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Studying From Home in Lockdown 3

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Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
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Well, since my last blog post, Lockdown 3 is in full swing, and apologies if you’re sick of reading about it. I can assure you that I am just as sick of writing about it. The reason I continue to do so is because I believe that, considering that these times are unprecedented in the modern era, a document of the period and the people who exist within it, their feelings and what they get up to, is crucial and necessary. Time is just history folks, and we’re living in it.

The big moment currently facing myself and many students like me is the shift in learning. While term one way back in October – which at this point is starting to look more and more like the bridge from the ‘before times’ to the present the further we get from it – was a huge shift in terms of online learning being the primary source of teaching, term two has adjusted further for some in terms of studying at home. Such a change has brought with it alterations to the structure and nature of studying for my degree.

The first is in my course’s structure. Being a film student, in first year I had a lot of contact time when compared to my flatmates on other courses. As you can imagine, the multiple film screenings each week – with film runtimes roughly varying from anything between 80 minutes to 180 minutes (in the case of 1954’s A Star is Born) – in addition to lectures and seminars meant I was actively studying and engaged with my lecturers and my peers frequently. There was a structure to all this with the timetable: a lecture would occur at this specific time, followed by a film screening at this specific time etc. With the move to home learning, the timetable has been removed (except for seminars) and I am mostly left up to my own devices in terms of engaging with the learning materials. This is where the residing at home delivers its biggest drawback, as I have to schedule my work around what is going on in my house and what my family members are doing. Luckily I’m an adaptable person, but at first it was a struggle. Though perhaps my dad struggled more than I did – all he wanted to do was watch Only Connect, but because I had already booked the TV he instead had to watch Italian Neorealist films instead. Silver lining is at least he’s learning about some much needed great cinema…

The other big shift, and one could argue the most important, is the absence of being with friends. Watching lectures and film screenings with my friends huddled on the sofa was a highlight of term one, something that is greatly missed in the current circumstances. The moments removed from the course, where we just used to chill out and talk about nonsense for hours on end, are missed even further. If studying at home has proved anything, it’s that, one: my lecturers are brilliant and have adapted in ways that many would’ve found difficult, and two: that I miss Warwick and everyone I hold dear there. If I can repeat something I quoted numerous times before – don’t blame me for attempting to hone a sign off or a signature – “history is a wheel. “Inconstancy is my very essence,” says the wheel. “Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.” 

We may not learn lot of from these times, but I can safely say thats there’s nothing like being around the presence of others and the ones you care about. If anything is noted from humanity’s existence in these times, let it be that…

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
When i'm not studying film as part of my degree,…
Find out more about me Contact Dom

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