If you're used to studying on campus and are facing the prospect of online learning for the first time, it might seem a little daunting. That's why we've put together this handy guide to help make your transition to online study as easy as possible.

Get connected

If you're a TAFE Queensland student you've probably come across Connect already. Connect is TAFE Queensland’s online Learning Management System (LMS). It has everything you need in one handy location, giving you the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime.

You can access Connect online at connect.tafeqld.edu.au. Simply log in with your username (student ID) and network password. You can also access Connect using the Brightspace Pulse App.

How to download the Connect app

1. Open the App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android devices.

2. Search for Brightspace Pulse.

3. Select GET, then INSTALL.

4. Follow the onscreen instructions, then OPEN.

5. At Pick Your School, type TAFE Queensland and tap the result.

6. Complete your login with your usual student number and login.

If you're new to Connect, make sure you check out youtube.com/tafeqldconnect for lots of handy tips and tricks on how to navigate the Connect system.

Stay connected

If you're used to seeing your teachers and classmates on a regular basis, you might find yourself feeling a little isolated if you can't head to campus anymore. But just because you're online doesn't mean you're alone. 

Depending on your class and teacher, you might be using different channels to communicate such as Zoom or Skype. Make sure you use these channels to keep in touch with your team.

Just like you would in class, make sure you ask your teacher or classmates if you don’t understand something. Schedule regular meetings and catch ups to discuss your studies, bounce ideas off each other, and check in to see how things are going outside of study as well. 

Keep calm and carry on studying

It's important to acknowledge that this is a very strange and difficult time for everyone. While your studies are important, chances are they aren't the only thing on your mind at the moment.

Be realistic about your workload. Some days you might be super productive, while others you might find it hard to get off the couch, and that's okay. As long as you keep taking small steps every day, you'll reach your destination in the end. 

If you've got more time on your hands at the moment, you might think that studying 24/7 is a good idea. But going too hard will just lead to burnout. It's important that you make time for things outside your studies. Exercising, meditating, reading, cooking and catching up with friends and family (virtually or at a distance) are all great things to do when you're taking a break from hitting the books.

And if you're addicted to the 24 hour news cycle, it's also a good idea to switch off every now and then (and that includes social media). 

Know when to ask for help

Even though you might not see them as often, remember that your teacher is only a call, email or message away if you need help. Chances are they're working from home as well, so they can understand exactly what you're going through. Reach out to them as often as you need. 

Study support

If you need a little extra help with your studies then Studiosity is a great place to start. Studiosity offers 24/7 online support with writing, referencing, accounting, statistics, economics, maths, science and business studies. Their subject specialists are available to give immediate, one-on-one help 365 days a year.

Studiosity also provides a writing feedback service with a maximum turnaround time of 72 hours. You can upload a draft of your written assessment to receive detailed feedback on your work.

To access Studiosity for free as a TAFE Queensland student, you must be logged in to Connect. Under the ‘Student Links’ widget you will see ‘Studiosity — After Hours Assessment Help’.

Mental health support

During this difficult time, it's important to consider your mental health. Making sure you exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, and maintain relationships with family and friends is very important. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can also help. 

If you need more support, there is plenty available to help you get through this tough time. 

  • TAFE Queensland Student Support Services – includes mental health advice, as well as access to free and confidential counselling services.
  • Headspace - provides support in four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.
  • Head to Health – whether you want to improve your overall sense of wellbeing, need help with something that's concerning you, or want to help someone you care about, Head to Health can help.
  • ReachOut.com – provides practical support, tools and tips to help young people get through anything, from everyday issues through to tough times.

Other helpful resources

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