To qualify the ITT JEE exams is often a dream for engineering aspirants. It is therefore recommended by experts to begin the preparations as early as possible. However, the most difficult choice one has to make is choosing between self-study or joining coaching centers to prepare for IIT JEE exams. For that matter over the past few years, joining a reputed coaching facility has indeed taken over anxious students and parents. This was mainly because of the added on tag of ‘IIT JEE is difficult’. Coaching centers are ofcourse a good option for those who aren’t confident about their capabilities to ace the exam on their own.
On the other hand, self-study isn’t that bad an option to prepare for IIT JEE exams. With this, students gain the power of influence over self and become in control of study schedules. They will know when to start and when to stop revisions. The benefits of self-study do not end with this as they are in multitudes, including better concentration and performance through self-evaluation.
Infact, in a recent study conducted on faring JEE Mainby IIT Guwahati, it was observed that 52.4% of candidates who qualified this exam in 2013 had taken up self-study route, while 44.5% had opted for IIT coaching. The zone wise data in this report also pointed out that Guwahati zone had the highest percentage of candidates who studied on their own, with 61% candidates. Other zonal wise data of qualified candidates who self-studied included Kanpur with 54.8%, Roorkee with 55.1%, Mumbai with 52.6% and Delhi with 47.1%. It was also noted that only 8% of the total qualified candidates belonged to villages whereas 16% belonged to towns and remaining 75% were from cities. However, the state of Rajasthan, known for it’s IIT coaching centerscontributed the maximum number of candidates that year whereas Tamil Nadu did not contribute much and fared little poorly. Also, many students from CBSE backgrounds fared well that year.
With regard to the educational qualification of parents whose children had qualified for the admission processes, more than 1,000 were illiterates and 8,000+ were postgraduates.
This study was performed on 10,000+ candidates who had gained admissions into IITs. So, going by the above passed percentage, 5,000+ candidates qualified through self-study which can be inspiring for those who desire the same. The remaining 2% here had opted for tuitions and other small correspondence courses for IIT preparations. Overall, it is pretty much a huge figure and relevant in today’s times to guide and facilitate students on the path of self-study for IIT exams.
Benefits of Self Study
Though people opting for coaching for IIT have seen a rise though commercialization and marketing, now the times have changed. Even the number of students who go to tuition classes have come down. These days, students mostly rely on self-study, taking help from video lectures, video lessons and other online study materials, thus saving time and money.
With the convenience of sitting at home and studying, they can save time to and fro the tuition classes or coaching centers. On the other hand, with mobile apps and educational websites, one can also learn on-the-go and even while traveling. The most important thing is however the mastery of time and prioritizing the needs and wants.
Along with easy accessibility to online sites and apps, students can also have healthy discussions on previous years question paper patterns, compare the results year wise with ex-IITians and experts online. Through this, students can note down their own observations and important points or questions for JEE exam preparations. It is like stepping up and being more responsible for oneself.
Next, getting organized and planned can also ensure that one’s study materials and notes are in order. This is often seen in students who opt to self-study. They also make their own personal notes.
Further, opting for self-study pushes students to remain focused and strictly follow study timetables or routines. This is because there is no one else to monitor the performance or exam preparation. To qualify and clear an exam like IIT JEE Main, a complete 100% is required. This becomes better and assured when a student decides to self-study and evaluate or monitor one’s own capacity.
Lastly, the most beneficial aspect of choosing self-study method is that it gives the ability to maintain a good balance between School Board exams and IIT JEE. This happens as both exams often happen one after the other. Students who study on their own can easily understand what to prioritize or what to learn first and can plan their study routines accordingly. It also reduces tension or worry as they know clearly which direction they are headed and hence no stress.
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