Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik organises Webinar with school and college students

Chandigarh, September 17, 2020: Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik organised a very interesting Webinar on ‘Experiences of Students with Online Studying’.
Over 55 students participated in the discussions and presented their views in a very focussed and logical manner.
The students gave their opinion on the following seven questions asked to them:
1. How much time are you spending in front of a screen nowadays?
2. Are you able to concentrate on your studies?
3. What are the plus points or advantages of online teaching/studying?
4. What are the minus points of online studying?
5. If physical classes start tomorrow, would you like to join them or prefer the online route?
6. Online gives you the opportunity to study at your own pace. Do you agree?
7. Online gives you an opportunity to study from teachers not necessarily from your own locality/ city/country. Do you agree?
The students gave some very interesting insights in the changed system of studying and candidly elaborated on the plus and minus points of online studying.
The discussions were moderated by Manjit Kaur, Secretary of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, Prof. K P Singh and Prof. L K Gupta,. both of whom are members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and respected teachers of the city who have their own highly successful and reputed Coaching Institutes – K P Institute of Physics and Pioneer Mathematics.
The students who gave a detailed presentation on their experiences and observations included Mitual Garg, Jatin Goyal, Eknoor Gill, Sukhmeet, Gumay, Gumay Singla, Keerat Kaur, Aditi Garg, Harmanjot, Jagjot Singh, Omja and Apra Kant.
Most of the students opined that initially they faced a lot of difficulty in adjusting to online studying, but now they have now got ‘comfortable’ wth it and would prefer some sort of online studying to continue even after the regular physical classes commence.
While the problem of connectivity and slow Internet speeds were cited by practically all of them, two very interesting observations were made by a couple of them.
Citing her own experience, one student said that she was basically an introvert and used to find it very difficult to ask questions if she did not understand anything in class as she did not want attention to be focussed on her. “Online is so different,” she said, “and I am able to get my doubts cleared there and then. My friends also say the same thing.”
Another student said that he has actually come ‘closer’ to his parents once online classes started.
Now, he explained, once the class gets over, my parents come to me and say ‘Beta, you must be tired, take some rest, eat some food, have a glass of milk etc etc.’ Earlier nothing like this would happen because all of us were so busy rushing to class after class in various sectors that no one had time to interact with parents. Now it’s much better, he added.
A major plus point, they felt, was that they were now not restricted to take the ‘best teacher available’ in their locality.
“Now we can reach out to great teachers in any city in India as well as the world. It’s really great.”
According to Aneesh Bhanot, President, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, “It was wonderful listening to the remarkable insights of our ‘leaders of tomorrow.’ It was also a testimony of their resilience and ability to quickly adapt to any changed situation with a positive mindset.”

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