How Students Are Adjusting to Virtual Learning
March 26, 2020
With the recent sanctions placed for social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the world have begun doing their schoolwork online. The same is true for us here in Liberty, where I got a chance to sit down and have a chat (online, of course) with some of our students about how they’re adapting to the new virtual style.
“When you’re confused, you want to ask the teacher, but they can’t respond right away. At school, you can go right up to the teacher and they’ll answer you right away. Another downside is that if you like doing stuff on paper, you can’t really do that on a computer,” Junior Kate Shriver said.
Jae Bryant, another junior at North, also found difficulties with the loss of accessibility to teachers.
“The biggest downside is that I can’t ask a million questions to my teachers. I question everything. They have lives, and I understand that they can’t answer two-hundred students every single minute of the day, which sucks because I can’t just email them and say, “Hey, I have a question!” I have to wait until their scheduled times for them to answer something,” Bryant said.
Despite the downsides, Shriver did find benefits to virtual learning.
“I can work at my own pace and the work actually isn’t that hard. I mean, they’re probably going to get harder, but not yet. They’re pretty easy. And some teachers are really nice and don’t give a lot of work, so I like that. I’ve also really liked how there are no tests, it’s just quizzes, which is good because I hate tests,” Shriver said.
Bryant, however, has yet to find a positive to the virtual learning style that the school district has adopted.
“I like being in the school atmosphere and being able to just walk up to my teacher’s desk and just be like “Hey, can you explain this?” Instead, I have to Google stuff, and getting the Google explanation is way different and very unhelpful most of the time,” Bryant said.
One of the big issues that get brought up in schools regularly is the amount of quality sleep students actually get during the school week. For our two students, the results seem mixed.
“I don’t sleep! My sleeping schedule is all out of whack! I used to go to sleep at like, ten for school and I went to sleep at four am this morning and woke up at eight. So…I’m thriving,” Bryant said.
Kate, on the other hand, seems to be having much more restful nights. But despite a healthier sleep schedule, there’s still one big downside to at-home learning.
“It’s actually so much better. I’m not as tired as I used to be. I go to bed at ten, wake up at about seven-forty, and I’ll take naps after I’m done with my work. Not working with my friends, not seeing teachers face-to-face, labs, and seeing stuff,” Shriver said
Social isolation is an issue students have had to learn to deal with. We’re so used to seeing our classmates every day, that when faced with doing school-work at home alone, many of us feel lonely. While it may be annoying to only be able to see friends through a screen, students take comfort in knowing that once the virus has run its course, things can get back to normal.