Sagar Shah no longer spends hours in the school library to dig up reference material for his upcoming SSC examination.
Like many of his peers, the 15-year-old student of St Xavier’s Boys Academy in Marine Lines simply logs on to the internet to source notes from online tutorials.
With the mushrooming of websites offering services such as customised question papers, revision notes and study tips for a fee or even free, tutorials are only a mouse click away.
“There’s never a problem with locating any kind of information on the Internet. The only challenge is to find a site without information that is way out of our grasp,” says Shah, who refers to the net to supplement his textbooks.
Resham Sharma (15), appearing for her CBSE Class 10 exams, browses the web for study material.
“Online tutorials are useful when you're looking for a quick, fun way to revise
the entire subject,” said Sharma.
For instance, www.tcyonline.com, offers free customised tests with the option of controlling parameters such as the number of questions, the topics being tested and the duration of the test.
The paid section of the site offers revision notes for exams. So far, about 2000 students from Mumbai have registered on the website.
“That students prefer to study from online reference material is a reality we have to face. But teachers need to verify the material online and guide the students in locating online material as not all of the information out there is reliable,” said Avnita Bir, principal of R.N. Poddar School, Santacruz.
Parents are also wary.
“Its not possible to monitor the child’s use of the Internet all the time. There are plenty of distractions like facebook and computer games, which the child can open in the background while pretending to study,” said Rajesh Kumar (46), whose daughter is appearing fro the Class 10 board exam this year.