The current semester is probably going differently than you had expected: During the period of remote studying exams are held online and courses take place via video conference. These exceptional circumstances bring a lot of uncertainties with them. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) of the University of Vienna has collected four tips for dealing with uncertain situations.
Tip #1: Do not avoid the current situation.
Even if it seems difficult, try not to postpone exams or even suspend your studies. This situation has the potential to let you make valuable experiences that are proven to improve your self-confidence and are likely to increase your chances of dealing with this (or a similar) situation better in the future. But that only works if you dive in headfirst. Needless to say, you are not alone in this – the University of Vienna offers online support with a wide range of information about remote studying.
Tip #2: Keep in touch with fellow students, friends and/or family members and regularly talk about the current situation.
Especially right now it can be invaluable to regularly talk to people who are in the same situation as you. For example, if you are in an online group with your fellow students, you can ask for help if you do not understand something and give each other encouragement. Similarly, regularly talking to your family and/or your friends can have a positive impact on how secure you feel in the decisions you make as well as on your general well-being in uncertain situations.
Tip #3: Focus on the things you can control.
There are many things we do not have any control over in the current situation, e.g. how long the crisis will last or when and how the universities will be reopened. Focusing on the things you cannot change can lead to a negative state of mind. Therefore, try specifically focusing on the things that you can control. For your studies this means focusing on the tasks that you are currently able to complete. For example, right now might be a good time to work on seminar papers or other assignments that you can successfully complete in remote learning. If you need help in this area, our blog offers many tips for remote learning.
Tip #4: Make use of support available to you.
- If you have any questions about a specific course or exam, just contact the lecturer.
- If your questions relate to your degree programme, the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) or the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your programme should be your first port of call.
- The Teaching Affairs and Student Services unit offers general information about the organisation of your studies.
- For personal or university-related problems of any kind you can also contact the Psychological Counselling Services (in German)