Nowadays, it is a trend for students to take admissions in coaching institutes for scoring well in exams like board exams, competitive exam or entrance exams for admissions. However, these coaching institutes promising students a competitive edge over other students are a topic of debate whether it is compulsory for students to take extra help from coaching institutes or they can score well in these exams with self-studies. In this article, we are discussing advantages and disadvantages of coaching institutes for students from class 9th to class 12th.
Pros of Coaching Institutes for students –
1. Right Direction – Coaching Institutes provide students correct guidance as class 9 to class 12 students need to be prepared for board exams, competitive exams, entrance exams etc. In coaching institutes, the students not only get academic guidance but also they get to know about career options and right goals as per their interest and academic record. Coaching institutes are really helpful in admissions and career guidance.
2. The personalisation of studies – Student get individual attention at coaching institutes because in school teachers have to deal with 40-60 students in each class and their focus in general on just covering their syllabus for subjects in the time allotted for each period. This makes it difficult for teachers to focus on each student and hence, students are not able to get proper guidance. However, in coaching institutes, the focus is on learning and development of students as per their requirement.
3. New learning styles and tips for getting a competitive advantage – Coaching institutes develop different learning techniques for a different type of students that helps students in understanding their subjects well. Where in school, all students in the same class get to learn the concepts in the same pattern; here in coaching institutes the learning pattern can be developed after doing an analysis of how a student adapts the concepts. When a student gets to learn in their own specific way, their understanding and grip on subject develop quickly and hence, they show improved results.
4. The utilisation of extra time/Disciplines students’ daily routine – Class 9 to Class 12 students need to schedule their day with the main focus on academics because these are the most important classes of their academic life. The coaching classes are helpful in disciplining the students by helping in fixing their daily routine. Students generally, in their free time after school, play games, watch movies or use social media applications which lead to wastage of their time. It is essential for students to engage in extra-curricular or refreshing activities to relax their mind after school, but if students engage in non-academic activities for more than necessary time than it will affect their studies. And with coaching classes, students can get enough time for refreshment as well as they can focus on their studies in the coaching classes.
5. Students get to cover up specific subjects – Generally, it happens that when a student misses school for a day or some days, they lose track of studies at school. When they want to cover the missed-out concepts, they are not able to do so because they have to learn the ongoing concepts in the classroom. But with help of coaching institutes, students get to learn at their own pace and they can cover up each concept from the subjects that they missed out at school. Moreover, in cases like students to attend school, but they cannot understand the concepts as per the generic method for all student; For example, they are not able to understand chemical reactions concept, then students can get coaching specifically for chemistry subject where they can understand basic concepts in brief to understand the subject.
Cons of Coaching Institutes for students –
1. Additional expenditure on education – Nowadays, the cost of education is rising with every new academic cycle, and if students who are weak in studies or want to score well in exams seek extra help for studies with coaching institutes then it adds to the cost of education. Not every parent can afford extra expenses for education along with high tuition fees at school. But, because they want their child to good in academics at school they take the pain of coaching institutes fees as well. Moreover, sometimes teachers at school offer tuition after school and parents think that their child would get the required attention and help in academics, therefore; they send their child to tuitions from the teacher. This should not be done because then teachers at school do not teach students properly as they think of extra-income with tuitions.
2. Extra homework burden on students – Coaching Institutes give students a lot of homework because the students need to practice well in order to prepare and score well for exams. Students already get homework for each subject from school, and if they get homework from coaching classes as well then students do not get enough time to refresh and they feel burdened with homework.
3. Different from school academic structure – Coaching institutes follow a personalised study pattern for each student and schools follow a generic pattern for each batch of each class. This leaves students in a dilemma as they have to keep up with school studies as well as coaching classes learning.
4. Developing stress in students due to competition – Coaching Institute aims to train students specifically for examination and hence, they prepare them extensively for gaining a competitive edge. For board exams, admissions tests, and competitive exams students are prepared along with hundreds of students and they are made to compete among themselves to analyse their preparation level. Such environment develops anxiety and exam stress in students.
5. One coaching institute is not suitable for students from different schools – Coaching institutes already have different study curriculum from schools and when students from different schools join the same coaching institute then the conflict in students’ pace and understanding arise. The coaching institutes are not limited to a type of school, and students from different schools or education boards join the coaching institute. Therefore, the education pattern of schools or board is not same and when these students get coaching under the same institute then every student has their own problems in concept understanding.
Conclusion – Coaching Institutes are becoming a major factor for class 9 to class 12 students who are preparing for board exams, competitive exams and entrance exams. The students who are good in academic can prepare for these exams with self-studies; they do not feel the need to join coaching institutes. Students who feel need to join coaching institutes to learn better and score well in these exams should consider factors like an academic record of past students as well they can consider coaching classes only for the subject they need extra help with. Besides, students should consider self-studies and help from teachers at school a priority.