This article is a part of The Ascent Summer Program 2020

By Anoushka Kumar

  Never in the history of humankind has there ever been such a lockdown been placed on the global population, but this pandemic has caused strife along with great emotional and physical suffering. It has swept the world with fear and uncertainty that lingers over our heads. This unprecedented event has sparked changes, one important one for a student being online schooling. 

  One of the factors that come with lockdown is online schooling. It isn’t an ideal way to be educated for many. Many struggles to even understand this concept. 

 Firstly, adjusting to learning in a new environment. Schools are created for the sole purpose of learning, and thus have everything for that experience to go as well as possible. Another is the fact that prolonged E-Learning can cause social isolation. It can also drastically affect your grades and understanding of the curriculum. Additionally,it requires self motivation, since there are very few things in your home environment that push you to work diligently and stay on task. 

 I personally struggled a lot with time management, which resulted in me not meeting deadlines and rushing through work. Missing out on updates and becoming very antisocial was suddenly an unexpected normal. But, after a while, I started to adjust to my new schedule and created a new routine for myself. 

Online education does have it’s benefits. like having much more flexible timings, and is consistent and convenient for everyone during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

 Some issues that others faced were not knowing how important communication and social interaction with friends are. In a school environment, these things are vital, not only to get you more comfortable but also academically. 

Some tips to help you adjust to online schooling are:

  1. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your teachers for help, as they understand that this is going to be hard, and are probably struggling with some things themselves. 
  2. Know the expectations that are being held; you are just as responsible for your actions as you are in a normal class setup.
  3. Get familiar with all the learning platforms you have access to. Once you do, you will be more accustomed to them and it will make you more comfortable doing your coursework. 
  4. Actively participate in classes. Even though you may feel like you’re learning alone, everyone is feeling confused and lost. This is something that others can understand, and reaching out to your classmates and teachers can help you infinitely. not only by making you understand academic work, but also raise your spirits at this time. 

We are all at crossroads right now, but challenging situations and obstacles are all a part of life, and practising gratitude and being positive are some of the best things you can do right now.

 Education is the most powerful weapon which  you can use to change the world.’’ 

-Nelson Mandela