Ms. Neha is just 21 years old and she started teaching right after she passed class 12. When she got her first student, she grabbed the opportunity to help her understand different concepts in a very easy and simplified manner. Now she primarily teaches Maths and Commerce. She is known for her fun and interactive methods of teaching. She believes teaching gives her different experiences every day and that acts as her motivation.
One of our team members got the opportunity to interview Ms. Goenka. Here are some of the excerpts of the Interview.
What was your area of interest during graduation? How did you go about developing knowledge in this area?
I am a commerce student so my interest was completely into Accounts, Economics and Maths. I like practical subjects more than theory. I pursued graduation in Bcom. To enhance my knowledge in this field, I attended tuition classes and of course, self-study was essential. And for further boosting my knowledge in this area, I am pursuing CMA and would also like to go for CFA next year.
Would you call your style of teaching unique? How important do you think innovation is in education?
I don’t know about unique but yes, I somewhat try to make my students understand things through practical examples or stories. I keep trying to motivate them instead of scolding for scoring poor marks.
Since failure is a part & parcel of life yet not well handled, what is your advice for young adults on facing failure and criticism and building themselves from scratch?
I am answering this question from my own experience. I appeared for my CMA inter exams last year and I couldn’t clear it. People criticised me and they even suggested that I quit. I was advised to go for a relatively easier course. Paying deaf ears to their criticism was my choice. I am someone who keeps trying till I achieve what I want. Hence, that’s my advice for the students. It worked for me, it may work for you as well.
As an inspiration for students, what is the importance you place on pursuing one’s passion? How important is it for children to understand this and parents to encourage it?
Following your passion is very important. But parallel to that students should manage to study till higher secondary at least with decent marks. It will help him/her maintain balance in life since for pursuing any career, passing higher secondary is the minimum requirement. The way parents pressurize children to do well in school by not allowing them to play is wrong. It is very necessary that there is proper communication between the parent and the child about their likes and dislikes. Parents should encourage them to achieve their dreams rather than pressurizing them to be someone that suits our society’s norms. It is possible that someone has a 9 to 8 job with a handsome salary but he/she doesn’t like the job. Whereas, the same person working 9 to 5 with a slightly lower salary gets immense satisfaction from the job since it is something he/she is good at. I believe, the latter option is way better!
With the advent of technology, the increasing use of social media and gadgets is a serious issue with students these days. Do you view this as a problem? If yes, how can teachers/parents mitigate this?
Everything comes with its pros and cons but yes this has become a problem these days since students don’t use it to gain knowledge but they use it to find answers to the questions and simply copy it. This way they end up blocking their minds. They don’t think or create their own points. I think teachers with the mutual consent of parents should keep a check to make sure they students use technology effectively and use it to supplement their studies and not completely rely on it.
What would be your message to a student who is yet to decide his/her career?
My message will be to not pressurize yourself for future now. Improve in what you are doing today and that will automatically will create a better tomorrow. Also, don’t be afraid to think out of the box and finally, always remember that there is nothing that you CANNOT DO!
How did you come across Pedagoge? What is your take on the services Pedagoge offers?
I came across Pedagoge through a friend and created an account there. Pedagoge’s services are something you can completely rely on. The employees there are very cooperative and well mannered. I am really satisfied with their services.
We would like to thank Ms. Goenka for being an immense source of inspiration for her students and young teachers who are about to embark upon their teaching journey.
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