School from home

New learning environment presents challenges, benefits


Photo by Jonathan Naples

Without in-class instruction, some students struggle with online school.

School work can be time consuming and at times overwhelming. Students create a schedule outside of school to be able to do all of the work that they need to do and work around things that come up in their lives, but this new obstacle has made most schedules go completely 180. 

Students are now doing their school work at home. In a way it is like everyone is home schooled, but with packets of work, short online video and “classes” held online. Students now work at their own pace and do things the way that they can. It would be like any other day after school, only now it’s all day and distractions are everywhere. 

“I think it is just a bit harder than homework because we are somewhat required to teach ourselves from the videos provided by the teachers,” senior Josh Oldham said. “So as apprised to learning it and going home we have to learn from a video and hope that we understand it enough to do the work we normally would be able to ask questions for.”

Along with having to learn a lot of the material on their own, students also have to learn to manage their time better. They now have to keep up with their due dates, without a reminder from a teacher. But there are also plenty of things that students have to do while being at home, which can cause a bit of disruption on the completion of their school work. 

“You have to keep up with your own work and do it on your own. As well as all teachers assigning the assignments all at once. This creates a more stressful environment,” junior Perla Hernandez said. “Doing all of my school work at home there are certain deadlines that I can’t meet due to me having a lot of other things going on like work, chores, babysitting and making sure that I’m up to date with all of the work.”

Not having a teacher explain things thoroughly can cause problems when attempting to do all of the work. And while emailing can help, it is not the same as having a face-to-face with a teacher or with fellow students. 

“Not being able to ask teachers for help like you normally do in a classroom [can create obstacles],” senior Alica Sa said. “[And we’re] not able to interact with other students in the class.”

It is hard not having someone to explain things, and sometimes not hearing them say the lesson can make it difficult for the student to completely comprehend the material in a way that they remember it. 

“I think that since we don’t have any teachers, then it’s harder to fully understand the work,” freshman Nazaret Vasquez said. “Also, although the work does get finished, it doesn’t stick in my head like it does at school.”

Even so, students now have the ability to work at their own pace, and work in a way that works for them. This is helpful because not everyone has the amount of time on their hands. The material can be learned at their own pace, helping them to understand it better, maybe not fully, but partially. 

“You can go at your own pace, do it whenever you want, take breaks as much as you [want],” senior Ashanti Mitchell said. “It’s kind of confusing with all of the instructions when trying to understand the whole point of the work, but some of it is book work so nothing is too hard.”