As the pandemic known as COVID-19 or better known as the coronavirus has become widespread and caused a global pandemonium, students ranging from all ages have had to shift from traditional classes to online classes. They have been receiving homework via online to keep up with their graduation requirements. Governors in each state are requiring that schools close down and suggesting the concept of social distancing by not being in big crowds to reduce the spread of the coronavirus as it affects elderly people. For instance, my school allowed us to come earlier this week on Monday to retrieve our books and anything else we needed from our lockers before the shutdown. It is an anxious and stressful time for both teachers adn students as adjustments to the school calendar are made and new material is prepared via online for the students to stay on track.

The nice thing about doing online schooling is that it’s online, making it very flexible for the student. For instance, the student may complete the homework at any time during the day resulting in faster and early completion. Like me, they can wake up early and get the work done or they can sleep in late and do it later. Students may be very busy due to their family life taking a lot of their time from their schedule and delaying them to get their online homework done efficiently and on time as My College Guide puts it: “Most online courses provide you with more flexibility than a traditional on-campus class. This means you can do your coursework around your work schedule and family life. Rather than needing to attend a 9:00am class every week, you can, for the most part, choose when you study, so long as you submit your work by the deadlines given” (My College Guide, 2020).  

There are also hard but feasible commitments with online classes such as the student learning to have self-discipline and self-motivation for them to navigate through the self-teaching process due to not having face to face interaction with the teacher as the University of the People The Education Revolution puts it: “While professors are still accessible digitally and within forums online, there are no physical office hours where you can meet your professor face to face. Although video conferencing is an option for some, it is a different set-up than the traditional environment” (University of the People The Education Revolution, 2020).

 For instance, if the student needed to get help with a math problem, instead of waiting until the end of the traditional school day to physically go talk to the teacher they would have to send the teacher an email asking for help. Another con on top of this is the teacher taking too long to respond resulting in an anxious student because the teacher has so many other emails to respond to due to the questions and concerns proposed by the student body. Overall, it really depends on the student’s preferential option and learning style.

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September 14, 2020 8:57 pm

In the article, “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?” I learned about the pros and cons that come with online school and which alternative can be better for certain students. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic schools and other major facilities have been forced to close down and people are encouraged to be sheltered in place. With this, students and teachers have switched over to home-based learning. Although home-based learning may be a better alternative for some students, not everyone is able to learn from home without guidance and help from teachers. Some students find it more difficult because they don’t have easy access to tutoring or physical representations of how to do their assignments.

I believe that home based learning is not for everyone. As of March 17th my school has also switched over to home based learning and this makes it difficult for me to not only learn but also get my work done. I enjoyed going to school because I saw it as a way to take my mind off of things and learn. I was also able to ask questions and ask for help, although home based learning is not a terrible idea, and good for those who can’t attend school. Being a procrastinator, I also have a hard time managing my time and actually getting my assignments done and turned in. I also think that it’s overwhelming for students to receive a significant amount of work all at once.

Which do you like best, home based learning or traditional school?

Reply to  April
September 14, 2020 9:00 pm

Dear April, 
I am content with your response to “ Which is a better alternative: Online school vs. Traditional school” because I agree that there are pros and cons to these two alternatives. However online school could be a good option for certain students. 

One sentence that stood out to me is “Although home-based learning may be a better alternative for some students, not everyone is able to learn from home without guidance and help from teachers.” I think this is true because I personally think that online schooling a good thing for me in a way but however its better having  traditional schooling. Online schooling is good for me because I’m very anti social so now that were online I’m anxiety free and stress free in a way. Although traditional schooling is better because you get to actually get help from your teachers in person than through online. 

Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find these topics interesting. What will bring me back is the topics that relate to me in a way or I could make connections with.

Billy Riley Jr.
Billy Riley Jr.
May 4, 2020 5:31 pm

Hey Aria, I like what you said about online school being both challenging and relief to some students. As a student myself about to graduate in a couple of weeks, I like to share my thoughts about online school vs traditional schools as well. I believe online schools can be good for many reasons like getting the proper rest instead of staying up all night to finish an assignment and then waking up early in the morning, being comfortable with what you wear or being comfortable in what you do without being judge by others, and like what you said, being able to work on an assignment when ever you want or can. However I do have some reasons why traditional schools are a lot better then online schools. For example some students prefer having the teacher with them to help them and you have trouble makers who didn’t do school work at school and now knowing they don’t have to go to school they can be slacking off even more and not doing the school work without supervision. Hopefully you and I can come up with more ideas on online schools vs traditional schools.

Ron From Los Angeles
Ron From Los Angeles
March 30, 2020 9:06 pm

This does seem to have some interetsing infomration

March 30, 2020 8:42 pm

Hey Aria! I really loved reading your article! I especially liked how you pointed out the benefits and downsides of online schooling! I also like how in the beginning you described what was going on in our current world. I found another article discussing the pros and cons of online school for high schoolers. Hope you enjoy it!

March 30, 2020 6:30 pm

Hey Aria, Your post really caught my attention because it the most interesting topic for me right now, especially with everything that has been going on. I completely agree with all the points you brought to online schooling, and traditional schooling. I also agree with the last point you made, it all comes down to the way the student learns better.

March 30, 2020 4:11 pm

Hey Aria, I love this post. I like how you took what is happening with us and made it into something that is beneficial. Like you said, there are a lot of benefits to be able to do schooling online. It has many perks to it such as getting classwork done at our own time, not having to drive to school, and sleeping in. There are also a lot of bad things about schooling online. The biggest problem for me is not being able to interact with my friends everyday. I found an article about this that can help further your research if you choose to do so! This article talks about the importance of friendship and how spend a lot of time with them in school. It is hard not being able to interact with people.

March 26, 2020 3:09 am

hey aria, I love how you talked about the good things about having online school and also the bad things. The part that you talked about that I like was when you said we can either get our work done in the morning or afternoon.

good job!

March 24, 2020 3:49 pm

Hey Aria, nice article highlighting the benefits and downsides to online learning. It was interesting to see a bunch of these examples laid out in front of us. I especially liked when you talked about how we can either get up early to do our work, or we can sleep in and do it later, as I think this is something we can all relate to. Keep up the good work!

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