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 “shocked,” but then it was way easier with the performance tasks and projects, especially with public speaking, which I’m pretty bad at. I just had to record myself and edit it whenever I made a mistake.
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 peaceful and quiet, with no other students at all 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 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.
I’ve seen just a few disadvantages so far. Distractions will always be first. There’s no other problem besides me. We have most of the time a stable internet connection and so I get distracted that I couldn’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 to do 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 then 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 touch 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.