October 15, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Aaryana Sharma; Edited by Haarika Kalahasti
Starting from March of this year, a new sweeping phenomenon has allowed students worldwide to sleep in, forget their breakfast, and even attend meetings with their pajamas on. Now, this occurrence--online school--is present in homes around the world. This global catastrophe all began when spring break was extended for a week. We all returned from our spring break vacation, sad that we would have to return to school. But then, it was like the school districts were finally listening to us, as we had just received an email from the school district that spring break was officially extended one whole week. Soon, that one week became one month, and before we knew it, we had online projects, assignments, and piling homework. To see the effect on a group of students at my high school, I conducted a quick survey.
Based on the survey, around 70% of the participants said they enjoyed online school. The students mentioned how they enjoyed how classes were organized, having synchronous and asynchronous days, the excess breaks between classes, and the extended 11:59 pm submission deadline. Students also added that they liked being able to organize themselves better at home and not having to wake up early to catch the bus.
However, there was also plenty of criticism of virtual school. Participants said that they missed having a typical lunch period and also missed having more opportunities to converse with their peers. Some students reported that they would prefer to have frequent and structured announcements and reminders on deadlines. Other comments were that the workload has increased because asynchronous work tends to mix with our synchronous homework for most students. Regardless, there’s no doubt that online school has taken a toll on students. It’s important for them to recognize ways to deal with online school before everything starts to unravel.
Here are some tips for surviving(and thriving) online school:
For the past 6 odd months, we have had a huge transition in the learning environment and daily school routine. Fortunately, we have the privilege to learn at home in the midst of a pandemic. Together, we find innovative ways to study and do the things we love… from a safe distance.