TIPS & RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 | HCC

TIPS & RESOURCES FOR COVID-19

LET US HELP YOU

We are here for you and will support you in any way that we can. We know there are many
unknowns and uncertainties right now. As a college and community, we will get through this
together and will continue to provide all of the resources and information we can to help you
as a student.

Take care of yourself, and use this guide as a starting point for study skills and resources that will help you adjust to online learning during this very difficult time.

Stay Organized in Your Classes

Much is changing but staying organized may make you feel better and will also help you adjust to the changes in your courses. Ask yourself the following questions about your classes:
• Are the due dates for my assignments the same or are these assignment dates changing?
• Do I need to be online in the class at a certain time?
• Do I know how to submit my assignments in Blackboard?
• How can I reach my instructor during online office hours?
• Have I communicated with my instructors if I need help completing assignments online?

Set a Daily Schedule

It is important to keep a schedule and to make time for yourself, your family, and your classes. Think about the following:
• If you find yourself having more free time due to cancelled events and commitments, consider using some of that time to study and complete assignments. Be sure to include those times in a calendar and try to be consistent with studying at the same time each day. Having that routine may help you feel better.
• If you are home with your family and caring for children, you may find that you don’t have
free time during the day to care for yourself and to work on your classes. You may find that
scheduling time in your calendar for early morning or in the evenings to study will work best.
• Look at an example schedule you can use from University of Michigan to get started.

Find a Study Space

Where and how you usually like to study may be changing. Follow these tips to find a study
space that will work for you during this time:
• If you enjoy studying by yourself in a library or at a coffee shop, then try to find a space at
home that you can recreate what you like about your normal study spaces.
• You may be at home caring for your family and trying to find a study space is not easy. Try to find any quiet place that you can get some of your work done.
• You may enjoy studying with other students but aren’t sure how you can do that right now.
Think about doing group chats or using a video platform like Zoom, Skype, or even Facetime,
to study with other students.

Get Help with Blackboard

You may have questions using Blackboard and need help. Review the resources below and do
not hesitate to ask any questions.
Blackboard Technical Help: Blackboard Technical Help has Blackboard Tutorials and is a
resource to contact when Blackboard won’t connect or load. Their number is 313-333-7300.
Blackboard YouTube Channel: The Blackboard YouTube Channel has videos about common
Blackboard topics & questions.

Get Help with Student Services

The student services that you received on-campus are still available virtually. While in-person services have been temporarily suspended, our staff is working and ready to help. Please keep this message so you will have department emails handy as you need them. The Go KCTCS Service Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 855-246-5282 or online/ via chat at https://bit.ly/3bzk31E. If you are not sure who to contact, that is always a good starting point.

ENROLLMENT SERVICES

FINANCIAL AID: whitney.laird@kctcs.edu
ADMISSIONS: vickie.stumph@kctcs.edu
ORIENTATION: tammie.zuber@kctcs.edu
ADVISING: lavonia.lewis@kctcs.edu or tammie.zuber@kctcs.edu
DISABILITY SERVICES & TESTING: pam.buchanan@kctcs.edu
GENERAL QUESTIONS: chad.phillips@kctcs.edu

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE CONTACTS

READY TO WORK: cynthia.curry@kctcs.edu
GED+: lavonia.lewis@kctcs.edu
SKILLS-U: amanda.denton@kctcs.edu
CAREER SERVICES: angie.watson@kctcs.edu
STUDENT CONCERNS: chad.phillips@kctcs.edu