This study investigates the factors that predict students' performance after
transitioning from face-to-face to online learning as a result of the Covid-19
pandemic. It uses students' responses from survey questions and the difference
in the average assessment grades between pre-lockdown and post-lockdown at
a South African university. We find that students' performance was positively
associated with good wifi access, relative to using mobile internet data. We
also observe lower academic performance for students who found transitioning to online difficult and who expressed a preference for self-study (i.e.
reading through class slides and notes) over assisted study (i.e. joining live
lectures or watching recorded lectures). The findings suggest that improving
digital infrastructure and reducing the cost of internet access may be necessary
for mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education outcomes.