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Student Research Guide: Online Education's Impact on Students Mental Health: Home

by Sophia MacKenzie

Introduction to Topic

Student frustrated with school at home Decorative image Depressed individual


The COVID-19 virus prompted educational administrations worldwide to explore solutions for face-to-face instruction during the worldwide pandemic. To solve the need for this type of instruction, schools have moved to digital learning with students and teachers. (Lischer, et al., 2021).  As a result, many students have struggled with their mental health due to the social isolation of online schooling and lockdown.  Addressing online students' mental health needs is a critical obligation for families and schools. Students and teachers need education on the signs of rising mental health issues, and opportunities for studying and treating mental health issues, such as the threat of suicide or self-harm. A drastic shift in a students' lifestyle due to online education might intensify isolation, anxiety, and even severe depression. Isolation is difficult for many people, particularly those who live independently and school remotely (Fuller, 2020). Social isolation exacerbates sadness, depression, and loneliness. We do not want to be alone. We flourish when we surround ourselves with others and thrive when providing for our family.

With this research, I will discuss the consequences of the pandemic, the problems with online learning, and how it affects students’ mental health, as well as the economy.

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Keywords for searching topic

  • Mental health
  • E-learning
  • Online learning
  • Covid-19
  • Quarantine
  • Student mental health 
  • Covid learning 
  • mental health during pandemic
  • student learning during pandemic
  • Financial strain during pandemic
  • Online Learning, covid, mental health


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The Most Helpful Reference Sources for my Research Topic 

Lischer, Suzanne, et al. “Remote Learning and Students' Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Method Enquiry.” Prospects, Springer Netherlands, 5 Jan. 2021,

This study goes into great detail and is an extensive study of remote learning during the covid-19 pandemic. It followed many people from different countries and cultures: Swiss to Non - Swiss. It studied their work and demographics. It studied the potential that digital studies could help.  But also found how it hurt the mental health of many.  Its finding had many experiencing issues from fear and anxiety from covid itself.  To what's causing the issues, cell phones, the internet, and social media.   I picked this source because it had mixed reviews. This had a lot of really good information, scholarly yet very easy to read.

Bolatov AK;Seisembekov TZ;Askarova AZ;Baikanova RK;Smailova DS;Fabbro E; “Online-Learning Due to COVID-19 Improved Mental Health among Medical Students.” Medical Science Educator, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 

This article from PubMed found that medical students in Kazakhstan actually improved while learning online.   They focussed easier and had less distraction.  This article was a good source to use because it gave an opposite viewpoint from my original research where I was sure all students would have trouble with online learning.

“Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Nov. 2021,

I used this source as one of the most helpful because it had all of its sources listed and perfectly fit with my topic.  I dove deeper into the information.  I didn't really use this in my research. But I looked at the sources that it used to see if they could help me with my paper. This source has a lot of information but goes over everything related to mental health during covid.  I picked this source because it went into a lot more detail on the mental health of students and it had data to support them before and after the event.

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