Student Resources During the COVID-19 Situation

We appreciate students' patience as we find our way forward together in these difficult days. We hope that all students and their families are healthy and following the guidelines of state and local government as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

At this moment in the academic life of the College, strong communication between faculty and students is essential to our ability to teach, to learn, and to complete the semester. Students should often check their email account for important messages.

If students do not hear from professors, or if the plan of action for a course is unclear, email the department chair

Students experiencing difficulty with technology, or in need of a computer or internet access to get connected should contact, or call 508-767-7101 or 508-767-7656. Comcast and Charter Communications are now offering free access and installation to students for 60 days.

How Should Students Prepare for Temporary Remote Learning?

  1. Be Available During Regular Class Times. Faculty may be holding class virtually during regularly scheduled times by Zoom or other means. Participation in class activities depends on this availability. Don’t take a job or make other commitments now. The semester is not over!
  2. Create a Schedule and Manage Time Wisely. Structure days and time wisely, perhaps replicating the on-campus schedule. Plan to get up, get dressed and spend quality time at your computer. (1-2 hour durations with healthy breaks). Remember, remote learning requires students to put the time in for each course. So plan the day and this weekly schedule template as a guide to mapping out a daily routine. Use this semester at a glance for planning out the remainder of the semester. Create a schedule with listed deadlines, weekly readings times, study times, and paper preparation for each course.
  3. Create a Regular Study Space and Stay Organized. Set up a dedicated learning environment for studying. This could be in a bedroom, home office, the kitchen table, or a quiet corner of the family room. By completing work there repeatedly, students will establish a productive, organized routine. Students should:
    1. Have a high-speed internet connection. 
    2. Have the required books, materials, and software for the course. Free online materials are available through the library.
    3. Have headphones for audio: important in shared spaces.
  4. Eliminate Distractions. From Netflix to social media to dishes piling up in the sink, students will be faced with many distractions that can easily derail studies. The best online students know how to lessen these distractions and set aside time to focus.  Some might find that they can tune out a noisy home by listening to music.  Others may need to find a quiet place, with the door shut to concentrate. Regardless of where students choose to work, turn off cell phones to avoid losing focus every time a text message or notification appears.
    Have trouble resisting the temptation to check your email or surf the web? Download a website blocker. Using applications like Cold Turkey and Freedom can help eliminate distractions by blocking the apps or websites that tend to compete for your attention.
  5. Get Help if Needed. If professors have not informed the class about office hour availability, e-mail to ask when those six hours a week will happen, and how. Make a tutoring appointment online for the Academic Support Center. Peer tutors are available remotely by phone, by Zoom or Google Docs. Learn how to make a an appointment with a tutor.
  6. Use the Library. Free Access to e-Books! Students should familiarize themselves with the Library's extensive remote services.
  7. Be of Good Cheer. Staying positive will make everything easier. Better days are coming!