On-campus Classes for final year students of DU have just commenced – to enable them to do lab work, projects etc. Given the continuous decline in the number of COVID cases, chances are that on-campus classes for the other students will also commence soon. We are also looking forward to the government guidelines on allowing coaching institutions, including the CAT Coaching ones, to resume offline classes.
Understandably, there is an eagerness in most of us to get back to normal in the one remaining aspect of our lives (ironically everything except offline education has taken priority – restaurants & bars, cinema halls & malls, hotels & airlines – but let me leave my amazement on the death of logic on that for another day). The joy and effectiveness of interactive learning in a real classroom are still unmatched. The social element of education hasn’t been replicated online yet. And learning is much more than just studying a topic – nothing like young, brilliant minds in a real classroom and the in-between-classes banter and short breaks that add to lasting memories. And there is much more to an experience than words can capture.
At the same time, getting back to offline classes is going to be a change from the way things have been over the past one year or so. And it will put some pressure on your precious reserves of time. The two dimensions that on-campus classes can’t match online ones on are efficiency and comfort. You will need to spend time travelling, you would love to spend (offline!) time catching up with friends, and a cancelled class won’t allow you to go back home and do something else (that an online class allowed for).
Coming from a long break from regular classes in college or your CAT Coaching institute, this is the biggest change you need to be aware of. It will typically mean around 2 hours of your daily time will now be out of your direct control. Of course it could and would vary, depending on your individual circumstances.
So, you need to start devising ways of making up for the same. Being aware of the situation and adapting to it – like the top sportspersons and sports teams do – is crucial to 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