UT - Program Philosophy
Why should I join UT? How does UT help me in preparing for Std. X?
UT considers itself as a reinforcement agency to school. UT believes in 'Read before going to class'. Every student is not able to follow this sincerely. Hence UT provides programs that comprehensively reinforce the school studies.
UT will provide you with a structure and discipline. Students who successfully attend our 100% program come out successful. Our past result statistics of having more than 50% of our students securing more than 90% in Maths, Science and Social Studies is a testimony to the same. (Also refer our detailed philosophy in our prospectus)
I have heard that syllabus is taught at a very fast pace in the vacation-batch, is it true?
False, in-fact our teachers spend probably slightly greater number of hours than that recommended by the Boards. It is felt this way primarily because our lectures are more efficient (1½ hour duration) and the program is packed more closely in the months on March to June and not spread out for the full year.
Why Mathematics and Science are compulsory subjects in the vacation program?
We at UT have a team of 24 teachers teaching across all branches, all batches. Professors across all branches, batches remain the same. On any given day we conduct 4 lectures of 1½ hour duration for every batch. For optional subjects it becomes mandatory that the lectures of optional subjects are either scheduled in the beginning or at the end.
What is the difference between Gold and Platinum Program?
Gold Program is designed for students aiming to utilize their summer vacation effectively. The program utilizes all Public Holidays, Sundays and Summer Vacations. The basic motto of the program is to complete the syllabus in advance of school. The batch will consist of 45-50 students only.
Platinum Program is same as gold program except for the fact that here the batch will consist of only 15-20 students each. This is designed for students looking for exclusive personal attention in Math and Science Only.
Why only Mathematics and Science subjects are taught in the Platinum program?
The concept of private tuition is predominantly required by certain students for Math and Science, as these subject require in depth conceptual understanding that can be better achieved in a smaller group.
Will there be any lecture clash if I join both Gold and Platinum Program?
No, there will be no clash as the lectures will be planned accordingly.
Are there separate professors coaching for Gold and Platinum Program?
No. same professors will be coaching for both the programs.
Can I attend platinum in one branch and gold in the other?
No, both the programs have to be attended in one branch only.
My seniors tell me to join only test series. Should I join vacation or test series?
Test Series is an add-on program and is not an independent program. We at UT have observed a phenomenon that some of our graduating students recommend their juniors UT Test Series over the UT Vacation Batch.
As students join in the Vacation Batch and write the tests in the month of April, May for the Vacation Batch, they do not score very good marks. This is because they have recently studied new syllabus and it takes time to grasp and comprehensively master it. But as same students progress into the test series their familiarity with the syllabus increases and also their performance. Thus, they score far better marks in the Test Series tests. Such students form an opinion Test Series is better; Vacation Batch was not so good. In forming such opinion they have completely ignored the fact that it is their firm grounding of the Vacation Batch that resulted in better performance in Test Series.
Statistically students joining only Test Series, face problems. If they did not comprehensively cover the syllabus in advance, test-series does them no good. Thus we at UT do not recommend only Test Series. We recommend Vacation + Test Series.
Will Vacation and Test Series programs clash with each other? Can I join both the programs?
No, the Vacation and Test Series program never clash with each other. They are designed in such a way that a student can very comfortably join both of them.
Will joining everything make it stressful for the student?
Historically, 81% of our students join our entire program, remaining joining as per their needs. As UT takes adequate care in adjusting with the school schedule, it is not stressful.
UT and School: How to manage?
How do I manage both school and UT?
We at UT consider ourselves as an 'Academic Reinforcement Agency' to school. Schools are the basic education provider. Having said this if you will appreciate the basic philosophy of the program 'Read before going to Class'.
We at UT understand and appreciate student's priorities at school. Keeping the same in mind, we have designed the program in such a way that in the earlier months from March to June, UT finishes the 70% portion. In these months the school load is relatively less heavy.
As the school load begins to get heavy, from July/ Aug onwards our engagement starts tapering down from 3 days to 2 days a week to only 1 day a week (on Sundays) from September onwards. Thus the student has ample time to manage the school load.
What is expected by UT - how much time should I spend at home to cover my studies? How do I manage my time at home?
