Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tips on how to study for your exam!

 Stressed with exams? Frustrated about deadlines that have to be met soon? Give yourself enough chance to prepare for your upcoming exams. However, if you feel that you cannot study and need help, follow these useful tips by Paperomatic:

  • Give yourself enough time to study

Don’t leave you preparations till the last minute.  This might be dangerous, as you will panic and will not be able to focus on anything. Cramming is a risk that students take during their academic career. Set out a timetable and strictly follow the timetable that you have set for yourself. Plan out when you will study for which subject. Write down how many exams you have and the days you have to appear for your exams.  This will help you Organize  yourself, resulting in you focusing more on your studies.  

  • THE Study Space

Make sure that you have enough study space for you to spread out your text books. Ensure that you are comfortable enough.  Once everything is set, dig deep in your books and start studying! When studying, switch off your mobile phone so that you can concentrate on preparing for your exams.

  • Use Visuals

 To make sure you remember everything for your exams, visual aids can be very helpful when revising. Read once through your chapter, and challenge yourself and jot down everything you know about that chapter. Closer to the exams, condense your revision notes to one page diagrams. Paste your notes in your room in the form of stick ons.

  • Past Exam Papers

 To get an idea of what your exam would be like, practice on the past exam papers from the previous years.  This helps you get used to the format of exam that you will appear for- Time yourself and spend the right amount of time on each section.

  • Verbal Tests

Ask your mother, father or anyone in the family to test you. This will help you analyze how much you know, and how much preparation is left. Verbally testing yourself will help clear your concepts, where you can highlight areas that need more work.

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Starting a Blog – Some Easy Tips

Blogs are an excellent means to share information and express your ideas. Many students find online blogs to be an excellence medium to express their points of view or to socialize with people who share the same interests. The following are some tips that will help you write a blog.

Identify your topic: Before you begin your blog, it is important that you specify the main topic for your blog. Are you really passionate about a topic, do you want to start your own business or do you just want to start your blog for fun? No matter what the reason, you should be very clear about it. A good tip would be to think what you would like to gain from the blog in a year’s time.

Understand your target market: The theme you choose for your blog should be according to what your target audience likes. You can also ask for feedback from your readers to find out about their likes and dislikes. The more user-friendly your blog is, the more hit it gets.

Be Consistent: Consider your blog as a brand that conveys a specific message to its audience. Once you build your brand image, you need to be consistent in it so as to attract relevant target audience.

Update content regularly: It is important that you regularly update new content. The performance for any blog is measured against its published material. Give your audience something new to read every time they log in.

Invite feedback and discussions: For a blog to be successful, it is important that you ask the audience to give their feedback and suggestions. The more two-way communication you have, the livelier your blog is.

Tips to Manage Stressful Situations

It might come to you as a surprise that the inception of biological stress is a recent discovery. It was in the late 1950’s, that Hans Seyele, an endocrinologist identified and documented how and why stress is caused. However, stress isn’t something that cannot be worked around. Dealing with the problem in an optimistic way, usually helps in relieving stress. To overcome stress has become easy, if you follow the ten simple steps, I hope

  • Organize your Life

If you feel if your life is out of place, start putting your “scattered” life in to place. Organizing your life offers a sense of peace to your mind. Get to the root of the problem, tackle each problem step by step and get rid of the problem. Remember; always have a very positive approach while you are dealing with your problems.

  • Massage

Everybody loves a massage right?! But did you know that a message is usually a stress reliver. It benefits you in many ways such as improving your health and giving you the ability to tackle your problems in a calm way!

  • Mediation

If you are stressed, meditation is the key! Mediating for 15-50 minutes every day will make you a calm person, giving you peace of mind. Just give yourself some silent time to let your thought run free where you can think of ways on how to deal with your problems!

  • Listen to Music

If the situation for you has become over whelming, take a break and give some time to yourself. Listen to music of your choice, and once you have calm down, think how you can deal with the situation that you are faced with.

  • Call a friend

If you need a break, and you feel that your point is not getting across to any one, or you do not know how to deal with your problem It is always a good idea to speak to a friend who can give you some good advice, or talk to someone who can be an “ outlet” for you. A reassuring voice can put everything in perspective

  • Talk yourself Through it

Sometimes talking to yourself might also help you get to the root of the problem. Don’t worry about seeming crazy, if you are talking to yourself- just ask yourself why you are feeling stressed and frustrated?   Make yourself believe the fact that everything will turn out Okay!

