When the coronavirus closed down schools and required distance learning for the rest of the school year, things seemed complicated. Suddenly, parents, students and teachers alike were forced to learn a new way of schooling. Yet despite the initial discomfort, the benefits of distance learning go far beyond protection from the virus.
No Bus or Commute
It’s no surprise that gas prices are lower than ever during this pandemic, as people are staying home. That includes students learning online. Parents no longer have to rush to get their children ready for the bus or drive them to school. This is beneficial not only for financial reasons but also for time management. Both teachers and students can use this extra time however they feel is necessary. Whether it’s a few more winks of sleep or extra study time, this is definitely a plus of distance learning.
Learn on Your Own Schedule
Students now have the freedom to pick and choose their schedule. They are able to learn at their own pace in a relaxed environment. Students who learn better in the morning after a good night’s sleep may choose to tackle their harder subjects right when they wake up. Students who are night owls may prefer to wait until later in the day, once they’ve fully woken up and are at full mental capacity.
For Some, the Home Environment May Be Less Stressful
Although students may miss extracurricular activities and social relationships from school, many have reported feeling less stressed while schooling from home. Students can study where they feel most comfortable and can videoconference to their classes at the click of a button. While schooling at home, it is also easier to complete other hobbies and housework that otherwise would have been placed on the back burner. By being at home, many students are able to get things done in a safe and relaxing environment.
Distance Learning Teaches Time Management and Other Skills
Time management skills are essential for succeeding in online schooling. These skills are essential in every aspect of life, from maintaining work-life balance to completing projects before due dates. Students who had otherwise busy schedules now have much more time available to them due to the closing of school activities. Distance learning forces a student to understand the best ways they learn and implement those ways at the best times.
Of course, distance learning means that students are spending more time on their computers. This in turn means that there are more chances of them facing online dangers. Just as schools keep student safe on campus, they can also keep students safe when learning at home. Monitoring software like LearnSafe alerts schools to at-risk activity both on- and off-line, assuring student safety no matter where learning takes place.
Text by Kassie Roberts