Five Ways the Pandemic Affected Students’ Lifestyles

Home school learning of a teen girl studying on the couch. She is using a laptop computer working on a home school assignment online

We have all been aware of the research that many of the students who are returning to school have had some significant deficits as a result of the pandemic. Those of us who deal with challenging students are seeing some of their issues spiraling in different ways and acknowledge that there have been changes in their lives that have been quite difficult.

On the Talk Radio News website an article about this issue was just released citing research as to the five ways that the pandemic affects the lives of students. Here is the introduction to this article.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out at the turn of 2019-2020, few people could envision the drastic changes it would bring worldwide. Students at different educational institutions seem to have been particularly affected. In what ways did the pandemic influence education, and how did students and staff manage to cope with the challenge?

When the pandemic broke out, different institutions moved their operations out of office. Such a solution was inevitable and proved to be the right one. Yet, it had the most dramatic consequences in the educational sector. 

Students had to handle a variety of educational tasks by themselves, from “how I write my paper” to “how I configure my speakers’ settings.” They had to pass tests and exams distantly, and the process depended on technical aspects.

Below we discuss what issues students had to deal with and how they coped with them. We also evaluate whether they received adequate help from their institutions and governments.

The article goes on to delineate the five most significant ways students were impacted during COVID-19:

Coronavirus and life. Boy schoolboy student in a medical mask stays home at distance learning due to quarantine because of COVID-19.
  • Isolation
  • Digital Literacy
  • Under Performance
  • Struggles of International Students
  • Lost Expectations

For more information about these losses here is the link to the rest of the article:

Some of us may struggle to understand the difficult behaviors of students but those very behaviors may be traced to many of the reasons listed in this article. As we understand the journey back to health it can be helpful to evaluate how these issues have had significant impact. That level of understanding may help educators and parents be less judgmental and a bit more compassionate about the origins of behaviors that may seem destructive and disrespectful. This realization may equip us to better move our students to a new level of growth and recovery.

Gerry Vassar


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