We ADAPT, we pivot, we evolve. That’s something we do really well at MBAGuru. Whether it was a challenge like a sudden screeching halt to offline classes last year due to COVID-19 or the opportunity we saw in using Telegram as a powerful platform for adding extra impetus to the CAT Preparation of our students, we were willing to change quickly, experiment, even risk failure, and come out stronger. It’s never smooth, but it is progress – and that’s almost always better than stagnation, and decay.
When you look at traditional or even online CAT coaching, you see that change is an issue for most of them because it challenges existing systems. So, for example, when COVID-19 caused a shutdown in March 2020, the self-proclaimed leader in CAT coaching only provided non-interactive, recorded sessions delivered from one location to its students across India. No interaction, no doubts, and no change of pace to suit the needs of the students – just a one-size-fits-all, rigid delivery. On the other hand, we had our regular online live CAT classes from the very next week and our students had a smooth transition.
But we aren’t resting on our past laurels. We are challenging ourselves even now, like each year. In that spirit, we have begun (almost) daily extra class for specific needs of different students. These typically happen late night and every student will perhaps find 2-3 of these sessions every week as relevant to her/his needs.
Here’s the thing … MBAGuru students cracked the CAT even when these sessions weren’t being held. No one ever raised a request for these sessions. These weren’t a need or a compulsion. We just decided to experiment, to push ourselves because we felt this regular extra-engagement (over and above everything that you were promised, and will receive) would encourage and enable even more of our students to improve.
No backups, no recordings, no compulsion to even attend – and yes, you would be totally fine even if you miss these sessions because everything else is in place. These extra classes are not instead of something else, they are in addition to everything else. We will see it for a few weeks and then plan further – if it pans out as we hope it will, we will repeat these for future students, with continuous improvements. But if it fails, we would have learned something still.
That’s the beauty of ADAPTING and improving – when you succeed, you move ahead; and even when you fail, you still learn and progress.
If you are an MBAGuru student, all I ask of you is to be a part of this collaborative effort and experiment and make the most of it. I hope you do appreciate that this is your institute, trying to change and evolve, so that you have an even better shot at realizing your dream! So, let’s rock it together 🙂
If you are at any other CAT Coaching, I hope your coaching is also making efforts beyond the promise. And you have my best wishes for your success.
About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal