Student Success - University of Florida

Recommendations for Students

 

Communicate

  • Stay connected to your instructors and peers through daily communications, such as announcements, discussions, email, web conferencing, and social media. Check the syllabus or announcements for virtual office hours.
  • Reach out to your academic advisor for questions regarding your curriculum and programs

Stay Engaged 

  • For the most up to date information on the status of courses, refer to the FAQ for students on the UF COVID-19 Updates site.
  • Your instructor may utilize UF’s Canvas e-Learning platform or tools hosted outside of Canvas to continue teaching. Login to e-Learning in Canvas to look for your courses unless your instructor has given you other instructions. 
  • Your instructor may ask you to participate in a virtual synchronous conference through a platform such as Zoom. Plan to have access to a microphone, speaker, and webcam. In cases of slow internet connectivity, you can participate through your phone (audio only) by joining the Zoom meeting via a telephone number. 

Stay Focused and Well

  • Plan to study in a location with minimal distractions and schedule regular time to work on your courses like you would if you needed to attend an in-person class.
  • Schedule your coursework to make sure that you maintain a healthy sleep schedule and time for regular meals. Take regular screen breaks.
  • Transitions can be stressful. Both U Matter We Care the UF Counseling and Wellness Center continue to be available to assist UF students.

Ask for Help 

  • Expert help is just a click away with Ask-A-Librarian. Don’t know where to start with a project? Need help finding resources? Overwhelmed by your Google results? This free service is a user-friendly starting point. 
  • If you encounter technical difficulties, reach out to the UF Computing Help Desk right away to troubleshoot. If the problem cannot be fixed immediately, notify your instructor and provide them with the Help Desk ticket number. 
  • By completing assignments early when possible, you might avoid turning in late work due to technical problems. 
  • If an assignment is unclear, don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructor to ask for clarification on instructions or grading criteria. Check the syllabus to find your instructor’s preferred method of communication. 
  • If you are struggling with coursework, your classmates and peers can be a great resource. Make sure you understand what work your instructor requires to be done independently to maintain academic honesty. 

Resources

  • Study Locations 
    on-campus spaces for students to get ahead in their studies, accessible computer labs and dedicated places to take an online exam.
  • Keep Learning
    Recommendations and technology resources to stay engaged with your courses while learning remotely.
  • UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Video Resources
    The Teaching Center tutors have created over 1500 videos designed to assist for specific UF courses. This video content includes video solutions for previous semesters’ exams, exam reviews, course-specific concept videos and more.