Last Updated: April 22, 2020, 5:31 pm

OPINION: Online school means more work for students, need to lessen workload

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Graphic by Samantha Ortiz.


Classes are still piling on work online and students are not having it.

Whenever I plan out my schedule for school, I make sure to not add any online classes. I know I can’t keep up with an in-person class and also find time in my schedule to fit in an online class.

With the move to remote classes, some professors haven’t adjusted their courses to help students ease into it. 

“My classes were lectures and now that I can’t actually meet in-person, I have to go through hours of reading material.”

Jessica Chavez, a sophomore education major from St. George

One of my lab courses switched all the in-person labs into written papers. Writing a paper on a topic isn’t that hard to do, but it is time consuming.

Jessica Chavez, a sophomore education major from St. George, said some of her professors kept the same format they had during regular class and it just wasn’t working for her. 

“I have to go to work and still have time to meet for classes and do assignments,” Chavez said. “My classes were lectures and now that I can’t actually meet in-person, I have to go through hours of reading material.”

When it comes to online classes, there have to be some adjustments so students can work on their assignments at their own pace.

So far, I have only had one class cancel some assignments, which helped me manage my workload a bit better. 

My lab class that had a couple of labs every few weeks now feels like a completely different class with long assignments due every week. 

My days feel longer now that I have to balance work during the day and school at night. It’s a completely new environment for me and having teachers pour on extra work to make up for not having class isn’t helping.

My schedule before used to leave time to go to school, work and then come home and have time to myself. Now it feels like I am on a 24-hour time loop going from work to school and then repeating it all over again.

Professors should take into consideration that online courses are different from in-person classes. Following the same format, or adding new assignments to make up for the loss of class won’t help students in the end.

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