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Tools for Studying and Connecting with Students

Photo: Graduate student using Zoom to meet with colleagues

With UF now completely online for the remainder of the semester, students are simultaneously adjusting to this new remote campus life, leaving Gainesville and moving back home. Here are two tech resources to help you study and stay connected to your fellow students:

The newest free service in UF’s GatorCloud is G-Suite. G-Suite provides applications like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides to collaborate with peers on class projects. Anna Ferko, a sophomore studying public relations, usually meets up with a classmate to study before an exam. In our new online-only teaching and learning world, Anna–like many Gators–is getting creative:

“Since we couldn’t meet up in person, I created a Google Doc to share with a friend so we could put together a study guide for our exam,” Ferko said. “Even though we couldn’t study together, we were still able to do it virtually.”

The Canvas discussion board is also useful for creating an “online chatroom” to post questions about lectures, projects and assignments. Sometimes a little clarification is all you need to turn in a great paper!

For remote assistance with G-Suite or e-Learning tools, don’t hesitate to contact the UF Computing Help Desk ( or 352-392-HELP/4357). Stay safe, Gators!