PVCC’s faculty and staff are rising to the occasion and supporting our students during these unprecedented times. Adapting to online learning can be scary and stressful; add on personal issues created by this pandemic and we all need to be a little more understanding and encouraging, and find ways to support one another.
Daniel Sanchez, Social and Behavioral Sciences instructor, said it best, “We are in the most unusual times, ever!” referring to “our new normal” as an opportunity to “never take advantage of life again.” Sanchez stressed that the faculty and staff at PVCC is available any way necessary. Instructors are available to meet individually for specific needs – through phone calls and video chats – they are going out of their way to support students.
We are all craving interaction during this time of isolation. So, reach out! Your instructors and classmates would love to hear from you. And as we find new and innovative ways to teach and learn, here are some suggestions to make the transition a little easier.
- Create a designated workspace with good lighting
- Stay mentally focused with minimal distractions
- Work on a computer not your phone
- Make sure you have good WiFi connection
- Make a schedule, not just for studying, but eating sleeping, and exercising
- Log on frequently to stay on top of things
“Take a five-minute break between subjects if you’re feeling stressed,” said Catherine Mendoza, Counseling Faculty. “Walk the dog, take the trash out, empty the dishwasher,” Mendoza suggests to release the stress for a short time. Most importantly, ask for help when you need it.
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