Editorial Team

With online learning firmly established as the primary medium of education for school-goers in India, Brainly, the world’s largest online learning platform, has mapped prevalent e-learning practices through its online schooling survey. Garnering responses from 1,963 applicants, the survey recorded many interesting trends. The top findings from the existing study-from-home landscape include:

1. Indian students are keen to learn about subjects and topics beyond the mainstream trio of Math, Science, and English

The survey recorded 42% of the participants claiming to have good sources for the subjects they needed help with, including Math, Science, and English. On the flip side, a sizable portion of students (58%) couldn’t find good sources for help with unconventional subjects that they are interested in. These include Sanskrit (12%), Psychology (10%), Political Science (9%), Philosophy (6%), and others (20%).

The results shed light on the need gap between the students’ learning requirements and the availability of comprehensive online resources. Existing and emerging edtech players can seek to translate this pain point into opportunity by catering to untapped consumer segments looking for online learning resources beyond the conventional triumvirate of Mathematics, Science, and English.

2. Mathematics is the subject that Indian students enjoy, as well as struggle with, the most

Looking to find which subject Indian students enjoyed the most learning from home, the survey recorded equal distribution of votes between Mathematics, Science, and Languages (English or others) at 24% each. These were followed by Social Sciences and Computers/Technology that also shared the preference score of 11% each among remote learners.

Mathematics also emerged as the subject that a majority of remote learners (33%) need the most help with when studying from home, followed by Science (23%), English (17%), Social Science (13%), and Computers/Technology (9%).

3. Online learning platforms save the day

When asked what sources they consulted the most while studying difficult topics, one-third (33%) of the respondents voted in favor of online learning platforms as their preferred source of study help. The remaining students picked books (32%) and search engines (30%) as preferable alternatives to seek supplementary assistance while studying. On the other hand, the survey found that 5% of the respondents rely on home tuitions, coaching classes, or self-study to supplement their learning journey.

This finding underscores the sea change that India’s K-12 paradigm is undergoing. Static, traditional methods of scholastic assistance are being phased out in favor of more dynamic, community-led solutions that students can access anytime, anywhere.

Speaking on the findings, Rajesh Bysani, CPO at Brainly, said, “For students nowadays, learning doesn’t end at school. As the pandemic restricted entry into the classrooms, young Indians began relying on online resources to aid their learning journey in a remarkable display of optimism and curiosity-driven determination. Besides finding that online learning tools are helping Indian students, our latest survey found a gaping need gap when it comes to the availability of reliable study material online for subjects beyond the traditional trio of Mathematics, Science, and English. Young learners are equally curious to learn more about Psychology, Philosophy, ancient as well as contemporary regional languages such as Sanskrit and Marathi respectively, among others.”

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