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Four Main Challenges to Review Centers Amid and Beyond the Pandemic


      Before the school year draws to a close, we would normally notice students and parents walking the stretch of General Luna street, holding brochures and flyers, trying to find the best review center that will help them qualify for the best college education or pass the licensure exam. But did you know that many years ago, review centers were not so commonplace, and students had to study by themselves? Today, review centers are mushrooming everywhere in the city.

      However, due to the pandemic, classroom-based review classes across the country are cancelled. Although quarantine restrictions may have eased up in some areas, the country is still far from COVID-19 free. Added to that is the fact that social distancing protocols have not eased up putting review centers, or any business for that matter, at a disadvantage. Because of this, they cannot hold face-to-face classes with just a few students.

      On a lighter note, today’s current situation has made online classes more popular. But the questions still remain: Are online review classes as effective as the ones conducted in a review center? Can eLearning be an effective way to get you into the university or career of your dreams? How is it different from the traditional classroom setting? Thus, we’ve outlined the challenges that review centers are facing in these trying times and how GooZam Grow, an eLearning platform becomes the solution.

1. Convenience

      Going to a review center is a full-time commitment. It requires planning and schedules to align, not to mention the commuting or driving, and the traffic! Of course, you also need to dress appropriately, eat, and bathe. Then and only then can you be on your way.

With GooZam Grow’s technology, location doesn’t matter. If you live in Iloilo City and want to take review classes in Manila, you can make that happen. This location independence is a massive, often underrated benefit of eLearning. All you need is a computer, a tablet, or even a mobile phone and an internet connection. This is what makes online review appealing especially during this quarantine period when everyone is advised to stay home. In fact, it’s way more convenient since anyone, anywhere could have access. The only requirement is for you to show up for class hours with a steady connection. You can then listen and take notes as if you’re in an actual review.

2. Cost

      It’s no secret that reviews cost a lot of money. Review centers have to cover physical space rent, electric bills, and maintenance fees. Some centers may also charge extra for massive textbooks, classes on special topics, diagnostic or mock tests and a host of other random expenses. It adds up really quick. All of these affect the total cost you will have to pay for review centers and this can be a huge burden to someone just trying to launch a career.

If you’re trying to save money, online review is a perfect solution. With GooZam Grow’s e-Learning platform, you no longer need to worry about additional textbook or exam charges. All the needed resources and assessment can be accessed in one easy to use system.

3. Comfort

      Taking review classes usually means showing up to class at a particular time and sitting through a somewhat lengthy lecture. Or, if you’ve spaced your classes out, you may be able to take a break in between, but you still have to stay on site. It can make for really long, really intense, really exhausting days. Then you have to come home, do a review, sleep and do it all again the next day. It can easily become a grind. Not to mention all the classmates you’re not really comfortable with that you have to meet and greet every single day.

Thankfully though, with GooZam Grow, you can learn from the comfort of your home or favorite cafe while sipping on a cup of latte. You do you! If you want to do work in your PJs, you can. If you want to lie on your couch or your bed while watching a lecture, you can. As long as you meet your deadlines, pass your requirements on time, you’ll be fine. This means much less intensity and much more comfort.

4. Comprehensiveness

      Each review center has different selling points. The most important thing is how effective their review style is in helping students pass the college entrance tests (CETs) as well as non-CET programs. Most review centers employ traditional teaching methods that are generally teacher-directed and where students are taught in a manner that is conducive to sitting and listening. However it is often argued that the traditional approach may not provide students with valuable skills and indeed some even go as far as saying the traditional method leads to a student not retaining knowledge after exams - they have little or no recall of the body of knowledge.

With GooZam Grow, we help you ensure all your reviewees learn comprehensively. We equip them with new knowledge in their field not only by providing them course materials, but we also support their learning via videos, references, assessments and even certification.

      GooZam Grow is developed keeping in mind the vital need for teachers and students to continue consistent education, pandemic or not. In our mission to advance cities and improve lives, we are leveraging the power of technology on Review Centers.

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