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Moving to Remote Learning

Harriet and Tom are starting university in September. The university has informed students

that they are going to be learning from home for the first semester. Tom and Harriet are

discussing the pros and cons…

Harriet: Tom, did you see the email from university about remote learning? We don’t have

to go to classes – we just need to access the lectures online and complete assignments and

tasks at home. What do you think it will be like?

Tom: Mm… I don’t think I’ll like it. It’s been a huge challenge learning from home this year,

and it’s going to be a lot more difficult at university too. I think it’ll be very hard to stay

motivated and keep up with assignments. It’s a pity that there won’t be any hands-on

experience either! What do you think about it?

Harriet: I actually think it’ll be great! I find I work better at home, and I work twice as hard

to understand things. Also, we don’t have to pay for travelling to university and we’ll have

more time for other things.

Tom: What other things? If we’re learning from home, we won’t be able to socialise either!

It’ll be very boring…

Harriet: But we’ll have more time for exercising and spending time with family…

Tom: That’s true… but don’t you think it’ll be strange not being able to meet people in your

class in person? University is supposed to be all about socialising and meeting new people!

Harriet: Yes, I suppose… but it’s only for one semester. We’ll be able to meet each other

and socialise then hopefully. Did you notice that fresher’s week has been postponed until

semester 2?

Tom: Really? I didn’t see that! Hopefully, we’ll be able to make up for lost time then!

Harriet: I hope so too. Fingers crossed!

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Moving to Remote Learning


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