Learning Remotely

Following University Guidelines

Be sure to check messages from your university regularly throughout the day, including keeping your phone on to receive incoming calls.  If you feel ill, check the processes for diagnosing particular to your university or area (e.g., calling a helpline first, visiting a particular medical facility, etc.), as these vary from place to place.  Your advisor will also assist you in identifying these guidelines. 

Tips for Online Studies

Now that students have transitioned to online/ remote coursework, we wanted to give you a few tips on how to succeed in your classes. Connecting to your instructors, your peers, and your other KGSP students is key!  A feeling of connection with one’s instructor is crucial for perseverance, satisfaction, and motivation.  Be on the lookout for tools like discussion boards, video discussion groups, daily learning buddy check-ins, and open video office hours in all of your courses.

  • Confirm technical requirements for online classes.
  • Log into the learning management system to ensure access.
  • Connect with instructors early.
  • Create a schedule and manage your time wisely.
  • Stay organized.
  • Have a consistent workspace and routine
  • Update contact information for emergency communications.
  • Download the school app and the learning management system app.
  • Make sure there is adequate internet connectivity or smartphone access.
  • If internet access is spotty, download the content from the learning management system.
  • Take time to navigate through the online learning platform and explore its features.
  • Check on Americans with Disabilities Act issues immediately, such as the need for closed captions or transcriptions.
  • Discuss possible emergency procedures with professors.
  • Stick to a traditional schedule to maintain learning pace and rhythm.
  • Attend virtual office hours and participate in online study groups.
  • Don't assume classwork will be easier because it's online.

Students Who Succeed in Online Courses Focus on Three Key Areas

  1. They stay organized: Since your computer will be your classroom, make sure that you have a good system for keeping track of your assignments, your class notes, and any other academic files.
  2. They make time to meet other students: Remember that you are not alone! Fostering meaningful relationships with other students in your classes will help you get more out of your courses. Take time to introduce yourself to others, set up virtual study groups, and exchange contact information.
  3. They seek help: In online courses, you need to be even more proactive when you need help or have questions.  Even though your classes are online, your instructor is still available. They can recommend tutors or other academic support, if you need anything!

Online Tutoring


Even though your classes have moved online, it is just as important to maximize tutoring and other academic support. Tutoring gives you the individualized attention that you may not get in your online classes. Especially now, tutoring can help you stay on track in your courses. Remember that KGSP has funds set aside to help you pay for any tutoring fees. Here are a few websites that will help you connect with a qualified tutor!

  • Chegg: Chegg provides digital and physical textbook rentals, online tutoring, and other student services.
  • Varsity Tutors: Varsity tutors will choose your tutor based on your learning profile and personality. They specialize in introductory math and science courses, including calculus, physics, and microbiology.
  • Wyzant: Wyzant offers a great page of free resources, including more than 1 million interactive lessons and videos created by private tutors.

Avoiding Cyber Scams in the Age of COVID-19

“Criminals have been exploiting fears over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to launch an ‘unprecedented wave’ of cyberattacks around the world…[with] thousands of digital crime incidents related to the outbreak reported as countries battle to bring virus infections under control.  Hackers have been using the fear and panic surrounding the global health crisis to run money making scams, spread false information, and steal data.”  Arab News

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), such scams often take the form of fake CDC / health organizations offering information on the virus, phishing emails, or the selling of counterfeit treatments or equipment.  The FBI advises the following to avoid cybercrime:

  • Never open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don't recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, personal identification numbers, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robo-call. 
    • U.S. government agencies (IRS, Immigration, etc.) will never ask you to provide private information over the internet / phone, nor ever require direct monetary payment.  If you are being asked to provide this, it is a scam.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a ".gov" ends in .com" instead).

Further details on how to identify and avoid COVID-19 cybercrime is available here.

Join the KAUST Covid-19 Innovation Challenge

The Coronavirus is changing many things in the ways we live and work. In both the short and even long-term, the virus is reshaping society as we know it – with our community rapidly searching for new ways to stay safe and healthy. This crisis presents an opportunity to develop new approaches, products, services or ways of operating.

KAUST is launching the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge to tap into the massive brainpower that is KAUST—meaning everyone in the KAUST Community. We want to hear from you about your experience so far: What’s working well, what isn’t working and what’s missing?  KGSP students are uniquely equipped with the perspective and abilities to make a meaningful contribution to these efforts!

We want to know: How can we rapidly develop new and innovative solutions to challenges in education, social connectivity and community management?

  • Education: How might we ensure that all students (from primary to Ph.D.) have access to high-quality education while in isolation at home?
  • Social connectivity: How do we support each other and connect as a community while adapting to the new normal of social distancing?
  • Community management: How can we better prepare our community, families and workforce to quickly and efficiently respond to the challenges brought forth by COVID-19?
  • Open challenge: What other challenges have you identified or ideas do you have?          

KAUST has the infrastructure in place to meet digitally, brainstorm virtually, and to quickly assess and support ideas as they emerge. Funding opportunities are available and can be fast-tracked to access to the TAQADAM Accelerator for selected ideas.

In the meantime, submit an idea and help us better understand how to develop new and innovative solutions.

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