Pressing Ahead

Congratulations. You’ve made it more than three-quarters of the way through a year in pandemic education.

We’ve already used the blog to discuss the use (or non-use) of virtual teaching measures next year. Here’s a more fundamental question: what has this year taught you about the way you learn?

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4 Responses to Pressing Ahead

  1. Chingun Tsogt-Erdene says:

    This year, I have realized that the way I learn has to be in a classroom with other students. I become more engaged and have more interactions that make my learning experience enjoyable. I have come to realize that I just cannot focus when I am in virtual classes. I tend to get lazy and the only way to fix that problem is by going to in-person classes. Another thing I have learned is that I like to take my time to actually understand certain concepts in class. For example in some homework questions in Trigonometry, my classmates would finish quickly but I would solve the problem and make another problem for myself to make sure I actually get it. This tends to double the amount of time that I actually need to spend. Lastly, I recently found out by simply not being shy and asking the questions to teachers and tutors that I need answered can improve my learning experience a lot.

  2. Courtenay Sebastian says:

    I learned that, well specifically from your and Richardson’s class, that I learn better by listening. Reading the material is not enough. Listening somehow sparks something; it helps me realize the true meaning of the material. However, virtual classes are just not for me. The classroom atmosphere is where I can feel myself learning. Zoom is nothing like that. It’s hard to connect with the teacher and your peers like you would in a traditional classroom setting. To be honest I’m ready for in person classes again, and I thought I’d never say that, being an introvert.

  3. Zuyi Li says:

    This is year is a very special year, we are doing things that have never been done in our lifetime. Especially for teachers, they have never sat in front of a computer and teach to a screen. I made it more than three-quarters of the way through a year in pandemic education and this way of learning has taught me a lot about learning virtually. The hardest part about learning from Zoom is how to keep attention for more than 30 minutes. Without being in the classroom, there is a lot of things that are around us that can distract us from learning–friends, text messages are all source of distraction. It is really easy to get off track after getting distracted, once we get off track, it is very easy to get lost this year with the speed of our lesson. From this learning environment, I learn how to keep my attention for the duration of the lecture. As students, we also have more than just one class every day. It is more crucial to learn how to get rid of the fatigue after each class and get ready for the next. After being on Zoom for almost 8 months, I also learn how to adjust my screen fatigue. This way when I start the next class, I can pay the same amount of attention to the rest of the classes as the first class. This year provided us with a very special learning experience and might not happen again.

  4. Khushi Patel says:

    I realized that going to class in person is the best way to learn for me. At first, I liked being virtual because I can stay home, or I can stay in my room and be comfortable. However, after being on campus several times, I realized that I could learn material faster and understand more when I am on campus and going to in-person classes. When I do virtual classes, I can easily get distracted by my phone, another person talking to me, or even fall asleep. Then, when I have to do homework or study for a test or quiz, I have to spend a lot more time trying to reteach myself the material. It becomes frustrating and tiring. I also get tired of staring at a screen for a long time. In class, I usually do not have a choice but to pay attention which makes it easier to understand and learn the topics faster and easily. I do not have to stare at a screen for a long time. During the first nine weeks, it was also hard to connect to other people especially because it was a new school with new people, but after going to campus it has been easier to talk to other students and teachers and even get help with homework assignments. Overall, for me personally, in-person classes are more beneficial with less stress than virtual learning, and I am hoping for a normal year again next year.

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