By Elijah (14 years old)
Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, schools were ordered to close and students were forced to stay at home and study online. After three months of online studying, I personally think that learning in a classroom is a lot better than learning online. Allow me to tell you why.
Learning in a classroom helps us to focus and learn more effectively because being in a classroom, a student is less distracted as compared to a home environment as there are simply too many things going on, making too much noise in the background, which is distracting to both the students and the teachers.
In class, the teacher can explain a subject clearly to us so that we can fully understand the theories and concepts of a topic. Moreover, students who are not paying attention will be easily spotted and singled out by the teacher. However, during an online lesson, students are more likely to doze off. It has been reported by teachers that their students are doing other stuff when they are teaching online. Students can be playing games, munching on snacks or even disappear during an online lesson. They pretty much do whatever they like.
Another drawback of an online lesson is that we have less interaction with our classmates and teachers. It is also more difficult to carry out projects, assignments or presentations during online classes. Often than not, communicating with our project partners and teachers can pose a problem when the Internet is unstable and not everybody can make it online as they have committed to other activities.
Health wise, long hours of staring at the screen of a phone or computer often makes our eyes tire easily, resulting in eyestrain. Working at a computer constantly can cause back, neck and shoulder pains, headache and overuse injuries of the arms and hands. We are students who are still growing physically but because of having to study online, we are having ailments which only the older adults suffer. What is the world coming to when youngsters have to grow old prematurely?
Although learning online is still better than not learning at all, most students prefer to attend actual school where we enjoy meeting up with our fellow classmates and teachers. I, for one, terribly miss the PE lesson and sports games at school. Therefore, we must all appreciate and make the most of it when we are able to go to school.