By Aishna Oberoi, Staff Writer
During the difficult times of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students are being forced to study from their homes. As easy and comforting as this sounds, it’s actually more difficult and stressful for students to manage their schedules from homes and attend remote-live classes with constant distractions.
Many students feel that their institutions are an escape from their daily life, and with that escape gone, students are more prone to anxiety and depression due to the sense of isolation, disturbance and change.
Students who don’t have proper means or those who can’t afford new technological equipment have an obvious disadvantage, compared to those who have all the tools required.
Some have shared bedrooms making it harder for them to attend classes without interruption. Every household is different, and so is every relation.
Despite the parents trying to help and be supportive in these times, not everyone can do so. A house or home is a personal space and zone designed according to a person and their family’s personality and likings. It’s a safe space for many, but when external factors or pressures are involved in this space, not everyone can cope and adjust accordingly.
Students are just expected to be okay with everything, but not everyone has the same learning capacity. Some need to see and observe. Some need to hear and grasp. Most importantly, everyone needs to feel free to question and understand, but with everything online and remote, it’s hard for students to catch up.
Studies show that in-person lectures are more effective and have a high understanding value compared to remote classes.
A basic difference between a classroom and a room will always stand: a classroom is a specially designed and constructed place for distraction-free learning whereas a bedroom or any room in a house is for comfort and relaxation.
We can all agree that studying requires full attention and concentration, but due to the casual environment of households, that is difficult to achieve. So, a basic request from most students is to be given leniency to fulfill their required assignments and projects, taking into consideration the constant struggles and changes they are facing.
Another problematic aspect of this scenario is that the more the students are exposed to this lifestyle, the more they will get used to it, resulting in difficulties to follow the normal and traditional routines for schools and colleges.
Witnessing a pandemic for the youth is as stressful as it can get. Moreover, the phobia of being exposed to the fatal virus adds a lot of pressure on the young minds.
During these times, students should be supported and understood more, especially those who are newly transitioning from high school to college. This time is a new phase for students, which is normally filled with excitement and enthusiasm, but these not-so-normal times are making it hard for the new college students to cope with the new lifestyle and level of study.
The best thing to do during times like this is to encourage and motivate the young fragile minds, and make them believe in their strength and themselves.