The first time, I had a pessimistic view of studying remotely.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to use gadgets well, as an example, I don’t still know how to change the background image of my iPhone. However, now, I’ve been taking online classes for 6 weeks, and my view is changed. I want to tell you the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning in the pandemic.
Even though you can see your professors and friends in seminars and group project meetings through zoom, there are some constraints. For instance, some students don’t turn on their camera or whose internet connection is not stable. Also, if a professor has an audio/internet problem, what to say…!
-Nobody is used to the new system
As all we know, this worldwide pandemic situation is unique and has been lasting long. UoM is one of the institutions which made such an agile decision and changed learning delivery methods for students’ sake. However, the standardisation of the new system is a bit lack, therefore, there were confusion and dysfunctional communication compare to the traditional learning approach.
I’m also working as a freelancer in Korea, so I must split time efficiently. I’m the only one who is responsible for managing my work schedule as well as my study schedule so I’ve become more self-motivated than ever. Also, I can save time to go to find buildings where your lectures will be taken, and find a place to have lunch and spend it on your study.
-Better concentration on my study
Due to situations caused by covid-19, you have to spend most of your time at home, which means it has made the kind of best atmosphere to study. This is sad but there is a quote ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’. Oh well, you can study anywhere as long as you have your laptop and some other learning materials.
-Studying at home country, you can save money.
I want to make it clear that I was a student who was eager to go back to the U.K. to study, but, in September, the situation in the U.K. was not good, and, for my career, it was better to stay longer before starting to work from home. Besides, I realised that I could save my rent and living expenses while I’m living at home! The university also declared that they would change the system for all the students to study from home so there was nothing to worry about being left behind.
I hope this post is helpful to you!