The Truth About Coaching Institutes

So you’ve finished your grade ten. The results are out and you’ve passed with flying colours! And you, much like your peers are exited about starting off with your preparation for various competitive entrance exams.

“Which coaching institute are you joining?“;  a sentence heard much too often the minute your board exam results are out. And why not?  Isn’t attending a coaching institute the only way to clear competitive examinations? I would like to share my experience with you about the two coaching institutes that I’ve had awful experiences with over the years.

Starting off with BYJU. I joined BYJU coaching before starting off with grade ten .(currently I am in grade 12)  The commute time took around one hour for a one way trip. Nevertheless, my parents and I worked out a plan for the travel. The teachers at BYJU were almost always late to the class. By the end of one week, only one physics and one math class was taken while the rest of the classes were filled with chemistry lessons as the other teachers were unavailable at the time. At times, when no teachers were available we were shown videos of topics on Youtube. The coaching centre location was changed almost every third class. The fee amount was un-proportionate to the facilities provided.  All these incidents and lack of teaching skills and wastage of time led me to drop BYJU in a month. Overall, it was not a good experience. I did quite well in my tenth grade scoring 96% without BYJU or any other tuition.

After the completion of tenth grade, my parents and I decided to join FIITJEE Integrated Curriculum as we felt that it is a norm nowadays; and to get a good college it is necessary to join a reputed institute.

At FITTJEE we were divided into three batches based on a admission test (FTRE) score. In a span of two months, the chemistry teacher left and the new chemistry was not good at explaining concepts at all. In general, I must say that the teachers are knowledgeable. They know everything except how to slow down or to maintain interest of the pupil in the subject. The HOD teachers are only provided to the best batch of 20 students while minimal attention is given to all the other 150 students studying. The FIITJEE notes are a compilation of objective type questions with minimalistic explanation of concepts. They are filled with errors or incorrect questions and answers which lowers the confidence level of the student. They claim to shuffle classes after every term in order to optimise learning process but all this does is create stress instead of a healthy learning environment.All of their posters show a few successful candidates. The thousands who didn’t get a good enough rank are always hidden in background.These issues led me to drop FIITJEE coaching in the middle of grade level and join a different school with CBSE curriculum.

I highly recommend you to read this well written post Visit To FITTJEE And Review to gain a true insight on the FITJEE institute.

Overall I feel like coaching institutes such as these have made education a true ‘business’. According to statistics, 53 percent of all IIT entrants in the past year had self studied.

At the end of the day, it is not the coaching classes which will get you a good university. It is You that will get you a good university.

 

 

Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

With a backdrop of Taliban ruled Afghanistan, The Kite Runner is story about the immensely touching friendship of Amir-belonging to royal ‘Pashtun’ blood and Hassan- a mere ‘Hazara’ servant boy. The story is setup in Kabul in Afghanistan and partly in America.

This book is a masterpiece in more ways than one. Khaled Hosseini has beautifully woven the friendship of Amir and Hassan right from their days of childhood. The story goes on to tell how one irreversible decision can haunt a person for their entire life, how one lie can form huge boundaries, how friendships are formed and broken, how distances can crush relationships, how killing people in the name of God suddenly becomes acceptable and finally how just a single step towards the truth can help in erasing all the guilt away!

It is a very fast paced novel with no loose ends. Every time I kept the book down , for a  break, I felt the urge to pick it up and continue reading it until I reach the ending. The last chapter of the story is very well written and the story has quite a satisfying ending. It is truly an amazing story that will stay with you no matter how heartbreaking.

~~ Ravija Maheshwari.

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