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Face masks are strongly recommended but optional inside university buildings for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, except when alone in a private office or single-occupant cubicle.

For individuals who live with individuals who are immunocompromised, or who have a condition which places them at high risk for severe illness with COVID-19, masking and social distancing are strongly recommended but optional, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals ages 12 and up is encouraged. However, as an organization receiving public funding, the University cannot require individuals to show documentation they have been inoculated.

Campus Learning

Currently, courses at The University of Texas at Austin are primarily offered in person, with some online or hybrid options available. Mentors can use the following resources to guide decisions about how to lead their seminar effectively, as well as set their students up to maximize their learning and engagement in class.

Engaging in the Classroom

Explore the information below to learn more about tips for virtual lesson content and logistics. You can also learn more about engaging through your seminar using icebreakers, activities, and campus gems by exploring the Community Building page of this website.

In your first class

  • Discuss etiquette and expectations of the students. Periodically revisit these topics throughout the semester.
  • Go over the FIG syllabus
  • Have students sign up for a one-on-one

Each class, you can

  • Give an agenda or plan by displaying a document or slide at the beginning of class. This gives students a clear idea of how the class will progress, what will be covered, and the activities they’ll engage in.
  • Take time to allow questions, comments, and reactions from your class.
  • Divide into smaller groups for a discussion on a certain topic.

Next level ways to get students involved

  • Have students be the presenter and share projects with the class. This allows your students to show what they’re working on while practicing their presentation skills. It also allows students to hear from one another.
  • Utilize the classroom chalkboard or whiteboard

Resources for Effective Learning

Sanger has a wide variety of handouts, webpages, and presentations that are tailored to the UT community and cover the skills for success, including time management, study skills, goal setting, test-taking and test preparation, motivation, drop-in tutoring, and peer academic coaching.