Strategies for Organizing Academics While at Home
- Start with a clean workspace
- Create a To-Do List
- Check e-mail infrequently (e.g. 3 times/day)
- Turn on "Out of Office" notification (also helpful if balancing a job)
- Turn off app notifications (may identify on calendar when to check notifications from school)
- Silence cell-phone during work times or hide phone
- Set up "free times" where you are able to freely "roam" Youtube/apps/news
- Close out the 20 tabs
- Create a workspace (clean surface that does not face something distracting)
- A table may be helpful
- Do you need background noise? Try https://coffitivity.com/
- Navigating and managing the new learning management systems
- How much time do I have? How much time will it take?
- Enter all new assignments into the calendar for each class (if it's not on the calendar, it does not exist)
- Enter class times; you may be in a different time zone than your professor
- What do I have to do? When do I have to get it done?
- Create daily and weekly To-Do Lists
- What do I have to get done today? When do I have to do it?
- What do I have to get done by Friday? When do I have to do it?
- Maybe these tasks are on your calendar or in a separate notebook
- Identify what is negotiable, and what is not
- Which tasks can be done on a different day, and which need to be done today?
How have you set up your files on your computer for your online learning?
Do you download the docs right away? Does everything get saved to the desktop?
Do you have a "tree" system (e.g. folder for course; within the course have 2 folders for the lab and class; within the lab folder have folders for papers, handouts, lab assignments?)
How are the files by course going to be organized?
- Create automatic places where files are stored
Create a standard way of naming files (e.g. last revised date at end of file name)
App Resource for Class Organization
- There is a cost for the app
- Can record classes and sync with written notes
- Developing cues so a student does not have to listen to the whole class again
- Such as: stepped away, rewind here, I have no idea what they are talking about, or simply "?"
- Notability syncs writing with the audio that is being played at that moment
- Allows for import of PowerPoint, pdfs, word docs...you can add pages and take notes while listening to the lecture...amazing (in my opinion).
- Audio, ppt, and notes are then sync’d
- Can develop folders per subject to maintain course organization
*Developed based on information from Michelle Mullen , MS, CRC, CPRP, PhD Candidate Webinar March 25, 2020