If he needs to get his doubts solved, Parth Goradia, 15, would prefer to do them at his coaching class rather than at his school.
Garodia, a Class 10 student, will be appearing for the SSC exams that begin on March 1. “You get more personal attention and more information from the teachers than at school,” said Garodia, who attends Sinhal Classes for Marathi, English, science, maths and social studies.
Beyond schools, coaching classes across the city too, are providing support for students during the board exams through a slew of services.
For the first time this year, Sinhal Classes will organise “subject rooms” during the exams, with teachers at different centres solving subject-specific doubts in allotted rooms. If students have particular preferences for teacher they can arrange for sessions accordingly.
“As a coaching class we need to stay relevant to the needs of the students,” said Sudhanshu Sinhal, director of Sinhal Classes. “We have told our students that they can bring their friends to such sessions, even if those who are not enrolled with us.”
Later this week, the coaching academy will launch a book of tips for students appearing for the board exams. Mahesh Tutorials will be operating its annual helpline for students across the city, regardless of their board and whether or not they are enrolled with the group.
“We have subject experts as well as counsellors to provide motivational support to children,” said Chhaya Shastri, director of Mahesh Tutorials. “And for students who are with us but who cannot come to the centres, some of our teachers have been visiting their homes to teach them.”
Similarly, JK Shah Classes, which tutors HSC commerce students, will start operating its annual SMS helpline where students call in, leave their doubts and get a call from a professor answering the doubt.
Others have been conducting the usual problem solving, counselling and mock exam sessions for students. “We recently completed our last-minute sessions with students, including mock practicals and clearing their doubts,” said Dinesh Shukla, director of Kalrashukla Classes.