How Important Is A Study Plan To Crack Any Exam


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Exam time can be a very stressful time and with so much riding on its result, it requires a lot of hard work and dedication from a student. Some candidates find themselves in a tight spot when they keep postponing studying till the end. Planning ahead can sort out your study goals and give you ample of time for your hobbies. Whether it’s an entrance exam or a competitive one, following a study plan can keep you a step ahead in stressful times. It’s more insightful than a timetable as it includes your complete syllabus. Here’s why you should certainly stick to a study plan to crack any exam.

Provides A Plan Of Action

Often the syllabus is too huge to catch up so it’s easy for a student to feel lost in a pile of different topics. A study plan gives thorough insight in the curriculum and also sorts ‘what to study’ and ‘when to study’. Also, everyone has their own different study plan. It depends on the individual’s learning abilities, time management skills and personal goals. One feels more organised and in-command when they know why they are studying and what needs to be done in order to achieve those goals.

Brings In Motivation

When you achieve little targets set in your study plan, a sense of motivation to achieve the next one comes in naturally. It can make otherwise boring and stressful subjects a bit more fun by giving new challenges to accomplish every day.

Reduces Stress Extensively

It is very important that you don’t leave things for the last moment as it only leads to more stress and exhaustion. If you follow your study plan judiciously, then you can considerably reduce the scope for stress. The initial efforts of making a plan of action will eventually lead you to have a fuss-free preparation time. Also, preparing for exams becomes much easier and more productive when you adhere to your plan.

Increases Concentration

Studying methodically for regular hours increases concentration, which is the key to cracking any exam. Sticking to a study plan will inculcates a sense of discipline and there will be no need to panic and study during odd hours to finish off everything before exams. This ease of mind can further increase your confidence in how you approach your studies. It will give you a balanced    approach towards every subject considering the time-limits.

Putting in an effort to create a study plan and then not following it will take you back to the starting point so, it’s highly crucial to execute it well. To avoid tough situations, keep your study plan simple and easy to pursue. Don’t stress and keep some space for your hobbies in the plan to refresh yourselves. We’re sure you’ll come out with flying colours. All the best!

Fun Activities For Kids This Summer Vacation

Little boy learning about the world around him.Summers are upon us and school going children can’t be more happy. Kids wait for summer vacations but it becomes a task for parents to keep them engaged when they don’t have school to go to. To stop those “I’m bored” howls, you need practical ideas and activities to keep them occupied and engaged. It’s good to plan ahead so that you have plenty of time to stock up on required items and execute the activities well. Here’s a list of some activities that will help your kids learn new things in an interesting way in this year’s summer vacations.

Cooking Easy Meals

Kids enjoy eating different things but you should also make them learn how to cook some of their favourite dishes. Find recipes according to the difficulty level your kid can handle in his/her age, there are innumerable kid friendly recipes available online. To add more fun, make them act like their favourite chef on the TV and give costumes to them.

Connect Them With Nature

We live in a web of artificially created things. As summer is the best time to explore different things, parents should utilize this time to explore the natural environment with their kids. Depending on your child’s preference, take them to nature-friendly activities like swimming in an actual pond rather than a swimming pool, camping, gardening, hiking, fishing and so on.

Develop Their Creative Side

Stock up on craft supplies and old newspapers and teach your kids to make new things from them. Let them experiment on their own sometimes to develop their creativity. It will be a win-win situation for both of you as it’s time-consuming and your kids will get new items to decorate their room with.

Set Up A Shop For Your Kids

Make your kids learn the art of buying and selling in the easiest possible way. Set up their shop and put some real items on sale to make it more interesting. You can also try the foolproof ‘Lemonade Shop’ idea, where your kids will sell the lemonade they made. Keep play money as the trade currency and your kids will love it!

Scavenger Hunt

This is an activity that’s equally fun to play and create as well. Make your own scavenger hunt cards to give your kids as a clue and scatter them around the house strategically. Reuse the same cards by placing them in a different place so that it doesn’t require much effort to create a new hunt every time. This activity will help your kids in evolving their brainstorming skills.

So, which activity are you trying with your kids this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

#3: Teachers’ Perspective & The Challenges In The Path Towards Holistic Learning

As per Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015 (an annual survey done by Pearson, the World’s leading learning company, that aims to voice the opinion of the teaching community in India), teachers seek changes to the traditional ways of teaching to adapt to the changing dynamics in the learning ecosystem:

–  57% teachers believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment.

