25th Feb 2009 /DNA
SSC exam: log on for last-minute revision
education websites have come up with fast-track
tools to help students sail through difficult subjects
With board exams barely a few days away,
students are in revision mode, and help is at hand.
education websites and coaching classes have begun
offering a plethora of study support services, from
revision packages, access to inventive and interesting
knowledge resources like mindmaps and online tests,
to solved model and previous years' board papers.
Take the case of shivani karu, a std x student of
dr s radhakrishna vidyalaya in malad, who dreads
history lessons and finds them boring and confusing.
as her board exams draw close, she has been worried
about performing poorly. but that was until her
father told her about the education website www.iken.in.
shivani signed up for the revision package the site
was offering. it couldn't have been more timely
help as she found her lessons were made easier by
use of videos, animation and presentations.
The site has been created by axiom education, formed
by three young iitians - rohit jain, saurabh saxena
and kunal sharma - and aims at making learning easier
for students. the website currently offers support
tools only for cbse curriculum, but plans to extend
them for other boards are afoot. "we wanted
to create an entertaining model for students, where
they can learn effectively and where experts can
share their knowledge," said saxena. students
can also take an online test and have it evaluated.
they have to register using an online transaction
coupon, which is being made available at schools.
Extramarks.com, another delhi-based website, also
offers revision packages, and a fast-track pack.
some of the packages come with an additional feature
of unlimited access to previous years' board papers.
the revision packages cost anywhere from rs900 to
Coaching classes are also cashing in on the exam
frenzy. classes across the city have begun offering
test series to their students, as well as to those
not enrolled with them. the registration fee for
a test series at mahesh tutorials costs rs3,000.
However, not everyone vouches for the efficacy of
these tools. carl laurie, principal of christ church
school, said, "if students see their peers
getting into something, it becomes a must for them.
these tools, most of the times, end up confusing
the students. they might undo all the work the child
has put in though the year. the best thing is to
rely on your teachers."