It’s that time of the year when students leave no stone unturned to score in their board exams. Apart from attending revision sessions in colleges, signing up for crash courses in coaching classes and solving question papers from previous years, students are also logging on to social media sites for their last-minute preparations.
Students are particularly using Facebook, which is teeming with several open and closed groups, as a discussion forum. “We created a closed group on Facebook. All my classmates from my coaching class are on it. We post our doubts and within minutes someone or the other responds with the answer. This saves a lot of time because when we study late in the night, we can’t disturb our teachers or parents. If we are unable to find a solution, then we ask our teachers the next day,” said Parth Satam, a class XII, commerce student.
Students are also increasingly signing up for e-learning websites to get additional resources to help them prepare. “Traffic on the website increases by 30 to 40 per cent during exam times. Students specifically look for answers and tips that will help them score. Frequently asked questions or test papers are the kind of resources students need,” said Pavan Chauhan, founder of Meritnation, an e-learning portal.
Academicians warn students that while it is always good to refer to extra material beyond what is prescribed, they should not ignore textbooks. “It is nice if students are reading more than what is in the textbooks but doing it at the last moment does not help. Doing so will only mean that students suffer from information overload. Instead, they must focus on what is to be studied,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.