Choosing a coaching institute for IIT JEE or NEET is a major decision for students and their parents. In the past, there were only physical coaching institutes, but now with the availability of digital platforms, students are also preparing for JEE and NEET in online mode.
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How to Choose Coaching Institute for IIT-JEE and NEET?
There are thousands of coaching institutes (small and big) for IIT-JEE and NEET-UG in all major cities in India. Kota alone have around 200+ coaching institutes.
Whenever these coaching institutes display their successful results every year, one thing they never disclose is the number of total students who took the coaching from them. We all know this, the higher the number of students taking coaching, more are the chances of showing successful results.
Students and parents are realising, it’s the quality of the classes and the value that a coaching institute provide to its students, is what matters most.
Results can be fabricated, the money can be used for huge advertisements, more media space can be purchased, but the value is something which is not bound by size.
So it’s very important to choose a valuable coaching institute for IIT-JEE and NEET.
5 Habits of Highly Valuable Coaching Institutes for JEE and NEET
Here are the five reasons why students get disappointed with a coaching institute:
- Coaching institute not understanding a student’s pace of learning.
- Coaching institute not telling a student how he/ she can improve his/ her individual performance.
- Coaching institute limit the best teachers to top batches only.
- Coaching institute don’t provide personal counselling along with the course.
- Coaching institute is not what has been projected, it’s manipulating results.
My take is that these are five strikes against low value coaching institutes, but the opposites of each of these then would be good signs of a truly valuable coaching provider.
So here are my five signs, five characteristics of a highly valuable coaching institute.
1. A great coaching provider understand the psychology of a student.
Every student has different learning abilities. Some of them are fast learners, some take a little time to understand things. Some students are not comfortable studying in a batch and prefer one to one classes.
A great coaching institute is fast in recognizing the personality of the student and can make changes to teaching style and methods.
2. A great coaching provider analyze the individual performance of a student.
In a top coaching institute, on an average there are 100-120 students in a batch, so the only way to judge the performance of a student is through weekly or monthly tests. And the criteria to judge the performance is only marks, avoiding other factors which may be hampering the student’s performance.
A high value coaching provider continuously monitor the performance of every student. It finds the areas where a student is lacking and needs to focus more, and communicate the same to parents. The coaching provider then give suggestions to make improvements and then along with parents support they try to enhance the performance of the student.
3. A great coaching provider don’t differentiate between its students.
Every big coaching institute have top batches. The well performing students are placed in top batches and they get the best of the faculty and resources. They are the one who are most likely to clear the JEE and NEET exams. Students who perform well in lower batches can be moved to top batches.
The question is, Is it a right way to provide coaching?
If you don’t give the opportunity to lower batch students to learn like top batch students, how can you call yourself a great coaching institute? It’s not like they are paying less fee, then why can’t they get the best teachers?
I have also heard of students complaining that teachers are not professionals in lower batches. The students can’t leave the institute because the full year fee is already paid in advance.
A great coaching provider don’t show partiality between its students.
4. A great coaching institute provides personal counselling to its students.
Students can face a lot of problems, not all are going to be academic. Sometimes it’s about feeling low, getting the pressure and anxiety of exams.
There can be incidents of bullying and the problems outside the coaching which are making them depressed. These things are very important as they can sometimes force a student to take unfortunate steps.
It’s important that students behaviour is monitored regularly. He/ She scoring marks, fine, but is there something which a student is hiding and not able to tell others.
A great coaching provider is always available for its students in solving their problems.
5. A great coaching provider have high ethical standards.
Every year after the IIT-JEE and NEET results, there are hoardings and banners of coaching institutes showing successful results in order to lure new students. Coaching industry is getting huge and so is the competition, every institute want to outshine others, that’s where some of them involved in deceptive practices.
Half of the top 10 results of [Name Removed] coaching institute in 2015 were shown in “distance” category, that means they didn’t take the regular classes from the institute. Ironically, all of these 5 students were regular classroom students of an another institute.
Not illegal, but I think they tried to deceive students and parents by claiming those results which belongs to another institute. It’s about ethics.
A great coaching institute have high ethical standards.
How Do I Know Such Coaching Institute Exist?
Because I work for one.
I wouldn’t write an article like this and publish it on this blog if I didn’t know that Mystudycart is an online coaching institute that exemplifies every one of the qualities I named above.
We are new but we have adopted some ethics and standards, and that will not change whether we are giving coaching to a single student or thousands of students.
Please forgive my very uncharacteristic bragging… but as Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it!”
The credit of writing this post goes to Mark Traphagen, one of the well respected person in Digital Marketing. He wrote an article in the above format for a different industry, I have adopted the similar approach and also use couple of lines from his article, with his permission.
We’re listening to students.
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