The 2021-2022 school year has been a year of transition in online learning.
A year where students, after more than 18 months of online learning, finally had the chance to gradually transition to normal school life on campus.
That must have been exciting for all the students, right? Something they’ve all been looking forward to since early 2019 when the pandemic first broke out. Finally, face-to-face lessons in a classroom, hands-on learning activities, extracurricular activities – everything was slowly returning to normal for students this school year.
However, were all the students happy to return to campus?
At A for Effort, a math and science tutoring center in Jakarta, we spend a lot of time guiding students through their online learning and transition to campus. And given the many different learning types and personalities of our students, we’ve noticed that while many students are excited to leave their days of online learning far behind them, some are hesitant. Why? You might ask.
Back to school wasn’t always back to school. COVID-19 has brought us all many uncertainties. With each new variant comes the potential for another lockdown, which often leads to further school closures and a return to online learning. As a result, some students preferred the more predictable online school environment, which had fewer surprises than they may currently have. While coping with the uncertainties of returning to school, A for Effort students find their tutoring classes bring a sense of routine and predictability amidst it, knowing it’s a place they can always head to. turn for guided support.
Learn at your own pace with fewer distractions
Being in school often results in a variety of social pressures for students, social pressures that often have a huge impact on a student’s academic performance. Online learning eliminates many of these factors as the student can choose to focus fully on their studies. Therefore, some students, especially those who are more sensitive to social pressures, might prefer a focused learning environment at home to the social benefits that being on campus brings.
Nevertheless, the social benefits of being in school are recognized and desired by many students. A place where students can catch up with friends and work on projects in groups makes learning on campus that much more exciting for many students. The supportive learning environment that classrooms provide and the hands-on tools and activities that are missing in a virtual world are invaluable. Being surrounded by the competitiveness of their peers could also motivate students to do their best.
Classroom anxiety (virtual)
Online learning in a virtual classroom has posed certain challenges for students. In the midst of online schooling, many students have come to A for Effort with fears of falling behind in class. Being in a virtual classroom with several dozen students, they often felt uncomfortable asking the necessary questions, thanks to the private tutoring, they felt they had a comfortable place to seek any clarification they needed need.
Some of our students said they missed a lot of the learning process during their online learning phase. In particular, science, a practical subject that involves a lot of experiments and lab work, has become a difficult subject for students to master in an online environment.
However, online courses provided students with online resources that they could refer to while studying. For example, online lessons were usually recorded and students could replay them to review the material when preparing for quizzes and tests or to gain a better understanding of the material in general.
However, the return to in-person classes has brought a new kind of anxiety for students, most of whom have become accustomed to taking classes behind a screen for a year and a half. Without the ability to replay their Zoom lessons as often as needed, and without the ability to hide behind a screen, students now depend on their knowledge of the subject and their level of confidence to facilitate their return to class.
AT Has for effort, we place a strong emphasis on building student confidence in math or science. This is achieved by ensuring the student has a thorough understanding of the subject, simplifying the material, using real-life examples, and rewarding and crediting the student for their accomplishments. This increased self-confidence played a big role in easing students’ transition into the classroom. We also place great emphasis on testing skills as this has taken on a different form during online schooling and is an area students have struggled with since returning to school.
Tutoring – online or offline, which way to go?
Has for effort continues to play an important role in helping students transition into on-campus school life. Improving their understanding of math and science and therefore increasing their confidence in these subjects has helped them during this adjustment and the uncertainties that come with it.
Has for effort is a math and science tutoring center specializing in international courses. Open to students of all ages, tutoring sessions can take place in our own classrooms in South Jakarta or online on the Zoom platform. Sign up for a free trial today!