The competition for coaching centers for JEE exams is getting tougher, and as big as the rush to get into the esteemed IIT institutions itself. While the premier institute has spread further around the country, a debate of which is the best form of coaching remains. The fact that quality of teaching is THE most important factor when analyzing this, is a great parameter to assess against but not the only one. A lot of aspects not just about the way of learning need to be measured, but also about the way a student learns best, his or her ability to grasp things, understand and apply. Every student has a different bandwidth when studying by themselves or within a group, and under both circumstances they can either flourish or get distracted. Knowing these things about one’s self, the driving factor and the motivation to study on one’s own go a long way in determining one’s success through being coached.
Online coaching refers to signing up of preparation classes through an online teaching portal, for which you need access to internet and a device like computer/laptop/tablet. In an offline setup, you go to a neighborhood coaching class which claims to provide JEE preparation techniques in person.
Here are few factors to consider when contemplating preparation for JEE exams via online or offline mode:
Teaching methodology – The online space is flush with new-age tutors who make learning fun and applicable. Using the age old techniques, they tend to get creative with their teaching, giving the traditional and boring guidance for preparing for JEE a fresh breath of air. More relevant examples and direct application of theory to practical always helps a student understand the subject better, thereby learning the process rather than mugging it up.
Faculty experience – The experience of faculty is varied in an online setup. A large number of established faculty with over decades of experience, across the country are now available on one single platform. So your learning is not restricted to just your neighbourhood brains but you can benefit from world-class faculty across.
Interactive classroom scenario – The online providers of JEE test preparatory work is competitive so they are all working on the best technology which makes every session as interactive as possible. Whether it is a live session or a recorded one, a student is made to feel important through the way the delivery of the session is designed. Continuous engagement through problem solving, application of theories and short quizzes makes these sessions fun and easy to learn with.
Affordability – Given the low cost of operations, the online coaching for JEE is certainly more affordable and flexible where you can start and stop your coaching as per your convenience. This allows student from every walk of life to be able to attain their dream of sitting through the JEE exam in hopes of getting into the esteemed IITs.
Convenience – All online coaching happens from the convenience of your home. You do not have to compromise on anything, most certainly not your health, nor being away from your family. This is a very important aspect as for any student whose sole focus is to get through the JEE exams, needs the right balance of health and support provided at home. You also have the ease and convenience of taking up the sessions as per your timings when you think it is the best time to learn. Taking a break and getting back to being taught has never been better.
Availability of resources – The online coaching module almost always provides study resources beyond the regular format. Not just the previous exam papers, but even regular, customized exams to keep the student abreast with all the learning he or she has been doing, is provided. This keep the momentum going for every student as they don’t have to look beyond one portal, and can avail all extra resources with just one click of a button.
Get the best of everyone under your roof – Having a credible and sound support system of coaches and enablers, is of great importance when studying for the most important exam of your life. The way an experienced individual can help you goes beyond just the textbooks and in an online format, the tutor’s energy, learning and experience can add more value to your studying that doing it by yourself or going to just one nearby class.
While there are pro’s and con’s to everything, studying for JEE exams does not have to mean compromising on anything. If you are clear about what kind of studying suits you best, you should take the plunge and take it up. Then again, while direct human attention might be tempting or rather easier to take up, the offline coaching setup has its own disadvantages as well, which get overlooked as the technology involved in online coaching becomes a greater barrier for some students. Here’s a quick preview of what might not work for you in an offline coaching set up:
Study as per schedule only – In the classes you go for, there is a set time table which needs to be followed and specific time slots allotted. Whether or not you it is the best time for you to study and learn, cannot be changed as the classes run on schedule with teachers being available only then. The flexibility which is required for learning is lost in such a scenario.
Cannot revise or reload sessions not understood – If missed a session, or not understood well, it is difficult for you to go back to the teacher and ask for another session unless the entire class needs it. You would have to then put in extra efforts of finding things which explain a subject more, thereby making you spend more time on it. The guarantee to still having understood everything perfectly still doesn’t stand in this case.
No personal attention due to batch size – In a typical coaching class the batch size is almost always close to 100 as the number of people wanting to undergo this coaching is humongous. This guarantees no personal attention to a student and makes you like just another person who needs to be taught, not realizing that every student has his or her own learning techniques which would not necessarily be same for the other 99 in the class.
Attention span diluted – A student’s attention span on an average is not more than 30 minutes. While the classes go on for an entire day with breaks every three hours or so, the ability to absorb information keeps getting diluted. So while you might think you have covered a lot from the syllabus, you have actually not managed understanding and learning all of it, which is why you would need to get back to the subject many times over.
Marked answers cannot be changed – When completing the previous exam papers handed over to you during classes, the marked answers cannot be changed. Although this might sound inconsequential, getting a copy of another exam paper and doing it all over again is a tiresome task.
The above has been put together to give you a perspective of what really works for a student intending to do the best while preparing for JEE. It is the most crucial exam as it sets you on a career path right from the beginning. Opting for an online coaching setup which gives you freedom and flexibility, because that is where this mode of teaching is born from, teamed with extensive self-studying is hands down your best option. This is also indirectly a way of choosing yourself so you understand how best you learn and pave a way towards your success accordingly.