One big question everyone preparing for the GRE faces is figuring out how to start the preparation. Some prefer good old private tuition, coaching classes or self-studies, the most recent favourite among students is online prep courses. If you are confused between coaching classes or online prep, here are a few points clarifying why online exam prep is suddenly a rage among test-takers internationally.
Here are some benefits of online GRE prep over classroom teaching, to help give you choose wisely.
1. Convenient and customizable
Since most of you appearing for GRE are either working or busy with studies, the biggest constraint when it comes to preparing is time. One thing which is unfeasible for you is to join a time-intensive GRE classroom course. Opting for such classes would mean you will have to sacrifice your daily routine to take out extra two or three hours for GRE classes. Also in case you miss a few classes, you cannot retake them. Because you can’t skip classes, you will have no choice but to attend, regardless of your time and energy to do so.
However, with an online GRE course, you can create your own schedule and intensity, study in the comfort of your home, and skip classes on days you don’t have the time.
2. Personalized lessons
Can you ask the teacher in class to skip parts that you are very good at and move on to the sections you need to work on? No. The question is can you afford to waste time on relearning things which may not be relevant to you? What you need is to spend time and energy on the sections that you need to work on. With online prep, you can tailor your course and choose to learn the things you want and skim over the rest.
3. Learn at your speed
A tutor in class will not repeat a concept only for one student. They have their time limits, hence the tutor can’t afford to spend 10 minutes re-teaching you. You will have to meet the tutor after class and get your doubts clarified.
With online GRE prep, you can pause whenever you want, take notes, and repeat a topic as many times as you need.
When you are in a classroom with 30 students, it can be difficult for the tutor to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Since the tutor has to focus on the whole class, you will never be their priority. With an online GRE prep, technology restructures the process for you. Online courses use algorithms and adaptive technology that adjust to your performance and help you with your weak areas. Hence, you get a course that adapts based on your performance.
5. Cost effective
Most of the coaching centres are quite expensive for GRE training. Private tutoring is even more expensive; it can cost as much as Rs.1500 per class. Registering for GRE costs a lot on its own, and add to it the cost of these classes. For online prep, the price is much lower. You don’t have to spend a bomb on coaching classes while you can learn the same stuff at a lighter price.
6. Latest content
Most coaching centres don’t update the material every year. Their lessons and sample papers stay the same for many years. In online prep courses, the quality of the content doesn’t stay stagnant. It runs on an ever-evolving software which includes the most recent data and provides you with the latest information.
7. Social and community support
There is a misconception that classrooms are more interactive than online courses. But in many ways, this isn’t true. GRE prep courses have features like forums, message boards, groups, and private chats that help you interact with other students and instructors in better ways. These forums and message boards are meant to help you in more ways than just the GRE prep. They are a community, where you can ask questions about admissions and other related stuff. You will find students who are applying for a similar course or college. Interacting with them will help you in learning more things.
8. Test-like environment
GRE is a computer adaptive test. So, it makes sense to practice and study, solve questions, and solve practice tests on a computer. You’ll get used to reading complex passages on the screen, and you will also get used to taking a four-hour-long test on the computer. This will help you on the test day.
9. Track your performance
The online GRE prep gives you an instant score after you take a practice test, along with an analysis. This helps you measure your performance and allows your mentor to analyze your strengths and weaknesses.
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