Managing Expectations during Online Learning

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If there’s one thing we’ve realised by now, it’s that COVID has changed everything in our lives. Some for the worse and others for the better. If you’ve been with us at Heriot-Watt last semester, you’ll have no doubt noticed things are looking pretty different when it comes to studying. That's why we thought it was important to help you manage your expectations as we start the new semester. 

With the restrictions on face-to-face activity, due to social distancing requirements, much of your studies will be online this year. Responsive Blended Learning, or RBL, means that the University is constantly adapting its delivery to suit the needs of our students as well as the changing environment we live in. Where restrictions ease, courses will be putting on face-to-face sessions so students can get some much-needed socialising and some kind of normality. The rest of the time, you’ll be studying online.

What does this mean for you? You’ll have your live sessions, which will look different for each course, and recorded lectures to cover the course content. You’ll be expected to plan your studies and do most of your learning as self-study, allowing you to build key skills like time management and organisation.

For a lot of you this will be a new way of learning, but don’t worry. The University and the Union have you covered. We’ve worked together to create a bank of resources to help you plan your studies and use your time effectively, which you can find here.

Where you’re having issues with your studies, our Academic Reps can help! Read our article coming out soon to find out more about them or head to our page here for a sneak peek! We’ve also got our dedicated staff at the Advice Hub, our independent advice service, who can help, and the University has the Student Success Advisors and Wellbeing Services. There’s plenty of help and support available and it’s all available right at your fingertips!

We hope you have an enjoyable year here at Heriot-Watt and if there’s anything we can do to help make your experience the best possible, please just give us a shout! Best of luck in your studies!



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