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School Students look to Crash Courses

School Students look to Crash Courses

If you thought crash courses were meant only for competitive exams, you are mistaken. Increasingly, school students are attending crash courses that claim to encapsulate a year's portions in a few months.

A good number of coaching centres in the city that offer these courses say they complete the entire school curriculum in a short span, some within 90 days.

While schools may have a different view on such bridge courses, students say it helps them concentrate on academics and pursue extra - curricular activities.

G. Aruna, mother of G. Aditya Krishnan, says her son gets tired after school to take up regular tuitions. Though Aditya was initially reluctant to enrol for a crash course during the summer vacation, he agreed to learn the basics of geometry. "Now, I solve questions faster than others in the class. Plus, I have learnt different approaches to solve a problem," says the Class X student.

"These classes are advantageous to students who are focused and feel the NEED to have prior knowledge of the subjects they are going to study," says S. Kumar, director, Dr. SB Topper's Point, an institute which offers such courses.

Jayanthy Srivathsan, Director, Vinaya Student Space, says : "Students who need time to prepare for competitive exams can finish the school portions and then gear up for AIEEE or IIT - JEE."

'Impossible to learn'

But, school teachers say it is impossible to provide this kind of learning in such a short period.

"The CBSE board exams do not merely test the concepts but pose application - oriented questions. Students who take up these courses are taken by surprise when they find that many questions are beyond what simple text books have," says Radha Subramanian, a Class XII Physics teacher.

Teachers also think the curriculum design and stipulated time for completion of the syllabus prescribed by the boards have been planned systemically. But owing to peer and parental pressure, students are forced to take up these intense classes.

"Students who attend these courses face a psychological barrier and don't pay attention to regular classes. They disturb their classmates who cannot afford such courses," says C. Satish, Senior Principal, RMK Group of Schools.

"The concepts learnt by Class XII students are related to what they learn in Class XI. It is difficult to sum it all up and give detailed explanation in three months," says K. Selvam, physics teacher, S.B.O.A Matriculation Higher Secondary School.

School Students look to Crash Courses

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