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What I did during the Pandemic (2020)

Since the end of my school year in 8th grade (March), I haven’t been able to go out for 9 months due to the pandemic. I was most of the time in the house doing something I found interesting. During the break, I had done so many things that could be helpful for future purposes. I had completed different courses I took based on my interests in Alison and Udemy. Until now, I am still in the process of learning and improving the German language by doing some exercises and performing them when talking to my father. After completing enough courses, I started something more interesting, which is making my own website. Moreover, in 9th grade, school started later in September. It is almost Christmas and I too have a Christmas vacation, although I have many projects that should be given next year (2021) knowing that there’s not much to do and I couldn’t be engaged in outdoor activities.

My thoughts on Online learning so far

06/17/2021 – Thursday

I have been engaging in online learning for a whole school year now and have found many advantages and disadvantages. At the beginning of the school year, I did great with my academics. My grades went unexpectedly high, which made me feel kind of weird and strange, but then it was way easier with the performance tasks and projects, especially with public speaking. I just had to record a video of myself and edit it whenever I made a mistake.

Advantages

There are quite a lot when talking about the advantages of online learning, in my opinion. First of all, I’ve got to concentrate more since the place I’m living in is often silent with no other students distracting me or tempting me not to study. I often study the day before or an hour before the test, so it’s a big advantage for me XD.

Another is that I wouldn’t need to worry about passing my assignments due on that day. We’ve got a stable internet connection, so there’s no problem at all. Other than going to school (face-to-face), we need to pass the assignments during that hour, and we all know that it sucks when the teachers are not around as well.

Moving on to the third pro, I get to learn my lessons by myself and be independent, gaining the will to learn. It’s going to be a great thing in my future, especially when I will be studying on my own for a career that I love. It would be easier since I’ve got to practice it my whole existence.

The last one is about transportation. I won’t be going to school early in the morning, still sleepy and uncomfortable dealing with people. It would also save more money, knowing that transportation nowadays is getting expensive. And of course, it will help reduce the cause of global warming by reducing the use of motor vehicles. I live in a tropical country, so I would love to go out without burning myself since it’s extremely hot.

Disadvantages

So far, there have been only a few disadvantages. Distractions would always be number one. There’s no other problem besides me. We have most of the time a stable internet connection, and so I get distracted that I can’t focus on my work. You know, there are a whole lot of crazy things happening on the internet nowadays, but then I always push myself to do my responsibilities and pass at least five assignments per day. Observing my actions last school year, I came to my senses that I should be disciplining myself even more, especially at the start of getting distracted.

Self-Motivation can be a bit of a problem for me. I admit I can be pretty lazy sometimes, for those teenagers out there, I’m sure it’s quite relatable. But sometimes, I could also easily manipulate my mind to motivate myself on doing my work. Of course, time management, I somehow suck at this. I give myself a schedule but then I get lazy and cram.

Based on my experience, I get upset when some of my teachers won’t follow the schedule and just simply text in the group chat saying we will be having a synchronous session at that exact time. I have to check my messenger once in a while to avoid missing a class or any announcement, but this would be distracting. And yes, communication is important, especially in group projects. My groupmates won’t even open the group chat. I found it hard to get in contact with them, so I ended up doing most of the project myself.

Other than these, I haven’t found any more disadvantages to online learning. Listing all of these made me think that virtual learning and face-to-face classes have their pros and cons. In my opinion, I would want it if these two got mixed up somehow. I don’t know if that could happen, but then we all have our own opinions.

End of Summer Break

08/04/2021 – Wednesday

This summer was quite calming and worry-less compared to the others I’ve experienced. I finished a number of online courses |→| and started to learn new lessons on how to drive a car. I haven’t practiced though, since I haven’t reached the permitted age yet. Instead, I used my time to learn the theory and would just observe my sister how she managed to learn how to drive in the country we’re living in. People here often ignore the traffic rules, which will lead to a complete disaster, but thankfully it hasn’t happened to us yet. Almost though :>