Zoom Etiquette for Students – 12 Easy-to-Follow Rules

Zoom rules for students

  1. Mute Your Microphone when you aren’t speaking
  2. Test Your Connection before the online meeting
  3. Customize Your Profile according to Zoom etiquette
  4. Setup Video on Zoom meeting
  5. Dress Appropriately
  6. Turn Unnecessary Devices Off
  7. Try Zoom Gallery View for online classes
  8. Keep Additional People and Pets Off-Screen
  9. Be Respectful and On-Time
  10. Raise Your Hand
  11. Avoid Multitasking during Zoom meeting
  12. Use Sembly for Zoom meetings

The only significant difference between a virtual classroom and a regular one is the remote location or software.

Think about how you present yourself as a student in a zoom meeting. Participants should behave appropriately in the classroom.

As a college student, this may not be your first time using Zoom but here are some basic Zoom etiquette rules to follow to have a successful meeting or session.

Mute Your Microphone when you aren’t speaking

Ensure your microphone is off when you’re not speaking during the zoom meeting. Muting your mic can also help reduce the amount of background noise which is especially important if others are trying to watch or listen to something else. 

As a zoom etiquette rule, muting ensures that other people can hear each person and avoid background noise interrupting the class. 

Customize Your Profile according to Zoom etiquette
Your Microphone when you aren’t speaking

How to mute yourself on Zoom? If you’re in a zoom meeting and don’t need to use your microphone, you can mute it by clicking the red “mute” button next to the microphone icon. This action will prevent your audio from being transmitted to other participants. To unmute yourself, follow these same steps and select “unmute.” Easy as that!

Your professor may adjust the zoom meeting settings so that you enter the meeting on mute. Without this option, your mic will probably be unmuted when you enter, and everyone will be able to hear you.

Remember to unmute your mic as needed throughout the session. 

Test Your Connection before the online meeting

If you’re having trouble connecting to the zoom meeting, there are a few things you can do to test your connection: 

First, check that your device has the latest Zoom software update. Next, try restarting your device and then try reconnecting to Zoom. If you’re still having trouble connecting, contact zoom support before the lecture starts.

Choppy audio and video can result from a weak internet connection during an online class. To test your connection speed, visit a website such as Speedtest and click on the “begin test” button. The site will then start to measure your download and upload speeds. 

Try to test different types of connections, including broadband and mobile networks. Additionally, when you have slow connection you can try turning off your video.

Test your connection, make sure your computer is set up correctly, and practice using some features at any time by joining a test meeting. 

Customize Your Profile according to Zoom etiquette

Preparation is important. Your full name should appear appropriately during the zoom meeting.

Don’t change your name or change your zoom background during the meeting.  It is possible to change how your name appears, as well as upload a static image that appears on your screen when you are not using your camera.

The ability to see images rather than just names is useful, too, even if instructors prefer that college students use video. The Zoom meeting profile allows administrators to configure settings such as participant permissions, chat options, and more. 

Additionally, the profile can be used to create custom welcome messages and Meeting ID’s for each meeting. When participants join a Zoom meeting, they can expect the same experience.

Setup Video on Zoom meeting 

First things first! Focus on your lighting. Front-facing natural light from a window is the best option. It evenly accentuates and brightens your skin.

Keep the camera eye-level or higher. If you have ever been to a virtual class you know that good skincare is more important than usual. Be aware, Zoom also has a filter used to even your skin tone. It can help if you are in a rush.

Adjust your lighting and camera position so that your face is clear and easy to see. Beyond those general tips, you should also be aware of your background when choosing your outfit colors.  

Do not sit in front of a bright light, as this will make your face too dark to see. Pay attention to your background, lighting, noise and if needed use an appropriate vitrual background.  

Dress Appropriately

Ensure a clean, quiet area and dress appropriately. Please don’t wear pajamas to class. You might want to dress according to professional standards here.

In a zoom meeting, avoid using the webcam as a mirror to add finishing touches to your hair, face, or lighting. 

Avoid loud patterns, such as bold stripes, plaids, or florals; Don’t wear anything that is shiny or reflects lights, and avoid shiny jewelry, as it can catch the light or make noises while you are filming. 

Turn Unnecessary Devices Off

Turn off your phone. Like in other class settings, please only use your phone if there is an emergency. It is disruptive to yourself, and using a phone can also get you in trouble with your professor.

It can be hard to focus on an online meeting when your phone is constantly buzzing with notifications. While you’re trying to attend a virtual class, you may want to consider disabling notifications for specific apps. By taking a break from your phone, you’ll be able to focus better and get more done in less time.

You might want to minimize or close all other windows on your display so you aren’t distracted by email or other applications. 

Try Zoom Gallery View for online classes

Try Zoom Gallery View for online classes
Try Zoom Gallery View for online classes

Zoom’s gallery view displays thumbnails of attendees in a grid pattern that expands and contracts as participants join and leave the online meeting.

You may be able to change the view of your Zoom screen depending on how your professors have set up their Zoom rooms and attendee permissions. There are four available video layouts when no one in the meeting is screen sharing: Speaker view, Gallery view, Immersive view, and floating thumbnail window.

You can view your professor more easily with an active speaker view if the class follows a lecture format. With gallery view, you can see 49 participants at once when the class is in a discussion.

Keep Additional People and Pets Off-Screen

It is stressful enough being a student, so don’t let other people and pets get in your way.

Tell the people you live with exactly where and when you will be in class, and ask them not to disturb you. 

Never have conversations with other people off-camera and don’t allow household members to walk around behind you during the meeting.

Be Respectful and On-Time

You can use the chat to have side conversations with classmates. Don’t engage in texting, social media, work from other classes, or other distractions while in class. 

All comments should be respectful of the instructor and of the fellow students, and all disagreements should be conducted respectfully. 

When possible, don’t join a zoom that you weren’t invited to, share your class’s password with others, or sign in under a different name.

Make sure you arrive on time to class otherwise be sure to let your instructor know if you are running late or if your connection fails.

Raise Your Hand

You can “raise your hand” by putting a note in the chat window (“Question” or “Comment”). Professor will put you in the queue and call on you.

Since professors have to share content with the class, they will pay attention to the chat window and will stop to check for questions.

Unless you’re asked to speak, use Zoom’s communication functions (chat, raise your hand, answer yes/no, etc.) to communicate.

Avoid Multitasking during Zoom meeting

Avoid multitasking and focus your attention on the class. Don’t walk around during the class meeting. 

If you are attending a virtual class meeting, it can be tempting to open other windows and tabs, check email and social media, or switch your attention to your phone. Avoid multitasking and avoid walking around during the meeting.

If at all possible, turn off your phone and any pop-up notifications on your computer during online classes. You should also avoid eating while you are online. 

Don’t take screenshots, cell phone pictures, or otherwise record the meeting, your classmates, or your instructor without expressed permission to do so.

Use Sembly for Zoom meetings

Sembly can record online classes and transcribe them so you can refer back to what was discussed during the lesson, bookmark the important details, share the lesson structure with other college students who need to make up missed lessons or need to prepare for an exam or seminar.

Sembly helps you never forget the key points and always be prepared. Sembly will track all the details from each class and will be there to support you after the lecture. 

Sembly allows you to quickly review & search through the online learning sessions, it automatically identifies key items and smart summaries for topics that were discussed during the class. 

Preparation for exams takes time so allow Sembly to analyze lectures’ content, share smart summaries and key insights to help expedite the learning process, and share content with friends.

With Sembly you don’t have to worry about being absent from the lecture. 

Get access to audio recording, lecture summary, action items of the lecture, and much more just by sending Sembly to the lecture instead of you!

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