In our opinion, there are three kinds of students:
Type 1: Those who have gone for coaching since ages, and think that coaching is the raison d’etre of cracking any entrance. Afterall, how on earth could you even think of getting through ISI, D-school without coaching!
Type 2: Well, they will avoid coaching but will definitely go for test series preparation because they think they will not have enough practice till the D-day without that.
Type 3: These are mavericks – have always been conscientious learners and have studied every single topic in their normal undergrad coursework with a religious sincerity. Joining coaching? ‘Nah, that’s a mad rat-race merely’, they would say.
At Eurekawow, we have talked to people and explored how beneficial coaching really is. We understand that taking a stand and NOT going for coaching when all your peers are going for it, can be a stressful decision. It may harm one’s self esteem, destroy confidence and even ruin one’s final exam day. We also acknowledge that not everybody may be financially strong enough to afford the best coaching centres in the city.
The good news is this: well, the best of best coaches say that there is no substitute to practice. If you are sincere enough and practice enough, there is no dearth of practice materials online now that can become a roadblock in your way. You will find the answer keys to all past year DSE and ISI question papers on Mr. Amit Goyal’s pubic website here: http://economicsentrance.weebly.com/lessons.html
That is quite generous of him, in fact you should take time to explore the entire website and follow the guidance.
You can in fact, start trying your hand at some of the DSE first sem problem sets available here: http://econdse.org/pghosh-001/
They are quite do-able with your third year brains.
Aleesha Mary Joseph (first year student at DSE now) who attended Amit Goyal’s coaching centre tells us that he is an amazing teacher who has great conceptual clarity and communicates it across students excellently. Although his fee might look disheartening at first, but the value of his teaching far exceeds the cost. So, it’s a fair deal essentially.
Apart from that, AG’s entrance classes are known to have positive externality on learning at the masters level. His preparation material is of the masters level, so you end up feeling more comfortable with the onslaught of advanced material, once you enter D-school or ISI after having been coached by him.
But that said, this does not in any way prove that coaching is a necessary condition for clearing the entrance. Since a lot of learning material is publicly available on his website and links to texts are also available, world is not that dismal a place really.
If you are smart enough to use the internet to your advantage, you can get your hands on oceans of material to help clarify your concepts and make yourself ready for the exam. You can check previous posts on this blog by people who cracked the entrance without any coaching.
Although, there might be topics where you feel significant gaps exist and not enough material can be dug from google or youtube – well, that is where the opportunity lies. Start early, read every single book on that topic, ask all your teachers about it, post it as a query on AG’s website, write him an email, post on Eurekawow facebook forums about it --- until, until you land on it finally. Its certainly a long route, but if you really want to specialise in the field in the future, there are no short cuts and you will receive your payoffs soon.
We can vouch for it, the sense of discovery will be priceless after all that toil and you will never forget the concept or the answer to that tough question in your entire lifetime (Alzheimer’s patients may be an exception though).
To sum up:
Take a call based on your financial and cerebral constraints.
Don’t just follow the herd.
Follow your heart.
Hope this helps!
(Posted by J Kaur)