The Reality of E-Learning Anxiety
BY: Qudsia Saeed
Despite these unprecedented times, many are embarking on a new journey as college students while others are continuing high school—all amid an overwhelming and anxiety-producing uncertainty. The educational endeavors and career pursuits of millions of students have been affected by an ongoing global pandemic and an economic crisis, resulting in social and intellectual anxiety worth addressing.
The transition to online learning has been challenging, and the closure of colleges coupled with the failure to provide a comprehensive plan for the semester in a timely manner restricted countless students to a lease that they couldn’t exit, causing financial strain and outrage. Students are ineligible for Coronavirus relief checks, so additional financial support was out of consideration.
As we become more technologically proficient and dependent as a community, learning dynamics will inevitably evolve as well. However, this rapid transition has really put into perspective how anxiety could be a barrier to academic success. 1337 students enrolled in an online course completed a survey, and 39% of the students experienced anxiety with online courses, thus linking anxiety and academic performance and concluded that in online courses, students are more likely to be insecure of their performance negatively, miss or postpone assignments, and retain less information if fail to focus.
It is undeniably true that our generation has a technological addiction, and rely heavily on social media to communicate and connect with others. Thus, our minds associate technology with its social facets rather than academic productivity. Many students have a general technophobia with regards to online learning and anxiety in the virtual classroom makes it arduous to focus and organize oneself.
Humans are social animals, and intimate conversations and welcoming environments stimulate a sense of belonging, which is harder to maintain in this atypical world where social interaction is limited and social distancing is a necessity. Moreover, it is particularly challenging to develop the same connections with professors and classmates in an online environment, becoming another source of anxiety for students.
College is an investment, but what does that the return on investment entail amid a forecasted recession? Will there be the same work opportunities available to us? These questions keep us up at night, because the ramifications of the coronavirus will last for longer than a mere few years, and shape the course of our careers.
Culminated anxiety can be exhausting and unmanageable, but it’s critical, more than ever, to take a deep breath, relax and refocus, because we are all in this together.
*All arguments made and viewpoints expressed within Youth In Politics and its nominal entities do not necessarily reflect the views of the writers or the organization as a whole.
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