Sometimes it can be helpful to formally reflect on the research that you have conducted in the past week or two, so consider regular check-ins with your UROP mentor – whether via email, Zoom, Slack, or in person. The following questions should help get you think about topics to discuss at a regular check-in meeting.
- What did you plan to work on/accomplish in the past week or two?
- What did you actually work on/accomplish?
- Describe any challenges you faced and how you overcame them?
- Were there things you had planned to accomplish, but did not?
- How are you planning to accomplish any incomplete goals?
- What additional training/guidance would help you achieve these goals?
- What tools or resources might you need?
- What can your mentor do to help?
- What are some lessons learned (good and bad)?
- Define your goals for the next week or two. What do you plan to examine/complete?
- How did your experiences of the past week or two shape your plan for the coming weeks?
Given that we some groups are working hybrid schedules and/or others remotely, we encourage you to consider Best Practices for Learning Remotely that have been developed to help adjust to online learning.
MIT also has a variety of tools available to support remote learning and teaching, including enterprise versions of Slack, WebEX, Zoom. IS&T also provides Resources for Working Remotely During Campus Emergencies, which you may find useful.
See also the EHS COVID-19 FAQ for details regarding EHS resources and information in light of COVID-19.