Sunday, April 15, 2012

Revisions Ultimate for Success in Entrance exams

No doubt students aspiring for competitive exams make a lot of extensive studies hopping over from academic books to books meant for entrance test, etc. How much the content you remember is more important than how much you have read? But don’t forget to tag them all on to your mind. This can be achieved by adopting following tricks.

  1. Use Marker Pen: Always mark new words, scientific names, scientific terms, constant values, formulae, etc. whenever or whatever the book you read.
  2. Maintain File: Clip cuttings from news-papers, magazines, etc of topics relevant to your syllabus.
  3. Graphics ever-last in memory: Reading and preparing diagrams with minute details, memory diagrams, skeleton notes, mnemonics, hints, key concepts, etc. should go simultaneously.  This is both paper and time consuming process. Avoid by-hearting or mugging-up as much as possible.
  4. Diagram speaks your subject: Minute diagrams make you need not to by-heart descriptive topics, experimental studies, etc.. This is much useful in biology.
  5. Formula tells many things: No need to mug-up definitions. Definitions are nothing but the explanation of formulae or formula are the symbolic representations of definitions. You can solve problems too.
  6. Periodic Table the backbone of Chemistry: Don’t by-heart chemistry, instead try to understand periodic table, atomic structure, chemical bonding before learning about chemicals, chemical formulae, valencies, oxidation states, balancing equations, preparation of chemicals, metallurgy, electronics, etc.
  7. Bookmarking: Book mark web pages containing relevant topics in respective folders on your desktop or mobile.
  8. Voice Recording: Whenever free record yourself reading important points to listen to the same while travelling or before exams.
  9. Intensive Revisions: Start your revision at least six weeks before your exams begins

Monday, April 9, 2012

Success through Mother Tongue

"This has become  fashionable these days to study in English Medium Schools. Good!  No doubt this is very much useful in the days of globalization. When? ................Even if the subject is not understood?

Whether reading topics in English is important or understanding the same? One should give a thought to this issue.

I have found in most of the schools all over the country that there is a craze for English. We least worry about whether what we teach is really being understood by our students. A very little importance is given for making students understand topics. Our education system is full of policies, programmes, schemes, methodologies, systems, statistics, progress reports, anti-child labour slogans, literacy slogans, many more..... Instead of making students to understand what they read, write and speak, simply we are wasting time in forcefully stuffing the content into their brains, which is not at all digestible.

Either give instructions in their respective mother tongue or give the meaning for new words, even for science and social subjects."

So all students are suggested to verify themselves whether they could understand any word or sentence or even a topic in their mother tongue? Lets start this way to read each and every bit to answer direct or indirect questions or conceptual or logical questions in your incoming examinations to secure a successful rank.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How Google be the best tool to enhance academic learning in the "Era of Social Networks"?

Albert Einstein quotes, "It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility"It has been said and heard all over that children concentrating less on studies, degrading language skills (spellings and grammar especially), reducing focus on learning, retaining information, academic performance,  face to face physical interactions, etc., owing to long hours of exposure to electronic or social networks. Instead of wasting time on talking about bad effects of social network we can turn the same with good effects too. This could be a tool to improve language, knowledge, thinking and communication skills. No doubt social network has rooted down deep into our young hearts. It is not now so easy to uproot it at once. The only choice left with us is, “Go ahead!”

As Bill Gates says, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” What we as teachers doing? Could we really win over in obstructing students from using electronic media? The answer is “no”, certainly not! We cannot change their attitudes. We only have to divert them from distracting things to academically useful ones. How best we can plan and implement? Let’s see……….

  1. A teacher is given the responsibility of setting up school children with Google account which lets them search, upload, store, organize, and share links among teachers, students and parents on a topic or project  through Goggle search or Google scholar.
  2. Search and collect topic wise images from Google images and store in respective Picasa albums.
  3. Prepare topic wise documents, spreadsheets or slide shows and upload the same on Google docs.
  4. Go around on field trips, shoot videos from a mobile as a project work. Topics may range from traffic education, environment, pollution, agriculture, poultry, dairy, sheep farming, disease symptoms, tools and implements, plant varieties, flowers, fruits, etc. Upload the same on YouTube or Google videos.
  5. Do blogging on topics related to school, social life, academic topics or issues.
  6. Integrate or communicate other students, teachers and parents through Google plus. Expose yourself to the world. 
This way we can improve academic networking, where syllabus-makers (authors, editors, publishers, etc), and syllabus-followers (teachers, students and parents) could also have a chance to come together and discuss how best the curriculum should be and how best to use the same for practical purposes. All academicians, educationists, teachers and Students should have their own electronic circles as the best one we see on Google plus! Students are better able to share information quickly and effectively.By spending a little time students are getting a golden chance to develop creative skills, familiarity with computers, and electronic media all at a time. The concept of school will no longer be restricted to a building or a place but to an expanded one worldwide. Students gets lot of relaxation from traditional method of mugging up and at the same time enjoy both learning and chatting.

Very rightly Steve Jobs put this in his words, “Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.