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!

Why Learning is the First Step to Achieving Anything

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It’s often said that knowledge is power, but in today’s world it has become a necessity.

In every economy across the globe, knowledge has become the most valuable commodity. People will get the best jobs if they are well educated no matter where they live or what they do. Every country is working towards developing their human resource and the foremost way to do that is by educating their population. It’s well understood that a flourishing career is more often backed by a rock-solid education. Our will to do well and make a name for ourselves is what makes us successful in life.

Now, let’s answer the question of why learning is a necessity:

  • Learning is needed for many things, but most importantly, it gives an individual the power to think rationally, question, reason, and see beyond what’s in front of them.
  • Humans are naturally curious and learning satisfies this curiosity.
  • Learning has broadened our horizon and has given us a better understanding of the world. It provides the base for a civilized and structured society that the world needs.
  • Education is the only thing that can reduce social and economic disparity, and allow real progress to happen. For developing countries, education is a means to alleviate poverty and achieve social change. Education is the first step to bring ourselves out of ignorance, poverty, oppression, and war.
  • Ignorance can also prove to be dangerous when it comes to our health. People need education on preventive methods that protect them from diseases. Educated people are more aware of the symptoms and take better care of themselves and their family.
  • Studies have shown that educated people have live longer because they tend to lead a healthier lifestyle. They understand the importance of making healthy choices for themselves.
  • Education makes us confident. Our lives can be better planned, and find a more definitive direction. It also improves our problem-solving skills and equips us to handle everyday decisions.
  • Education and learning are one of the main reasons for technical advancements in Science and Technology. It also helps us keep up with the latest technology.
  • Educated people contribute positively and constructively to society, and even towards the environment. They understand the consequences of their choices and actions better.
  • Studies show that children of educated parents have higher cognitive abilities as compared to children of uneducated parents.

History has, time and again, shown us that education has helped societies grow. Our lives are very different from what they were thousands of years ago. To realize the need for education we must study our past generations. It is important to understand the needs of the society and constantly strive to improve the education system for the future generations.

The sole purpose of learning is to empower our minds and soul, and to achieve the full potential of the human brain. Learning is very important, and is supported by imaginative thought. Learning makes us who we are. It helps us think, solve problems and come up with new ideas.

7 Ways To Help Your Child Develop Self-Discipline

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Self-control is the first step to self-discipline. It’s important for those who want to become successful in life. Children need to be taught the value of self-discipline from an early age. Every time your child accepts a limit that set by you, they are practicing self-control.

Developing self-control can be a lifelong process for some. By learning self-control at a young age, children can respond to stressful situations in ways that yield positive outcomes. To help your child develop self-control, follow these 7 steps:

1. Practice what you preach. Managing your emotions in front of your children is very important. Remember that your actions send a clear message to your children about how to deal with various situations in life. If you are calm during stressful situations your child will also learn to be calm. Compassion is another thing children learn from their parents.

2. The foundation of any relationship is trust. Parents need to be responsive to their children’s needs to foster trust. When a baby is fed it understands that food will come. Soothing your child will help him regulate his emotions. You will also teach him how to soothe himself, and give him a feeling of safety and acceptance.

3. Developing the brain is an important step. Children cannot resist grabbing whatever comes in front of them. They also have very little idea about what is good or bad. Parents have to develop that understanding in them. This is a long process that takes a lot of practice. The brain’s development takes place in many ways. Reading a wide variety of books, sports, art, etc. are excellent ways to develop a child’s mind.

4. Keep practicing. A child needs to understand how to prioritize. They will want one thing, but there will be another thing that they want more. They need to understand that they cannot always get what they want. Giving them a choice between two things will help them understand the importance of making decisions. They will be able to associate it with self-discipline. Remember that it has to be the child’s decision. When they are forced to give something up, they are not practicing self-discipline. If they are not given the chance to choose between two alternatives, they cannot practice controlling themselves.

5. Punishment doesn’t encourage self-discipline. The right kind of limits give children practice in self-discipline. If the child isn’t choosing to stop what they were doing; they are being forced. In this case the child doesn’t feel the need to stop himself. The point is to motivate them to discipline themselves, and not punishing them.

6. Patience is an essential step. Patience is a virtue, and most find it very difficult to be patient in difficult situations. Every time we exercise self-control, we build our ability to draw on it to meet our goals. You cannot expect your child to be patient when he is young. It’s something that they develop gradually. If you’re asking them to be patient, then make sure that the amount of time they have to wait coincides with their ability to wait patiently or they would resort to screaming to get what they want instead of learning self-control. Don’t be impatient, and yell at your child to wait. They will see it as punishment.

7. Children learn self-control on their own too. Do not underestimate your child. They can develop self-control when they’re motivated by something important to them. Playing with other children requires them to manage their emotions. Cooking or baking teaches them to wait till the food is ready and not put it in their mouth when it is hot. Playing their favorite game helps them understand that they need to practice in order to get good at it.

