Tips for managing screen fatigue in online classes
Excessive screen time can damper productivity and cause headaches or eye strain. Consider these tips for avoiding screen fatigue while keeping up with your online classes.
- It is important to break up screen time to allow your eyes (and mind!) a chance to rest.
- Try the Pomodoro method: set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on a task without interruption. When the alarm goes off, reset the timer for a 5-minute screen break. Repeat this cycle 4 times, then take a longer break (20-60 minutes depending on your energy and workload).
- If you find that these time increments do not work for you, adjust as necessary, maintaining the principle of taking frequent breaks from looking at your screen.
Plan screen time strategically
- While your class schedule and personal commitments may dictate when you are able to do your work, try to design your study schedule to reduce screen time at the end of the day when your eyes are more tired.
Adjust your screen settings
- The default display settings on your computer can sometimes be straining.
- On a PC: check out the Night Light feature, which allows you to display “warmer” colors at certain times of day to reduce blue light.
- On a Mac: try switching to Dark Mode to reduce screen brightness.
- Try downloading f.lux, which adapts your screen brightness to the time of day.
- Increase your scale settings to enlarge all text that appears on your screen.
Use dictation and read-aloud
Consider light-blocking products
- Some students benefit from products like blue light screen overlays, tinted lenses, or simply wearing sunglasses while looking at screens.
- We recommend you consult with an eye doctor before using any new products.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to working closely with you. Due to COVID-19 some of our processes will look different this fall. Most of our professional tutoring services will be provided remotely. The Time Management sessions will be a blend of remote and in person. Watch your MSJ email in mid-August. We will email you your Plan Your Work form which will contain details about your tutoring schedule and time management sessions. For other services, our office will be open by appointment. Please email Becky or Loraine to schedule an appointment.
The process to request accommodations is the same as previous semesters. Please complete and submit the accommodation forms located on this page. While many of your tests and quizzes will be on-line, it will still be necessary to request your accommodations.
Wishing you a successful semester!
Just a reminder...
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Project EXCEL provides reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to you, at no charge, based on your individual needs. Click on the links on this page to access the forms you need to request alternate texts, note-takers, and test accommodations. Please let us know if you need assistance.
Project EXCEL goes above and beyond the free academic adjustments and auxiliary aids provided to you under the Rehabilitation Act. Project EXCEL provides academic support through weekly tutoring by professional staff, time management sessions, and academic counseling. Your Project EXCEL fees pay for these extra services. Please take advantage of these resources!
MyMount and MSJ email also provides you with up-to-date information about services and events that will prove helpful to you throughout the year. Check myMount and your MSJ email often.
Have a great year!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PROJECT EXCEL CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES!!!