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Learning Resources

For Resourceful Learners

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These learning resources are designed to help online students excel. Whether you're taking a course out of interest, starting a new degree, or halfway through your program, we hope that you find something useful in these modules.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us at cds@queensu.ca.

 

Own Your Education

To be truly successful as an e-learner, you need to be proactive. In this section we'll explore different ways to reach out to classmates, TAs and professors, and the difference between active and passive learning. Learn to own your education here.

Manage Your Time

Time management is an essential skill that becomes increasingly important in an online course. Learn how to schedule your weeks, meet term deadlines, budget your hours, and break large tasks into smaller tasks. Practice your time management here.

Ask Questions

In order to successfully engage with your peers and instructors in an online environment, you need to participate. This section will discuss the best types of questions to ask in online discussion forums, and why participating is so important. Learn how to ask questions here.

Seek Support

In this section, we've compiled a list of support services available within and outside of Queen's for online students. Become aware of student support services here.

Set Up a Space

Designing an effective study environment is a crucial part of getting started with your online studies. See this section for tips on how to choose, design, and utilize your study space. Learn how to set up your space here.

Work With Others

Group work is equally as challenging as it is beneficial. This section discusses the metacognitive benefits of working in groups, and outlines key strategies for group work. Read more about group work here.

Self-Care

This section defines mental, physical and emotional health, and explains the importance of maintaining your health in terms of your academics. Meditation, nutrition, sleep, and mindfulness are among the topics analyzed. Learn about self-care here.

Stay Motivated

See this section for information on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, coping with stress, and maintaining your focus. Learn to stay motivated here.

Own Your Education

Being proactive is a crucial part of the learning process. If you want to get the most out of your education, you need to be assertive.

Manage Your Time

When planning out your time, there are two types of schedules you can create: your weekly schedule, which incorporates work, life, free time, and learning; and your term schedule, which comprises the entire academic term and makes note of assignment deadlines.

Ask Questions

Participation is an essential part of learning and assessment, but it can be more challenging to effectively participate in an online course compared to on-campus course. Consequently, students need to be more active learners, asking their professor and their peers questions to aid their learning.

Seek Support

Becoming informed about what learning, personal, and financial resources are available to you as a student is so crucial.

Set Up a Space

Though a perfect study space may be unattainable, we can provide you with some tips to create a pretty good one.

Work With Others

Despite its many benefits, the majority of students find group work to be inefficient, inconvenient, and frustrating. So why do professors continue to assign group work? There is actually a reason for it.

Take Care of Yourself

Rather than wait until you are overwhelmed and extremely stressed to focus on your self-care, you should be proactive and practice self-care as a regular part of your day.

Stay Motivated

Students need to find an appropriate time and place to study that fits into their daily lives, and to do this, they need to stay motivated.

eLOG - life as an online learner

Tag along with our student bloggers and staff for insight as you navigate your way through online courses, certificates, degrees, exams, group work, self care and more.