INFRASTRUCTURE (8/10) Mahesh Tutorials has the best infrastructure amongst its competitors. Large and spacious classrooms, big benches, split ACs, clean rooms and toilets. Says Asrial Jhirad, a student at the Thane Castle Mill branch,The AC at Nayak tutorials used to make a lot of noise. At Mahesh it's noiseless. Only sometimes when two batches are taught together, the classroom becomes crowded. Otherwise, (it's) fine.Mahesh Tutorials is one of those rare classes that also has generators to cope with power cuts.
FACULTY (8/10) Some teachers at coaching classes do the rounds at more than one coaching class. There is no exclusivity, thus every class has its own 'good faculty' member and 'bad faculty' member. At Mahesh, most students say that teachers are casual and very friendly. They are all very well qualified and have their concepts clear. They are not text-bookish and teach a lot of extra stuff over and above the syllabus. At Mahesh, every professor has a code. The students address the teachers with their codes. Says a student,For example, Shenoy T sir teaches us Bio. His code is BST (Bio Shenoy T). Similarly, Rakesh A sir teaches us Physics and is called PRA.
Arijeet Sarkar, a student at the Ghatkopar branch says,They are a bundle of fun! Our Bio teachers have this sing-song method of teaching. There are concepts that we need to know by-heart. So, they sing it in Bollywood song tunes. One sir does a lot of animation with his face.
A bunch of students at the Thane branch chorused,Shenoy Sir is our favourite. He creates an interest in the subject during every lecture; even if we are sleepy, we feel like listening to him. He's witty!
FEES (4/10) Fees for almost every course are on the higher side compared to others. For HSC + MH-CET batch the difference is double. While others charge Rs 40,000, Mahesh charges Rs 80,000. The fees for HSC Commerce is Rs 16,554.
SELECTION PROCEDURE (4/10) There is no selection procedure for admission to SSC. Admissions to coaching for HSC and further are based on a cut-off decided every year by the tutorial management. However, if you do not make the cut-off, it doesn't mean you don't get admitted. Says a student, In my batch, the cut-off was 175/200 in PCM. The ones who make it to the cut-off form the toppers' batch. They get extra attention as only they can be the toppers. All those who are below the cut-off form another batch. Also, there are different batches for only HSC students and those who have opted for HSC plus MH-CET.
COURSE CONTENT (8/10) Full fledged printed notes are provided to students across courses.Notes are very good and sufficient. In fact, Mahesh is the only tutorial which has its own publication. So we are given notes from their own publishers which are original; they are not copied from textbooks nexplains a student.
INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION/BATCH TIMINGS (8/10) Timings are flexible. They have different batches throughout the day.There are five batches in all in the Thane branch. So, even if I miss a lecture I can attend it again at any of the other batches, says Asrial. Every student gets individual attention. The strength of a batch falls within the range of 40-50 students.Our doubts are cleared at anytime. We can approach any teacher any time to get our doubts solved.
DISCIPLINE (7/10) If you are caught bunking lectures, your parents are informed immediately. This is done even in case you remain absent without prior information. Mobile phones, they believe, are useful to students and thus are allowed.We have to obviously keep it silent or switched off during the class,says a student. But there seems to be inconsistency in this particular rule. While the SSC batches at some of the branches are asked to deposit mobiles at the entrance, the HSC cum MH-CET batches are allowed to carry them.
WEBSITE (8/10) http://www.mteducare.com/mteducare.asp Mahesh's website is well maintained and is user-friendly unlike those of many others. However, most students say that they don't feel the need for any sort of online support as far as notes or studies are concerned.
AD CLAIMS vs REAL PICTURE (7/10) Mahesh plays it safe. They never claim or promise anything in ads before the results. They get good results; have toppers every year from their tutorials. They advertise the toppers once the results are out.Toppers honestly, in any class, are not because of coaching. They are because they have been toppers all their life. They will score high marks even if they don't go for coaching,says Asrial.
JAM'S BROWNIE POINTS
Bus services for students living far from their centers
Humse puchho': a 24 hour hotline during board exams for students to call for doubts and any other guidance
Goodies given during admission - tutorial bag, calendars, etc
Regular parent-teacher meetings after almost every test
149 centers all over India; including Bangalore, Pune, etc
MT Educare caller tune available
Innovative currency note style brochures
Award function for students; toppers get trophies and cash prizes
Picnics, farewell parties, etc
JAM'S VISHESH TIPPANI
The location of some of the branches is bad; the Thane, Chembur branches are located in shady localities
Fees are much higher compared to others AVERAGE MARKS 6.888