Advantages of a Study Plan

Benefits of a Study Plan

The first thing to know is that a study plan isn’t just a timetable. A timetable mentions only the time duration for every subject while a study plan is quite comprehensive. In other words, a study plan is a methodological plan comprising preparation, planning and the problems faced in various subjects by the student.

Make sure you prioritize the items and set a target while making the study plan which should be followed religiously and being determined to achieve the desired result. Analyze various factors like:

• Number of free hours you have,
Time to be given to every subject based on your requirement,
Preparation of the course material and
• Creating an effective study environment

Importance of Study Plan

Eliminates confusion as you will have a clear action plan with proper direction.
• You will feel organized as you have a plan of action making you understand the syllabus as well.
• You may set targets while studying; achieving which will help motivating towards studying more. You will soon start enjoying the same thereby clearing your concepts.
• Of course, studying regularly reduces the exam stress.
Prioritizing your work will help you in giving the required importance and effort on the respective subject.
• You will be away from studying in the wee hours also, owing to regular studies, hence keeping intact your mental and physical health.
• Studying regularly and properly increases your concentration as well.

Remember:

• Once you make a study plan, stick to it, irrespective of the initial temptations and difficulties.
• Avoid careless attitude company. Focus on your target.
• Study plan cannot be successful if is not sincerely followed and executed. Initial effort would look huge, but it gives rich and long lasting results.

HAPPY STUDYING ! :)

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How to Increase Your Learning Capacity

How to Increase Your Learning Capacity

According to the researches though the learning capacity can be increased by various methods, but it is effective only when one recognizes his own learning styles. The increase in your learning capacity with primarily depend on the techniques you adopt which best suit you while learning. Researchers even say that different learning styles affect different parts of the brain.

Latest researches show that learning abilities in students may be enhanced by developing a mixed style of studying. Following are the seven best style of increasing your learning capacity, called as the “Multiple Intelligence” by the researchers.

1. Verbal Style: Also known as the linguistic style is a method which uses both speech and writing for increasing the learning capacity in a student. This style is found commonly in the traditional education.

2. Mathematical or Logical Style: adapting this method you try to reason, logic and understand the systems. This method is also common for the traditional teaching.

3. Spatial or Visual Style: this method uses pictures, images and spatial understanding to help students increasing their learning capacity.

4. Auditory-Musical or Aural Style: as the name says the method uses music and sound.

5. Kinesthetic or Physical Style: In this one increases the learning capacity through the sense of touch with either hands or body.

6. Intrapersonal or Solitary Style: This also as the name says refers to the self-study technique.

7. Interpersonal or Social Style: This method involves studying in groups or with one another.

Your target should be to develop ability in the learning styles less dominant while enhancing those styles which you already use. The advantage here is that it will improve your learning capacity largely as you would involve more parts of the brain using different learning styles.

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Anger Management for Parents

Anger Management for Parents Especially of Teenagers

Sometimes parents tend to lose their control especially if the question is explaining your teenage child. Teenagers often backfire especially when in spite of being a grown-up are treated like a child. Read further to know how to handle such situations easy:

Talk to them as adults

The first thing is to talk to them as adults. Do not treat them like children anymore; you will see that communication becomes extremely easy. Teenagers usually feel agitated when they feel they are not taken seriously and are pointed out on every small thing. Try to be with them like a teenager, understand their concern and undertake it accordingly.

Ignore the passive aggressive behavior

Teens usually murmur comments when angry bag cabinet or closet doors. If you face such behavior the way to respond is not by treading the same road. Instead you should control yourself from getting agitated and fuelling in the same. Simply ignore the behavior and give him time to calm down, he will understand more when cooled down.

Avoid power struggles

Never threaten your teenage child with punishments when he is angry and you are trying to make him realize the mistake. Threating teenage children in turn escalates the anger as he feels being treated unfairly and that you are making no efforts in understanding his point of view.

Communication in such situations gets extremely difficult where both the parties i.e. parent and the child fee their authority being threatened and challenged. Never ever get in to power struggles, these worsen situations, fuelling the argument and leading no one anywhere.

