Although the concept of online classes is relatively new as compared to offline classes, it isn’t so new. It is an old concept which gained popularity after the pandemic wreaked havoc in our lives. A dynamic shift from everything offline to online was observed during this period. As education and livelihood go hand in hand, it becomes imperative to know which of these modes would yield better results for a student. This blog is written to help students in their decision making process while picking up the most convenient and efficient mode for themselves. 

We are not going to bore you with things you already know like what online classes are or what offline classes are. We intend to serve you the content you came here looking for. Without any further ado, let’s get into the blog.

Advantages of Online Classes over Offline Classes

  1. Convenient, Comfortable and Cost-effective 
  2. Freedom to follow a flexible schedule
  3. Time-saving so more time for self study
  4. Same teachers, same learning experience at less struggle.
  5. Recorded lectures if classes missed
  6. Learning at own speed

Disadvantages of Online Classes over Offline Classes

  1. Outlines self motivation and discipline
  2. Can be distracting
  3. Requires technology infrastructure

Advantages of Offline Coaching over Online Classes

  1. More Competitive
  2. Requires no technological know-hows
  3. Hard copy study material
  4. Access to quick and face to face doubt clearance

Disadvantages of Offline Coaching over Online Classes

  1. No recorded lectures if classes are missed
  2. Travelling to a far off location can be daunting
  3. More expensive and time-consuming
  4. Pace of learning depends on teacher
  5. If class missed, lectures won’t be repeated

Features of Online Classes

In order to understand the above pointers. Read these detailed features about online classes to know more.

  1. Flexible Schedule

Online Classes offer a flexible schedule as the students can watch the lectures as per their schedule. They can decide the duration they want to spend on studying as per their convenience. 

  1. Convenient

The students can take the classes from any part of the world which makes it a very convenient mode of receiving education. They decide if they want to study on the bed or at a study table. They can also choose to study while travelling if they have a stable network. This also helps them utilise their time optimally which takes us to our next point.

  1. Time-saving

These classes can be taken anywhere and do not require the student to practically travel to any particular location. Students can take the classes in the comfort of their homes. This saves travelling time which can be spent productively on studies. You also save on money that would have been otherwise spent on travelling if you chose offline coaching. 

  1. Cost-effective

This mode is very cost-effective as it lets you buy partial study plans as per requirement. You can choose to buy only recorded lectures, or live lectures, or recorded lectures with test series or just test series. You make the choice and pay as per your pocket and needs. Also online classes are available at comparatively cheaper prices as these classes are virtual. Had they been in physical modes, institutes would have charged you for the additional costs that they bear such as electricity, rent, etc.

  1. Self-paced learning

The learning occurs at the student’s preferable mode of pace. They can rewind and replay the lectures as many times. They can learn at their pace without feeling rushed. They can even choose to watch two lectures in one go or one lecture in two days. This feature of online coaching makes it very comfortable for students who choose to study on their own.

  1. Easy access to study material with just a click

The study material can be accessed with just a click. If you like to study with books, you can have them printed but if you like soft versions to read from, online mode easily lets you access them with just a click.

  1. Requires technological infrastructure

The online classes present a very crucial requirement of proper technological infrastructure. As long as you have a stable internet connection and devices in working condition to take the classes, you are good to go. One must also have relevant technological literacy as it is a must. These days most students are familiar with technological know-hows. So, this is not something you should worry about.

  1. Interactive Mode

While many people would mislead you saying online mode is not an interactive mode, in reality it is. It provides a feature to interact with teachers and ask your doubts. Yes, the doubt resolving may not be instant but mostly doubts are resolved within 48 hours. 

  1. Doesn’t create fear of Competition

It doesn’t create any fear of competition. While it may seem like a disadvantage for students who like to compete and perform, others who cannot perform better due to fear of competition might see it as an advantage. The only competition for students is them themselves. Students strive to perform better everyday.

  1. Outlines self motivation and discipline

Students not good at time management or students who tend to procrastinate might not be able to study properly under this mode.  The online mode is good for self motivated and self-disciplined individuals as it can be distracting. Students might find themselves in the trap of the internet in no time.

Features of Offline Classes

Now, read these detailed features about offline classes.

  1. Fixed Location

The offline classes occur at a fixed place. This requires you to travel to the destination. If the location is far off, it might get difficult to travel on a daily basis. Also the additional travelling costs would be borne by you.

  1. Strict Schedule

The offline learning mode follows a strict schedule with strict timings. You need to reach the class on time. 

  1. Interactive and Competitive Environment

Offline classes offer an interactive atmosphere. The teachers can sense when the students are not able to understand through their facial expressions and can instantly clear their doubts and confusions. This mode also leaves space for quick discussions and debates. The offline learning environment is very competitive. The students can feel the sense of competition and put in more hard work everyday to fight the competition. 

  1. Pace-Dependence on teacher

Pace of learning largely depends on teachers. The teachers decide how fast or slow the syllabus would go.

  1. Source of discipline and motivation

In offline coaching, since there is a fixed and strict schedule and the classes take part in the presence of a teacher, students tend to be more attentive. This creates a disciplined attitude in the students. Teachers also keep motivating students to reach their potential so students are never short of motivation. Students who are disciplined under supervision are a good fit for offline mode.

  1. Requires no technological know-hows

Since the classes occur in physical mode, there is no requirement of students being exceptionally tech-savvy. Furthermore, no technological infrastructure is mandatory. Learning will continue even in the absence of the internet.

  1. Hard copy study material is provided

The study material provided in the offline mode is in the hard copy form. Students need to carry this study material while going for coaching. This can be troublesome and tiring for students.

Online Classes vs Offline Classes

To help you analyse better, below is a brief comparison between these modes.

Pace of LearningAccessibilityType of ScheduleCost and Time
Online ClassesSelf-paced learning that allows students to retain, rewind and view same lecture multiple times Accessible anywhere as long as there is access to proper technological infrastructureflexible scheduleCost-effective and time-saving
Offline ClassesDepends largely on teachersRequires travelling to a fixed location fixed and strict scheduleComparatively expensive and more time-consuming

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