The shift to online learning can be jarring, whether it’s at the beginning or end of the semester. Many students are concerned about how the transition from classrooms to Zoom calls will impact parts of their life, ranging from their academic performance to their mental health. Luckily, JMU has not left its students in the dark; there are a number of resources available partially or entirely online to ensure that everyone has a successful semester.
JMU Counseling Center:
The number of college students seeking mental health services has been growing over the years, and that number has only been exasperated by COVID-19. Throughout the course of the pandemic, the JMU Counseling Center has continued to provide services and resources to the student body. Now that school is back in session, they’ve been able to expand their offerings, and have a variety of in person and online options to choose from. Students can make appointments or walk in at the office during normal operating hours of 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Students can choose between individual or group counseling options and are even able to receive virtual counseling through the center’s expanded tele-health program. If you’re looking for something other than counseling, there is a wide array of resources on the Counseling Center’s easy–to–navigate webpage. You can find general information on different mental illnesses, self-care tips and tricks, COVID specific resources, and much more. Click here to see for yourself.
University Career Center:
Though it may feel overwhelming, the pandemic shouldn’t stop students from pursuing their academic and career goals. This is where the University Career Center can help. Located in the Student Success Center, this office helps students pursue career development, enhance their academic decision making, and guide them towards beneficial choices for their futures. The center has a number of resources that can benefit students of every year and major, including major advising and exploration, job and internship searches, resume building, and even graduate school assistance. Each of these services are multifaceted, and can include workshops, online resource packets, or both! It’s an excellent office that helps to prepare students for any and all hurtles they may come across while working towards a degree and a career. You can check out the complete list of the office’s offerings by clicking here!
If you feel like you’re falling behind in your online classes or need some help studying, then check out the Learning Centers. Though they are located in the Student Success Center, this department has transitioned to a totally online model for the fall semester. Students can choose from five different centers depending on what their needs are:
- The Communication Center helps students improve their public speaking skills for both group and individual projects.
- The English Language Learner Services (ELLS) provides multilingual students with resources to succeed in English language education.
- Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are student led tutoring groups providing academic support for difficult courses on campus. Your professor should inform you if there is a PASS session available for your course.
- The Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) provides tutoring and other online resources to help students understand their science and math course content, homework, and lab reports. The focus is generally on first and second year courses, however students of all levels are welcome at the SMLC.
- The University Writing Center provides tutoring and workshops to help students with any kind of writing they may encounter, including class assignments, scholarly articles, fiction, and more.
To see how the learning centers can help you click here!
In a normal school year, JMU’s two libraries have a lot to offer. To limit crowding indoors and accommodate remote learning, many of their resources have been moved online. On their handy COVID panel, there are links to various resources that can benefit students. The resources include, but are not limited to: a guide to help with hybrid and online classes, a portal to request books, online workshops about a number of creative topics, and online appointments with librarians. There are still many services available for in person learning, but check the website first. Some are by appointment only and all university COVID protocols apply within the building.