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The following article has been contributed by Nandana Gopal. Nandana is a frequent contributor to our featured articles, on topics that are of high interest to our students. We thank Nandana for another great article. This one is very much of interest to students and we hope you enjoy it.

Students and Studying After COVID-19

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world aggressively. As an unprecedented event, everyone was forced to reconsider their ways of life. The largest challenge was the total lockdown. The majority of the world was forced to stay in their homes to ensure their safety from the virus. In order to combat the inability to meet in-person, companies began to create new technologies. These innovations included communicative and connective technology, allowing people to feel closer despite their physical distance. Some of the most well-known applications are Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and more advanced VR (virtual reality).

Many aspects of the world evolved, and one notably ⎯ education. The lockdown called for a shift in the way subjects were taught and learned. This method became known as virtual school. As education moved to virtual platforms, both students and teachers saw a shift in learning. The convenience of online learning, combined with the absence of a traditional classroom atmosphere, resulted in a major change in study habits. This shift was also evident in the ways that students used to manage their time, stay engaged, and process material successfully.

However, not every aspect was negative. The digital character of learning after COVID-19 encouraged the development of new study approaches. Students began to use technology not just for communication, but also as learning tools. Digital flashcards, online study groups, and educational apps were popular because they provided interactive and flexible learning experiences. These materials allow students to modify their study methods to better suit their learning structure.

The post-COVID-19 age has changed the face of education and student study habits. As the globe gradually returns to a new normal, the lessons learnt during this time continue to influence ways of learning. The incorporation of technology into education and the emphasis on self-directed learning are likely to continue. Furthermore, the experience has demonstrated the perseverance and adaptability of students and educators, leading to a future in which education might be more individualized, adaptable, and inclusive.

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