This guide stems from our own reflection on how we learned to be “better” students. It consists of things that we learned over time, with trial and error and perhaps mentors offering us pieces of advice. While some of us may not have had online learning experiences ourselves, especially during and after a world-changing event like the COVID-19 pandemic, we do know a bit about what college learning requires. And we’ve thought a lot about how to make online learning a successful experience, especially after doing a lot of our own work online this year.
We create this guide recognizing there are different kinds of students and student experiences. There is no “typical” Baruch student. Baruch students hail from all over the world and live throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. Many Baruch students juggle multiple responsibilities including jobs, families, and other aspects of life beyond college. There are international students, transfer students, part-time students, in-person, and fully online students. Baruch students have a wide range of learning styles, and some may benefit from additional language and accessibility considerations. Each student has a unique range of talents and life experiences that they bring into the classroom. There’s so much more to Baruch students than can be included in this description, and we aim to constantly expand our expectations and definition of what it means to be a student at Baruch.
But there is also so much to learning, and while we cannot offer a one-size-fits-all solution to the complex experiences of being a Baruch student, we can offer some ways of approaching your experience, with:
1. Some strategies to chart your path, plan out your study and coursework, and maximize the time you spend “in school” (whether on or off campus);
2. Successful methods we’ve seen students use to stay on top of their classes; and
3. Ways to reduce the anxieties of coursework or class time, while also fostering habits of mind and body that make the learning process more fulfilling.
We hope that these tips an
How You Can Use this Guide
Faculty: This document is available with a creative commons open-access license. You are welcome to reuse and remix this guide in your materials, including on your syllabi or course websites. It is also available for you to add discipline-specific material as you see fit, and we’d love to know what you add! If you think your additions could be useful to other instructors in your department or field—or elsewhere—give us a shout!
Students: This document is available for you to consider how learning is a process that you have control over. In fact, there’s no one right way to learn! It’s about listening to yourself, and thinking about how you work, what constraints you may have to overcome, and how you remember and can respond to key ideas you encounter. We view the learning process as part of the overall ecology of being a whole human being who happens to also be a student, and we encourage you to think about your whole self when you approach these materials.
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This guide was produced by the Baruch Center for Teaching & Learning. Content contributors include Hamad Sindhi, Seth Graves, Tamara Gubernat, and Allison Lehr-Samuels. Thank you to Alfred Waller, Katherine Tsan, and Pamela Thielman for review and support. Additional feedback was provided by faculty participants during the 2021 Student Engagement Seminar.
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