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Coaching or self study?
Does one need to attend coaching classes to prepare for the Common Admission Test (CAT) or can he/she prepare on his/her own?
This is a common question raised by candidates planning on taking the CAT.
We should understand that everyone has a different style of learning; some learn better when they are alone and some grasp the concepts faster when they are in a group.
Based on your past experience and through your personality analysis, you will be able to understand your learning style.
Apart from your learning style, there are other factors that can affect your decision to either take up coaching classes or prepare for the CAT on your own.
Firstly, you should understand your level of motivation. Are you disciplined and motivated to study on your own?
CAT is a difficult and a competitive exam and it requires approximately 4-5 hours of preparation on a daily basis.
If you believe that despite your hectic work life, you are able to devote the required number of hours for the exam preparation, you should opt for self study.
However, if you do not possess good time management skills, you should sign up for coaching classes.
Many candidates appearing for the CAT have full-time jobs which can be pretty demanding. So, one should consider the time taken to travel from his/her workplace to the coaching centre or institution for CAT preparation.
Travelling can be time-consuming and tiring. So, if you have to travel long distances to reach the coaching centre, it is better to study on your own. This way, you will save time and will be able to spend more time preparing for the examination.
There is no hard and fast rule that one should attend coaching classes to get good results in CAT. In fact, there are many students who have studied on their own and cleared the CAT in their first attempt.
So, ultimately, the choice between coaching and self study is dependent on many factors, as stated above, and the level of motivation of the student.
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