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Crowd-Sourced, Curated Resources for Students

For information on our campus's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

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This page is designed to provide students with resources and tools that may prove useful to your efforts to move instruction online. It is important to note that these tools and resources are NOT specifically supported by the Office of Information Technology, but have been provided here as supplementary resources that may prove useful to some users. 

Information and resources listed here will continue to be updated as the campus works to provide additional tools, resources, and strategies. Last update: March 17, 2020, 12:00 pm

Note: As you prepare for online instruction, please be aware of increased cybersecurity threats disguised as information about COVID-19.

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Task Management

There are a number of online tools to help you manage your time and tasks out there, but it can be hard to figure out which are useful (and free). Below are a number of tools that are free for a single user and are can be quite helpful, depending on how you work and what kind of tool you prefer:


  • EverNote - helps you keep track of notes, documents, and images
  • Remember the Milk - helps remind you of important deadlines and smaller to-do items
  • Trello - task and project management tool that is good for visualization of what you have to do
  • Asana - task and project management tool with some communication options
  • AirTable - robust database tool with tons of free templates that you can customize to your needs to track projects, files, to-do lists, and more (easy to learn, but may be too advanced for a beginner)

Time Management

  • Focus Booster - made for students, this app allows you to track your time for small things in the free mode
  • TomatoTimer - very basic time tracker that rewards you for focusing

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How to Excel in Online Learning | Learn How To Become

Tips and strategies for students on how to study smarter, find a tutor, and excel in the digital classroom. Read the article here.

Transition to Online Learning | American University 

Information regarding how to transition to an online learning experience. Read the article here.

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing | KQED

Resources and advice for students transitioning into online learning, with additional quick start guides, platforms, and tools. Read the article here.

Adjusting to Online College: 10 Tips for First-Timers | The Quad Magazine: Online Education

Tips for those unfamiliar with what to expect with online classes. Read the article here.

What Makes a Successful Online Learner? | Minnesota State CAREERwise

A deep dive into the necessary skills required to be successful as an online student. Read the article here.

Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID | University of Michigan

Check out this resource for a number of practical tips to help you adjust your study habits and expectations.

"Learning How to Learn" | Talks at Google | Barbara Oakley Ph.D., Oakland University.

​​ In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science