Students keeping up with homework during virtual learning

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Freshman Cindy Liu working on her homework from her virtual classes.

Jonah Lee, Staff Reporter

One of the main differences between online school and regular school is the amount of homework given and the way students finish it. Freshman Cindy Liu accomplishes her homework in a unique way.

“I usually take a quick break after class and then do as much as I can in one sitting. [Then], I do something else, and [after that], I get back to doing my work,” Liu said. “[One of my biggest issues when doing homework] is getting myself to do [homework] in the way that most benefits me. [I prefer paper work over a computer] because it gets me motivated to get my homework done. [When I use paper], I can see the pile in front of me so I can divide my time up visually. On average, I have one to two and a half hours of homework every day.”

Sophomore Amelia Gorby also has different strategies on how she completes her homework.

“Luckily my classes are pretty lenient; we get to do a lot of [our homework] in class. Even if it is supposed to be homework, I do the rest of it in the ten minutes between my classes and after school. Putting my phone away [helps me finish my homework]. I will put it on ‘do not disturb, or I will shut it off, or I give it to my mom,” Gorby said. “[Homework is easier online] because it’s all [on] a Google Doc. [There are] no papers that I have to keep track of. You can find everything super easy. I definitely prefer computers. It varies depending on tests and quizzes,” Gorby said. “[It takes me] probably around three to five hours [to finish my homework each night].

Junior Mary El Vaughan organizes her school schedule with the motivation of not falling behind.

“I organize [my homework by having] a whiteboard that I write the days assignments are on. I also take breaks between each class. I generally will come up with a plan [such as], ‘I’ll do this class, and then this class,’ and then I’ll read a chapter in my book or get a snack. If I don’t manage to get everything done the night before, then I generally wake up early to finish any last bits,” Vaughan said. “Part of homework is being prepared for the next class. My motivation is based on a fear of falling behind or not wanting to be confused. I probably spend an upwards of two and a half [to] three hours [on homework].

Along with extracurricular activities on the side, senior Emily Nguyen manages her way through her last year.

“I normally struggle with time management because I have practices and work. I also have a little sibling to take care of [and] I have to make sure I get all my priorities and errands done. I also have to make sure my brother is on track with his schoolwork as well as mine. [I have a] lot of things on my plate going at once,” Nguyen said. “I try to get all of my stuff done by noon and a little afternoon because I like to spend time with my family and friends. I get a couple of assignments every week, and it’s about an hour of homework every day.”

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