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Hey, Scotty Bear!

“Hey, Scotty Bear!” is a zestful and whimsical adventure that follows UCR’s mascot, Scotty Bear, through a series of daily routines while hearing about important tips to be successful in remote courses. Along the way, Scotty Bear, and four off-screen mentors, share positive outlooks and resilient strategies for all of us wanting to keep learning.  Video credits

Episode 1: The One about the Look-Alike 


1. Get help with your technology

Episode 2: The One About the Rock Wall

2. Familiarize yourself with the Learning Management System (LMS)

  • Put time into learning your LMS before your course gets too far into the quarter. Preparing early can allow you to focus on content rather than technology.
  • Find assistance with iLearn.
  • Email your instructor if you get hung up and are lost on how the course is organized or structured.
Episode 3: The One About the Logo

3. Check all your devices thoroughly

  • Be sure your computer or tablet has good battery health and you are able to access your courses.
  • Download Zoom, or any other apps you need for your classes on every device, so you are always able to connect to your course, instructor, and classmates wherever and whenever you need.
  • For technical support and other resources, visit the ITS website
Episode 4: The One About the Weight Room

4. Review each syllabus carefully

  • Read each syllabus for every class completely so you know your responsibilities, your assignments, and all the resources available for your course.
  • Take note of important dates and assignments.
  • Check your syllabus several times a week to ensure you stay on top of your course and due dates.
Episode 5: The One About the Bell Tower

5.Manage your time effectively

  • Use a planner, app, or calendar to keep track of class meetings, assignment due dates, and office hours or special group sessions.
  • Start early and work mindfully. Anticipate obstacles with technology or your personal or work obligations.
  • Avoid procrastination. Last-minute catching up can contribute to unwanted and unnecessary stress.
  • Computers crash, printers fail, the software can glitch, and assignments can take longer than expected.
  • Visit the ARC for workshops and information on time management. 
  • For more information on time management and some links to helpful apps, visit the Time Management page.
Episode 6: The One About the Treadmill

6. Take lecture & reading notes skillfully

  • Ask questions, if your instructor permits. Active listening and responding helps improve your note-taking skills.
  • Devise a note-taking system that works for you and stay consistent. Also, review your notes right after class or within a short time period to stay on the topic of the material.
  • For asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures, rewind, stop, review, and take notes.
Episode 7: The One About the Theatre

7. Attend virtual office hours

  • Office hours are held virtually (online) and your instructors are available to meet with you online. Take advantage of this opportunity and get to know your professors. They are there to help you.
  • Email your instructor directly if you need a different time to meet.
Episode 8: The One About the Walkway

8. Connect with your classmates

Episode 9: The One About the Pool

9. Manage your expectations

  • Remote learning takes more planning because it is less familiar to you. Remember to take your time.
  • Plan time for your relaxation, chatting with friends and family, and your alone time.
  • Be mindful. Slow down. Think things through.
  • Give yourself a break. Alter expectations as circumstances change. Notify your instructor(s) when you have an issue.
  • Reach out to professionals at counseling.ucr.edu if you need to talk or are feeling overly stressed.
  • Be kind to yourself. This is an unusual time for everyone.
  • Even though the Rec Center is closed, they do offer online group exercise classes.