As regards how much time to spend in studying for UT, we at UT expect a maximum of 6-8 hours of study per week. Please note it is per week.
If there is a test at school and UT, which should I give more priority?
We recommend students to prioritize the school exams but at the same time do not recommend bunking the UT test. We strictly recommend to at least appear for the UT test. The UT test will expose your weak areas which can be then worked upon. If you cannot give it on the scheduled date and time, you can also take a 'Late Attempt'. See Late Attempt procedure.
Will there be difference in the style of coaching by school and UT? How do I cope with it?
From our experience of last 10 years of coaching students of Std. X, we at UT can very confidently state that there will be negligible difference in the style of coaching by school and UT.
Here we are assisted by the fact that all of us UT, school, students are being prepared for a common exam i.e. the Board exam. The Boards both CBSE, ICSE put up lot of information on their respective websites that help us to not have different teaching and marking styles.
Like for example the CBSE board every year provides with exact Blue-print of the expected Board paper, with detailed marking scheme. It also displays the corrected answer sheets of students getting 100% marks in previous years on it's website in their own handwriting. Thus these all make sure that there is no difference in the teaching methodology.
UT - Results/ Track-Record
What is the success rate of students joining only test-series and/ or vacation batch?
Among the 50 Navi Mumbai toppers last year at UT in Std. X, only 4 students were from only Test Series, rest 46 were from Vacation and/ or Test Series.
What is UT's overall past track record in X?
We are the No. 1 coaching institute of Navi Mumbai producing the best results. For 9th consecutive years, all X CBSE school toppers, across Navi Mumbai, belonged to UT.
If we arranged all Navi Mumbai toppers in descending order of their aggregate marks at X CBSE Board Exams 2009, all top 99 ranks are held by UT students.
In overall statistics we produced about half the class i.e. 50% of our students scored more than 90% in Maths, Science & Social Studies. For full results refer 2009 UT Result pamphlet.
UT Lecture Time-table
How will I come to know the lecture time table?
Refer the branch notice-board and/ or refer the UT website for Lecture/ Test Time-table.
How frequently will the student be updated with the lecture/ test time-table?
Generally once in a fortnight (15 days)
If there is a last minute change in the schedule of lectures, how do I come to know about it?
The respective branch coordinator will send you a SMS informing the student/ parent of the change.
Can I attend a lecture/test in a different branch than the one I am enrolled for?
No, this is absolutely not allowed.
UT Study Methodology
My friend studies at Nerul branch and I study at the Vashi branch, will we be coached by different professors?
At UT same professors teach across all branches across all batches. Thus you and your friend will always be taught by same set of professors.
Do I get any notes at UT?
Yes, you get exhaustive printed notes in every subject that comprehensively covers the entire syllabus.
Which books I need to buy or study from for the UT program?
You need only NCERT text books and our UT volumes for the entire UT program. We do not recommend any additional reference books. UT volumes are exhaustive.
What should I carry to UT for the classes?
You are required to make individual registers for individual professors. Both CW and HW is to be done in the same register for that professor. You are required to carry UT volumes, NCERT text books and professor wise registers as per daily timetable.
Will I be given Home work at UT?
Yes, there are pre-designed HW exercises in our printed notes. The professors assign them from time to time during the course of their lectures.
What happens if I come to the lecture without completing my Homework?
The student will be asked to stay back after the class hours and complete the home-work. He/ she may be in-addition asked to remain standing during the said lecture in which the home-work was due.
Can I change my batch/ branch at UT?
Ideally no, but if it is unavoidable you are recommended to meet our student counselor. She will take a decision on case to case basis ensuring that minimum loss is incurred due to different portions being taught at different branches/ batches.
UT Class Discipline
What is the discipline procedure at UT?
UT has a two step discipline procedure. If a student is found resorting to any unfair/ misconduct in class he/ she will be issued a Yellow card which will consist of a formal warning to the parents. Any repeat offence will lead to issuance of a Red card that will entail a suspension of 3 days for the student from the UT classes. The decision of the teacher/ management will be final in this regard.
Am I allowed to carry Mobile in the class/ test?
No, you are not allowed to carry mobile phone into the classrooms at any point of time. You can use UT phones in case of any emergencies.
