A Student Perspective on Distance Learning

The Meadows School Campus
If someone had told me that I would be taking all of my classes online come April, I would have thought they were crazy. Online school has definitely been a change and even a challenge. While at first it was difficult trying to manage Zoom calls, staying focused, and maintaining motivation as a second semester senior, I have learned to adapt to new teaching methods, a very different learning environment, and more independent study.

As distance schooling has become “normal,” I feel that it has not only been a learning experience for students but one for teachers as well. Distance learning is not the same as in-person class, nor are Zoom classes a direct substitute for hands-on learning. Due to the differences, teachers have developed new strategies, schedules, and methods to teach in a way in which students will continue to retain information. Likewise, I know I can say for myself that as a student, I have also developed new study habits and organizational skills to overcome the challenges of online learning. For example, at the beginning of quarantine, I was doing most of my homework and studying in bed. I convinced myself, studying in bed would be a good idea... I was wrong. I realized my mistake and changed my routine immediately. From that point on, I developed a schedule for myself: wake up, make my bed, eat breakfast, study (at a desk), and in the afternoon take a walk outside. My schedule has helped me stay on task, focus on my work at hand, and feel a bit more “normal” in these very unusual circumstances. Getting fresh air, whether it be walking, biking, or having a picnic has also been extremely beneficial, an activity I would definitely recommend. It takes my mind off quarantine and creates a break in the day. Although online learning is not what I expected for my senior year, I have adapted and learned from this experience.

I feel that The Meadows School has done a tremendous job aiding students in the transition, not only academically but also emotionally. All the teachers are supportive inside and outside of the Zoom classes, welcoming to emails and virtual conversations, their uplifting words have been a beacon of positivity throughout the process. Online learning may continue, but it has not and will not stop the intellectual and inquisitive environment that The Meadows School fosters.
 
Claire Strimling
Senior Class President 
  • Upper School