Every time children have to manage themselves, they learn a strategy that helps them in the future. Teaching children self-control is about teaching them to regulate their emotions, which allows them to regulate their thoughts and behaviour.

How To Make A Career In Market Research

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Research has always been an integral part of Marketing-it helps companies stay competitive and avoid the high costs of poor decisions based on unsound information.

There are many different roles that you can assume within the field of Market Research. To secure a job, you must have knowledge or experience in the field, and know how to demonstrate that knowledge to employers. As a market researcher, you gather information about the competition or the market and then analyze it to find the best ways to gain an advantage over the competitors.

Remember that a job in Market Research involves a lot of fieldwork. So, be prepared for the run-around. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for a career in Market Research:

1. The main task of a market researcher is to gather and analyse the market so take all the Marketing courses you can.

2. Take courses in Statistics and Quantitative Methods.

3. Acquire internet and computer skills. Knowledge of programming languages is an added asset.

4. Take courses in Psychology and Consumer Behaviour.

5. Acquire effective written and verbal communications skills.

6. Learn to think creatively.

7. You can get a job in Market Research with a Bachelor’s degree, like BBA. You don’t always need an MBA, but many employers prefer it.

8. The most common entry-level position is of an Operational Supervisor or a Junior Research Analyst.

9. There is a lot of scope to learn on-the-job. The field requires a lot of people from a variety of backgrounds.

10. Technical posts like statisticians require a strong background in statistics.

11. Some of the positions available include Vice President of Marketing Research, Research Director, Assistant Director of Research, Project Manager, Statistician, Data Processing Specialist, Analysts, Fieldwork Director, etc.

12. Some research jobs require you to study the effects of a product’s package or advertisements on consumers. Or you may have to analyse market statistics or even asked to develop completely new products.

13. Getting some related skills and experience will help you stand out in interviews. Try and get an internship that helps you learn about the field.

For the best preparation for a career in Marketing Research refer to “Careers in Marketing Research by Naresh K Malhotra and Satyabhushan Dash”: bit.ly/1Cf5QD6.

This book helps to master skills related to Marketing Research, from assessing information needs to providing the company with relevant, accurate, reliable and current information, and assisting marketing decision-making in a very effective way. The research process discussed in the book is not limited to just marketing, but applies to any area of management.

Pearson’s Rules of Safety – Always Be Careful!

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When it comes to providing preliminary education to our children we always know which school to contact or where we want to send our child for the best education possible. Often in the process of doing this we tend to miss on an important part called safety and security in Schools. Most of the time we focus on the school’s learning outcome, overall school result and the brand name of the school.

But with all the recent incidents happening in schools, it is a growing concern. Many schools have taken serious steps to spruce up the security and safety measures in their schools but still a lot more needs to be done.

With Pearson School’s Rules of Safety and Always Be Careful Program, we have introduced many innovative and new methods of safety measures in the school premise. Safety measures like fire evacuation drill, evacuation plan, awareness of fire exits and emergency assembly signs, first aiders helps the child to take the first step towards safety precautions.

Pearson Health and Safety Committee keep a constant check on the health and safety aspects of teachers and students in school. The school is under CCTV surveillance which records all the movement of a student in and outside the classroom with security sentry at all gates. An Identity card is provided to every student, parents and staffs of school which they will have to show at the gate before entering the premise. The School does not allow any unsupervised interactions between visitor and children.

Safety in the bus is specified with specified speed governors with fire extinguishers and a first aid box where the children are looked after by trained lady attendants. The buses also have the provision for GPS tracking and SMS updates (for parents).

At Pearson Schools, the safety and security of children comes to a utmost need and importance as they believe in the old saying of precaution is better than cure and a child needs a lot of safety and security in school to help them built a better future for them.

How To Make Maths Fun For Your Child

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Maths! You either love it or you hate it, but you can’t live without it. Most children, like their parents when they were kids, see Maths as their enemy. Maths is the one subject that evokes emotions ranging from dislike, to fear in children. The fear of the subject has been one of the major causes of anxiety in students, and it stops them from studying tougher subjects that involve maths.Unfortunately, a bad score in mathematics affects the rest of the subject grades too. Child psychologists have determined that a child’s confidence level fall if they’re not getting good grades in maths. Thus, their overall score starts falling.

Maths anxiety is a type of fear; a fear that isn’t impossible to be conquered. So, how can parents help their children with a subject that still gives them nightmares? Here are a few steps that will help your child face his fear of numbers:–

1. Ignore mathematical myths. There is no such thing as a mathematical brain. It’s true that there are different brain types, but that simply means we all have different approaches to problem-solving. Everyone has a different way to deal with problems, but that doesn’t mean your child’s way is wrong. Give them time.

2. Motivate them. Your child may come to you one day and say “I will never be able to understand Maths”. Don’t let them believe that. Simply encouraging them to think positively can help improve Maths scores.

