By Sachin Gulati, Founder TruMath
E-learning has offered convenience, user-friendly interface, accessibility to quality faculties and host of other benefits to a student. For subject like Mathematics, the platform is more capable in offering one-to-one attention thereby solving student’s need for the subject.
In India, there is phobia around the subject and as per my experience; I can say this phobia is because of the traditional system of teaching mathematics. Rather than mugging up questions, students need to understand the concept and theory well. In a classroom scenario, a student often, due to shyness or forgetfulness does not consult the teacher. In an online environment, a student is free to ask and resolve any question-be it Mathematics or any other subject. Therefore learning becomes inclusive and interactive.
In this regard, Indian company TruMath is working towards eradicating the fear that students have for Mathematics.
Mathematics can be fun!
Learning Mathematics requires a lot of patience both from students and teacher. Unfortunately, in India, the reputation around the subject is so poor that everyone thinks Math is boring, painful to learn and un-enjoyable! But not anymore! E-learning can make the subject fun, interesting and understandable. E-learning actually opens door to a world of mathematics that is fun and exciting.
E-learning gives the flexibility to students to learn the subject in his/her own pace and depth maximizing their ability to learn. In this regard, it is very much essential to have regular classes on the subject where students can solve Math question as many times as s/he wants. Also, here it is very much required to advance mathematical sense-making, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication. An efficient teacher uses e-learning the most efficient way to develop students’ understanding, stimulate their interest and increase their proficiency in mathematics. When teachers use technology strategically, they can provide greater access to mathematics for all students.
A better grasp of key concepts
Studying Math through e-learning medium can also supplement the traditional textbook learning. For example, one-on-one instruction can supplement current schoolwork and advance the concepts in a most convenient way. On the e-learning platform, students are able to use video courses to better understand their class work, understand the concept better thereby can improve marks. Boon for parents where they can see their child get a better grasp of key concepts, does homework better and thoroughly. Moreover, with the help of the online test, students can rectify and set improvement goals.
E-learning companies with the help of interactive videos make learning Mathematics easier. For example, Math problems are shown through an audio/visual format that clears ambiguity around the subject. Most of such platforms have experienced teachers. In such platforms, parents are also able to access a student’s baseline report and monitor progress online.
Through an e-learning platform, a student can access arithmetic to algebra, calculus, geometry and more. Because of its audio and supporting visuals, the same subject that appears boring in a brick and mortar classroom may appear interesting to a student. Students can absorb important mathematical rules and formulas at their own pace. They can spend more time on specific question/subject than they could in the traditional classroom, allowing them to learn mathematics at the perfect pace for information retention.
In online Math learning, there are certain content-specific technologies such as computer algebra systems, dynamic geometry environments, interactive applets, handheld computation, data collection, analysis devices and computer-based applications.
In India, e-learning for Mathematics makes sense where availability of a good Math teacher is very sparse. Additionally, through e-learning a student gets better time-management, direct access to teachers along with a cost-effective medium and anytime, anywhere convenience that an offline system lacks. Moreover, through the interactive and tech-enabled modules, a particular student’s performance can be evaluated for further improvement.