Educational websites and apps strengthen and consolidate one’s knowledge about each concept
Technology has dominated the world in every way and the education sector is on of the main consumers of technology. From apps to websites and slide-sharing platforms, every new addition in this field is making life much easier for students. Access to information regarding any subject, be it maths or literature, is no more restricted to classroom lectures or libraries. Educational websites and apps strengthen and consolidate one’s knowledge about each concept.
Websites like Sparknotes provide information free of cost while some websites like e-notes do charge a certain amount of money. Apps such as IBM Think, Wikimedia or The Clean Dictionary can be easily downloaded in any Apple or Android phone today. Online question banks and notes on various topics are the first fall-back option for students when it comes to quick revision or research.
The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to students from different streams about their views on educational websites and apps. Here is what they said:
Madhurima Ravishankar, first year, B.A.-LL.B, Karnataka State Law University, Hubli
I believe that any extra source of information is helpful to students, be it in the form of information available on websites or any reading material available. The advantage of using the Internet is that that additional information is just a click away. Being a law student I use a website called www.lawteacher.net to obtain simplified notes which help in revision. Since I also am pursuing the ACCA (Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants) course on a part-time basis, I use www.opentuitions.com which provides me with additional question banks and reading material.
YouTube is of great help as it has videos of classes conducted on a particular topic. This helps me catch up on those topics which I missed when I was absent for certain classes.
Tejaswini Halthore, first year, Electronics and Communication Engineering, BNM Institute of Technology, Bangalore
Being an engineering student, I mostly look up to textbooks for answers. Sometimes I do feel that an in-depth knowledge of the topic is required. That's when I rely on the Internet. I mostly depend on Wikipedia as it provides all the necessary information I need. However, I feel that books are any day better than the Internet. Moreover our lectures in college are good enough. Engineering subjects are factual in nature and there is no “reader’s view” needed usually, so our textbooks serve the purpose.
I do rely on a few websites to access previous years' question papers. Some of the websites like www.vtuplanet.com and vtubuudy.com are very student friendly and they are created by engineering students themselves.
Varsha Ramesh, first year, B.Com, Jain University, Bangalore
I think it’s always better to have an alternative source of information. It helps in better learning and gives multiple perspectives to a particular topic. The educational websites open up a whole new world and students who have access to it should definitely make use of it. Apart from mainstream classroom lectures there is a need to look out for more knowledge. Moreover classroom lectures might give restricted knowledge on a particular topic but online websites are numerous and there is no end to information there. Personally I prefer Wikipedia or different blogs to get information about most of the concepts I study.
Rachana Deshpande, second year, Communication and Media Studies, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
Educational websites like www.shoomp.com and www.sparknotes.com have definitely helped me clear my exams. In subjects like English Literature it’s not just about access to more information but even teachers in college expect us to read more than what the syllabus asks us to. One cannot score good marks without drawing comparisons and giving additional information for a literature exam. My personal favourite website is www.shmoop.com. I owe it to that website for helping me understand Shakespeare’s poems and dramas better. Moreover, looking up for information through educational websites does save a lot of time and is convenient too.
Mithun Nag, third year Biotechnology, BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore
In my third semester I got involved in a lot of extracurricular activities in college and hence missed most of my lectures in college. Last-minute learning from textbooks or notes was not much of a help from the exams’ point of view. This is when I thought of studying from YouTube. A single three-minute video on YouTube covers like six to seven pages of my notes. For subjects like Cell Biology, YouTube was of great help as the content was both visual and auditory. There are ample educational videos uploaded on YouTube everyday and each one draws a different comparison. It is not monotonous in nature and one grasps better by both visualising and listening to a concept.
Neeladyuti Dasgupta, first year, BBA, Christ University, Bangalore
Educational sites and apps do make a student’s life easier but it has also taken them away from the world of books. Personally if time permits I still prefer looking up to different books in the library rather than being spoon-fed with information available on online websites. However, for urgent use I do access online websites for information.
One major disadvantage while accessing online educational websites is that our mind might get diverted to other social networking sites as well. Searching information through books also keeps a student active. I still prefer books and lectures delivered in the classroom to websites and apps.