Archive - 2019

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How is technology integrated into the teaching curriculum?
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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?
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Personal Development (Passions & Ambition Pursuing)
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Ways to keep your hostel room clean and organized  
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The path to applying for jobs in your dream companies!

How is technology integrated into the teaching curriculum?

The Indian education system is undergoing a rapid change as technology becomes an integral part of the teaching curriculum. From providing online resources to tablets to the students for learning, Indian schools are slowly becoming tech savvy. Teachers are more open to use study aids like power points and software to help students streamline their homework and classwork. Despite misgivings that students can become distracted with technology in the classroom, using the right tools leads to great results. But how and why should technology be integrated into the classroom?

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Teamwork is not just for the corporate world anymore. Students need to learn how to work with teams not just to become better students, but also better professionals. Technology can facilitate teamwork, even remotely. This makes it easier for the teachers to assign team projects and for the students to execute it. Collaborative platforms and software allow students to communicate seamlessly while sharing ideas.

Offer better study aids

The traditional education system where teachers only taught from the textbooks is slowly being phased out. Students need better study aids or supplementary tools that can enhance their learning. Educational tools available online such as videos of science experiments, documentaries about specific topics, etc. can enhance their knowledge.

Prepare them for the outside world

It is impossible to run away from technology in real life. In modern offices, technology rules everything from team projects to employee reviews. Every field from advertising to engineering uses some aspect of technology to govern their work and growth. If students are taught early on how to use technology to supplement their skills, life in the corporate world will be easier.

Promote better growth and learning

There is no such thing as enough education. Why not hand our children the tools they need to grow and learn at their own pace. Online learning platforms are a hit with parents and students for this exact reason. Lesson plans that are easy to follow along and tutorials that offer hands-on learning are just what a student needs for a deeper understanding of the lessons taught in the classroom.

Introduce unique learning methods

When once textbook learning and rote learning ruled the world, technology has managed to create a complete transformation in how students learn. Teachers are becoming adept at recognizing that students need new learning methods, and hence, are open to allowing technology into their classroom. Unique learning methods make it easier for the students to understand difficult and complicated concepts. Technology-based learning methods also help reinforce what their teacher has already introduced to them in the classroom.

Unusual learning methods are quickly taking up space in classrooms. This trend in no way negates the need for teachers since technology should be used to supplement classroom learning. It is important for an educational institute to set goals and a road map for how to use technology to make sure it does not take over the classroom.

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.

Personal Development (Passions & Ambition Pursuing)

Today’s student needs to be prepared for the world in many different ways as compared to a student from 20 years before. It is essential for them to know what a good employer expects and prepare themselves accordingly. Whether it is staying updated with the technical skills in a particular field or ensuring that you are a good team player, a good student is always prepared for what the professional world has in store for them. This is where personal development comes into the picture. Personality development means learning new skills, honing existing skills and becoming more confident and empathetic. But why is personality development so important for a student?

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Why is it important for students?

Personality development is important for students for an array of reasons. A student in college is at a stage where they have the whole world in front of them, and all they have to do is be well-prepared before stepping into the world. This is a time for learning new things and putting them into action. Here are just some of the few benefits of personality development.

 

Confidence

Confidence is an important part of a student’s life. This is because confidence is what gets them interviews, meetings, and what propels them to the top. Personality development is a way to increase one’s self-confidence, whether it is by learning new skills, putting these skills into action or learning new ways to approach potential employers. Confidence is the key to success and personal development is the push that one needs to gain an abundance of confidence.

 

Ambition

Ambition is essential on the ladder of success, and today’s students are certainly ambitious. Personality development equips them with the traits required to be ambitious and goal driven to succeed. Ambition is not only about being technically sound and being confident in your technical skills, but it is also about knowing your goals and having a path mapped out to reach your goals. Ambition is being confident enough to pursue your goals and personality development can do that for you.

 

Purpose

A college student is at a stage in their life where he or she needs to choose a direction professionally. Finding a purpose for a college student is a tough job because there are a plethora of options to choose from. But through personality development, students are better equipped with skills to find a purpose in their life. They have the necessary skills required to interact with professionals in various industries and to decide which path to take.

 

Communication

A key skill in becoming successful in life is having strong communication skills. Whether it is speaking, listening or even writing, communication skills are essential for everyone, not just students. But a major chunk of personality development is how to speak well and how to be a good listener. In the long term, personality development can enhance a student’s communication skills, paving the way for them to be better professionals in the real world.

 

What are some essential personal development traits?

Personality development is a broad umbrella term, which includes learning a lot of new things, honing your personality to become a better employee, a better team player, a better professional, and a better person. In this article, we will also discuss which are some of the most important personality traits that are honed and learned in personality development.

 

  1. Willing to take on responsibility

Personality development teaches you how to be responsible. You become more likely to take on responsibility for your actions, act more responsibly when given essential tasks and are more likely to answer for both your mistakes and achievements. This is a trait that most employers are on the lookout for because they want their team to be made up of responsible and honest people.

 

  1. Proactiveness

Being proactive is a trait that is greatly valued in today’s world. Being proactive means that you are willing to take on any role and responsibility in front of you. A proactive person does not want to be assigned duties, he or she is more likely to pick up on what is required and do it themselves.

