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Guide to Remote Learning Skills

Below are tips and tricks to help you succeed in learning remotely. Artists and designers are innovative and creative, and we believe in your ability to achieve your goals - from Boston and beyond. 

Going to Your Remote Classroom
  • Make sure that anyone who shares your space knows when you will be in class. Request that you aren't interrupted during those times, if possible.
  • Have all your materials close by. Remote studio classes will include time to create and critique work, so be prepared before you log in.
  • Pay attention to what time zone you are in and the time zone in which your class is taking place. If you live in a time zone that makes it very challenging to attend class during its scheduled time, let your instructor know.
  • Close all additional programs running on your computer to increase bandwidth to help Zoom, Google Meet, or other platform function in the most optimal way.
  • Be aware of your immediate environment. Noise can be unavoidable in group living spaces and in the city in general, so put yourself on mute whenever possible.
  • Put your phone away and block notifications, so it does not make noise or distract you during class.

Managing Your time While Learning Remotely
  • Create a weekly schedule with consistent wake-up and sleep times. You can do this through a calendar app or using a blank weekly schedule from the ARC
  • Using the weekly schedule, include time for homework, studio work, and non-school activities like jobs, friends, and family. What specific things do you want or need to achieve? How will you break your work down into smaller, manageable pieces?
  • Break your day into 30-minute or 1-hour increments, with a specific activity devoted to each one. We often think that we'll be more productive working in big chunks of time, but research shows the opposite is true.
  • Act like you're going to class. Rather than waking up and firing up the laptop, schedule some time to prepare mentally for class.
  • Don’t forget to schedule breaks for eating, exercise, and socializing. Research shows that sleep and exercise actually help you learn.
  • Time management is tough, but don’t give up! Get started by making an appointment with a Success Coach or a Peer Advisor at the Academic Resource Center

Creating Your Learning Space
  • Wherever possible try to create a dedicated space for your work.
  • If you share space with others, set up a schedule for when each of you will use the space or ground rules for using the space together.
  • Clear off surfaces and keep supplies nearby. If you share space, think about getting a box to store your supplies after class or studio time.
  • Protect equipment and belongings from messy art supplies, or move them when you’re working.
  • Communicate to those around you about your need to focus.
  • Understand that some challenges are out of your control. Many students share bandwidth, devices and child care with family members. Reach out to faculty and the ARC to discuss options.
  • When you are working in your workspace, sign out of social media, turn off notifications, and turn on blocking apps.
  • Most, if not all, practicing artists work independently in spaces they create. Establishing good habits now will help you in your future career!