Mental Health Webinar on September 9, 2020, Project PROTECH Speakers: Dr. Josephine P. Wong and Dr. Maurice Poon
Background: The majorities of classes in most of Canadian universities are opening through remote learning.
Key words: Mental health and wellbeing, connection and network, academic achievement, successful student’s life.
1. Maintain mental health and wellbeing. Students’ mental health and physical wellbeing are interlinked. Building connection with classmates can improve their mental health and physical wellbeing. It is essential for their network building as well.
2. Do not over-enroll in courses. Remote learning does not mean that the academic integrity of the courses has not been maintained. Instead, academic requirements are not changed. All assigned readings need to be finished before attending classes and assignments need to be done before due dates.
3. Tips for writing essays: following guidelines; avoiding plagiarism by improperly quoting; using student learning centres for extra assistance; understanding assigned reading without using too many directly quotes in assignments.
4. The expectations in university are different from in high school. Regularly, there is no one chasing students to finish their homework. Students need to have self-control and to be self-motivated.
5. Participation is important. Attending every online class and getting involved with professors/classmates.
6. Developing critical thinking skills is important, personally, professionally, and politically.