Corinne Kasten – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Public schools have undergone a drastic transition into e-learning due to the coronavirus. Although some students feel as though it is harder, when managed responsibly online courses can teach them valuable college skills they may not have gotten in a regular classroom setting.
First, taking online courses requires a strong sense of a self-discipline. Students must manage a schedule and keep up with their due dates.
There is no teacher reminding them every day that they have an assignment due tomorrow. Some students are managing family life, distractions, or a job, and still do schoolwork.
In addition, it teaches students organization and time management. Every week, students must remember to check the updates and announcements for each of their online courses. They must remember to study course materials, work on assignments, participate in discussion boards, and fill out tests and quizzes.
Some students have created weekly schedules to organize their weeks, when they might not of before. In college, deadlines or test dates might be mentioned only once, so having it written down and planned into your schedule is a great skill to have.
LRHS senior Anthony Sablan said, “I was the type of student to never use my planner, but with online classes I had to make a word document to keep my classes in-line.”
Also, having personal help with topics is not always available with online courses. However, this allows students to utilize the internet for help.
In college, professors may not provide all the information necessary for the student to be successful, so learning how to become comfortable with learning from the internet is a great resource to have.
With students doing their coursework from the comfort of their own homes, on their own schedules, it requires a drive of motivation to sit down and teach themselves a topic. They must dig deep and find that drive to do so.
Junior Faith Ross said, “It can definitely be hard to focus on your schoolwork when you’re in your own room, on your own time.”
College students lack overt pressure to complete work by professors and students. Therefore, they must find their own motivation to succeed in that class.
Finally, students learn how to communicate with their teachers and peers by writing purposeful, well-constructed emails. In college, communication with professors is the key to success. If students can learn to write and feel comfortable with sending emails to their teachers, it can serve them down the line in college.
Although they are faced with new challenges in this dark time, students are gaining new valuable experience that, in the end, can only help them in the next stage of life.