From having to figure out how to handle the technology to people losing their loved ones, I think I can say that this has been a difficult time for almost everyone. Gamers and binge-watchers, you'll support me on this one, it's good spending some time at home, even if it gets boring, we just got to know how to make the best out of it.
How have you been finding the education shift?
I have to say that it was a surprising switch for all students; I mean going from spending 8 hours a day at school to just being locked at home in front of a screen is definitely different. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet, but I'm trying to look at the positive side. We're certainly advancing, and let's be honest here, it's more comfortable once you get used to the new style of teaching (and once I figure out how to stop popping into the kitchen every 10 minutes).
I'm starting to think the whole commotion over the difficulty of e-learning could've been avoided. If technology was induced in our learning systems before (whether for preparation for classes like such or just in the interest of advancing), it would've decreased the amount of pressure put on us. We wouldn't be as worried about having to figure out how to join today’s online class, with all the pressure because we've been under lately. Yes, it's new, and yes, it's different, but for all we know, this is most likely our future so we better get used to it.
In case you’re finding attending online classes difficult or maybe confusing, here are a few tips to get you by:
- Make sure you're on mute if you're not talking (just to avoid the whole class listening to your siblings fighting on whose turn was it to play a game)
- Make sure you turn off the video as well.
- Avoid distractions. If you have a class, just try to let your family know and close your door to prevent anything else from getting your attention. Make sure you do not fall asleep, though.
- Don't overthink it. Everyone has technical difficulties, so if you do, just ask someone for their help; you could be helping others who are facing the same problem as well.
- Help out if you can. As teenagers, we naturally have more knowledge concerning technology than older generations, so it should come in handy when family members ask for help.
I have to say that schools are honestly trying their best to be of full support and we've got to be thankful for that. I am okay with the schooling situation now because we were done with the curriculum before leaving school, but I can only imagine how challenging it is for the students who didn't.
I think that when we go back to our regular educational systems, we should still carry on with e-learning as an addition. I mean, attending online classes is a bit easier than being dragged to school and different centers every day…don't you think?
At the end of the day, all of us students are confused and flustered. Don’t worry about it though, if anything, we’ll hopefully learn how to use technology better and get to spend some quality time with ourselves, which I think is very much needed. Just don't stress, stay safe, take all precautions. Hopefully everything will turn out just okay.
What do you think?
Are you finding e-learning easier? Why or why not? Do you think we should carry on with e-learning? How have you been dealing with schooling? Is it harder for you to study without schools?