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UK universities accused of keeping students at all costs until after...

Many universities are hesitating to move to online teaching to quell Covid because they are desperate to keep disenchanted students until the Christmas holidays, when a key deadline for fee rebates runs out, experts say. In England, students who drop out in their first term are liable for only 25% of their £9,250 fees. However,…

My Most Important College Experience Was No College Experience

The commencement of the nation-wide quarantine that took place as part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 has given me, besides absolutely nothing to do, a good amount of déjà vu. This is, largely, thanks to the fact that I’m familiar with the situation. Around two years ago, all my friends said…

The Show Must Go On: 10 Tips for Success in Online...

With colleges transitioning to remote learning, theater majors face an especially tricky adjustment. Rehearsing becomes more awkward than ever when it takes place in an apartment with roommates. Creating a sense of community with your fellow cast members can feel empty when you don’t get the chance to meet them face-to-face. And the overall magic…

‘It’s going to be a different experience’: preparing for online learning...

The 2020-21 academic year is going to be like no other. Shaken up by coronavirus, campuses have spent the summer rapidly redrawing their curriculum in anticipation of a “blended” approach that combines online learning with classroom teaching where possible. “It’s going to be a very different experience, especially for students who haven’t been to university…

‘We were already full’: universities face nightmare of exams chaos and...

Tens of thousands of frantic school-leavers are still waiting to hear if they will be accepted at the university of their choice after receiving better A-level grades this week. But vice-chancellors are warning that taking large numbers of extra undergraduates would put students, staff and local communities at risk from coronavirus. Elite universities are racing…

‘We shouldn’t go back to lectures’: why future students will learn...

In the early medieval universities of Europe, masters stood at the front of a hall, reading excerpts from texts and commenting on them, while students copied down notes word for word. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Today’s universities bear remarkable similarities to their antecedents. This deeply culturally ingrained model has been shaken…

5 Tips to Keep Online Students Motivated

As the COVID-19 pandemic led to sudden school closures, students across the country suddenly found themselves learning remotely. While some newly-minted online students transitioned with relative ease, others struggled to stay motivated, a situation that can get more challenging with time. Finding ways to stay focused and dedicated is crucial for online students. Otherwise, they…

UK language students prepare for virtual year abroad in their bedrooms

What is a virtual year abroad – and is there any point in it? That is the question Reece Jack, of Troon, South Ayrshire, is asking, along with thousands of other languages students whose year abroad has been cancelled or is in doubt. Jack, a second-year student of business and French at Strathclyde University, thinks…

Virtual College: Online Learning Pros and Cons

Most college students have a choice; they can attend classes in person or go to school virtually. Before your student chooses a direction (or decides to take a COVID-19 gap year to avoid having to take web-based classes), there are online learning pros and cons to consider. For many students, online courses are incredibly convenient.…

‘I feel like a number’: unhappy UK students blocked from deferring...

Freya Saddler, a first-year musical theatre student, fell in love with Goldsmiths, University of London, when she auditioned for her course. Now, after trying to adapt to studying drama alone on a laptop in her bedroom during lockdown, she is stressed and unhappy. Like many students across the country, she is ready for a break…

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