ON BEING A STUDENT IN THE NEW NORMAL: STRUGGLES AND COPING STRATEGIES
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educational institutions around the world to transition to remote learning, resulting in a “new normal” for students. This sudden shift from traditional classroom settings to online education has presented numerous challenges for students. The struggles they face in adapting to this new mode of learning are diverse and require coping strategies to overcome. The study aims to determine the struggles and coping strategies of the students towards online learning in the new normal. A descriptive research design was used in this study to assess respondents online learning struggles and coping strategies. The survey method was used to gather information from the participants using a designed survey questionnaire. The results of the study revealed that unstable connectivity and unscheduled power outages stand out as major concerns, limiting students’ ability to fully participate in online class. The need for a stable internet connection and an uninterrupted power supply becomes critical in ensuring a smooth learning experience. Furthermore, the study also revealed that students have a relatively positive attitude toward implementing coping strategies to deal with the challenges of online learning in the new normal.
COVID-19, new normal, online learning, struggles, coping strategies