–  There’s a collective call by teachers (75%) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring.

– They urge for industrial training of teachers (44%) to impact employability of Indian students.

– Majority (66%) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77%) and bundled multimedia content (51%) as the key initiatives.

– Majority (52%) believe that India’s Education Assessment Framework lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education.

This clearly depicts that trainers, just like parents and students of today, are seeking progressive changes.


The Challenges In The Path To Holistic Learning

According to a primary research done by Pearson that collated information from Indian schools on the basic challenges they faced in creating a holistic network for learning were as follows:

–   Lack of integrated tools inside the classroom which leads to reduction in the overall efficacy of the classroom teaching and learning.

–   Absence of an inter-disciplinary approach that helps builds stronger concepts and skills that last for life.

–     Learning tends to stop when the school gets over.

–     Parents are inquisitive to know what is happening inside the classrooms.

–     Assessment is still at a level of ‘Do more. Work hard.’

To tackle these challenges, with MyPedia, teachers are armed with a digital content & complete assessment/activity kit, so they can conduct activities smoothly, and measure the learning outcomes accurately.

Accepting New Methods of Learning & Teaching

The current education styles are mainly guided by the principle that passing a grade ensures complete learning of that level. A deeper introspection of what really fulfils the learning experience of a child is required. It is important to understand the nuances of the learning curve taken by each child. Any system that compels students to belong to a certain dominant lobby can suppress the spirit of innovation.

For students to evolve into skilled professionals of tomorrow, they need to be able to operate in a free atmosphere, exercise choices with a certain level of independence to shape their own lives. The idea is to look beyond the pass-fail binary. We don’t need just engineers, doctors and learners who attain the highest scores in an examination.

To put India truly on the global forefront, we need to nurture innovators, thinkers, philosophers, leaders and writers–to list a few–reflecting the diverse aspirations and dreams of a developing nation. For this, we need to establish newer ways of approaching education and reLauren_Rolwing_girl_reading_book_RGBdefine learning. MyPedia aims to implement these reforms, which are essential for smooth transitioning of students to skilled professionals of tomorrow.  

The first step to get closer to the vision of holistic learning is to embrace new methods of learning and teaching. It is important to familiarize teachers with newer concepts and different structures of delivering education.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach will further substantiate classroom education and support holistic development of children as well as teachers. Introducing a framework of continuous assessments, regular and real-time feedback can drastically improve the performance of students and help them identify their interests early in life.

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Introducing Soul To The Experience of Learning

We are constantly learning and unlearning concepts in an environment where information access and knowledge are in abundance. In such a dynamic set-up, it is important that one is well-versed with the basic fundamentals of several disciplines. Across sectors, adaptability, critical reasoning and creativity are among some of the highly valued skills

The most pragmatic approach to develop these qualities in students is to catch them young and foster these skills at an early age in their classrooms. Integrating teaching tools into a scientific process of learning is one of the most effective ways to build strong and everlasting layers of skills and concepts in tender minds.

Famous Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright, critic and socialist, George Bernard Shaw said:

My schooling not only failed to teach what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.

While Shaw pointed this out in 19th century, the state of affairs for education is so that millions would still relate to his story. Hence most academic experts would agree that going beyond strBen-Wiseman_brain_thumprint_arrows_RGBuctured curriculum and syllabus is need of the hour. Uncomplicated and personalised learning is the key to producing innovative thinkers of tomorrow.

It is imperative, therefore, that we embrace practices that help children break away from the monotony of rote learning. Integrated studies help children view concepts from the lens of multiple disciplines, understand and see them as they would be in real life and hence apply them adequately. This in-turn captures the interest of students as well as increases their engagement and productivity levels.

This approach also opens up windows of endless possibilities in the thought-process of a child, weaving layers of knowledge with a solid understanding of concepts. It also allows children to paint a realistic yet buoyant picture about the world and all that is there to it, without making the process a herculean task.

MyPedia is one such integrated learning tool, which is consistently working towards realising this goal and aims to transform the education delivery in schools.

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10 Study Tips For GATE 2016 Aspirants

In today’s competitive market, everyone is looking for course or a degree to give an edge to their career. Cracking the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is considered prestigious for undergraduate engineers.

GATE has become an important doorway for aspirants who are looking for a Masters in the technical and research field. The minimum eligibility criteria for any candidate to appear for GATE is to have a graduate degree in any subject like BSc, BTech, B.Pharm, BA etc.

