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Be sure you have familiarized yourself with each syllabus from your courses and make sure you have your instructor’s contact information.  Your syllabus will include all information for your course including the learning objectives for the course, how you will be graded, and how to contact your instructor.  If there are changes in your course or in the way your course is delivered (face-to-face, online, or hybrid), you will receive that information from your instructor.  We want to help you be prepared in this ever-changing environment, so please review the information below.

What you need to know

  • Know where to get details about a campus closure or event: You will find the latest information on our TAMUT website and our official TAMUT COVID-19 Update page.  You will also receive notifications via your ACE email address.
  • Assess your readiness: Do you have internet or a hotspot available at home? Do you have a laptop, computer, or tablet? Are you comfortable with using TAMUT technologies to learn remotely such as Blackboard?
  • Prepare to Learn: Strategies for Success in Learning Remotely 

Communication

  • Identify course and section in the subject line of email.
  • When asking a question, be specific and provide details about what you are trying to figure out and what you don't understand.
  •  Always identify yourself in the message.
  • Keep it simple - be clear and concise.
  • Use concrete, specific words rather than vague, general words
  • Write professionally, but as you would talk.
  • Avoid “texting” language, foul language, slang or all CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • Write in a positive tone; Do not respond in anger.
  • Always edit and proofread your work before you send it.
  • Check spelling and grammar.

Netiquette (Online Course Etiquette)

  • Follow directions from your instructor and syllabus
  • Be kind, considerate, and respectful of others
  • Think through before responding.
  • Write clearly and concisely; Check spelling and grammar
  • Respond in a timely manner.
  • Avoid “texting” language, foul language, slang, or all CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • Be credible.
  • Look presentable during webcam usage.
  • Make sure your microphone is on “mute” when you are not speaking to avoid background noise.
  • Use the “chat box” feature for questions regarding the class only.
  • Check out this video on Netiquette for additional tips!

Good Study Habits

  • Stay positive.  Attitude is everything.  Being positive actually allows learning to happen.
  • Ask for help – it is ok to do so.
  • Know your learning style.
  • Understanding how you learn will aid in learning.
  • Recommended study cycle – 20 minutes of studying followed by a 7- minute break, then repeat up to two hours.
  • Study the hardest subject first.
  •  Create a study routine and dedicate a space to study.
  • Use baroque music (barely audible) as background noise.
  • Review, recite, review. Review and recite daily – notes and study aids.
  •  Read the correlating chapter from your textbook BEFORE attending lecture.
  • Use color-either paper or pen when taking notes.

Get Connected

  • Download our TAMUT EagleSync App by scanning one of the QR Codes with your phone’s camera (left is Android/right is Apple) Download the app here.
  •  Login with your student information (your login credentials are the same as your Blackboard login information)
  • Once you’re logged in, you will be able to see what’s happening on campus, our list of available campus organizations (contact information to join), and ways to get involved outside of the classroom!

Focus

  • Make sure you thoroughly read the syllabus for each course before classes start.
  • Keep a planner that includes due dates of your assignments and times you will study.
  • Schedule yourself a time to study and make sure you keep the time you scheduled.
  • Take breaks during your study time.
  • Notate content that you do not understand and be sure to ask your peers or instructor for assistance.
  • Keep your studies your #1 priority.
  • Avoid all unnecessary distractions.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  •  Maintain a proper diet.
  • Get the appropriate amount of sleep

Campus Resources

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
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  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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