3. Ignore the myths. It’s believed that good mathematical ability means higher levels of intelligence. In reality, Maths isn’t only for the brightest students and there’s no one gender that’s better at the subject. We need to get past these timeworn ideas.

4. Don’t transfer your fear/anxiety to your child. Some parents unintentionally put their own personal fear of Maths in their children. Focus on using positive language when talking about the subject with your child.

5. Make it entertaining. There are many ways to get your child excited about Maths. You could get him/her Maths related computer games or introduce them to educational TV shows that teach basic Maths. There are many books, video games, and websites that can help your child learn in an engaging way.

6. Incorporate it in their day-to-day lives. Ask your child to help you with the house budget. Ask for their help when shopping. Integrate Maths in activities your child enjoys. If your child likes candy then use that to teach them arithmetic.

7. Make it a game. Play games with your children that require Maths. There are many digital or non-digital games that use Maths. Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Lego, Blocks etc. are fun games you can play with the family. Challenge them. Ask them how quickly they can calculate something. When they start doing easy sums fast, increase the level of difficulty. For e.g. Ask them to calculate the amount of time to reach a particular destination at a certain speed. Sudoku is probably the most effective game to play to improve mathematical ability.

8. Practice. It cannot be stressed enough. Maths requires a lot of practice. Make them spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the subject daily. Use exercise books that have fun logic questions.

9. Get help if they need it. If your child is struggling a lot, get them a tuition teacher. The extra help will always come in handy. Make sure the teacher is making your child comfortable with the subject.

It’s important that your child doesn’t give up on Maths. Tell them about the many applications of Maths in various careers, and how it will help them no matter what path they choose in life. To help students with Maths, we at Pearson Schools make use of a special program called the ‘Maths Navigator’. The ‘Maths Navigator’ helps improve the conceptual understanding of the subject by means of commonly available material around us, providing students a better understanding of the subject through unique techniques. We have noted that this leads to improved interest and participation in the learning process.

Your child just needs a little push from you, but don’t put too much pressure on them. Following the aforementioned steps for a hands-on learning experience propels kids to think divergently as well as understand and solve mathematical problems from an early age. Positive reinforcement is very important to encourage them. And before you know it, they’ll soon get over their fear of Mathematics! 🙂

How To Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

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“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

– Paul J. Meyer

From the moment they utter their first word, parents experience the unmatched joy of watching the incredible growth in their child’s expression of themselves. Vocabulary is the most helpful tool for communication. This is why one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child is to help them build their vocabulary. The key is a commitment to regularly learning new words.

You can help your child cultivate a good vocabulary at a young age. Here’s how:
1. Children start developing a vocabulary during infancy. They imitate words that they hear from adults, and associate those words with objects or actions. Talk to them, but remember to remove empty fillers from your speech by reducing the use of word’s like “um” and “ah.”

2. No matter how difficult, parents should work on giving up baby talk, while asking friends and family to do the same. Baby-talk confuses children. Talk to them the way that you’d speak to anybody else.

3. When the child is young, and can’t read, parents should read aloud to them.

4. Try and play word games with them. For example, play a game called “word of the day”, in which you teach them a new word every day. If they remember the seven new words at the end of the week, take them to their favourite place or give them something they like. Games like Scrabble, Word Search, Word Jumble have been designed to help children improve their vocabulary.

5. When they are able to memorise seven words easily start upping the ante. Try teaching them 10 words next week.

6. The way you teach your child is also critical to your child’s ability to learn. Show them books with pictures and words to help them learn through association. Use words that might interest or fascinate them while talking to them–they’ll ask you for the meaning themselves!

7. Teach your child to look up words they don’t recognize. As your child grows up, it’ll become easier for you to help them build their vocabulary. Encourage them to ask questions, use a dictionary every time they don’t understand a word and pick up a thesaurus when they are working on writing assignments such as essays.

8. Reading is imperative to improving language skills. It’s typically easier for children to learn more words when they are growing up. Children who make reading a habit, tend to learn more words than those who do not. This is true for all languages.

9. Comic books are a great way to learn new words and develop an early interest in reading. Ask them to articulate and share their opinion about their current reads.

10. Get them a library membership or urge them to bring home new books from the school library. Encourage them to listen to podcasts like NPR.

11. Once the child starts reading and writing they learn more words, ask them to start a journal or write letters. It’s a great practice, and it will also help them be more organized.

12. Do the crossword with your children. Help them at first, and eventually you would find that they would be doing it themselves.

13. Keep a vocabulary notepad for extremely difficult words.

14. Remember that they should practice putting your new words into their writing and speaking. It’s very difficult to retain a word if we are not using it regularly.

Speak to your child about your day. Tell them about the things you did and the people you encountered. Don’t miss any funny details. This will help them understand storytelling outside the realms of a book. Ask them to do the same and tell you about their day using the new words they’ve learnt. A good vocabulary will help your children at all stages in life. We use language to express ourselves every day. It may be difficult to memorize large words daily, but there are many ways to make it fun. You’ll start enjoying watching your child grow one word at a time. 🙂