Since the beginning, we have been taught, either by teachers or home, tutors to pass our exams, for tests, or have had coaches for specific courses. We not only pay for our study materials but also pay the teaching fee to the respective teachers and some amount to the institution that hired the teacher for us. How come we never try to sit down and taught ourselves to learn the course?
Learning is a constant process; most values we’ve known are self-taught, and if we can apply that to our values, we can similarly apply that to our academics. We might have observed this in our classes, some lectures are interesting while some are not, we skip those uninteresting ones. Later before exams we open that boring subject and start studying it does not become black and white then and there, but you get the idea of the subject, it was not boring at all.
Now, in Nepal, open universities are not conventional, there are hands down 2–3 open universities and most people prefer classes to get a degree. But think about this, we need to do some crash-course to get into a prestigious university or private college, for that we enroll ourselves in those classes that teach us to excel in those entrances. We even reach different consultancies; to get recommendations.
Comparatively, those crash courses and consultancies cost a significant amount, and though it will help you land a ranked college, you could have learned that crash-course straight from home and still have landed the college. It does not mean that crash-courses are a waste of money; it means that you have an option. When you can explore that option and learn that course via the internet, you are saving time, money, and also effort. Time because you are studying from home. These courses are of very short duration and when you have to catch the race of getting into college without a gap year you would want to run along with time.
Even if you are taking a gap year, you are actually giving yourself time and space to indulge in other hobbies; not being confined to attending classes. You are also saving money, you are paying that internet fee every month/year anyway when you enroll yourself in an e-learning class that costs a fraction of the crash course, you have the liberty to attend class any time you like. This works best for the ones, who want to pursue other interests with studies, are studying two courses at a time, a parent, a part-time worker, they can have an option to study in their free time, this also satisfies preserving your effort. You can accommodate your learning in between anything, and anywhere, you do not need to reach here-there at x-time.
You have freedom. It is scientifically proven that your personal effort leaves a deeper impression on you. When applied to the learning process, specifically by e-learning you are making yourself study, you are your own teacher, the method of studying, time of studying, and learning is all in your hands. This makes studying more effective than going to classes, listening to a lecture, and recap all that at home to get the best out of that class. You are having those benefits at home, or anywhere you are comfortable all for yourself. Learning should not be expensive and hard, it should be cheap, effortless, and willful.
- Chetana Adhikari