Online learning pros and cons

Bailey Wilborn, junior, works on school at home.

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Bailey Wilborn, junior, works on school at home.

As COVID-19 caused school to be online for the remainder of the semester, continuous learning showed both pros and cons.
Bailey Wilborn, junior, found less wasted time.
“I think a major pro of online school from home is that there is less wasted time like busy work because there are only assignments,” Wilborn said.
Flexibility was favored.
“The best thing about online learning is that I got to lay in bed, watch my Netflix show, and eat while doing school work everyday,” senior Katie Boline said.
Along with Boline, Brock Stupka, sophomore, enjoyed freedom associated with the new learning methods.
“The pros of online is that I can do my work on my own time, and it’s a lot more laid back than regular school,” Stupka said.
The extended access to lessons was ideal.
“A pro for continuous learning is that I am able to go back on the videos teachers send out to go over the lesson again and am able to catch stuff that I missed the first time,” junior Connor Cunningham said.
Mason Sanchez, freshman, liked the smaller work load that online school brought.
“I liked online school because there were fewer assignments and they did not require as much work to finish,” Sanchez said.
Along with the pros related to the new style of learning, cons also played a part.
“A con is that it is hard to keep track of which assignments are due for what class,” Wilborn said.
The separation from other students was a problem.
“The bad thing about online learning is that I could not see my friends every day and if I had trouble with doing an assignment I didn’t have my teacher to help. It was very easy but definitely miss being at school,” Boline said.
Along with Boline, Stupka missed social interaction.
“I did not like the fact that I was not able to see friends or interact with others,” he said.
Students found teacher accessibility was less than needed.
“A problem is that if I get something wrong I have to wait for the next zoom meeting to talk to the teacher and ask questions which might mean that I turned in the assignment late,” Cunningham said.
Throughout the change in learning, students adapted.