Stressed and Overtested

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Students feel exhausted trying to keep up with their schoolwork. Photo courtesy of The General Consensus.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many students transferring to digital learning for the school year, which has placed them in a stressful position. 

Many Parkview teachers are attempting to accommodate the needs of digital students while managing a hybrid classroom. While this is a difficult task, it doesn’t change the fact that students are struggling too- from being over-tested to battling procrastination. 

The majority of Parkview students made the choice to stay digital, which meant having to adapt to a new situation to which they were not accustomed. For many, a digital format is inconvenient as they are not getting the face to face interaction they were used to receiving. 

In addition to the lack of face to face interaction, many students felt the workload was too much. Junior Simran Mohanty says, “In my opinion, teachers are not giving enough time to complete classwork. I feel as if they believe that since students are online, we can dedicate all our time to school and be able to get finished with classwork earlier than when we were in person. The due dates are a lot shorter than what I am used to and they always schedule their tests on the same day.” 

Mohanty was amongst many students who faced the same issue. Just recently, multiple students had three tests scheduled on the same day: Wednesday. Oftentimes students would also have multiple quizzes and learning checks on the same day too. In addition to this, assignments are constantly assigned on the same days and it feels as if there isn’t enough time to complete it all. While it’s understandable that teachers have to focus on assigning work and teaching their curriculum, the coursework and testing have been extremely difficult to keep up with. 

Another important thing to take into consideration is students who are enrolled in AP classes. AP classes are designed to be difficult, which is why having to learn the material via zoom is strenuous. Mohanty says, “I am also in two AP classes and the rest are gifted and as a junior who is currently online, it is very difficult to find a balance and to be able to be caught up in everything. I also have to prepare for my SAT/ACT, gateways, and research colleges to determine a major/school I want to get into.” 

Parkview club activities and sports have started up as well, which provides students with even less time to complete their coursework. Junior Amani Barmare says, “Honestly, the day before I think of everything I have to do and try my hardest to get schoolwork out of the way. When it comes to sports and clubs, I’ll attend and try to do my best and at times I just have to go with it. Being adaptable but disciplined is key.” 

With that in mind, it is also important to note that students face other adversities, with a significant one being procrastination. Procrastination has been an issue for many students even with in-person learning. However, with digital learning, procrastinating has become easier than ever. Digital students are residing in the comfort of their own homes, so they feel at ease. Knowing their bed is just a few feet away is enough to entice many students to take a break and ignore their work. 

Nevertheless, most students are still trying to stay on top of their assignments while balancing their other commitments. Barmare says, “I always try to get the hardest parts of my work and clubs done first.” Knowing it’s easy to succumb to laziness and give up, students are beginning to take initiative and work through the difficulties they face.