Coronavirus 'school update' sign created by Shelley Chuicharoen

Students have expressed the difficulties they are facing now that they are having to work from home due to schools and universities closing across the whole of the UK.

From closing down schools and universities across the UK to cancelling significant exams such as A-levels and GCSEs, the virus has had an unprecedented effect on teachers’ and students’ schedules.

Eighteen-year-old student Cara Evans from Surrey was due to take her A-level exams in June 2020. Students like Cara are left hesitant with the future of their final predicted grades, which would determine their next steps in life after they finish their last year of school.

Cara Evans expresses her opinion on the Prime Minister’s decision on closing down schools and how this has affected her school work

With the government placing a strict order to stay indoors at home and self-isolate, teachers and university tutors are now having to alter their teaching methods and module criteria in order to sustain students’ education. For many, this has resulted in relying on online teaching platforms such as Google classroom and Microsoft Teams.

Though teaching is continued online, for some students, essential facilities are inaccessible. Students who heavily rely on university and school facilities are now finding themselves struggling to complete work to the best of their abilities.

A 20-year-old fashion student from Nottingham Trent University said: ”I’m finding it a real struggle to complete my work without the essential facilities my university provides. My course is very practical based and unfortunately I don’t have all the tools at home to make my work at a level of standard I’d like it to be.”

Louisa Jean Vander from Surrey, continuing with her school work back home

Despite some of the strains students are dealing with working at home, many are making the most of being able to do work in the comfort of their homes. Sixteen-year-old Louisa Jean Vander, who is currently in lower sixth form at Rosebery School, Epsom says ”the positives of doing work at home is I get more done because I don’t get distracted by my friends”.

Since working at home Louisa has found that she is able to independently learn effectively, particularly in history, as she is able to give herself more time to comprehend and therefore growing a better understanding of the content.

However, for some the luxury of working at home can be a real inconvenience. Twenty-year-old Seb Vander from the University of Sheffield said: “It’s nice to work at home because I feel a lot more relaxed and I can do whatever whenever I want. But it can be a burden because I find myself being easily distracted with things in my room like playing my guitar and so I end up not doing as much work as I should.”

There are several sites now advising how to effectively work at home for those who are finding it difficult to stay focused. Some include the following:

How to work well at home during the Coronavirus 

  • Create a daily schedule so that you have a structured routine to your day
  • Ensure to give yourself a reasonable amount of breaks
  • Go outside and get some fresh air
  • Eat healthily and stay hydrated