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A different perspective on virtual classes

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DIOANY YOSUINO
reporter

The switch from taking classes in the classroom to online classes due to COVID-19 has been the best thing these TCC students have experienced to improve their academic performance.

South student Elontay Phillip is one of many people who cannot afford transportation, so she would have had to struggle every day to get to her classes.

Online classes have been beneficial by allowing her to study from home without worrying about how to get to class on time, she said.

“When my classes were on campus, sometimes I couldn’t make it to class and I missed tests that counted for a lot in my grade,’’ Phillip said. “It was difficult because I had to find time to make up the tests, and some teachers didn’t understand my situation, so I had to get a zero.”

However, online classes are now allowing her to focus better on studying for exams and getting good grades rather than on how she might get to class that day.

TR student Jhoniel Rodriguez said the daily grind of having to leave home, pay for gas and buy food for his stay on campus stressed him out and left him with little time for research and homework.

The unplanned change brought by the pandemic has allowed him to have enough time to do all of his assignments from the comfort of home.

“Once my online class is over, instead of rushing home, I just start doing my homework,” Rodriguez said. “The fact that I have time to spare has helped me be more productive and improve my grades.”

South student Giselle Comparan said online classes give her extra time to work and pay the tuition for her classes. Before the lockdown, she didn’t have enough time to work and pay for four classes and ended up cutting back to two.

With the move online, Comparan is back to taking four classes. And she doesn’t depend on a strict schedule to do assignments. Instead, she can do them after work.

“I think online classes are for busy people like mothers, fathers and employees,” Comparan said. “Also, I think it’s a great alternative for people who have to work to pay for their studies as I do.”

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