Put yourself in your child's shoes and
imagine this ...
Each week, you and 30 other students file into a coaching college classroom and are handed the same exam paper with the same practice questions as every other student. You take a seat and begin working through the practice paper. An hour passes,
Figure 1: Not a lot has changed since the 1940s
‘Everybody stop,’ calls the teacher. ‘Now let’s go through the answers, put your hand up if you got a question wrong and I will explain how to do it.’
The teacher calls out the first answer – you answered differently.
Reluctantly, you put your hand up. You look around the classroom, and no one else has their hand up, but you can see over your shoulder that the boy next to you chose the wrong answer as well. Why hasn’t he raised his hand?
‘So, to do this question, we start by…’ says the teacher as she writes on the board.
The teacher’s explanation isn’t clear, but you don’t ask her to repeat it. It’s an awkward environment, and you don’t want to look like you can’t keep up. Your parents talk so much about coaching college and how it will help you make it into the best selective schools, but you can’t help feeling that it’s a waste of time. You’d never say this to your parents though; it would just make them angry – they have their hearts set on selective school and think a coaching college offers the best chance.
Unfortunately, this is the reality for many children studying for Selective Exams. Many tutoring centres are stuck using old, inefficient, classroom-based methods of teaching, that fail to address the diverse learning needs of students. If each student has unique strengths and weaknesses, why are they being given the same work to do? Coaching colleges are a very profitable business model but not a very good learning environment. In coaching colleges, st