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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

Adjusting to Remote Learning

It is important to plan ahead and develop strategies to complete work for online classes. It can be easy to fall behind or become overwhelmed with information without good organization or time management strategies. Although online courses have their own set of unique and different challenges, it is important to create a similar mindset to your in-person courses. Some recommendations include:

  • Maintain study habits to stay on top of assignments and course materials. Use effective study methods that have worked for you before, creating space and taking breaks to create an enjoyable experience
  • Create a schedule that includes a balance of self-care and time away from a computer.
  • Stay connected in your courses. Be patient with faculty– and with yourself – as we all adjust to a new learning environment. Take advantage of online resources, information from UCLA offices, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Study Space

Your physical learning space can have an impact on your ability to stay focused, engaged, and successful in online courses. Many students may find themselves in less than ideal environments for studying, so we recommend to intentionally create a space to study that works for you.

  • Find a location that is free of visual distractions.
  • Wear headphones, if you are unable to create a quiet space.
  • Keep your space organized, with all necessary study materials.
  • Make the space comfortable with adjustable lighting, if possible.
  • Find more tips for a creating a distraction-reduced testing environment

Time Management

Time management is even more important to take into consideration with online classes. Remember to dedicate time for each of your classes, and be prepared to attend live lecture sessions but also schedule time to watch recorded lectures.

  • Create a weekly planner and a daily routine.Make sure to factor in any major assignments, deadlines, and personal commitments you need to include.
  • Give yourself plenty of time when turning in any important assignments and tests. Some professors may be using a different time zone than is not the one you are in. Don't wait until the last second, just in case you encounter technical issues!
  • Hold yourself accountable. Review each syllabus and update planners regularly to make sure you are making the necessary progress.

Stay Connected

  • Connect with your instructor. Faculty may be available for virtual office hours, or by appointment. They want to help you succeed!
  • Connect with others online. Take advantage of online interaction with peers through different methods such as: message boards, group discussions, Zoom, Facetime, and Google Hangouts.
  • Create an online study group, if you are unable to find one.
  • Actively participate in online discussions and study groups. You can become more comfortable with online participation by interacting virtually with friends and family in similar platforms like Facetime or Zoom


Many campus resources are available virtually: