Online Student Resources

Helpful, free resources for student success.


Students: If you have a question for the Office of Student Services, call 334-844-4269 or email your advisor.

COSAM offers these resources to help you succeed. Don’t wait to use them.
Below are additional resources from the university:


Review your syllabi

Pay attention to the assignments, projects, and exams for each class to ensure that you are adhering to all course expectations and deadlines. Check your email regularly and turn on your Canvas notifications for any updates or reminders.

Use a planner

A planner can provide a roadmap to your semester and help you anticipate next steps. Writing down what you need to accomplish will help hold you accountable. Try a physical planner, an app on a mobile device, or your email calendar to create daily task lists.

Create a schedule

Design a daily schedule that connects to your values and goals. Outline specific times to review course materials, engage in online class sessions, complete your assignments, collaborate virtually with peers, practice self-care, and ask for help.

Set start dates

Plot out start dates as well as due dates for assignments and projects in your planner. What is the first step for completing this goal, and when will you start this process?

Develop study goals

Break up your time in a strategic way by mapping out when you will study for each class and topic. Consider what you want to accomplish each week and tangible actions that will help you achieve those goals.

Track your progress

At the end of your day, take a moment to reflect on your study goals and all that you have accomplished. Celebrate your successes! Small steps and frequent check-ins will assist you in getting closer and closer to meeting your goals.

Practice self-care

Remember to take some time for yourself in order to decompress and relax. Go outside and take a walk, call a friend, or implement a deep breathing exercise into your daily routine.

Allow mistakes

Learning is a process. Finding the best schedule and learning strategies that work for you may take some trial and error, so be patient with yourself as you work to find the right approach.

Give yourself breaks

When you feel your motivation fading, take a few minutes to step back from your computer screen and stretch. Use a routine such as spending 25 minutes studying followed by a break that lasts 5 minutes. Return to your study space to begin the cycle again.

Find your prime time

When are you most alert and full of energy? Try to use that time to your advantage by tackling your most difficult course material or project for the day.

Find your space

Identify a space that you can dedicate to academics—preferably one that you do not associate with sleep, like a bed. Having a dedicated area such as a desk, a table, or a kitchen counter will keep you more focused on the task at hand.

Prepare your space

Have everything that you need before you dive into your studies: a reusable water bottle, a healthy snack, your textbooks and notes, and any required technology. Test out your internet connection and access to materials to ensure that you are connected.

Set boundaries

If you are interacting with family, friends, or roommates throughout the day, have a conversation with them about the times that you need to be fully concentrating on your studies. Consider posting your daily schedule where everyone can see it.

Avoid distractions

Do your best to remove any elements in your study space that may be distracting: social media, TV, video games, etc. Fully focus on one thing at a time instead of attempting to multi-task.

Engage with technology

Explore online tools such as Box and Zoom, making it easy to collaborate with your peers. Using these tools throughout the semester can help you stay connected with other students in your courses.

Email professors

Use professional communication to stay in contact with instructors. Ask questions and be proactive when you encounter challenges or problems.

Keep in touch

Build a community with your peers by reaching out via Zoom, email, or Canvas for quick check-ins throughout the semester. Brainstorm ways to keep each other motivated and proactive. Within the larger group, identify an “accountability partner” who you will communicate with as you work toward academic goals.

Utilize resources

Take advantage of the various campus resources and programs available to you. Many offices offer online services.

Students partner with a graduate-level Academic Coach to strengthen their skills with time management, exam preparation, online learning, notetaking, listening, and other approaches to support their academic success. Academic Coaching is highly personalized based on the students’ interests and desires. Academic Coaches have amassed knowledge and understanding of online and remote learning formats to be excellent resources to students in how to navigate new learning and campus environments.

Connecting with Academic Coaching:

Students can schedule their online Coach Consult appointment on Advise Assist as early as August 3rd with appointment availability from August 17th – November 24th. The Academic Coaching page on the Academic Support website links to Advise Assist under “Make an Appointment”.

Students are able to schedule tutoring sessions on Advise Assist which are hosted via Zoom beginning Aug. 25 – Nov. 24. Peer tutors are students at Auburn University who performed well in that course subject area and have a desire to help their peers.

Connecting with Study Partners (peer tutoring):

Summer courses are currently published until July 30, then the list of fall 2020 course offerings will be published on the Study Partners webpage along with the link to Advise Assist to schedule a session.

The SI program continues its commitment to providing an active environment where students work with their peers toward content mastery and strengthening skills and strategies for success. This fall semester, SI Leaders will host 3 sessions each week via Zoom beginning Aug. 25 – Nov. 24. Online sessions will employ a dynamic structure to provide a variety of ways for students to connect with SI Leaders and their peers.

Connecting with SI:

Up-to-date information about SI-supported classes can be found on AU Involve Session Schedule Page throughout the semester. SI Leaders will make announcements in SI-supported classes.

Tasheila Williams-Townsend
COSAM’s University Career Center Liaison
Virtual fall liaison hours for students on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Online appointments are available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays. Students are encouraged to schedule their writing center appointments early as consultants are trained to help at any stage of the writing process, from developing an idea to putting the finishing touches on a piece. Learn More