Experiential learning—a new way of learning and retaining knowledge

Experiential learning

Experiential learning, as the name denotes, refers to learning through experience. Psychologist David Kolb proposed this theory. According to Kolb, this type of learning is a process wherein knowledge is gained through the transformation of experiences.

This theory is different from behavioral as well as cognitive theories. While cognitive ones highlight the significance of mental processes, behavioral theories do not consider the possible significance of subjective experiences in the process of learning. Kolb’s experiential theory; however, follows a more holistic approach and lays emphasis on the influence of various experiences—such as environmental factors, emotions and cognitions—on our learning process.

In this theory, Kolb has highlighted two different ways of gaining experience—Concrete Experience and Abstract Conceptualization. On the other hand, when it comes to transforming experience, Kolb has again mentioned two different ways—Reflective Observation and Active Experimentation. Interestingly, these four ways of learning are usually considered a cycle.

Experiential Learning Assignments: The Criteria

When it comes to experiential learning assignments, the following criteria are usually followed:

  • The project based on this learning should be meaningful and significant to students.
  • Students should get ample scopes to reflect on as well as share their learning experiences during the assignments.
  • The experience should cover a student’s senses, emotion and personality.
  • Prior knowledge of the subject matter needs to be recognized.
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Central Board of Secondary Education has announced the results of Class XII board examinations for the academic year 2013-14 today i.e. 26th May.

The students can check the same on the official website of the CBSE Board www.cbseresults.nic.in.

We wish all the very best to all the students out there. Hope your hardwork is paid and you get the desired results.


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ICSE Declares Class 10th 2014 Results

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has announced the results for Class 10th today i.e. 21st May, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

The students can check their results on the official website of the council www.cisce.org

The council has also made available the results through SMS service and career portal of the council.

For the SMS Service, the students need to enter the required details i.e. SMS ICSE and sent it to 09248082883 for their ICSE results.


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CISCE Announced ISC Results 2014

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has announced the results for The Indian School Certificate (ISC) Class 12th today i.e. 17th May, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

The students can check their results on the official website of the council www.cisce.org.

The council has also made available the results through SMS service and career portal of the council.

The students by simply entering their roll number can check their results. The respective schools can also access the results by logging in the careers portal via the login ID of the Principal’s and the password.


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Class XII Results Anticipated by May End – CBSE

CBSE expected to Announce CBSE Class XII Results by May End

It is expected that the Central Board of Secondary Education will be announcing the results of academic session 2013-14 for class XII by the end of May. The students can access the results through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), the charge for which will be Rs. 0.30 per minute per roll no.

Another medium the students can get quick results is through the SMS service by the board. The student will be charged with Rs. 1.00 for every roll no.

Further, once the CBSE affiliated schools get themselves registered with websites- www.results.nic.in, www.cbse.nic.in or www.cbsersults.nic.in, they can access the entire results by simply entering the respective school email-ids and codes.

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Delhi University Admits Students With Vocational Subjects

Vocational Subjects Added in DU

The students of class XII can now take a breath as the Delhi University has allowed admissions of students who elected for vocational subjects in class XII.

A new addition in the admission policy by Delhi University states that students who studied three vocational subjects and a language can also apply.

However, it won’t be that easy for these students. Reason being that the university will deduct 10% marks from the maximum marks from the subject, to calculate their aggregate.

The dean of students’ welfare, J M Khurana said that if DU is offering honours courses for the subjects which are listed as vocational or elective by the Central Board of Secondary Education then those will be considered as academic subjects.

However, 70% of the syllabus of the vocational courses ought to be theory. In fact, courses like home science, physical education and music available in class XII will be counted in the best of four subjects. This option is available for students who seek admission in DU for hounours courses in these subjects.

The only backdrop here is that students will have to see a deduction of 10% from marks of every vocation subject which in included in their aggregate of best of four. The good news is no marks will be deducted from the aggregate of the elective subjects.

