*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.
College students have a lot on their plates. Many are more than just students, they’re workers, caregivers, and even parents. Now, a new study reveals the switch to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic has made earning a college degree even harder. Researchers with the American Academy of Pediatrics found that four in five college students are finding it hard to concentrate on their schoolwork while taking classes at home.
Moreover, a survey of students in 166 accredited colleges and universities across 44 states reveals that more than half are struggling to balance remote classes and their household responsibilities. Nearly half the poll also cited mental health issues as a growing barrier to online learning.
The poll showed over 57 percent of students say their responsibilities at home often get in the way of paying attention to their school work. Specifically, respondents noted having to take care of siblings during the pandemic as well as doing more chores while at home. Hispanic students reported running into these barriers more often than non-Hispanic respondents.
Another 46 percent say mental health issues are making it harder for them to concentrate on remote classes.
Just 4.6 percent of the respondents said they had no problems at all while remote learning during COVID.
Researchers presented their findings during the American Academy of Pediatrics 2021 National Conference & Exhibition.