Alleviate your stress and anger by making exercising, doing yoga, meditation, listening to music, walking, drawing or even writing journals. These are all the activities which not only the teenage children enjoy but also the adults, thereby keeping their anger in control. With controlling your anger, you portray and example of self-control, teaching them becoming a better-adjusted adult.

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Bullying! Deal With It!

Deal with Bullying

Keep one thing in mind that a bully will always do what he likes i.e. bullying. However, it is your choice to either be the victim or raise your voice. It is understandable that gathering up courage when being bullied might not come instantly, however you can learn to defend yourself in the least against any potential threat.

In order to protect yourself, the first step is to change your perspective. If you think you are feeble in front of the bullies, trust me, you might always remain so and be bullied. You need to assure yourself repeatedly that nothing is more important than one’s self-respect. Remember, it is always respectable to jump in the battlefield and die fighting rather than to die without even trying.

Keep in mind that no one can bully or rag you unless you let them to. Do not get scared by anyone and believe that you are mighty and strong enough to scare them in turn.

If you are unable to defend yourself, resort to help immediately. For instance, if you are alone and being bullied, immediately shout for help; yell loudly so that you are sure of being heard.

In fact, most of the times, it is the bullies who lake courage in spite of putting up a being-strong show. Bullying or ragging usually takes place when either you are a fresher or you may look a bit different. Simply be extra alert, learn some basic self-defense moves and keep certain things handy like pencil or pen to help in protecting yourself.

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What are Life Skills

Importance of Life Skills

Life skills also commonly known as executive skills which when inculcated adequately will help in your abilities like sustain attention, plan, regulate thinking and feelings and get organized. Though executive skills as the name says comprise planning, decision making and management of various data, it ideally refers to certain brain-based skills which are required for every student to execute, perform tasks and excel in his field.

The reason behind your learning the executive skills is to help you formulate better basic fundamental plans to carry out tasks. Every child has both strong and weak executive skills which in fact after sometime are often predictable. Hence, a pattern was formulated so that children could be encouraged to develop on their strengths and work to improve on their weaknesses.

The primary reason to define the executive skills especially the weaker areas was to build a design and implement mediations to address the same. The chief executive skills you ought to have and inculcate in are:

Response Inhibition,
Working Memory,
Emotional Control,
Sustained Attention,
Task Initiation,
Prioritization/Planning,
Organization,
Time Management,
Flexibility,
Metacognition and
Goal-Directed Persistence

With the help of the executive skills one gets to learn ways to manipulate the environment around and to avoid issues related to your weaknesses. The more distinct the skills are, the easier it will be for you to understand and develop operational explanations of them. As a result, learning to operationalize your skills, creating involvements for improving the operations becomes easy.

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Keep Your Calm In The Exams

Stay Calm During the Examinations

Being calm on the day of the exam and during the exam is highly important to score as expected. Keeping your mind steady and the heart rate normal will help you give the exam easily as often it happens that in panic students tend to forget what they learnt.

While going for the exam make sure you carry all the material required for the exam. Stop revising just before the exams. You have done what you could in the time available till now. Turning the pages even till the last minute will not help at all. You have done your job well; now let your efforts pay.

When you enter the examination hall, take a deep breath, find your place and get seated till the examiner gives out the question paper. Once you get the same, go through the instructions and the entire question paper carefully. Till the time you get the answer sheets, frame the answers in your mind.

Utilize every minute you have while in the examination hall. For instance, if its English Language exam, you might have been asked to write an essay or comprehension or picture composition. While waiting for the answer sheets, you may decide on the topic and draw an outline of the same in your mind.

Never let your nervousness dominate the better of you. Examination is nothing to be scared of. It’s simply a way of pouring out all what you have taken in, on the answer sheets.

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How to Increase Your Learning Capacity

How to Increase Your Learning Capacity

According to the researches though the learning capacity can be increased by various methods, but it is effective only when one recognizes his own learning styles. The increase in your learning capacity with primarily depend on the techniques you adopt which best suit you while learning. Researchers even say that different learning styles affect different parts of the brain.

Latest researches show that learning abilities in students may be enhanced by developing a mixed style of studying. Following are the seven best style of increasing your learning capacity, called as the “Multiple Intelligence” by the researchers.