What is the importance of Identity Card?
Identity Card is an importance document not only for students but also for the UT Staff.
From Identity Card we are able to know which courses and subject you are enrolled.
This card is a compulsory for students to get whenever they come to UT or visit any of our UT branches. Without this card students are not allowed to sit for lectures / Tests or enter UT premises.
What if I lost my Identity Card?
If you lost your Identity Card. You can get a duplicate Identity Card by submitting one photograph and paying charges of Rs.25/-.
UT Tests and Test Time-table
How many tests are held at UT for every subject?
For Maths, Science and Social Studies a total of 16 tests per subject, consisting of 8 mid-tests and 8 full board pattern tests are held. While in Hindi, English and Sanskrit a total of 10 tests per language, consisting of 4 mid-tests and 6 full board pattern tests are held. In all 68 tests are held for all 5 subjects put together.
How will I come to know about the test time-table and the portion in the tests?
Refer the branch notice-board and/ or refer the UT website for Test Time-table.
Where are the tests held and where do I sit during the tests?
Before every test a test classroom arrangement is displayed on respective branch notice-boards. Refer the same for this information.
Who will correct my test papers at UT?
All test answer papers are corrected at UT central premises at Vashi by the same teachers teaching you. We at UT do not have a separate team of tutors correcting the papers. This ensures better quality of paper correction.
When are the corrected papers given back?
All test papers at UT are corrected within 7-10 working days.
How do I come to know of the right answers of the questions asked in the tests at UT?
We at UT provide printed model answer paper for each test held at UT immediately after the test.
I have misplaced my copy of the question paper/ model answer of a test. Can I get a duplicate copy?
There are 2 ways of getting the same:
i) either collect the same from your respective branch coordinator, or
ii) download a copy of the same from the UT website.
UT Absenteeism (Lecture/ Test)
How is the lecture/ test attendance recorded at UT?
At UT we have attendance recording for every lecture and test. Thus, if in a day there are 4 lectures, the student has to sign at 4 different lists for each of the 4 lectures during the day. In case of any absenteeism, respective branch coordinator will send out a SMS or call the parents informing of the same.
What is the absent procedure at UT? Whom do I inform and how?
Ideally no absenteeism is allowed during the program. In case of unavoidable situations, you need to inform the respective branch coordinator through written leave application, signed by the parents. No verbal phone calls are entertained.
If I remained absent in lectures will the missed portion be covered again?
Yes, in the modular classes, contact the student counselor.
If I remain absent in a lecture can I attend the afternoon batch instead of the morning batch?
Absolutely no, because the portions proceeding in both the batches may not be the same. For the missed portions you are requested to contact the Student Counselor.
Can I come late in the lectures?
Ideally no, but if it is a genuine reason, with due parent permission (written application, duly signed by the parent), respective branch coordinator may allow the student to sit in the next subsequent lectures for the day. The student will be marked 'Late' in the lectures. A student can have a maximum of 3 'Late' in lectures during an entire year.
What happens if I remain absent for a test? Or What is the procedure for re-test (Late attempt) of a test at UT? Or If there is a test at school can I miss UT program?
You can apply for a 'Late Attempt' with due parent permission (written application, duly signed by the parent). You need to get in touch with our respective branch coordinator who will conduct the test at a later date and time. A student can write a maximum of 3 'Late Attempts' during an entire year.
UT Doubts and Personal Attention
What are modular classes? Do I have to pay extra for modular classes?
Modular classes are held for the benefit of vacation batch students who i) remained absent to some lectures due to unavoidable reasons, ii) for some reason did not understand the particular topic and need to be taught again and iii) identified by our counselor based on the test performance. The classes are compulsory for students recommended by the counselor and voluntary for others.
These classes are divided in 6 modules covering the entire syllabus are held from July to December and no extra payment has to be made.
What if I have doubts in what the teacher teaches us? How do I clarify the doubts?
The student has following 4 ways of clarifying his/ her doubts:
1. During the class: The student are encouraged to ask the teachers clarification for their doubts, otherwise to meet the teacher immediately after the class.
2. Modular Classes: The student can attend the specific module that he/ she has not understood when the same is being taught again during the modular classes.
