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Oct. 5, 2020

Spartan students learn together while apart

This semester is unlike any other, but while Michigan State University students are learning remotely, they are not alone.

The campus community has worked to support and connect students and to help ensure their academic success in many ways, including significant efforts by faculty to prepare for online teaching and to improve instruction using new technologies.

Spartan students also are sharing tips for success directly with each other. Here, MSU junior Crystal Gonzalez-Pineda offers suggestions and resources for staying on top of classes while learning remotely and finding the right help when it’s needed.

Learning and academic support resources

Here are some places students can find support, from advising and mentoring to tech help and tutoring.

Academic Advising Resources: Find an adviser and make an appointment. Advising appointments are available via Zoom or by phone.

Career Services Network: MSU’s Career Services Network has gone completely virtual, with online events and workshops, career advising appointments and a network of mentors ready to meet you.

Circles of Success mentoring program: This new program for first-year and transfer students pairs them with a peer and a professional mentor to ease the transition to MSU and answer any questions new students might have.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services: Mental and emotional health are critical to academic success. Find health resources or reach out to trained counseling staff.

Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative: MSU’s Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative supports students  with academic, health and cultural resources. Everything you need to be successful this semester. Find help with technology, learning platforms, advising, tutoring and more.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities: Get access to assistive technology and accommodation while learning remotely.

Technology at MSU: Stay connected, find tech support and make the most of collaborative tools and learning platforms.

Undergraduate research opportunities: MSU is nationally recognized for undergraduate research. Learn more and search for opportunities.

Together We Will: Find information about classes and academics on MSU’s website for COVID-19-related updates and resources.

By: Meredith Mescher