Tips and Tricks for Back to Campus - Face to Face Edition

Person tired on the computer
August 18, 2021

For some students, returning to face to face classes will be a new experience.  For others, it will be a re-entry to face-to-face learning.  We have some tips and tricks to help out with the transition.

  1. Be prepared to discuss – Having face to face classes means you won't be able to turn off your camera for Zoom. Be prepared to come to class ready to discuss a variety of topics.
  2. Need for increased focus – Many of you were able to do other things while on your Zoom classes: a load of laundry, prepare a meal, pet the dog. You won't have those opportunities in face to face classes, so you will need to prepare to focus while in class.
  3. Don’t count on technology – You might not be able to Google something while in class. Make sure to be prepared with your materials ahead of time as some instructors will not allow you to use your phone or laptop to look up a question in class.
  4. Interpersonal skills – Remember talking face to face with people? Yeah, neither do we! Sharpen up those interpersonal skills. Chat with people at the grocery store while checking out. Meet up with a friend to discuss a current event. Do something to freshen up those interpersonal skills.
  5. Be mindful of “hot button” topics – When you're online, you're more willing to make controversial statements. There are many topics that are “hot button” and a face to face conversation is different than an online conversation. Either avoid them or be prepared to defend them in person.
  6. Be mindful of your physical space – Not everyone is going to be comfortable being around all your awesome-ness, especially after trying to stay distant after so much time. Be aware of people's personal bubbles. Wear your mask while at SCTCC. Oh, and please make sure to wear appropriate clothing to class, too.
  7. Miscellaneous issues – Do you have transportation to get around? Do you need childcare? What about meals while you are on campus? Have you figured out the time to get to and from campus? Do you know how to use Microsoft Office products? We can help navigate all of these.

Re-entry anxiety is real.  If you are having a hard time with the idea of coming back to campus for face to face classes, please feel free to connect with our Mental Health Professional at wellness@sctcc.edu.

Welcome back!  We missed seeing your faces.

Kate Wallace
Posted in News, Current, Employees