3. Open House Sessions: These are held at every branch, once in every month from August to February. Wherein all the teachers are available to clarify students doubts.
4. Individual difficulty solving: In case you still have doubts you are requested to please call/ Email the Student Counselor and fix an appointment with our Tutor.
Do you have a dedicated counselor with whom my child can meet and get individual advice?
Yes, we have a dedicated student counselor. Mrs. Kirti Srivastava tracks individual student's performance. Mrs. Kirti Srivastava is available at the Vashi branch (Mon to Sat, except Thurs) from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. 67912166 Email: email@example.com
How will my child get personal attention?
We at UT have a very rigorous testing schedule. A total of 68 tests are held during the year. Our student counselor tracks your ward's individual performance in the tests. This to exactly identify the week and strong areas of every student.
Basic portion is taught from March to August. From August to February, the counselor gets adequate 6 months to identify and correct the problem areas of individual students. We have modular classes, open house sessions spanning from July to February. The counselor uses them very effectively to ensure that individual needs of all students are met.
UT Parent Interaction
How do parents come to know about the progress of the student?
Parents are informed about the progress of their ward in the following ways:
1. Daily Lecture/ Test Absenteeism: Respective branch coordinator will send a SMS or call the parents.
2. Test Marks Reporting (On Email): Our Test coordinator Mrs. Sumita/ Ms. Sangita will send you an email after every test informing you of the ward's marks and class performance.
3. Monthly Report to Parents: Vashi Back-office team will send you a monthly report (by courier or email) providing you with the student's lecture/ test absenteeism and marks report for the month.
4. Parent Teacher Meeting: We conduct three Parent Teacher meetings during the course of our program.
5. Online Reports on UT: All the above reports are available on UT website www.universaltutorials.com (login with your user-id and password).
Do you conduct Parent Teacher meetings during the year?
Yes, we conduct three Parent Teacher meetings during the course of our program.
What is expected of the parents by UT during the program?
The parents are expected to encourage and support the student, ensure full attendance - in both tests and lectures, monitor HW and ensure that the student does the HW on his own, honestly. We also encourage parents to freely communicate with our student counselor Mrs. Kirti Srivastava on any issues that they may have during the program
Does Universal also provide professional guidance for choosing higher programs?
Yes. UT will conduct a career counselling seminar in third week of March every year. An aptitude test is held before the seminar which helps the student to determine which field of study is best suited for them.
UT Administration Issues
Whom and how do I meet/ communicate at UT if I have issues like fees, schedules and other miscellaneous such issues?
You need to first contact your respective branch co-ordinator or Ms. Sangita at Vashi branch.(Sangita's contact information: 67912166 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In case you are not fully satisfied then get in touch with Mrs. Kirti Srivastava.
What do I do if I have problems regarding any professor?
You are required to get in touch with our student counsellor Mrs. Kirti Srivastava either in person or on phone or on email. Mrs. Kirti Srivastava is available at the Vashi branch (Mon to Sat, except Thurs) from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. 67912166. Email: email@example.com
Can I meet Mr. Anubhav Sinhal during the program?
Yes. Mr. Anubhav Sinhal is available on most working days at the Vashi branch (Mon to Sat, except Thurs). You can call up at Vashi branch on 67912166 to fix an appointment. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UT Website (www.universaltutorials.com)
How do I get my user-id and password for accessing UT website?
An automatic email is sent at the beginning of our program to all the students and parents who have provided us with a valid email, stating your userid and password. In case you have not received this email for whatsoever reason or wish to reset the password, you may send us an email for the same to email@example.com. We will resend your user-id and password to the new email. You will receive this in maximum of 3 working days.
What are the various options that are available on UT website?
UT's website address is www.universaltutorials.com. You can login with your userid and password and get the following information from the UT website:
1) Your personalised lecture time table (from today's date to 30 days ahead)
2) Your personalised test time table (from today's date to 45 days ahead)
3) Your lecture attendance report (displays absent/ excused/ late/ present lectures for the latest concluded month).
4) Your test performance report (displays test marks for all completed tests till date to the beginning of previous month).
5) You can download test papers (both question paper and model answer for all the tests conducted till date).
6) You can change your password.