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These students say virtual learning makes the transition to high school and college much more difficult

Some young learners are struggling to develop early reading comprehension while stumbling upon math concepts. Repeated pandemic pivots prevented students from practicing classroom learning, affecting their mental health and keeping them away from their peers. The learning curve in the CBC News series explores the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian students and what it takes to recover from a pandemic-confused school education.

From interrupted exams to learning new learning habits, many students say they have been inconsistent with schools since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. .. 

For some, the transition period (8th grade to high school or 12th grade to higher education) already poses a fear of the unknown. So CBC News talked to some of those students about how the educational changes brought about by the pandemic shaped and changed the years of these milestones. 

Ava Pietrantonio, 13 (Woodbridge, Ontario)

For 8th grade Ava Pietrantonio, I'm nervous. 

She said, "I heard that so many 7th grade people learned what I didn't learn." "I'm a little worried. Learning it in 9th grade will make me a little stuck."

Ava Pietrantonio is a pine I'm an 8th grade student at Globe Public School. (Craig Chivers)

Normally Pietrantonio will study with his classmates at Pine Grove Public School in Woodbridge, Ontario, but in 2020 and 2021. When the school switched to online learning, each student was placed in a virtual elementary school.

This meant that her class included new teachers and other unfamiliar faces from the entire school board. 

"They just provided you with working Google Docs, slides, and Google Sheets, so you can't really answer lesson books or questions," Pietrantonio said. I am.

"I felt like I was late"

It wasn't until this year that teachers started preparing students for assignments such as studying for exams, and this fall they were in high school. She said she gave her a little reassurance to go on to school. 

Makayla McIntosh, 14 years old (Brampton, Ontario)

Makayla McIntosh has her pandemic learning experience similar to being on a roller coaster. I explain that there is. 

"It was fun at first, but then gradually became miserable," said the eighth grade student.

Makayla McIntosh discovered that virtual learning has many ups and downs. (Submitted by Taje McIntosh)

She emphasizes math as a particularly difficult subject to learn online and speaks one-on-one with her teacher if she is having a hard time. It says it's difficult.

"You don't always raise your hand and they come to you," she said.

She goes to high school in the fall, she says she feels she's ready for work, but she's worried about the materials.

She said, "She is worried that she may not be able to work according to her standards because her standards are much higher than those of others." She said. She said, "She is worried about disappointing herself and her parents."

But this year she offered the opportunity to get closer to some of her peers. Because she is in a close class of only 11 students, she often asks her classmates for help during her lunch and other breaks.

"We will help each other," she said. "I'm glad I met a friend who understands things one-on-one because I knew where I came from."

Ishaal Ali, 14 years old (Ottawa)

When 9th grade Ishaal Ali switched to distance learning, she found her struggling to keep up with the new technology. 

She had virtually no support and she felt her grades eventually deteriorated. 

"It was difficult to concentrate because I was online for a long time," she said. "It made my attention a little shorter."

She noticed that she spent most of the day online, first at school and then for a few hours doing homework and studying. rice field.

Her transition to online learning made it difficult for Ishaal Ali to focus, 9th grade students said. In addition to moving to high school during her pandemic (submitted by Ishaal Ali)

Ali is another school board member to participate in her literary program. I was moving to the meeting. She said the jump was a daunting experience. 

But she says she helped a 9th grade literary teacher make adjustments easier. Every day, the class is asked to write down all of their hearts in the hope of increasing concentration and reducing distractions.

Logan Curle, 17 (Regina)

Logan Curle says there was no "normal" year from 9th grade. 

"I've been catching up since then," said a 12th grade student. "Twelfth grade threw me into another loop trying to get back into the ditch of things."

First grade 12 Logan・ Karl said it was a good feeling not to write an exam, but now I'm worried that there may be problems with the college exam.

Curle (submitted by Logan Curle) said he and his associates were worried that college exams could be a challenge. During the last two years of the pandemic, many of his high school exams were voluntary or canceled. 

"It looked good at the time, but I think it wasn't as ready as it was in normal years."

Despite the learning gap, Karl is a graduate student. He said he felt ready to proceed with his research.

"I learned how to do things a little faster and do things myself, rather than having a teacher show me," he said, and independence was newly discovered. Said that it was a skill.

Prabpal Bhullar, 18 years old (Vancouver)

WJ Mouat Secondary 12th grade Prabpal Bhullar learns a sense of accountability in his pandemic education. 

"When we virtualized, the whole idea of ​​independence was ... emphasized," he said. 

Prabpal Bhullar states that the newly discovered sense of independence is one of the benefits of virtual learning. (Submitted by Prabpal Bhullar)

He said the distance learning experience encouraged him to take charge of his own schedule.

"It feels like it was a kind of predecessor," Bullar said. "In a way, I felt ready for the next step."

From setting the right alarms to blocking study time, he moved on to post-secondary education. I believe that the increased sense of responsibility is the cause of the pandemic.

In the middle of the prom, Bullar said he was excited about the opportunity for grade 12 students to directly celebrate their resilience, despite the challenges they faced.

Victoria Dmitruczyk, 19 (Hamilton, Ontario)

For 19-year-old Victoria Dmitruczyk, her transition from high school to McMaster University was unpleasant. 

"There was a learning gap over the last year and a half, and I suddenly entered college," she said. 

Due to the pandemic, her first semester was completely online.

Victoria Dmitruczyk said she felt she felt that jumping from high school to college was more difficult than she expected. .. (Submitted by Victoria Dmitruczyk)

By the time her cohort had to write her first face-to-face exam in 2022, Dmitruczyk's final face-to-face It's been almost three years since the evaluation.

"I talked to some of her friends who said,'Yes, I'll just learn it in the next semester.'" Because we have all this free time. "She said.

If you need to give 12th grade students advice to facilitate the transition, she stays focused and doesn't think too much about the learning gap.

"Get the most out of it and really stick to it," Dmitruczyk said. "After all, if you need to know this information about what you're going to work on, you don't want to struggle when you actually have to go and show your skills." 

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