How has Covid-19 impacted Higher Education?
The impact of pandemic Covid-19 has caused the world to be in a state of lockdown with extensive travel restrictions. We all have to restrict our activities, and our life has confined to our homes. In various countries like the USA is not renewing student visas for those who are foreign residents, which is the indication of a socio-economic crisis.
In India, the impact of pandemic has resulted in a delay in the reopening of schools and colleges that eventually will affect the admissions this year. Many students did not get the opportunity to attempt board examinations as the pandemic hit in between the scheduled exams. Majority of the students across the world is left with a dilemma of their future and career in this time of dire uncertainty.
The trend that has been seen these days is that private universities have started online classes for school and college students. But government universities and institutions cannot afford to take the same step due to a lack of means and resources. This situation is a hurdle especially considering the diversity in social and economic backgrounds of students as a lot of them don’t own smartphones, laptops, or other devices to be able to participate in online learning. This is a very confusing situation for them to decide which university to join and whether or not to take the risk of leaving their seats in the few universities that have already conducted admission procedures for universities that are yet to release their admission notice.
To describe this situation in one concise statement is to say that this is a state of extending uncertainty, indecision, and inconvenience. Students and parents are in a state of prolonged stress and confusion, not knowing what is the nest step to take. For students in class 11th and 12th, there are ongoing discussions about reducing syllabus for students but there is no clarity on what will be kept and what will be removed before appearing for board examinations.
What can we do to ease the stress this pandemic has put on students?
Even though we cannot change this situation there are still some methods that can help to ease this situational anxiety and help us in being productive.
- Structure: It is essential that even if students aren’t going to school or college, they have a routine. It is very helpful to make your time table which doesn’t only include studies but also includes adequate rest and activity. You must move around after long periods of studying/ sitting. If you have the necessary resources, schedule a conference call with your friends where you can study in groups and discuss your doubts with each other.
- The Pomodoro Technique: Time management is a skill that is essential when schedules are unstructured and it is hard to focus. The ‘Pomodoro Technique’ involves working for 25 minutes without distraction and then taking a 5-minute break and this can be followed for 2 or more hours, according to convenience. The idea is to segregate your task/ topic of study/ assignment in smaller sections and only focus on one step at a time for a 25-minute interval, which reduces anxiety and makes big projects seem less daunting.
- Learn what you love: This is an excellent time for pursuing your interests and investing time in things you are interested in but cannot generally make time for. The best way is to join online courses/ internships/ research projects which are offered on multiple platforms and give a certificate of completion which you can add to your work experience in your resume.
As an Education Consultant, we help students in deciding their career path. During this pandemic, we have helped multiple students in understanding the market demand and choosing the right career path. A lot has changed during this crisis in terms of the education pattern, choice of schools & colleges, choice of courses & streams, choice of job roles & sectors to work in the future. If you are also in the dilemma of choosing your course or stream or school or college, please talk to our career experts and get the right career guidance.