Because your academic potential is not limited to the classroom
Prepared for online learning?
Below you'll find Wayne State resources available to ensure you have a seamless transition to the new learning environment. The University's student services staff is ready help you meet your e-learning goals.
NEW! Enroll in The Effective Online Learner- a Canvas course designed to offer you a variety of remote learning tips and resources organized into topic-based modules for your conveneince.
Be sure to visit the Wayne State homepage often for university updates and opportunities to stay connected to our community.
Ready to begin? Check out these 9 tips for being a successful online student.
- The Student Introduction to Canvas will get you started and show you how to participate in your courses using Canvas tools.
- Academic Success Center: Your one-stop-shop for remote learning support:
- Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL): Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and Course Study Groups
- Study Skills Academy: Evidence-based study strategies to enhance learning and academic performance, including One-on-One Study Skills Counseling, Procrastination Accountability groups, and Succeeding in the Sciences groups
- Mathematics Literacy Services: Math-based study skills counseling and content knowledge assistance. Preparing for math finals? The Supplemental Math Study Groups may be the ticket to that 'A'.
- Keep up with the latest in the Learning Communities program by viewing their most current newsletter.
- STEM Commons is offering virtual chat, drop-in meetings with peer mentors and faculty, and active discussion boards on their Canvas Site
- The Writing Center has continued offering online tutoring appointments through April 16, 2020. Secure your spot soon.
- The Mathematics Resource Center (MRC) is offering online drop-in tutoring via Canvas
- University Library System:
- Computing & Information Technology: Technology support during the transition to online classes, student resources, internet and cell service info, plus communication and file sharing
- Student Disability Services: Ensuring access and inclusion for students with disabilities seeking academic accommodations resources, and training in assistive technology
How do I maintain balance?
Having to make quick adjustments to this new way of learning and living can feel overwhelming. The tips and resources below can offer sustainable options to both prevent and manage stress.
- Stay connected. Take advantage of professors' online office hours, talk to a friend or peer mentor, and keep in touch with roommates and classmates as you can. Staying connected with friends and family can keep you grounded and motivated in times of uncertainty.
- Plan ahead to prevent future stress. Creating blocks of time to study is great, but staying productive during that time is essential to maintaining balance. Consider joining the Study Skills Academy's Procrastination Accountability Groups for a customized approach to staying on task.
- Make (and keep!) academic advising appointments. Your academic advisor is here for you and is an excellent source for guidance. Wayne State's advisors are prepared to offer appointments remotely. Navigate the University Advising Center's website for links to departmental advising and to schedule your appointment. Don't forget to check with your advisor before your appointment to ask how you can best prepare.
- Give your brain a boost with physical activity. Brain-dervived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that's manufactured in the brain as a result of exercise. BDNF is referred to as the miracle gro of the brain, as it primes the brain for learning and encoding course material. View the offerings of the Recreation and Fitness Center's pre-recorded and live fitness classes to take advantage of this free service!
- Reprioritize sleep! The Study Skills Academy created a quick-read infographic which highlights how sleep quality impacts learning and stress.
- Be sure you know your financial aid status. The staff of the Student Service Center is working remotely and is ready to answer your questions.
- Attention Transfer Students: The Transfer Student Success Center is offering virtual appointments and programming. If you'd like to connect via chat, visit the Transfer Student Success Center site to access their live chat feature (found in the bottom right hand corner).
- Use your career goals as momentum. Career Services is offering a number of remote services including those pertaining to internships, career planning, and students employment.
Graduating? Congrats! Career Services has a job searching during COVID guide just for you.
The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is working remotely and ready to help. To work virtually with a CAPS counselor, download the Teams app to a computer and/or smartphone and then call (313) 577-3398. They are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to provide you with an initial consultation.
Gain tips, resources, and coping strategies by taking advantage of the recurring Balancing Anxiety, College, and the Pandemic workshop hosted by CAPS.
If peer-to-peer counseling interests you, the Dean of Students Office — in collaboration with the College of Education Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations Division and CAPS — will offer free online sessions through the Warrior Chat program. Click on the Warrior Chat logo for further details.
The School of Social Work published a useful guide, Managing anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn about anxiety as a response and action-based ways to manage it.
Feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of illness?
Information on the Campus Health Center's coronavirus webpage will guide you through steps to take to seek medical assistance.
W Food Pantry- The W Food Pantry will be distributing food on Wednesdays from 12pm-4pm.Pre-packaged bags will be available outside outside the pantry and each student is permitted one bag per week. If you have a need to borrow a Chromebook for the remainder of the semester, reservations are required. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 577- 1010.
How do I stay involved?
Your Warrior spirit isn't just confined to campus! You can stay engaged with other Warriors through the many activities being offered remotely through the Dean of Students Office (DOSO) and the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE). Visit DOSO's Get Virtually Involved or OMSE's Get Engaged to learn more about ways to virtually connect with students and campus.
Your brain on connectedness- Did you know that a virtual hangout could boost your GPA? Recent research suggests that positive social interaction can boost oxytocin, a feel-good hormone produced in the brain. What's even better is that higher levels of oxytocin have been shown to protect cells in the hippocampus from stress-induced damage, allowing memories to be consolidated and easily recalled (like on those exams!).
The bottom line? Mark your calendars for the stress-easing events listed below!
OMSE Hangout- Join OMSE every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm to connect with students and staff at their virtual hangout. Your mood and GPA will thank you!
DOSO Virtual Lunch Series- These virtual lunches offer students an opportunity to stay connected with Wayne State faculty and staff members, ask questions, learn more about their role with the university, and meet other students and campus community members. Consider this Wayne State's version of the "you can sit with us" lunch table.