Highline College

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Learning is possible, even while you’re stuck at home

Caleb RuppertOpinion Editor April 14

The stay at home order issued to flatten the coronavirus curve has altered how some students at Highline will learn this quarter, but learning is still possible.

Highline students are lucky. Before COVID-19 the college already had a robust online system in place and many of the professors and classes were already acquainted with going online. This means that for many students, success will come with a continuation of practices done in previous quarters, but for those new to Highline or new to online classes there are a few key things that can be done to assure success.

Except for sitting in a classroom, an online course should be treated just as any college course would be treated. It is best to schedule time every day in which to work on a specific course. Having a consistent daily course schedule can help to keep up with lectures, assignments, and any new announcements or additions made to the course by the instructor.

Success in an online course, just like in a classroom, comes with curiosity and the ability to satiate that curiosity by asking questions. Never feel apprehensive about sending an email to a fellow classmate or to the professor if questions arise.

Professors and fellow students are not the only resources available if questions arise. Highline has provided many of its normally on-campus resources to students online. The library and the writing center are two examples of resources students can use while completing classes online. For more information about the library’s online resources visit https://library.highline.edu/remote . For one-on-one tutoring in writing, visit the writing center at https://writingcenter.highline.edu/.

Staying successful in online courses is possible, staying healthy is the biggest key to success. The best way to do that is by maintaining a healthy and consistent sleep schedule, eating healthy, and getting enough exercise.

It is also important to follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for dealing with COVID-19, such as washing your hands regularly and maintaining social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others. More information about maintaining your health can be found on the CDC’s website at https://bit.ly/3a7jVF8 .

Stay safe, stay healthy, we’re all in this together.