– 16 January, 2021
– 16 January, 2021
What did 2020 teach us?
– 16 January, 2021
2020 caught us all by surprise! Moving from no schools to e-schools, term exams to postponed exams and handwritten assignments to digital write-ups!
Who knew we would wake up to a complete shut-down! What started with 2 weeks went on for months, changing everything for students! It meant us becoming more independent and taking ownership of our studies- be it clearing doubts, learning a new way to study or adapting to a new routine, students of all ages had to digitally transform!
Yes, the previous year did teach us countless lessons.
Here are some key takeaways from 2020:
Classrooms shut but learning did not!
Weren’t the first ten days of the lockdown great? No more waking up early for school! But after a month we kind of started missing our teachers and friends. It was when online classrooms were introduced, and we realised how cool having a laptop or a phone can be. It was this digital transformation that introduced us to new ways of learning!
Teachers make sure that we study, even at home!
Tutors across the globe geared up with their digital devices to embrace new ways to teach! They needed to learn new tools, interaction methods and ways to keep students engaged, both offline and online! One of the things 2020 taught all of us was to appreciate our teachers for their dedication towards us.
Schools need to be prepared with resources and back-ups
Some schools transitioned marvelously, while others did not have the right set-up, tools or even a strategy to begin e-schools. Everyone realised that best study methods are those that can adapt to changes and are accessible to everyone. Schools reached out to students, parents to equip them and trained teachers to be well connected.
The internet is a must to succeed!
All the gung-ho folks talking of phones and computers being addictive, these devices were the ones to rescue us during the lockdown! Infact, of the things we learnt in 2020, the one to take the cherry is where all of us started using the internet more wisely! We learnt email/video calls or e-communication etiquettes!
Doubts can be cleared from other reference material and resources too!
Heaps of guides, self-studies and reference notes clouded our study tables, but all of them required a teacher or a tutor to use well. Researching online became the new way of learning, where we accessed multiple sources, curated the information and found audio-visual explanations for our doubts.
Comfort zones need to become study-zone
Waking up and getting ready to sit at your study-desk took some time to adjust. But gradually, everyone learnt discipline and focus. The comfort of home had a small section of a study-zone/work-zone that we mentally readied ourself for! So, for all those who said studying at home is so difficult, won’t have an excuse to make anymore!
Living without friends at school is possible!
Until now, nothing could beat the joy of lunch breaks and non-stop conversations with school friends, right? But we realised the difference between good and great friends, and that staying connected does not require us to meet in person.
Participation is just as important as it is in physical classrooms!
No, the mute on video calls cannot rescue us in online classes! Tutors did not give up on picking up students randomly to ask a question! Covering up for the physical presence required good participation in the e-class in terms of answering questions or asking doubts.
Peers are necessary!
Independence was one of the life lessons learnt in 2020, but too much of it had us lost too, sometimes! We realised we need mentors and people who inspire us, so that we can make the most of being at home, while perfecting our skills!
Good learning comes from a creative environment!
Be it classrooms or e-schools, education in 2020 relied heavily on creative learning. That meant more practical examples, fun assignments and innovative methods by teachers when explaining theories! The importance shifted from just the theoretical understanding to a more contextual application.
2020 was a tough year, but it opened our eyes to new ways to learn! We made it through because we all stuck together. Be it teachers, school management or parents- no one wanted studies to suffer and everyone found the best alternative they could.
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