Competition for IIT JEE is getting tougher every year. Currently, students have to clear JEE Main first, also known as qualifying exam for JEE Advanced. On the basis of JEE Advanced result and cut-off, the students are eligible for admission into IITs.
For JEE 2017, 40% board marks weightage for calculating the JEE Main Ranks will no longer be in affect. The eligibility criteria of JEE Main will be the same like JEE Advanced i.e. 75% marks or be in top 20 percentile in class 12th exams.
If you are serious about getting into IITs, you need an effective preparation and if you think you can clear IIT JEE with only self study, you are taking a big risk. Well prepared candidates are dominating the results every year and whether you love it or hate it, coaching institutes are playing a big role in the preparation of IIT JEE.
I will not talk about big coaching institutes like FIITJEE, Allen or Resonance here, instead, a new platform that has emerged from the last few years i.e. Online Coaching Classes.
Is it possible to prepare for IIT JEE via online coaching, considering that it’s one of the toughest entrance exam in the world.
I would say, YES. It is possible to prepare for IIT JEE or any other competitive examination on an online platform. But why do you believe me?
Remember the number one requirement from a coaching provider for effective exam preparation, What is it?
The quality teaching. Whether it’s a tutor or a non-human resource, nothing beats quality. Either you are getting this quality through traditional classrooms or online classes, the platform have become vague in recent times. What matters is the quality that is delivered irrespective of the medium.
The annual package of the faculties (mostly ex-IITians) in some of the top Kota institutes is more than a crore. Why these coaching institutes are paying so much money to the faculties? Because they are aware of the fact that a good preparation is possible mainly by the effort of a teacher.
So, do all IITians join these institutes? It’s not practically possible. Some of other IITians are choosing a slightly different route. They are leveraging the online platform to prepare students for IIT JEE.
IIT JEE Online Classes. What is the process and how to identify the efficiency of online classes?
The process of online classes is very simple. If a student has a computer/laptop and an internet connection, he/she can easily take the classes from home or anywhere else. The students are provided a link or login credentials to enter into the virtual classroom, and then it’s very similar to normal classroom. There will be a blackboard, you can see the teacher, hear the voice, you can ask your questions, doubts and everything that is possible in a normal coaching class.
Interaction between teacher and students in online classes
Before you decide to try out the online classes for IIT JEE preparation, make sure you take a note of some crucial points. The most important thing to confirm is that it should be a two way communication between the teacher and a student. Interaction between teacher and students in a class is very important. The online class should not feel like a broadcast channel.
What about online video lectures for IIT JEE preparation?
Avoid those online coaching providers who just provide you a video lecture and ask you to watch and understand everything. It doesn’t matter whether the videos are recorded by best IITian faculties. If you need to resolve your query from somewhere else after watching the video then it has no real value.
Having said that, well prepared and short videos on specific topics are easy to grab for students. But the problem is these videos don’t tell you the different ways of solving a problem, shortcut methods, fast calculations, the tricks that are actually required to perform well in the IIT JEE examination.
Quality of faculty in IIT JEE online coaching
Earlier in the article, I said that many IITians are using online platform to prepare students for IIT JEE. Since they can’t join coaching institutes physically, online coaching allows them to teach students remotely. Not just IITians but some of the brightest performers in NITs and other engineering colleges are also joining this exciting platform.
It is believed that an IITian can teach best to IIT aspirants. What better way than to study from a person who have prepared and cleared the exam. Sounds great! but an IITian is not a monopoly when it comes to teaching or preparing students for IIT JEE. There are some great non IITian faculties who are equally good and efficient. See the style of teaching not just the qualification of faculty.
Some more requirements out of a good online coaching provider for IIT JEE
In case of live online classes, you should also make sure that you get the recording of the classes. It’s an asset to watch the same class again, if required. If you miss out on something and need to consult more on that with the teacher then a recorded class would be a handy resource for you.
If you are satisfied with the quality of the teacher and the platform, next step is to clear all your queries about online coaching. You need to clarify about study material, doubt removal sessions, practice tests, performance analysis, student assessment, everything in advance before you enroll for any online course.
Benefits of IIT JEE Online Preparation
Online coaching uses technology to bring teacher and students on a virtual platform. The objective is to develop a fast, responsive and student friendly platform without losing on the quality of teaching for the preparation of IIT JEE.
In a normal coaching institute these days, there are average of 40-45 students in a batch. In top coaching institutes like Allen or Resonance, the number of students in class can go over 150-200. It’s practically impossible for a teacher to focus on each individual student.
In good and effective online IIT classes, the number of students are divided into small batches up to maximum 15-20. This allows a faculty to focus on the performance of every student in the class.
One of the drawbacks of joining a top coaching institute (remember the quality of teachers in different branches of a coaching institute can vary according to the location of a branch) is to force students to accommodate in a big city like Delhi, Mumbai, and in case of IIT JEE, the biggest of all, KOTA. It can be expensive and also inconvenient for students and parents.
In the online coaching, the location becomes a non-issue because of technology. Have a laptop and internet and take class from anywhere. Whether you are at home or have arrived at a new place, it’s a guarantee that you will not miss a single class. Online coaching is convenient and affordable at the same time.
Some of the key advantages of online coaching are short batches, focus on an individual student, proper counselling, quality study material, online practice tests, online assessment and regular monitoring.
Why to choose online coaching for IIT JEE?
We are seeing incidents (largely from Kota) of students suicides due to depression and the extreme pressure. It is happening every year and the coaching institutes have to take blame for this.
With so much pressure among the students, these institutes lacks proper counselling for the students. Lack of focus to an individual student and not monitoring the behavior of students during and after the classes is a serious concern.
No doubt these big coaching institutes are providing successful results every year, even though some of the results are fake also, but not focusing on counselling, performance and monitoring of your students comes under bad ethics. It’s not about just business all the time as an education provider.
And if we have some alternatives like online coaching classes from experienced and qualified teachers/experts who are delivering the top most quality and special focus on the counselling and performance of students, then it’s worth preparing for IIT JEE on an online platform.
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