Now when you know the importance of GATE, the next question you will ask is, how to crack it? The only way to crack it is to study hard and keep yourself focused.

Here are top 10 exclusive tips which can help you crack this prestigious exam called GATE 2016:

  1. GATE is not a syllabus-based exam. It’s an assessment of your understanding of concepts and its practical application when required. It’s important to understand the concept well and practice the questions accordingly.
  2. GATE assesses your approach towards a particular problem. Therefore, if you find your answer taking more than 8 steps, change your strategy to solve that problem.
  3. GATE questions are tricky to answer, which will require you to work on your speed and accuracy when you are preparing for this competitive exam.
  4. After completing every topic, develop a habit of checking your performance with previous year model test papers. Make notes, and use flashcards for quick revision.
  5. Use innovative and intuitive ways to solve problems. It’s not necessary to solve every question. Try to solve one problem in as many ways as possible. Device your own tips and tricks to reach a correct answer. This will also boost your speed and accuracy.
  6. Understand the importance of positive thinking. Set your goals (e.g; like the institute you want to join, the reference books you want to use, the study schedule you want to follow, etc.) and engrave it at the back of your mind to keep you motivated. Remember that believing in your goals will take you one step closer to it.
  7. Keep working on your doubts and queries, even if it’s your last day of preparation. Doubts will help build your concept and confidence to solve it.
  8. Preparing for GATE is a rigorous process. So keep yourself focused. Develop an aptitude, attitude, concentration level for the next 4-6 months, enough to get into IISC or IITs.
  9. Select course books for your preparation and stick to those. Don’t pick up new reference books at the last minute as it’s bound to cause confusion. Instead, focus on studying the selected books cover to cover. This will help you develop an intuition before solving any question–whether you can answer it or not.
  10. Pearson’s GATE Series, authored by a group of highly-experienced faculty who train GATE students, and are also subject matter experts. Extra care has been taken to present the content in a modular and systematic manner–to facilitate easy understanding of all topics.

For the GATE 2016 aspirant, this series is a one-stop comprehensive solution for your complete GATE preparation:
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The Use of Reward In Positive Parenting

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The Use of Reward In Positive Parenting

Children are born curious. There is a whole new world to explore and most of their behaviour is adopted from adults, particularly their parents. Whatever be the age of your child, teaching them the benefits of discipline could be rewarding in the long run. Tangible rewards or social reinforcements are the most effective way to incentivise your child for their behaviour.

Rewarding good behaviour promotes learning and also helps parents to focus on their kids right doings. Tangible rewards can lead to a regular habit of greed–getting something in exchange for good behaviour; therefore, the motivation for good behaviour fades as the incentives stops. Instead, rewarding in the form of verbal encouragement and motivation can sustain internal motivation.

Let’s take a look at some tips on how to reward your child effectively for good behaviour:

Model an ultimate rewarding strategy of self-satisfaction and discipline.

Teach your kids how to take responsibility and ownership of their behaviour and get satisfaction from their own good deeds. For example, “My mom enrolled me for a dance class once I started keeping my room clean.” “I feel good about cleaning my room.”

Identify the type of incentives that would keep your child motivated.

A deep sense of emotional attachment motivates children. Rewards such as hugs, a pat on the shoulder, smiles, and positive attention works best for kids in understanding that they have done something worthwhile. Tangible rewards such as toys, money, treats, etc. can be effective too, but should not be given very often.

Positive reinforcement can be effective when started early.

Shower your toddlers with effusive praise, preschoolers with daily rewards, elementary children with documenting rewards charts. This will instill a sense of self-esteem at a young age. The incentives can be a special outing or a small toy for a week-long good behaviour.

Make good behaviour a daily habit.

Teach your kid how to follow a set routine by completing the non-fun stuff first, and then enjoying the fun stuff. This will help them start taking responsibilities. This isn’t a reward, but as parents and teachers, (Pearson School) it’s your responsibility to make good behaviour a habit, a daily routine both at school and at home.

Use consistent rewards to promote good behaviour with gradual decrease of rewards later.

Regular rewards could be fun, but stopping them could be daunting for parents. Positive reinforcement or rewards should be temporary as it helps in teaching a disciplined life. When the desired behaviour is learnt, providing irregular incentives will make good behaviour likely to persist. Ultimately your child’s self-satisfaction and self-approval will be rewarding enough to maintain that expected behaviour.

What should be an appropriate reward to promote good behaviour, in your opinion? Write to us in the comments!