Fourteen-year-old Aryan prefers the Web modules for self-study. Heâs not alone. Most of his classmates do the same. In fact, most students seek online help for study.
With a chock-a-block schedule, purely due to peer pressure, a normal routine means waking up early to go to school, come back and finish the assignments, followed by 3-4 hours of coaching classes and completing their additional homeworks as well. Amid all the chaos, a child is often stressed out and sleep-deprived.
While huge sums are spent on tuitions and extra classes, mostly it all goes in vain.
Most students who top board exams in India say self-study helped them score so high.
With increasing number of online education websites, students and professionals are turning to their laptops and smartphones to add to their skill-sets.
When we learn alone, we can get bored and demotivated easily even if the course content and instruction methods are good. With live and interactive learning methods, the physical classroom setting is more or less replicated which engages students better.
For Aryan the format helps students to devote proper time to the class otherwise self-study becomes a non-committal activity.
Neelu, a mother of a 16-year-old feels that students pursuing their remidial lessons online is benificial. However, it isnât the only solution, she adds, âIt (online) is very expensive and not everyone can afford it.â She says, âMost students may not be highly intelligent and do require some handholding which only a teacher can provide.â
Many universities are offering valuable courses.
The content of most online education course is extremely engaging.
Udit Sawhney, CEO, myPAT, an online education site, says, âIf you look closely at the schedule of a student, youâll realise there is very limited time for self-study. Although, it will be wrong to generalise, but most students donât get enough time beyond designated tuition hours.â
He feels most schedules are monotonous and donât allow any clearl goal. And this fails our educational ecosystem (schools, teachers, mentors, students). Students, he says, often make mindless efforts towards a particular direction or stream of studyÂ without understanding their goals and ways to achieve.
He further mentions, âOur school system has an extremely skewed teacher-student ratio. As per a recent report by ministry of human resource, it is around one teacher for every 50 students, and the number only increases for senior classes.âThere is a need to personalise the way a student looks at education as every student has a different learning ability and speed.
Over the last few years, online learning has shown impressive growth, drawing investorsâ attention. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame and his wife, Priscilla Chan invested in Bangalore-based Byjuâs, a mobile-based learning company. Already backed by Sequoia Capital and Sofina, among others Byjuâs is simply flourishing. This is a clear indication of how the sector is being perceived.With widespread Internet access and international educational institutions joining open online learning have equipped Coursera â the market leader in online learning â with 1,500 courses from universities and schools across the world. They cater over a million and half students in India. Other top players in this sector are edX and Khan Academy with similar success stories. Ambar, a student of Jagannath International Management School, Vasant Kunj, feels using online modules for study is light on the pocket but expresses that although one can be a student of physics he or she can also learn things about commerce onlne. âOnline porta
ls make life easier with 24x7 access to resourcesand you can study at your own pace,â he says, adding, âThe study material is is more effective than what is taught in classrooms.â
Chhavi Bakaria, an assistant professor, feels that online portals are a good tool especially to learn the basics of a topic. She says, âThey should be supplimented with classroom doubt clearing sessions and theory books for a deeper understanding of the topic.â