1. Verbal Style: Also known as the linguistic style is a method which uses both speech and writing for increasing the learning capacity in a student. This style is found commonly in the traditional education.

2. Mathematical or Logical Style: adapting this method you try to reason, logic and understand the systems. This method is also common for the traditional teaching.

3. Spatial or Visual Style: this method uses pictures, images and spatial understanding to help students increasing their learning capacity.

4. Auditory-Musical or Aural Style: as the name says the method uses music and sound.

5. Kinesthetic or Physical Style: In this one increases the learning capacity through the sense of touch with either hands or body.

6. Intrapersonal or Solitary Style: This also as the name says refers to the self-study technique.

7. Interpersonal or Social Style: This method involves studying in groups or with one another.

Your target should be to develop ability in the learning styles less dominant while enhancing those styles which you already use. The advantage here is that it will improve your learning capacity largely as you would involve more parts of the brain using different learning styles.

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Handy Revision Tips While Exams

Revision Tips For Students While Exams

Irrespective of the kind of preparation for the exams, students do panic when the former approach. with the increase in the study content and competition getting tougher, revising adequately to remember everything has become a task. However, with the following few tips you might be able to ease out that stress and build in the much required confidence which tends to be the first thing to leave students when exams approach:

Make a Timetable

According to researchers the first step of every student should be to make a timetable, as the preparations as per the timetable give better results as compared to the long unscheduled preparations. Make your timetable with not too-long study periods, keeping in mind the importance of breaks too. Studying continuously for long hours without breaks, in turn stresses your mind and you might not be able to concentrate effectively.

Physical activity

Another factor for consideration is the physical activity which comes next to Nil when exams approach and during the exams too. Hence to give your body adequate exercise make sure you walk or jog every day for 30 minutes, preferably in the mornings. Morning walks/jogs help increase your heart rate, circulating your blood faster and hence ensuring that more amount of oxygen reaches your brain.

Start Early Morning

As the saying goes, “early to Bed, early to Rise, makes a man Healthy, Wealthy and Wise”. This saying fits perfectly if you want to give stress-free exams. Mornings work wonders not only for studies but for anything you are determined towards. Studying in the mornings help you concentrate and grasp faster as compared to the later part of the day.

Past Test Papers

Practicing through the past papers of all the subjects gives an idea of the pattern and the types of questions asked. However, practicing does not mean selective studies, these papers just help you practice and evaluate where you stand as per your preparation done.

These steps will help you chalk out your time during the exams so that you utilize your entire day adequately and get the most of it.

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Practise silence to improve concentration, alertness

In this world where we are constantly bombarded with information from several sources – newspapers, television, radio, the Internet, and so on – and where we are constantly surrounded by sound and noise, and where we constantly need to communicate with others through various means of communication, in short, in a world full of babble and distractions, it needs a huge effort to get that all off the mind and concentrate fully on the task at hand.

Concentration is important for undertaking any task, and especially so the exams, which are under way right now for Classes X and XII. One way of achieving that “perfect concentration” is the practise silence.

Silence is usually taken to mean not talking. It is taken to mean not communicating orally, not uttering any words. However, silence can be of the body as well as the mind. To achieve that, we must drive all stray thoughts out of the mind, that is, get rid of the inner chatter, too.

First of all, the voice or the vocal cords must be silent. Then, we must stop communicating even with the eyes, gestures, facial expressions or through writing. Avoid all distractions, like:

* Reading, writing, watching TV, listening to music, using the telephone, computer or any other gadget

* Communicating by gestures, eye contact, body language or writing

Also, eat only at mealtimes, and take a short walk. This will help you un-clutter your mind. Just like a clean slate, it is easy to put something in an un-cluttered mind.

Of course, it is easier said than done. Start with maybe an hour or so every week and increase the duration gradually until you reach your optimum duration, which can vary from individual to individual. People have experienced that this helps them improve concentration, stay calm and composed even in difficult situations, and reduce stress – key benefits when you are writing your papers.

