Students across the UK are having to learn to use online teaching in order to study

The Coronavirus lockdown means that most schools and universities have moved to online teaching but how effective has it been for students?

Since Friday the 20th of March all educational establishments in the UK were shut down due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Face-to-face teaching has now moved to online teaching where students can tune into classes, lectures and seminars at the click of a button.

Students are having to learn how to work online without any face-to-face contact with their lecturers

Applications such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become increasingly popular as they provide live video calling which is useful for students wanting to contact their tutors and other students.

This shift to remote working has led to questions about the technology available to us, specifically Zoom which was labelled a “privacy disaster” by security researchers.

Yet during these challenging times students and teachers are having to embrace new technology to stay organized and educated but can it replace the traditional classroom?

For Jamie John, 20, who studies business management at the University of Leicester, online teaching has got off to a good start.

He thought he would not be able to cope with the new system but has not found the change too difficult.

“I can contact my lecturers whenever I need help so i dont think there’s much im missing out on” – Jamie says (university student)

However, it has been an uphill battle for others. Remi Matthew-Adebeye, who studies economics at Nottingham Trent University, says that studying at home is not the right environment for a degree course.


Although most university students will not be new to online learning, no one predicted that it would be needed so much. Online learners and tutors have been giving tips for studying at home.

To find out how to study more effectively at home visit Times Higher Education online for more information.