Being successful in the Flex @ Pitt model means giving it your all! The following strategies for success will help you to be fully engaged this semester by showing commitment and effort in every class.
1. Set realistic expectations for yourself that things might look a little different (every day). Take breaks and continue to care for your health and wellbeing.
2. Adopt a growth mindset. Embrace change, learn from your mistakes, be open-minded, and have confidence in yourself.
3. Make a time management plan and schedule that you can follow with dedicated time for studying.
- Use the time management calculator.
- Choose an Active Study Strategy.
- Use the “Pomodoro” Technique.
- Use a GPA calculator to set goals.
4. If possible, find your own place to study in a separate area with plenty of room and limited distractions like interruptions and noise.
- Student Computing Labs and Kiosks.
- All Library hours.
- Connect with the Study Lab for peer tutoring or academic coaching.
- Connect with the Writing Center.
- Connect with the Math Assistance Center.
- Use apps like Forest, Hocus Focus, and Freedom, which can help you block out distractions while you work .
- Study Spaces:
5. Manage and take responsibility for your learning by taking an active role.
- Log in to the myPitt Student Services Page.
- Check out the PeopleSoft how-to videos and FAQs.
- Learn about FERPA.
6. Actively participate in all of your classes by attending every day, engaging in course activities and completing your assignments on time.
- Access course materials and communicate with your instructors via Canvas.
- Watch Dr. Fanselow's Strategies for Engaging in Class.
- Watch Dr. Aziz's tips for success.
- Collaborate and connect with other students.
7. For your synchronous (real time) virtual classes, it is important to log in early, check your technology, mute your audio, and keep your camera on, if possible.
8. For your asynchronous (recorded) virtual classes, it is important to manage your time and practice good writing habits for online discussion and assignments.
- Check out the University Library System Citation Tools.
- Check out the Writing Center's Resource page.
- Use the online writing style guide.
9. Reach out to your faculty, advisors, mentors, and staff at Pitt—we are here to help and answer your questions.
- Check your Pitt Email every day.
- Schedule an appointment with your academic advisors and mentors; undergraduates can use the Navigate Student app.
- Network and connect with mentors on Pitt Commons.
10. Be kind and accepting of others. Together we can get stronger. Together we will get through this.