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Strategies to solve the paper – III: How to manage your time

Often, although a question paper has been solved very well, the score is much less than the student deserved. In such cases, usually, the first few answers earn good marks, but subsequent answers go on getting less and less marks. The reason? This happens for one of two reasons – the student either ends up answering less than the required number of questions, or writes the answers in a hurry towards the end of the answer book. And why does this happen? This happens due to lack of time management or bad time management at the examination.

What is time management? Time management means planning an activity or a set of activities in a way that it will be completed within the time given, with some time to spare.

How to manage time at the examinations?

It is simple mathematics, actually. An example will make it clear. A paper commonly will be of 100 marks, and of three hours duration (there will be exceptions, of course, but the calculations will remain the same). You will generally be required to solve five questions, of 20 marks each.

Three hours means 3 x 60 minutes = 180 minutes.

So how much time should you give for one mark? Simple: 180 minutes ÷ 100 marks = 1.8 minutes. So how much time for one question of 20 marks? 1.8 minutes x 20 marks = 36 minutes.
However, if you actually take 36 minutes to solve each question, it will leave no room for error, and you will have no time left to review your answers, tie your supplements, and so on. So 30 minutes is a good figure. Solve each question in 30 minutes exactly, by the watch. It means 30 x 5 = 150 minutes in all, which gives you 30 minutes extra. If you want, you can utilise 10 minutes at the beginning to read the question paper through (if you are not allowed extra time for this), which will leave you 20 minutes extra at the end. If you don’t read the question paper first, it will leave you 30 minutes extra at the end.
Now, while actually writing the paper, keep strictly to the schedule. STOP writing the answer once the allotted 30 minutes are over, and go to the next question. Don’t worry and fret about what you have written and what you have left out. In fact, to eliminate this, try to put all the important points of your answer at the beginning of the answer itself. This will not hold true for mathematical or scientific derivations, for example, so try to write the steps within the time. Also remember that in descriptive answers that don’t involve step-by-step derivation, the law of diminishing utility applies – writing more does not mean it will fetch you more marks, because you may tend to repeat yourself or write irrelevant things.
To give you an analogy, the joy that you derive from eating gulabjamuns one after another goes on decreasing with each piece – you enjoy the first one a lot; the second gives you probably only half as much satisfaction, the next few a quarter of the first, till you reach a stage where you can’t even stand the sight of one!! The examiner will be in a similar position. So resist the temptation to keep writing after the time for the question is over.
All right, what if you feel that you have not covered all the points? Simple – still stop writing, leave a page or two blank, and solve the remaining questions, and then come back to this one in the extra 30 or 20 minutes that you will have at the end, and write the remaining portion in the pages that you have left blank. If you don’t do this, you will have very little or no time left to solve the last question, which will cause you greater loss of marks. How? If you took ten minutes extra to solve each question, then you will have taken 40 x 4 = 160 minutes to solve four questions, which will leave you with only 20 minutes to solve the last one, and no time to review or revise!
Even with five minutes extra for each question, you will take 35 x 5 = 175 minutes to solve the paper, leaving you only five minutes for review! This holds true even from the scoring point of view. Even if a very long answer fetches you 20 out of 20 marks, how many marks will you score in all? Just above 80 (80 to 85), because you will score 20 x 4 = 80 for the first four questions, but very few, or even zero, for the last question, which you botched up for lack of time. On the other hand, if you solve all five reasonably well within time, and at a moderate estimate of even 18 marks each, you end up scoring 18 x 5 = 90 marks! In exams where grades are given, this difference will mean the difference between an “A” and an “A+”!
Remember, we are assuming that your very long answers will fetch you full marks, which may not happen in reality, because nothing is more frustrating for an examiner than to read long-winded answers with repetitions or irrelevant information. So it’s better to cover your risks and stick to the schedule. Also, for sub-questions, divide the 30 minutes for the main question into as many portions as sub-questions you have to answer. For two, give 15 minutes each, for five, give six minutes each, and so on. You may have a pattern different than the one discussed here, or different patterns for different subjects, but the basic calculations remain the same – calculate the time for one mark, then for one question, then round off to a suitable duration. [The series on “Strategies to solve the paper” concludes with this part. = LearnNext Team]

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