Student Opinions on Distance Learning and In School Learning

Written by Teagan Russell

On March 20th, 2020, the world was flipped upside down when LCPS announced a closure of in-school learning. The conversion to distance learning was something nobody expected to experience in their lives. However, the students of Woodgrove High School have learned to adapt to the new circumstances. Now, having an alternate form of learning to compare to traditional teaching, what lessons can schools learn?

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Distance learning has provided a window into what a different life could look like. Some students, such as Braeden Wolford, a senior at Woodgrove, have been savoring the extra comforts it allows. “I’m inside my house so I don’t have to go and put on something nice for school each day. I’m in my own element and can relax much more than a regular school and I love it.” 

Jake Dillenburg, a junior at Woodgrove, enjoys the flexibility, “When I’m home, if I have no work to get done in study hall, I’m able to use it as free time instead of when I’m in school where that time gets wasted.” Distance learning has shown many teachers and students that extra time can be used to their advantage. 

Being away from school can also have negative consequences. Makena Polson, a freshman at Woodgrove, says, “I have gotten worse with my time management because I get distracted a lot. My mind wanders frequently while I’m working.”

Many students have also expressed exhaustion over the influx of homework with distance learning. “I have a lot more work to do. Some of it is easy to do while some of it is a long grueling process. There will be times where it overwhelms me, and I’m working at 1:00 in the morning, and that is not an exaggeration,” says Wolford. 

Several students have been appreciative of the freedom in distance learning. Meanwhile, others, like Dillenburg, feel like in-school learning provides them with a better grasp on the topics. A perfect school year differs from person to person. Finding what works for oneself amid difficulty can be a valuable thing. 

Information Provided by Student Interviews