Archive - February 2019

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JEE: How to prepare for a stress-free exam experience?
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Time Management Tips for Students
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Theoretical vs. Practical Education: Which wins the education debate?

JEE: How to prepare for a stress-free exam experience?

The Joint Entrance Exam in India is conducted for admission into a majority of engineering colleges in India. This rigorous exam is conducted twice a year and the first round is right around the corner. The JEE is an intensive exam, often requiring months of preparation in advance. Students often stress out while preparing for the exam and bury themselves in their books. But preparing for the JEE doesn’t have to be stressful, so here are a few tips for a stress-free exam experience.

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Keep up with your hobbies

While everyone around you will tell you that you need to focus only on studying, that is not true. A healthy mix of study with breaks in between will keep you motivated and fresh. In between studying, take a break to read a few pages from your favorite novel, go for a walk or listen to a couple of your favorite songs. These activities are absolutely necessary for your mental health.

Study smart

Study smart but don’t slog while studying. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to focus on your weaknesses while studying and not your strengths, for obvious reasons. If you keep re-learning what you already know well, it does not help in your exam preparation. Instead, divide time on your subjects based on what requires your maximum attention.

 Eat and exercise

In the stress of studying for such a competitive exam, students often stop eating or forget to eat. But if you don’t eat, you will be unable to study for long stretches of time due to lack of energy. Your body needs nutrition for you to study. And exercise, it keeps the juices in your head flowing. Plus, exercising will keep you refreshed and active and drive away the lethargy that comes with long hours of sitting and studying.

Stay focused

Before you start studying, you need to make a list of all the topics you will be tested on in the exam. You can find a broad list of topics online or ask a professor to help you. However, once you have the list, make sure you stick to those topics. You will already be rushing to finish your syllabus, so why waste time on topics that might not even be on the exam? This will always reduce stress because you will be studying topics only in the list.

Analyze practice exams

One of the most common mistakes students make is ignoring the results of their practice exams. You will take many practice exams in your prep period. After each exam, make sure you go through the answers and analyze your answers to see where you went wrong. Another advantage of this strategy is that you will be able to focus better on which topics to study.

The JEE exam can be extremely stressful for most students, and it is important to be devoid of stress before you start studying. Stress can adversely affect your preparation and subsequently, the results of the exam.

Time Management Tips for Students

“Time is of essence” is a well-known adage told repeatedly to the students to motivate them to work hard. While the statement rings true, how will students utilize their time effectively if they are not taught how to do it? Students in school or college have so much on their plates that juggling their time becomes a difficult task. Therefore, here is our list of time management tips for all aspects of a student’s life that will definitely help them utilize their time effectively.

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Study on the go

A lot of students commute these days, so why not utilize that time effectively? Whether you are in the bus, the car, or the train, read a few a pages from your textbook or revise whatever you learnt in the class to make sure you understand the concept well. Traveling time is probably the most underutilized time, so why not make the most of it?

Create a schedule

Creating a schedule will give you a better understanding of what you have to do in a particular day or a week. Start each day with a schedule of what you have to do, which classes you have to go to or what homework you need to finish. You can also create a weekly schedule to manage your time for tests, exams or extra assignments.

Clear your doubts

So this might not seem like a time management tip, but it is. When you learn a new concept, it is not always clear the first time. If you have any doubts, you should talk to your teacher right away. Because if you are confused, you will waste time trying to navigate the topic on your own, which usually ends up costing you more time than usual. Remember, no question is a bad question.

Limit your social media usage

Limiting your social media usage, especially during the week is a key factor in managing your time well. During the week, make it a point to turn off push notifications from all social media platforms on your phone. You can also use apps on your laptop or desktop that limits the amount of time you can spend on a social media website on your browser.

 Set realistic goals

Always set realistic goals. Don’t set goals such as solving 50 questions in 30 minutes or reading 20 pages in 10 minutes because then, you are not studying or learning but doing something just for the sake of it. It is important to know your strengths so you know how to budget your time wisely in terms of schoolwork, studying and other tasks.

