Elena Deeley

What Are the Positive Effects of Online Lectures on Students’ Mental Health

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Elena Deeley, (2021, April 11). What Are the Positive Effects of Online Lectures on Students’ Mental Health. Psychreg on Educational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/positive-effect-online-lectures/
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The world has seen dramatic changes since the coronavirus pandemic spread. With schools shutting down, students and teachers have had to make the transition to online education. It’s been challenging for educators and learners to adjust to the virtual environment.  

Despite the challenges, experts see e-learning as a future alternative to the traditional system.

With so many e-courses available, you can pursue any education. If you want to become a registered nurse, you can do it from anywhere. An internet connection is all you need.

Studies show that online classes offer many advantages over classroom education. One researcher said that while some respondents expressed lower satisfaction with virtual lessons, the learning outcomes were the same.

Let’s take a look at how students can benefit mentally from attending lectures online.

Ability to focus better

Being able to study anywhere gives learners the option of choosing an environment that suits their personality. You can create a space that makes it conducive for you to absorb the lessons more easily.

A classroom setting can be distracting for many students. Classmates’ chatter can be bothersome for individuals who need it to be quiet when they’re listening to lectures.

Lower anxiety levels

While the media reports that children are depressed because they don’t have the social interaction available in school, the reverse may be true for others.

When you look at the bullying problem, you’ll realize that many youngsters go through a harrowing experience every time they attend classes. For these individuals, their home is their refuge.

Being away from bullies can give them peace of mind to study without feeling anxious.

Less peer pressure

Every individual is unique. When it comes to learning, some take in information at a slower pace than others. It can be stressful for such students to try and keep up with lectures in a classroom. 

You’ll find that many of these individuals are embarrassed to ask their teachers to repeat what was said because they fear ridicule from their classmates. This situation makes it more stressful for them to absorb the information.

With online tutorials, these learners will have more confidence in asking questions because there’s no one to make fun of them.

Students also have the comforting knowledge that they can watch the lesson repeatedly. Being able to pause and rewind the video whenever necessary assures them that they can pick up what they missed the first time.

Higher morale

For many children, their parents are the source of encouragement and support. The idea of having to move away from home to go to college can be daunting for many students.

By attending lectures online, these individuals benefit from being in a familiar and safe environment and the morale boost from their family. 

Knowing that they can turn to someone anytime they want can put learners’ minds at ease while they study.

Variable intellectual stimuli

The standard teaching system may not appeal to every student. Everyone processes information differently, so one medium of instruction isn’t going to be effective.

Using technology in education means that educators can apply innovative teaching methods in their classes. These new approaches will be able to stimulate the minds of learners who might find traditional ways boring.

Bottom line

While there are reports of online learning’s negative implications on mental health, it doesn’t apply to the whole student population. Every individual responds to situations differently. 

Knowing that e-courses also have positive intellectual effects, educators can prepare learners for the system’s inevitable transformation.

Embracing change is a challenge, but it’s unavoidable.


Elena Deeley did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.


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