Can a student do well at a professional or entrance exam without coaching classes? Knowledge finds out.

Pratik Mehta has a time table. He has slotted most of the time for preparing for his chartered accountancy final exams, which leaves him little time for anything else. Mehta faces a little additional pressure than other students because he has opted for skipping the coaching classes and he is studying by himself. “Somehow the expense was turning out too pressurising for my family, and I thought I’d do without the coaching. Others have done it in the past, albeit few have cleared in the first attempt, says the determined boy.

There are many like Mehta who want to take up the ‘no coaching’ option, but give up in the last minute since our education system in based on a one-chance-only method. “For chartered accountancy, at least a student can opt for another attempt, and they have a few attempts at hand. For engineering admission, there are no such relaxations, though students can try for two years, no one is willing to take that chance,” says Amardeep Singh, father of Sujit, who is currently studying in FYJC science and hopes to secure admission in a renowned engineering college at the end of the next academic year.

Many teachers are of the opinion that students can do it without special coaching, since it only takes a little more hard work. But parents and students seem to have different views. “It is not about hard work. The minute I decided to opt for engineering, I knew what I was in for. It is about a methodical way in approaching the exams, right from the start. And that’s what a coaching class provides. The information, the practice, the system, and sometimes even the time table,” informs engineering aspirant Deepa Shetty, who is extremely happy with the teachers of the coaching class she attends. She adds that college professors are not bothered, and the text books are outdated, they can hardly keep up with the curriculum.

“When we need to chalk out plans so that we do not sweat the small stuff (or the reverse, when the small stuff becomes important, we need our classes. We have students who ask us for notes and tips all the time because they do not have the benefit of a class,” says Shetty, who is willing to share her notes will all her classmates.

Examinations that we talk about require determination, a never-give-up attitude, motivation and guidance. That’s what students claim to get at the classes.

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