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Transitioning Back to In-person

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As colleges and universities around the country begin to offer more in-person classes, students are facing the prospect of returning to classrooms. This news may receive mixed emotions, as some have grown accustomed to virtual learning, some are severely concerned about the new Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus while others may be relieved to join their classmates again. Either way, this is sure to be a transition for everyone.

One thing that is sure to be an adjustment is the pace of in-person lessons. Students may find it difficult to return to live classes that are not recorded and cannot be replayed. Therefore, they are urged to arrive prepared, ready to listen.

In addition to the faster pace, there is also the commute. Remember those? Students will need to prepare for morning classes by setting new, earlier times on their alarms. To help with morning madness, students can prepare the night before class. This will include making lunch for the next day, packing their books, notes and agendas, and readying any other materials needed for the next day. Lastly, consider daily traffic. Some workplaces are also opening back up, contributing to morning rush hour delays. Be sure to take all of these factors into account when preparing for live classes.

Despite the many changes that are sure to come your way, remember to have patience with yourself. This transition, like so many, will take time to adjust to this upcoming year. Remember that it took some time to adjust to virtual learning, social distancing and mask mandates. Now, you will need to ease yourself back into the old way of doing things – in-person. Be sure to give yourself the opportunity to relearn your schedule and how you best learn. You are sure to succeed in class with these tips and tricks. 


-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist