Ryan Marin (11) feels the stress and pressure of his academic life as he glances at his Schoolloop portal. While Schoolloop is helpful tool for students to keep their assignments organized, it can also cause anxiety due to the constant intellectual evaluations it gives students.
Ryan Marin (11) feels the stress and pressure of his academic life as he glances at his Schoolloop portal. While Schoolloop is helpful tool for students to keep their assignments organized, it can also cause anxiety due to the constant intellectual evaluations it gives students.

Schoolloop is Essential to Student Success

Stress is a concept very familiar to high school students and most people in general. How one reacts to stress however, is what separates those who are successful from those who are not. 

Some of this extra pressure can be created by school loop through the daunting list of homework assignments or an ugly grade at the beginning of a semester due to a missing assignment or a poor performance on a quiz it shows a student.

While some view this stress as a negative thing, the organization and discipline that school loop brings into our academic lives outweigh any of the extra weight it puts on students.

The sense of urgency that students feel when checking their grades on school loop is extremely insignificant compared to the anxiety that would be caused by not having easy access to all of one’s grades and assignments. 

Not knowing if your grade was slipping in a class, or having to rely on writing down or memorizing your homework assignments in order to know what is going to be due is arguably more stressful than seeing poor grades daily.Thankfully we have school loop in order to keep us on the right path, and the stress of unknown grades is taken away by this website

There is a valid  argument to be made that school loop reinforces the competitive atmosphere that already exists in high school due to the constant evaluation of one’s academic progress. However, school loop is a catalyst for academic success because it exposes us to our grades everyday. The small amount of intensity caused by this, even if it makes one uncomfortable, motivates and drives a person to keep going to achieve their goal in each class.

The sense of urgency that students feel when checking their grades on school loop is extremely insignificant compared to the anxiety that would be caused by not having easy access to all of one’s grades and assignments. ”

In addition, if the stress of seeing grades everyday is causing problems, one can fix these problems with school loop’s option to hide your grades from your portal, allowing one to check their assignments without the added pressure of being exposed to the letter grade rankings from the school. 

For some, the problem with school loop is less the constant reminder of exactly where one stands academically, and more the daily emails that go directly to one’s parents, showing a display of all current grades in assignments.

“It serves as a good reminder if you have a large amount of zeros because it incentivizes students to get them fixed,” said junior Jack Thompson.

While the emails sent home by school loop alerts parents of zeros and deflated grades, these are relatively insignificant in the long run (even if that’s not how parents react to them). School loop’s contact with parents only benefits students in a way that allows for parents to always know how their children are doing in their academics.

For many students, parents are the ones who can always be counted on for help and support. Therefore, by giving parents access to grades and homework assignments, school loop has created a system that helps students achieve their greatest potential.

It is important to remember that school loop is every student’s friend. 

Above anything else, it is a valuable communication tool between teachers and students and way of giving students access to study materials. Therefore the ways in which school loop makes student’s lives easier outweigh the negative aspects of school loop.

 

 

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    Schoolloop Causes Unnecessary Stress

    A “helpful” method for achieving academic success can actually cause mental turmoil for students.

    Whether balancing sports, APs, honors, or even normal academic classes there is no doubt as to why students can feel overwhelmed by their hectic schedules. This is why some teachers, parents, and advisors may find Schoolloop helpful as a sort of planner for seeing grades with an end goal of keeping students on track. 

    However, this tool seems to be causing more problems than it fixes, as anxieties and stresses rise to unhealthy measures upon scholarly users. 

    Students as well as their parents, receive daily emails after school hours about their grades via Schoolloop. When can students catch a break?  When do the pressures of academics simply cross a line? According to Schoolloop, the small period of time students have to themselves, if anytime that is, is encouraged to be spent checking their grades.

    When I get home and get sent my grades, I feel stressed knowing my parents can also see them, it’s a scary feeling; It’s like I never catch a break from school,” said sophomore Elizabeth Smerker.

    It’s unfair to completely disacknowledge the fact that sending students their grades day-after-day is unhealthy, and people’s dismissive behavior towards this practice is shameful. Students deserve an email positively affirming them for their hard work, instead of an ongoing ranking of school performance bound to make them stress out. 

    Even if a student aced their tests that day, and seeing their grade notification positively affects the rest of their afternoon unhealthy behavior is still displayed. School’s importance in a student’s life is only emphasized here, due to the level of overjoyment it causes to receive a good mark.

    Yes, of course students should be proud of their academics, but what about their personal successes? The song they helped write or the skateboard trick they finally mastered, that should bring them the most happiness. This academic tool is not helping kids develop balance in life, and will only encourage work over personal, non academic achievements if school’s keep insisting on good grades through a mask said to be a beneficial implement for students.

    Working hard in school is important to a degree, but you also need to make time for yourself, like spending time with friends and family you love; That should be someone’s ultimate goal”

    — Jake Paulsen

     

    Let’s not even get started on the term frequently used by teachers, “It was on Schoolloop”. Due to Schoolloop being a mobile app as well as a website, most teachers find it helpful for posting the homework assignments on. many of the teachers are taking advantage of its accessibility, and result to the app as the only method for knowing what the homework and assignments are. 

    “I’m not always aware that there is something on Schoolloop to check. I’d rather teachers talk about it in class, it stresses me out having to look constantly,” said junior Brandon McGeagh.

    It’s more beneficial to go over assignments verbally, in class, so students can ask questions, and talk about it with their peers. Students will also thereby save the stress it would cause to have to check Schoolloop, which will not acknowledge their work ethic, only the letter stamped on their paper. 

    Encouragement and positivity is important for all students, not just the ones receiving As, so while the very flawed system remains the same, students with anxiety and under any emotional distress are completely open to speak to the counselors on campus.

     

     

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