We all have witnessed the transformation in education methodologies during the COVID era, and a massive digitalization has occurred during these unprecedented times. However, does this mean the end of the traditional offline classes, or is their efficacy questionable now?
Well, if you’re reading this blog, I am sure you are preparing for the GMAT exam and perplexed in choosing between the GMAT online coaching and the offline classes.
How to prepare for GMAT online is one of the most common questions asked by our students in these last two years. With this article, we will address all your doubts about GMAT preparation online and how to choose between the GMAT online coaching and the offline classes.
It’s important to understand that online and offline classes are a medium of education, and choosing between the two should be based on our requirements and comfort. To help you choose between the GMAT online coaching and offline coaching, let us take you through the various pros and cons in both the teaching platforms:
GMAT Online Coaching
Pros of learning through online classes for the GMAT:
Flexibility: Online classes make your GMAT test preparation process more comfortable and convenient. You can study at your own pace and can access the online resources 24*7. It is simple to access the recorded lectures of your mentors whenever there is a need.
Saves time: Whether you are a working professional, or pursuing a course and preparing for the GMAT test, you are always short on time, and the least you want is to spend that time on commutation. This is indeed one of the most significant advantages of online education medium: you can attend classes just from the comfort of your home.
Leverage technology: Biggest value add that you have from online coaching is the usage of technology to enrich your learning. For instance, LilacBuds offers AI-based dashboards to their students, which analyse the student profile and help provide a more customised learning experience, thus making it easy for them to achieve a stellar score on the GMAT test.
Cons of enrolling in GMAT online coaching:
Technical issues: Learning via online medium requires students to have a suitable infrastructure including computer, mic, headphones and internet connection which is not possible at every place. The applications are prone to technical glitches, and internet connections are slow, which can cause irritability and unnecessary delays.
Lack of peer interaction and networking: Virtual classes, do provide several platforms for interaction. However, still lack real-world interactions, which make them mundane in many instances. The peer-to-peer learning is also limited in online classes.
Procrastination: Since students have the convenience of studying at their own pace in online classes, they sometimes tend to delay things. If you are not self-determined and do not follow a proper disciplined regime, you might miss out on maintaining the required study schedule for the GMAT exam preparation.
GMAT Offline Coaching
Pros of learning through offline classes for the GMAT:
Well-equipped infrastructure: One of the biggest advantages of offline coaching classes is that they have a proper set-up in place and students have the ease to just enter the centre and get started with the classes.
Practical learning: The GMAT exam is an application-based, globally conducted test. When you prepare for the test, it is vital to have a deep understanding of the concepts. Offline classes generally focus on imparting both practical and theoretical knowledge, while in online learning, it becomes difficult to impart a practical understanding of the subject.
Peer interaction and networking: In-person classes are certainly more interactive and offer a seamless platform for networking. It becomes easy to do group studies and active communication with peers and teachers.
Cons of enrolling in GMAT offline coaching:
Rigidity: When you opt for the offline class, you are bound to follow a set schedule. If you miss out on a session, you don’t have the convenience of recorded lectures or resources.
Time-consuming: One of the most significant drawbacks of the offline classes is the time spent in commutation, which is an unnecessary waste of time, energy and resources.
Expensive: Unlike the online classes, classroom coaching does not allow for paying for only what you use. Traditional coaching centres generally add up the facility management cost as well in your fee.
LilacBuds, Your Digital-First Global Higher Ed Partner
LilacBuds offers end-to-end personalised mentoring and guidance throughout your study abroad journey including admissions consulting, test prep and profile development. Our AI-based platform helps students with their test preparation to achieve an ideal test score.
LilacBuds team has mentored 1,000+ students preparing for the GMAT test and has been often referred to as one of the best GMAT online coaching centres in India.
Feel free to set up a diagnostic call with one of our mentors and take a step towards your perfect score and dream university abroad.