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City students find a teacher in online coaching classes

Individual attention and convenience are driving schoolchildren from traditional coaching classes to online classrooms. The trend, though more popular in metros, has found takers in the city, too.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 19, 2013 22:47 IST
Prateek Walia

Individual attention and convenience are driving schoolchildren from traditional coaching classes to online classrooms. The trend, though more popular in metros, has found takers in the city, too.


Students say that by using online educational portals, they can study at their own pace, make lessons last longer or shorter. Besides, no longer do they have to scamper around to understand concepts they have missed out on.

But this is not the only reason why online coaching classes are finding favour among city students. Access to resources from all over the world, too, is a reason. Besides, websites that offer online tuitions also provide references that can be accessed online, say students. This is generally not possible in a traditional set-up.

Chhavi Uboweja, a Class 11 student of Bhavan Vidyalaya School, first enrolled for online coaching in Class 10. "The best part of it is that you can schedule your classes as per your convenience, while sitting at home. For all the difficult topics, I can simultaneously search for information online."

Her mother, Nisha Uboweja, too is all praise for online coaching. "I am happy. Chhavi is doing something constructive online. Now I don't have to worry about her getting late from classes," she says.

Vanika Sharma, a Class 11 student of the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sector 31, too favours online coaching classes. She feels that the traditional set-up is too taxing on the students. "It gives you no time for self study as immediately after returning from school, you have to rush for your coaching classes and one gets too tired by the end of the day," she says.

But online tuitions have not impressed everyone. Central Board of Secondary Education counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva describes it as "mechanical". "Though teachers and students find it convenient, the teacher-student bonding (found in the traditional set-up) is missing," she says.

Parents, too, are skeptical about such tuitions. Rupika Goyal, another Class 11 student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, says the concept is still not that popular. "Also, parents are under the impression that their wards would use the computer for leisure rather than doing something constructive."

For Chavvi, however, they were a godsend. "I used to take online tuitions three to four times a week in Class 10, and ended up scoring 10 CGPA. So, I decided to continue."

How does it work
Every online coaching institute offers a range of packages to choose from. These packages can cost between Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000 for an academic year.

Such online portals also offer video lessons, online tests, NCERT solved question papers, exam tips and tricks, and sample papers.

For starters
If you are new to online coaching classes, here are few websites you can look up on the Internet:

www.thinkvidya.com
www.topperlearning.com
www.smartclassonline.com