future posts, please feel free to suggest post topics by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
Student Tips Blog:
Procrastination Part 2: How to Resolve It In my last post, I discussed some reasons why you may procrastinate. You may not have thought about or were not aware of these potential obstacles. My goal of this post is to share some strategies for dealing with procrastination. Some important things to keep in mind are […]
Procrastination Part 1: What it Is and Why it Happens So you have a big project or test coming up for your online course. Maybe you have to write a research paper or study for that exam. You find yourself getting distracted and procrastinating. What is procrastination? Merriam Webster defines the word procrastinate as “to […]
Effective Communication in Your Online Class Communicating in an online course is typically different than in a face-to-face course. You must keep in mind your tone as you may not be able to make changes once you hit send. Here is a list of the 7 Cs of Effective Communication in an Online Course, based […]
Where do you do your work? Evaluate your study spaces. While you may not live in a campus dorm room, you likely have specific places where you study. This may include a home office, work office, the local library, or even your bedroom. Each space may have its benefits and drawbacks that make it a […]
Making a Good Impression in your Online Class So you may have just started your online class or may be in the middle of it. Whether it is Day 1 or Day 10, you want to make sure you leave a good impression on students and your professor. In a completely online course, typically people […]
How to Improve Your Studying Environment As an online student, you may have a variety of environmental barriers that interfere with your ability to study. These could include living in a dorm, with children, or other relatives who may interrupt your study time. This post aims at providing some strategies to improve your environment when […]
How to Take Notes in Your Browser Laptops, tablets, smartphones — these are all pieces of technology we have come to know and use on a consistent basis. If you are enrolled in an online course, then you are likely using one or more of these technologies often. There may be times when you are […]
Test Anxiety: What is it and how do I overcome it? You are just about to take your first test in your online course. Your hands are clammy, you feel dizzy, possibly even nauseous. Maybe you feel angry and have difficulty concentrating. The feelings described above are quite commonplace and are a part of what […]
The Power of To-Do Lists In an earlier post, I discussed using Google Calendar for keeping track of your schedule and using Tasks for important information. However, as previously discussed, I understand that you may like to write things down using a pen and paper. Therefore, I wanted to provide you with five different types […]
Reading Effectively So you have a lot of reading to do and you aren’t sure how to get it all done. One method that I suggest trying to use is known as the SQ3R Reading Method. This will help you when recalling information whether for tests/quizzes or discussion posts. So what does the SQ3R Reading […]
How to Sync Your Google Calendar to Your Smartphone In prior blog posts, I discussed how to use Google Calendar to set your weekly schedule, keep track of important dates, and to create/keep to-do lists.In this post, I present you with the application information needed to use Google Calendar on your smartphone. Download the app […]
How Google Drive is Useful as a Student In a previous blog post, I discussed how to use Google Drive so that you do not lose your discussion posts in Sakai. In this post, I provide a breakdown of the different options available to you in Google Drive and how this tool could be helpful […]
Using Google Drive to Save Discussion Posts Have you ever written a discussion post in Sakai? If so, have you ever accidentally exited out of the page and lost all that you’ve written!? I know I have and it can be frustrating, especially if your professor requires you to post on a daily or weekly […]
How to Make the Most of Your Planner for Your Online Class Do you have a planner? Do you use it? If not, Google Calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates. Please refer here to learn how to use that tool. However, you may be someone who likes to write things […]
Using Google Calendar for Daily Tasks In a previous blog post, I showed you how to use Google Calendar to keep track of important due dates. In this blog post, I demonstrate how to make daily lists for yourself using Google Calendar’s “Tasks” feature. First, go to the Google calendar you created previously. If you […]
Taking Tests/Quizzes in your Online Class Are you are getting ready to take your first online quiz/test? Here are some important things to take note of even before you open your browser. Before starting the test: Disable all pop-up blockers. Or set them to allow pop-ups for your learning platform. Tests sometimes appear as pop-up […]
Keeping Track of Important Dates Using Google Calendar Are you one of those students who buys a planner but never uses it? My suggestion is using Google Calendar to keep track of important dates. So how do you use Google Calendar? You can either use an existing Gmail account, use your URI Gmail account, or […]
Netiquette in your Online Class Recently, I discussed how to write a thoughtful discussion post for your online course. However, you also want to keep netiquette in mind when posting for your online course. What is netiquette? It sounds like a word I made up right? Actually, netiquette is a term used to describe polite, […]
How to Connect Your URI Gmail Account to Another Email Account Do you always forget to check your URI e-mail? Do you use another email account instead? Since many professors use Sakai messages/announcements to get in touch with their students, it is a good idea to check your e-mail daily. If you are not checking […]
Never Miss an Email Again! As a student, you likely have a lot going on. Maybe you work, maybe you are in a sorority or fraternity, or maybe you have children. It can be easy to forget to check your e-mail on a daily basis, like I suggested in my previous post. However, checking your […]
How to Write a Thoughtful Discussion Post So you’re new to an online class and have to write a discussion post. What are some things you should keep in mind? What are the important things to focus on? Timing Making sure your posts are on time is important. On time does not mean on the […]
Checking Sakai/Email Daily So you have just started your online class. Besides introducing yourself, what should you be doing to be a successful student? In a prior post, I briefly discussed Sakai, explained what it is, and how you will likely be using it in your class(es). Two important things you should do to ensure […]
Get to Know Your Professor So, you have just started your online class. Maybe it’s your first one. Maybe you’ve taken several before. Either way, I can’t stress enough that one of the best things you can do for yourself as an online student is get to know your professor right away. He/She is going […]
What is Sakai? How Do I Use It? Sakai is the online student platform that professors typically use for their online/blended courses. The Online Learning Student Orientation will provide you with an introduction to online learning and using Sakai. When you enter Sakai, it will bring you to your Workspace. Select the specific course tab […]
Where’s My Course on Sakai? Are you enrolled in an online or blended course? Does your professor use Sakai in your face-to-face course? If so, the most important question is: Can you find your course(s) in Sakai?! All of your current courses should be listed in your active sites (visible across the top, or under […]
Online Classes: What are they and why should I take them? So you’ve never taken an online class before and you want to know what it is like. Well, URI offers many online courses, you can click here to see the full list per semester. You may be wondering if an online course is right […]