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  • 2020 New Year Resolutions for Students: How to Be a Better College Student

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

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    Another year, another set of resolutions you swear you’re going to keep…until you don’t. But while you might not hit the gym every day (like you swore you would), we do have a few suggestions of resolutions that are easy to keep and will help you become an even better online student.

    Utilize Drexel’s resources

    Think being an online student means you can’t take advantage of Drexel resources? Think again. Many of Drexel’s top resources, including the library, are online and available to you.

    • You can use the libraries’ journal and database subscriptions, and even get books sent directly to you. You can also chat with librarians who specialize in your area of study via chat function, email, phone or Skype. Learn more about what library resources are available to you.

    • If you need help with your written assignments, you can schedule an online consultation with the Drexel Writing Center. Peer readers, graduate writing consultants and ESL specialist faculty readers are available to help support you, regardless of what stage of the writing process you’re in. Learn more about the writing center.

    • Drexel wants to help support you even after graduation. The Steinbright Career Center is a great resource for interviewing techniques, resume help, networking tips and more. Learn more about the Steinbright Career Development Center.

    Manage your time better

    When you’re balancing work, a personal life and school, it can be really difficult to manage your time. Luckily, Drexel has some resources to help you get organized.

    • We all procrastinate. But when you’re already short on time, every minute counts! Here’s our guide to help you cut down on procrastination.

    • Not all study techniques are created equal. A great way to manage your time is to study smarter, not harder. Here’s our guide on how to study better.

    • This infographic breaks down how to best manage your time by looking at the Drexel resources available to you, offering project management strategies and suggesting some apps designed to keep you on track.

    Check your Drexel email

    It’s incredibly important that you check your Drexel University email account multiple times a week. All your Drexel communication will come through this account. So, if you professor needs to change a deadline, or your department needs to send you important information about class registration, those emails will be sent to your Drexel account. It’s good practice to get into the habit of checking several times a week to ensure you don’t miss any important information.

    If you’re a new student, learn more about activating your account and setting up your email.

    Get to know your classmates…

    It can be hard to make friends in your online classes, especially when you have limited to no face-to-face interaction with your classmates. You and your classmates all have busy lives, and it may seem as though no one is looking to make personal connections in your courses. But that isn’t true! In fact, many online students have built lasting friendships with their classmates. Just look at EdD in Educational Leadership and Management students Kelly Bastek-Jones and Caleb Mezzy, who became friends in an online class when they realized they were both expecting their first children. So, reach out to a classmate you have something in common with! If nothing else, you can make a few study buddies.

    …And professors

    Just because you aren’t physically in class with your professors doesn’t mean you can’t form meaningful relationships with them. Professors are fantastic resources and can often provide career guidance or networking opportunities. See if your professor offers virtual office hours to review material, and don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help or have questions. The stronger your relationship with the faculty is, the better your experience at Drexel will be.

    You can also learn more about your professors through our Learn from the Best video series, or Drexel’s 10,000 Hours podcast. Each video gives Drexel faculty the opportunity to talk about their research interests and expertise, while the podcast episodes focus on the faculty member’s life and how it connects to their research.

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