5 Ways to Connect With Your Classmates in a Virtual Setting

5 Ways to Connect With Your Classmates in a Virtual Setting

During our Let’s Go to College LA launch, we found out that one of the biggest concerns college students had during this online transition was “how do we meet other people?” While prior to this semester, all it took was a “Do you have a pencil I can borrow?” to spark up a conversation with your classmate, that interaction is not very convenient now in an online setting. Meeting other people is important in order to establish connections, build study groups, and create long-term friendships. We have gathered some ways you can connect with others as we continue online learning! 

 

  1. Facebook Groups: 
    • Yes Facebook is still useful! Did you know some college campuses have Facebook pages and Facebook groups where students sell textbooks, recommend professors and classes, and share different events going on at campus?
  2. Wildfire: 
    • Wildfire is similar to Facebook but on a separate app. In your bio, you can share your major, your graduation year,and your residence hall. This is for folks looking for a more close-knit social network of their campus! 
  3. Zoom: 
    • Fellow introverts, use Zoom private message to your advantage! Respectfully reach out to your classmates asking if they want to form a study group for that class. You can share notes, discuss class topics, and fill each other in if an absence occurs! You can also ask in the chat box if anyone wants to start a Group Me or if one already exists! 
  4. Clubs: 
    • Clubs are still meeting during COVID, preferably check their Instagram pages to follow up on their meeting dates and times. You can also look up the different clubs your school offers and their contact info on your college’s club directory page!
  5. Campus Events: 
    • Campus events are still happening online as well! Apart from clubs hosting activities, campus resources like your Women’s Center, LGBTQ+ center, Black Resource Center, etc hold events too! Explore the different resources you have on campus and connect with them to attend their events and meet others.
Chrome Extensions You Need for College!

Chrome Extensions You Need for College!

Inspired by @envikatonya’s viral Tiktok video sharing her favorite chrome extensions to use for online learning, we have gathered other extensions that can be useful for you as a college student! These extensions vary from cite machines, studying timers, online highlighters and notetaking, and more. Check them out and download them to get the most out of your Google Chrome experience.

Essay Writing

One Tab: Puts all open tabs into one 

Workona: Separate tabs into different folders and saved for the next time you need them

Weava: separates tabs into different workspace and all tabs you need are ready, rest are saved  

Zotero/MyBib:  citing your sources

Grammarly: spelling and grammar check

Studying

PodCastle: converts website into realistic podcasts for when you have to read longer articles 

Pomodoro Timer: timer to keep track of your studying 

Picture-by-Picture: video watching while on another tab

OneLine: highlights one line of text making it easier for folks w/ dyslexia, ADHD

Night Shift Redux: changes the color of webpages to restrict eye-straining

Miscellaneous 

Coffeeling: daily mood tracker

2048: a puzzle game for a brain break

 

College Is Important. So Is Mental Health. Here’s How To Study Without Burning Out

College Is Important. So Is Mental Health. Here’s How To Study Without Burning Out

You’ve signed up for classes, you’ve learned your way around the virtual course system — and now, you’ve got to make sure you persist all the way to graduation.

Laptop or paper notes? Highlighter or flashcards? And does music help while studying? Here’s how to take better notes and study so that you remember what you’ve learned — without getting crushed by college stress. Plus: what to do if you do feel crushed.

Tips:

  1. Learn how to take notes.
  2. Get a planner and actually use it.
  3. When studying, don’t just put information into your brain. Draw it back out.
  4. Failure is not the end.
  5. Take care of yourself — and get some sleep.
  6. Let go of the stigma around mental health problems.
  7. Know when to reach out for help.

Click this link to the article with tips and resources to learn more about good study habits that will help you be a successful college student without burning out. This article includes written tips and a podcast for you to listen to. 

Source: Elissa Nadwordy, Education Reporter with NPR

 

Get Connected! Internet + Technology Services

Get Connected! Internet + Technology Services

As students and educators go online, the digital divide between low income, BIPOC students, and other students has never become more apparent. According to a 2019 report by the Public Policy Institute of California, only ¨between 54% and 67% of low-income, rural, African American, and Latino households had broadband subscriptions in 2017, compared to 74% for all households¨. This means there are students without any internet connection to access their school work. In addition, in many of these cases, there is also no home computer, and if there is, it is being shared by multiple people. 

California, however, has stepped in to make online learning accessible to everyone.  About 56,700 laptops and 94,000 hotspots have been sent to districts across the state so far and the California Department of Education announced that it will be granting $5 million to local districts to purchase 20,000 more devices or hotspots. This will be a huge beneficiary to Black and Latinx students specifically in rural areas who typically lack this access even before the virus. 

If you or someone you know needs internet access or an electronic device as we go digital, below are some resources you can access. In this list, you can find different internet providers that have lowered their cost for students, along with where you can find low-cost computers. In addition to these resources, feel free to contact your college to see if they have a loaner program for students regarding laptops or other electronic devices. You deserve all the tools to have a successful semester! 

Human-I-T

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Low-Cost Internet, Affordable Computers, Free Digital Training – Download flier here

Other reduced-cost or free internet access:

Information on low-cost computers:

Northern California: in English and Spanish

Southern California: in English and Spanish

Distanced Learning Tips to Have A Great Fall 2020!

Distanced Learning Tips to Have A Great Fall 2020!

This Fall semester, most colleges have chosen to continue with remote instruction due to COVID-19. Each campus has made their individual fall plans, check here for the latest news on your campus. Distanced learning was something new to most of us during the Spring semester and it is something we will continue experiencing throughout the Fall semester. Whether you are a first-year college student or a rising senior, below are some distance-learning tips that can be useful for you this upcoming school year.

Tips: 
  1. Online Resources 
    • While you should aim to stay connected with your on-campus resources, there is also an abundance of online resources for additional tutoring. Here are options for additional learning and proofreading your essays!
      • Quizlet helps understanding several subjects. If you study well with flashcards, check this resource.
      • Grammarly is a downloadable extension that helps proofread your essays and emails.
      • Writing essays is a huge part of your college experience. Learn how to cite properly using websites such as Zotero, Cite Machine, or EasyBib
      • Prepare for Online Learning by visiting this resource page for community college students
  2. Stay Connected
    • Communication with Professors: Communicating with your professors early on is important in building relationships with them and letting them know about your interests, concerns, or questions. Especially if you are interested in receiving a letter of recommendation from them.
    • Communication with Students: Meeting your classmates digitally may be difficult this time around, but you can always create a group chat and stay connected.
      • Create a Slack workspace for your class to connect with your classmates: www.slack.com
          • Create an account, download the app on your phone or continue on your web browser.
  3. Create a Campus Atmosphere 
    • Creating a space in your home to keep you focused on your studies is the best thing to do. This may be difficult because of the limited space there may be available. Below are some tips to help
      • Stay off your bed and find a table and chair and study there.
      • Talk to the people that you live with about your Zoom class schedule and create boundaries so that they respect your learning process.
  4. Studying Schedule 
  5. Motivation  
    • Tuning into Zoom lectures can be unmotivating, but try to be present during these lectures so that you do not fall behind!
      • Take notes
      • Reflect
      • Write down your goals
      • Keep a journal