Students vs. Zoom

I think we can all agree upon the fact that zoom conferences are not the same as going to school, and that we would all love to go back to our classrooms. However, we are beyond lucky to have the opportunity to still have an education via Zoom or Google Meet. Throughout the 4 months we have been in online classes, I have realized that we all have different approaches to attending a Zoom meeting, and in this article, I’ll talk about the different types of people during a Zoom call. 


1) The first one I call the “technician.”  This student will answer “yes mister/miss, we can hear you,” whenever the teacher is having problems with the internet connection. This technique is extremely effective and elegant. Usually, this is the only participation the student will have in the class since he/she will go right back to sleep after making sure the teacher has heard they are in the call. If you are having a bad day or you are very tired, I recommend this strategy.


2) We then have the “mime.” This technique, just like the last one, is extremely efficient, but much riskier. Basically, when the student doesn’t know the answer to a question, he/she just stays still and does not move or speak, therefore the teacher will think the student’s screen has frozen and will go on to ask another student. The danger of this procedure is having your mom or someone else walk in your room at that time and ruin everything.  


3) “The eater.” Let’s be realistic; one of the things that are amazing about having Zoom classes instead of going to school is that we can eat whenever we want. (Except in Mr. Estrugo’s class, be careful with that) So, there is always that student that enjoys this online learning feature to the maximum. He/she may have cookies in one period, a sandwich in another period, and so on. I am proudly part of this group. 


4) The “looking for my pen” student. I just want to assume that whenever someone is staring down at the floor, they do so to concentrate, or maybe they are just looking for something. However, the possibility of them looking at their phone crosses my mind every time I see someone do that. I have to admit it, I can sometimes be a victim to my phone myself. 


5) The last one I don’t have a name for, but he/she is the one that carries on the conversation. I think we have all experienced that awkward moment the teacher asks a question and nobody answers. This group of students are the ones that are responsible to break the ice and keep the class going. If you are part of this group, I guarantee you are one of your teacher’s favorites. 


Which one are you?

Nicolas Trigo

Hi. My name is Nicolas Trigo, I’m a junior and what I enjoy the most in life is to give tennis, soccer, and sometimes even fifa ‘clasesitas’ to my friends.

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