A calendar of dates

A calendar is a handy tool for students. If you know your examination dates ahead of time, create a calendar so you know what is coming up next in school or college. This calendar can be dynamic, so use it for adding assignment due dates, test dates, or any other deadlines related to school or college projects. This calendar will be a good reminder of how much time you need to spend on what task before it is due.

Theoretical vs. Practical Education: Which wins the education debate?

Education is what helps the society advance, and each country has its own individual education systems that function differently. The diverse approaches to education are due to the fact that each governing body focuses on different aspects of education. For some, it is more important to provide free education, and for others, it is more important to provide skill-based education.

Generally, the biggest debate in education is between theoretical and practical education. These two different approaches to education talk about the different teaching methods and end goals in both the categories.

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What is theoretical education?

Theoretical education is what we most commonly see in Indian schools today. This school of thought focuses on learning from textbooks and written materials. Theoretical education relies on examinations to test students on what they have learned by reading books or finishing assignments provided by the teachers. Theoretical learning largely focuses on writing and reading to imbibe concepts and to learn.

 

What is practical education?

Practical education takes a completely different approach to education. It focuses on teaching through practice. Practical education does involve some form of theoretical learning because that is the primary base of education. However, where this approach differs is it promotes experiments, solving real-life problems and applying theory to real- life situations. This allows students to learn exactly how the words in their textbook apply to real life.

 

The advantages of practical education

Captivates student’s interest

Practical education captures the students’ interest as compared to simply reading and remembering from a book. When students are allowed to do something with what they have learned, they are likely to be more interested in learning. No matter which grade a student belongs to, when given a practical activity to check their theoretical concepts, they are more likely to do it better since it is more captivating and helps them retain the information better.

 

Has a deeper impact

Students often forget what they have read within a month or two, despite exams and tests. With practical education, they are likely to remember more and the concepts they have learned will leave an impression for a longer time. Practical education also has a deeper impact on the minds of students as compared to simply reading and learning. For example, a student is likely to remember that a certain acid is corrosive if they see it actually causing this effect on a certain material.

 

Put theory to practice

Putting theory to practice is the best way to learn. This hands-on learning approach allows students to test what they have read about in books. This fosters curiosity and a love of learning in students, which is slightly difficult to do with just theoretical education. When students see for themselves what theory teaches them, they are likely to remember it better.

 

Real life situations

At the end of the day, students are educated to deal with real-life situations. With only theory in their mind, how will they know what to do in a real-life situation? For example, if we teach students about the concept of CPR by asking them to read the entire process, they will know what to do in theory. But in contrast, if we ask them to read the entire process and then actually perform CPR on a dummy, they are more likely to be able to give someone CPR in a real-life emergency.

 

Improves skills

Skills are what will help students become successful later in life. Whether it is problem- solving or technical skills, we don’t ask students to only read how to solve an algebra problem, we ask them to solve it. So why shouldn’t we incorporate skills for other subjects and fields into their overall school and college education? In the same way, teaching students how to perform a solder and allowing them to do it practically is a better way to help them develop this skill for their future.

 

No rote learning

Rote learning means reading and memorizing. For the longest time, the Indian education system has relied on this method to teach students. But rote learning doesn’t do any favors for the student or for their future. This learning method doesn’t challenge teachers either, because all they have to do is teach, make them memorize, and then simply test them. Teachers and students both benefit from challenging education techniques that involve theory and practice both.

 

Conclusion

A healthy combination of theoretical and practical education is the only way forward for our education system. Theory, by itself, does not teach the relevant skills or equip students for the real world. Practical education, by itself, cannot stand without a base in theoretical education.

Therefore, it becomes necessary to combine these two concepts in varying percentages based on the grade and skill level of the students to give them a quality education and make them better professionals.

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