Projects loading slow?

This is the second academic year I'm using for my R based courses. Is it me or are projects loading slower this year? Once loaded the speed is fine, but the initial load seems to be taking longer than last year.

I'm also using for a course and have had some very slow loading speeds. Some users hang for up to 10 minutes. Any suggesting are appreciated.

Regrading the reply post, was having issues yesterday.

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