Online test prep has really become popular in India these past few years. The advent of technology, coupled with the hassles of negotiating traffic at the end of a long work day or week, the comfort of one’s home… there are plenty of reasons to explain this evolution. But what’s sauce for the goose is sometimes not so for the gander and it makes sense to consider your options (and their pros and cons) before making a choice between GMAT online courses and classroom learning.
GMAT Online Coaching
First of all, these are the three essentials for GMAT Online Coaching:
- A laptop, PC, tablet, or phone
- A broadband internet connection that doesn’t keep dropping off
- A room or space where you can work without any distractions
Without any one of these three, the question of preparing for the GMAT online becomes moot. Assuming, for the moment, that you still have a choice between offline and online prep, the next question that needs to be answered is: what are you most comfortable with?
Are you the kind of person who thrives in a competitive setup that a peer group provides? Does the presence of folks smarter or faster than you spur you to work harder? Do you enjoy the debates and discussions that come with a conventional classroom program? If you said yes to any of these, the classroom approach – with its real-time discussions and access to faculty and study groups – might appeal to you.
If, on the other hand, you belong to the category that’s more comfortable working on your own, in a self-regulated, self-paced environment devoid of distractions, an online course that gives you the convenience of time and content will be the right choice.
It could all boil down to the sheer matter of convenience. If you work 10+ hours in a day and commute to and from work, you will be dead tired by the time you get home. The question of attending early morning or late evening classes will not even arise in this case. At the same time, if spending a good part of your weekend in a coaching class does not appeal to you either, then online prep is really your best bet. This gives you the flexibility to prepare when you want, for however long you want, in an environment that you are most comfortable in.
As you can see, there is no one single answer that works for everyone. In fact, many successful students augment one type of course with the other which, we feel, is perhaps the golden mean.
If you are still confused, or if you’d like to know more about online prep courses that we offer here at BYJU’S, feel free to talk our GMAT counselors on +918884544444 or email us at email@example.com. We’ll be happy to help!