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iBioMed's ten tips for making the most of a virtual learning environment (infographic)September 25, 2020

Adjusting to an online learning environment can be a challenge, but iBioMed has you covered! We've put together our top tips to help you succeed this (virtual) year.

This is an image of an infographic of iBioMed's top-10 success tips.

A quick overview:

Establish a Routine:

  • Create dedicated study blocks
  • Use a calendar to create a study plan
  • Practice time management
  • Create time limits for each task and set an alarm

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Learn to Enjoy Studying (yes, this is actually a thing):

  • Create an enjoyable study space that helps with your productivity
  • Break big tasks into small, manageable ones
  • Avoid cramming; study a given topic in small, multiple sessions instead of one big session
  • Create a study playlist that motivates you (if you like studying to music)
  • Incorporate snack breaks
  • Avoid screen fatigue by adding some physical activity to your studying - jumping jacks or burpees anyone?...anyone?

Avoid distrac...wait, what were we saying again? Oh, distractions:

  • Things like Netflix, social media and electronic devices can keep you from focusing on what's most important at a given time...like your lecture! 

Wellness first:

  • Stay social - make time to connect with friends
  • Get involved - join virtual clubs or teams on campus
  • Reward yourself - Ace that test? Show yourself some love!
  • Keep a journal
  • Practice gratitude

Be patient. Be kind.:

Poor internet connections, choppy video and audio, meeting links not working...need we say more? These are frustrating and anxious moments, but we're all in this together, and now more than ever, we need to practice a little patience and kindness. 

Get. Help. Early.:

Remember, there's an entire community here dedicated to your success. Tap into these resources to get help when you need it:

  • Instructors
  • TAs
  • Academic Advisors
  • Virtual study groups
  • Various campus tutoring programs / services

Stay motivated:

  • Keep your end goal in mind and use interim goals along the way
  • Remind yourself why you're taking iBioMed. Maybe you have certain career goals, want to pursue grad studies or make advancements in the world of STEM. Whatever the reason, use that as your motivation!
  • Don't compare yourself to others. You have your own strengths and abilities. Focus on these strengths and continue to build upon them.

Remember that we're here to support you!:

We know we've already said it, but the entire iBioMed and McMaster community is here for YOU! Take this time to grow, make new connections and start your journey as a life-long learner. We're super excited to be a part of your experience, so let us know how we can help you along the way!