 

  1. Being courteous and compassionate

Being compassionate and courteous goes a long way in today’s world. Both these traits not only make you a good employee but also a good person. Personality development is the overall development of your traits, and emotional skills and soft skills are just as essential as public speaking and technical skills.

 

  1. Good team player

Today’s students are already being trained to work in teams. But personality development takes it a notch higher by teaching students how to be good team players. This includes taking on a leadership role and sometimes, allowing someone else to take a lead when you know that their skill set in an area is more advanced than yours. A good team player puts the team first.

Personality development is a continuous process. There is never an end to the growth and the learning. As you see and experience things around you, these experiences continue to shape the person that you are. Personality development is a way to enhance these experiences and help you become better at what you do. This process also helps you gain a better balance of your work and personal life, by teaching you skills like organization, punctuality, etc. Personality development helps you look for the important things in your life and make them your priority. You are more likely to set goals and achieve those goals. There is absolutely no harm in realizing that you need a few lessons here and there and taking those lessons to become a better person. Personality development is for everyone, but it is the most beneficial to college students who are preparing to leave behind the comfortable world and step out into the real world.

Ways to keep your hostel room clean and organized  

Life in a hostel is filled with fun and freedom, and lots of friends too. So, it is important that you don’t forget to keep your room neat and clean amidst all the fun, studying and exams. As a student, it can be hard to get the time to clean, dust, and sweep. But we‘re here to help you with a few tips to make your room look neat, clean, and organized.

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Make your bed

Always make your bed. It will take 30 seconds but will automatically make your room feel neat. Plus, studies show that making your bed as soon as you wake up makes your day much better. And hey, it’s a single bed with one bedsheet, a couple of pillows and a comforter, right? How long would it take?

Use a rug

 Brighten up your room with a funky rug, or a traditional design rug, if that is what you like. Regardless, a rug on the floor can completely transform the room, making it more cozy and inviting. And after a long day of classes, who doesn’t want to come back to a warm, comfy room?

Colorful pillows

 Another way to improve the look of your hostel room is by using a few colorful pillows. If you have a roommate who thinks just like you, maybe you two can create a corner by the window as a seating area, or use these pillows on your chair or bed. Pillows will definitely improve the overall décor of the room.

Laundry day

 One day a week is laundry day, but you can decide on the day. If you stick to one decided day, it will be easier to fall into a routine. Maybe Sunday morning can be your laundry day. Not all Indian hostels have a washer and dryer, and if you need to wash it or go out and give it to a laundry shop, decide on a day. That way, you know your pile of clothes will be demolished on that one day and it won’t turn your room into a shop’s dressing room.

Clean & dust

 Another thing to remember is that cleaning and dusting is an invariable part of keeping your room neat and tidy. But, you can decide on a day. Maybe once a week or once every fifteen days is a good time to clean and dust your room. And if you have a roommate, you can always alternate chores.

Extra storage

 For extra storage, you can get some plastic storage bins with locks or even fabric drawers that you can place on the floor or hang somewhere. These are easy and flexible storage options apart from your allotted space. You can also place these plastic or fabric drawers beneath your bed to save on space.

Posters on the walls

 Want to make your room more fun and inviting? Well, you can always put up posters on the walls. Old bed sheets with stunning designs and embroidery on them are also a good idea to use on your walls and make your room less dreary and more fun.

 So now, you definitely have no excuse to not turn your simple hostel room into a fun and comfortable room. Get started today!

The path to applying for jobs in your dream companies!

Most colleges have a placement program in place. In such programs, the companies visit the campus and interview many students right on the campus. However, for students who want to apply to jobs to the companies which are not a part of the college placement program, this is the right way to get started. We will offer a few tips on how to tackle this and the right way to land your dream job.

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Do your research

Do your research well ahead of time. Make a list of companies coming on the campus, and a list of companies that you want to apply to but that don’t come on the campus. Along with the list of companies, you also need to make a corresponding list of application procedures. Have a list ready so you can get right into it once the application season starts.

Prepare your resume

Always prepare your resume ahead of time. Keep updating your resume with new projects, skills and experiences as you go. This makes it easy at the end to edit, proofread, and just send it across. You might also want to have a few print-outs of your resume in hand. You never know who you might find at networking events that could possibly help you out with a job application. And remember, good resumes are short, fit in one page but also give a proper brief about what you have done and your experiences.

Cold e-mails

 Cold e-mailing is like cold calling. You don’t know the response, but you at least put your point across without the expectation of a reply. Cold e-mailing will not always produce the results you want because the point of this technique is to reach out to as many people as possible. That is it. It is not to actually apply for jobs. However, cold e-mailing is a technique that it is designed to increase your reach and visibility. Do not be disheartened if you don’t get responses from anyone.

Reach out to people

 Reach out to as many people as you can. Get in touch with alumni from your college in similar fields, or with people you have met during internships or past corporate events. Reaching out to people helps you open more doors to new opportunities outside your campus. You can also reach out to people on LinkedIn, another great online tool for networking and connecting with potential employers.

 It is not impossible to find a job on your own without the usual college resources. However, it takes a lot more time and effort when you are cold e-mailing, networking on your own, and applying for jobs. Make sure to keep an eye out on online job forums and career boards. Don’t be afraid to talk to people who you might think could possibly help you further your career goals. You will also need to give yourself sufficient time to apply for these jobs, get a possible response, and then interview before landing a job.

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