Today, we look at 10 myths related to online coaching for IIT JEE, NEET or any other entrance examination. In doing that we’ll also see how online coaching, if managed well, can be more effective than physical coaching at times.
1) Online coaching is impersonal
Online coaching can be made personal. The teacher can engage in discussions (not limited to subject related stuff) with the students, and they can communicate through video and chat during the class. Teacher and students can introduce themselves in the class and with time they can develop personal bonding like a normal classroom.
2) There is no interaction with the teacher or with other students
With so many education providers selling video lectures in the name of JEE/Medical preparation that some students and parents consider it as online coaching. This is not true.
Online Coaching ≠ Video lectures by an IITian.
It sends a wrong signal that online coaching don’t allow two way interaction between teacher and student. There is a difference between e-learning, ed-tech, and online coaching. And it’s the online coaching which allows significant and robust student interaction with the teacher.
3) Students don’t participate. They don’t ask questions or doubts
In reality, there may be more participation in online class because the fear of speaking in front of other students is removed (it can’t be better than this for introvert students).
The virtual classroom creates a safe environment where social and cultural barriers are diminished and it is easier to share ideas and experiences. Because students lose their inhibitions, they become more freely engaged in online classrooms.
4) Online coaching does not provide learning from peers opportunity
Learning from peers is challenging in online coaching. With students from different part of the country and abroad also, physical hangouts after the classes may not be available. To make online classrooms more effective, there can be breakout rooms, virtual hangouts and discussion groups after the class where students can interact with each other.
5) The teacher will not be accessible
Teachers can be available for discussions with students, and provide timely feedback on each student’s performance. Students can also contact them using email, messages, video chat, and other methods.
6) Online coaching takes less students time
Generally, online coaching will take as much or maybe more time than traditional classrooms. There is no commuting in online coaching, which saves time. An added benefit is the flexibility of scheduling online classes as per student need in customized courses.
7) Online coaching does not provide evaluation, feedback and analysis
Evaluations can easily be incorporated into online coaching. The usual Level 1 through end-of-course classes can be conducted in a normal way. Level 2 evaluations can use online practice tests, mock tests, and test series.
Based on the metric identified, teachers should be able to analyze the performance. So, if the evaluation plan is designed into the online coaching, much like the face-to-face classroom, online coaching can be evaluated.
8) Online coaching is fundamentally different
Traditional and online coaching have many of the same design elements (objectives, instructional strategies, doubt removals, two way interactions), use presentations, and have a defined meeting place where students engage with the teacher and other students (online or offline classroom).
Online coaching has the same performance expectations and contains the same requirements and assignments as a traditional classroom coaching.
9) All e-learning is the same
The differences between online coaching, webinars, e-learning, recorded lectures, and virtual classrooms speak to the amount of interaction between the teacher and students, and whether the intent is to share knowledge or improve performance.
10) Online coaching is disorganized
Online courses should not be hard to follow. A well-designed online course has:
- Goals and learning objectives.
- A course map with easy navigation.
- Individual modules with distinct requirements and specific instructions, access, or embedded materials.
- Submission deadlines with easy methods to submit the work.
When designed properly, online courses (coaching) can actually be more organized than some physical coaching classes. There is no getting off point, time-management issues aren’t as common, and difficult students aren’t as disruptive.