Why should anyone go to a Daf Yomi shiur? The Web provides on-demand shiurim of various kinds, convenience and electronic delivery. There is ArtScroll and now Koren to learn on your own. Why stress one self to come to a bricks and mortar building, the same time every day, whether you feel up to it at that time or not?
I asked this question of several of the participants in my Daf Yomi shiur. Several of them have attended other daf shiurim and others are fully capable of learning on their own with various aides. This is what they said are the advantages of a in-person shiur:
1.The magid shiuradjusts his level of presentation and style to the participants, which cannot be done in an on-line shiur. This is something that I experienced myself. When certain participantsare away, the focus and style of the shiur shift to accommodate the participants who remain.
2.There is an opportunity to ask questions.
3.Peer-pressure and relationships within the class, which quickly strengthen with a daily attendance, especially in a small group, keep one attending and working more seriously.
4. The right maggid shiur, if he be erlich in middos, brilliant and a role model, has an influence beyond purely intellectual. He becomes someone who, by his personal example, raises the standard of the participants aspirations.
5. The group membership dose something similar. The example of others, who night after night, or day after day, give of their time and effort to learn, moves a person to appreciate and value his own involvement and motivates him to "shteig" far beyond what an on-line class can do.