The universities have been appealed by the University Grants Commission to take adequate steps to include 13 new academic subjects like heritage crafts and theatre studies, mass media and legal studies among others for admissions in the degree programmes by students.

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Another Chance for SA Failed Students Class IX – CBSE

CBSE Gives Another Chance to Students Who Failed in SA Class IX

The Central Board of Secondary Education has recently decided to give another opportunity to the students of class IX who failed to score the minimum marks of 25% in both the Summative Assessments i.e. SA-I and SA-II.

Earlier as per the CBSE Board if a student failed the summative assessments he/she can sit for an Improvement of Performance (IOP) exam. However, this recent declaration by the board, implies giving a further third opportunity to such students.

The board had specifically made the rule of minimum score in SA clear from the beginning of 2013-14 academic year itself. However, this was known to students who cleared the same and moved on to class X, while those who flunked, remain unaware of this information. As this rule was not known to all, is one of the major reasons, CBSE is giving another chance to the respective students.

As this was the commencement year of SA, students either weren’t aware or could not deal with SA in spite of the improvement examination. As a result they are getting another chance. The exams for the same will be held in July.

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Vocational Subjects Compulsory For Boards – CBSE

Vocational Subjects Made Compulsory For Board Exams by CBSE

Vocational subjects will become compulsory by the CBSE Board for the students of class 10th and 12th in order to pass the standard examinations.

Currently, the board has 40 vocational courses optional in the curriculum. However, as per the government instruction the Central Board of Secondary Education is working on a strategy to implement professional skill-based course with the aim that students moving out from schools don’t just depend on the government jobs.

The Board is already exploring the various options to commence teaching students basics of auditing and accountancy, electrical and automobile technology, banking, health care sciences, IT application and fashion designing from class 6th itself.

As of now, the courses are commencing from class 9th, however according to a board official, if the students’ interest is explored and discovered from an early age, the board can help students prepare to face the future challenges in life in a better way.

The schools at the secondary level offer students to opt for a vocational subject which works as the optional 6th subject in addition to the existing mandatory 5 regular subjects.

There is another option which the schools can offer the students which is to opt for the vocational subject as the mandatory 6th subject in class 9th and 10th.

On successful completion, the students are issued with a “National Certificate for Work Preparation” along with the certificate of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).

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Physical Education Gearing Up in Schools

Physical Education in Schools

Physical education has been gearing up as a subject in most of the schools across the country as an integral part of the education system. Presently, with the load of studies taking toll on children, making physical education as a part of the curriculum plays a vital role not only in their lives but also when it comes scoring a high percentage.

As per the various studies from around the world, it is proved that physical education plays a key role in the overall development of the students. With this subject being a part of the curriculum the students get to exercise regularly in turn developing and maintaining a healthy and well-functioning circulatory system.

Physical fitness further also leads to increasing the mental alertness in students. Studies also say that the intelligence level and physical traits in a student are not only considerably related but as a matter of fact the general intelligence potential of students at a given level rises or falls owing to his degree of physical fitness.

Moreover, there is no doubt that physical education on a large scale leads to personal development and social adjustment. Studies mention that boys are high in strength tend to adjust well both socially and psychologically as compared to the boys who are low in strength. This happens especially in boys as those with less strength usually display inferiority complex, social difficulties and maladjustment.

Physical activities offer great mental relaxation which in turn helps the students to concentrate and focus more on his studies keeping his troubles and worries aside. In fact, this is one subject which greatly contributes to the character development of a student as well. It instills in the students the qualities of being a good citizen and a better human being. With the students following the rules and regulations of the games and even paying penalties, helps them in inculcating within them the qualities of an ideal person.

On the other hand, participation in activities and games provides a huge economic value as well not only to the respective school, but to the nation too. Today, one can find plethora of examples of honorary people who are playing or coaching in the various physical activities and games.

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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.


• 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.


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