How online learning due to COVID-19 is affecting university students mental health


Kroll, Sara

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Sara Kroll is currently completing her final year in the BA Professional Communication, with a minor in Fashion, at Ryerson University. She will be continuing her education at Ryerson come the fall as she has recently been accepted into the MA Fashion with a fellowship scholarship. She has done ambassador work with Michael Kors, was the Social Media and Communications Manager for Archipelago Swim, and is currently the Marketing Manager for NAPA Hockey. She has ran businesses social media platforms, has developed multiple professional websites, has experience with copy-writing, and has created tons of engaging content. When she’s not busy with school or work, she loves to sing and act, sew, and play sports; skiing and volleyball are her favourite. She also loves food and trying different cuisines around Toronto. Once the pandemic is over the first thing she plans to do is travel somewhere new!



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, university students have been required to continue their studies online as an alternative of regular in-class lectures. This research was implemented to determine whether or not university student’s mental health is being negatively affected by the switch to online learning. The findings indicate that students mental well-being is in fact being negatively impacted due to online learning. Students are feeling less motivated, finding it harder to complete work (especially group work), having the inability to focus properly during lectures, having heightened anxiety over coursework, and new stressors being placed on them from online learning.

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online learning; mental health; stress; anxiety; university; academic; COVID-19; pandemic

How the switch to online learning due to COVID-19 is affecting university student's mental health

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