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Academic Success

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extensive impact on our university community. We are having to adjust to a “new normal” and graduate and professional students may have questions about how they can continue to succeed in their goals. On this page, we will work to provide information, suggestions, and practices to help you navigate your way in your program during this time.

Graduate Student Orientations

The Graduate School seeks to get new graduate and professional students off to a good start each fall with the New Graduate Student Orientation and the New Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate Orientation. This year, to create a safe and accessible environment for all of our students, the orientations will be online. The New Graduate Student Orientation will include live sessions on professional development, student health insurance, financial aid and funding, diversity, technology resources, library resources, and more. This orientation will take place on August 10 from 8:30am–1:30pm and you can register at tiny.utk.edu/rsvp-orientation.

The New Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate Orientation will include sessions on library resources, inclusive teaching practices, student success, and working with undergraduate students. This orientation will take place on August 11, and more information on times and registration will be forthcoming.

Effect of COVID-19 on International Students

The UT community continues to grow as an institution representing many cultures, both domestically and internationally. For our international graduate and professional students, the pandemic has presented unique challenges. The Center for Global Engagement is a great resource for international students wondering what these times mean for them as UT students. They have a page of Frequently Asked Questions for international students, as well as a page specifically referencing the recent Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China, which limits the entry of some Chinese graduate students and visiting scholars starting June 1, 2020.

Learning Online

The need to provide a safe learning environment may continue to involve learning remotely in an online format. This mode of learning requires a set of practices that allow you to maximize this environment. Skills such as time management, accountability, and eliminating distractions take on a greater emphasis in the online learning environment. Northwestern University has a great list of strategies at 8 Strategies for Getting the Most Out of an Online Class.