COMMUNICATION RESOURCES - As LMU moves to online instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, here are some tools to utilize as we think about how to best communicate with one another during this time.

  • How to Talk to your Professor: this tool encourages students to think about how to best communicate with faculty, especially as we moves to virtual classrooms, office hours, and services. 
  • Office Hours 101: this tool encourages students to think about how to best approach office hours, what types of questions to ask, and how to best be prepared. As we move to a virtual platform, keeping these suggestions in mind will help you have more efficient, and productive, conversations with your professors. Each guide is designed to assist you through various parts of the semester, however, information in each guide can be applied at universally and at any point during the school year. 

 

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES - Helpful tools for online learning! 

  • Transitioning to Online Instruction: this guide will address some fundamental skills and mindsets needed as we all make the shift to online instruction. Keep these tips in mind as you begin to think about online learning as the new normal, and how you continue to achieve success in your acdemic journey. 

 

GENERAL LEARNING RESOURCES - Helpful tools in any learning environment! 

  • Note Taking, Reading, Test Taking, Time Management, and Writing: Please visit the Katz Family Academic Skills Program's website here to view and download helpful tools in these areas. 
  • Additional Time Management Tools:  
    • Semester at a Glance Calendar: this tool is helpful for planning out those big due dates for the entire semester. This way, you can begin to understand which weeks in the semester will be busier than others and when you should allocate time/resources to work on upcoming assignments. Create this at the beginning of the semester using your syllabi and post a copy on your bulletin board or carry it in your binder/notebook! Tip: When you are filling in your due dates, consider using different colors to represent your courses so that you can visually see when things are due for which course. 
    • Weekly Calendar: this tool is helpful for identifying your weekly commitments and visualizing what a typical week looks like for you. This way, you can better identify times/days where you are free to study, hang out with friends, see your professors in office hours, eat, etc. Weekly commitments could include: classes, jobs, clubs/organizations, gym, meals, etc. Although your schedule may fluctuate slightly each week, it's always good to have an idea of what your "free time" looks like on a weekly basis.