Students struggle with online learning

Students have to put on a brave face even though they have so much going on during quarantine.


Students have to put on a brave face even though they have so much going on during quarantine.

Being stuck at home and not doing much is already pretty boring. But online learning just makes it worse and more tough on teenagers and students. Many parents would argue that it is probably easier because all they do is stay home most of the time. Research actually shows that it can provoke stress and make a person feel overwhelmed, affect health issues, and more.

According to ‘’How Online Learning Can Affect Student Health’’ by Amrita Balram, she states that students have to adjust to the new learning system. This means students have conceived many new bad habits which would be specifically sleep habits. Students lack sleep and are still expected to wake up five days a week at the same time and get through three or more classes a day. It is especially hard to wake up in the morning. Screen time also increases on digital devices with 10 or more hours a week. This article also states ‘’Increased screen time usage, especially for non-academic activities, has been found to be linked with increases in depression, anxiety and perceived attention problems.’’ This is important to know because ever since quarantine started many teenagers have been stuck on their phone without any exercise or much communication with the real world and it could lead to further health issues.

There are many difficulties about online learning. For example, having trouble with technology and not having the proper tools to log into classes and being on time. Students can have a problem with having to find internet around them or having to pay monthly for it. Another disadvantage of online learning would be ‘’what should not be taught online.’’ This means many subjects that are taught online don’t really help teenagers because students need to interact with one another and be able to communicate as well as express themselves in clubs or sports. In a face-to-face learning environment students would be able to show excitement and enthusiasm and not just learn with their cameras off with a screen in front of them for 10+ hours a week.

Online learning not only affects students but teachers as well. In ‘’Survey: Teachers and Students Are Struggling With Online Learning’’ by Sarah Schwartz it states that there is a much slower pace of learning. Fewer students are prepared for school and less than half of the curriculum is being covered due to not going at a constant or fast pace like it used to. To add on, more students are likely to fall behind since they might not have access to a digital device or the internet. Students also struggle even more to keep up with their work and are less motivated.

Being in a physical classroom everyday is more encouraging and accelerating than through online learning.