  • Laugh it off

Laughing is one of the best therapies that can help you release stress. Laughter releases endorphins that improves the mood and decrease the levels of the stress-causing hormones

  • Sleep Better

It is a stated fact that when you are stressed, it causes “deprived sleep”. Lack of sleep is the key to stress. The level of stress increases, if you do not catch up on your sleep! Sleep & then think how you can deal with the problem.

Blended Learning: Making Professional Development Meaningful

 Professional Development sessions without thorough follow-up are of no use! A small fraction of skills and knowledge gained from the professional development training is taken to the class room, where teachers usually do not implement the leanings from the professional developments training sessions! The professional development results in a waste of time, effort and energy. Quite a large percentage of the teachers are resistant to change, and need support to implement new ways of teaching, which does not follow the “traditional classroom teaching”.

Professional and meaningful development results in teachers increasing their knowledge,  along with learning various teaching strategies that can be implemented in class, and establish opportunities for students and teacher to engage in discussions, and implement the strategies devised. The biggest challenge faced with professional development is not teaching teachers something out of the ordinary; it is to ensure that teachers, without resisting implement the knowledge and skills in the classroom. According to a recent survey conducted in 2013, most of the professional development sessions have been in effective in classrooms in improving student’s learning’s. The simple litmus test for professional development is to forward the learning on to your students, by engaging them more in discussions!

For Professional Development to be meaningful, ensure the following:

Take the Lead

Instead of sitting and listening to the teacher speak for hours, during the professional development session; engage yourself in discussions so you can implement the teachings in the class room

 Build on the Background Knowledge

Like how your students come to you for help, in a professional learning session be honest with your instructor about what’s going on in the class room and ask where you require help, to improve your teaching methodologies in class.

Try out New Tactics

In order to improve the standards of teachings in class, try out new tactics, and devise new strategies. Changing your class behavior in class might help  engage the students more.

Keep in Mind all your Students

During your professional development, think how you can practically implement these strategies with students who are progress slowly in class. As a teacher, you will decide on what techniques will tweak and how.

Use of Technology

Maximize the use of technology during your professional training sessions. Implement the same in the classroom! Students these days are technology geeks; learning for them will be much more fun!

Social Mediums: AN Internet Drug Addict!

The plagues of social media mediums, such as Facebook and Twitter have invaded people’s lives. Your life has become a public forum, where your minute to minute happenings are updated. The hype of social media has turned us into egomaniacs and Internet addicts. The epidemic of social media is not only limited to Facebook or Twitter anymore; there are many other social mediums that are emerging! The point being, there is no life without any social media!

We all are internet drug addicts! Everything we do requires of us to check our phone every two seconds! It doesn’t matter what we are doing, So, how various social mediums have addicted us so far? Here are some reasons:

  1. The first thing you do when you wake up is to reach for your phone, check out for the updates on Facebook, Twitter or whatsApp! Check out the number of comments that have been rewetted or liked from the night before!
  2. It doesn’t matter what field you belong to, but one glance every hour is a must for your social media mediums!
  3. You like your own status/updates on Facebook! You like your own pictures and favorite your own tweets
  4. You check in everywhere you go!
  5. Your life has become a public forum- you give updates on each of the happenings of your life, and if someone passes a negative comment or makes an opinion about you. You say you have been misjudged!
  6. If someone tells you a joke, instead of actually “ laughing at the joke” you usually say “ LOL”
  7. If there is hot news around, instead of actually talking about it, you post it on Facebook, or tweet it. Most of the conversations with your friends are done through social medium apps!
  8. Social mediums are a major time consumer! You can’t get enough of using social mediums! Your day starts and ends with “the social media plague”.

 

No Essay Writing? Then what?

Frustrated with writing and always doing assignments? No leisure time to yourself?  Teachers nagging for missing deadlines? All this is true, as students usually are faced with the dilemma of not meeting deadlines and submitting an ineffective essay that gets them a bad grade. Writing an essay is  a time-consuming and difficult activity as it leaves you with no choice but results you getting a bad grade! Take a deep breath! Writing can be fun and easy, if you follow the tips below!

Research properly: To get an “A” grade for your essay, extensive research is the key! Your first step is to research the topic that you have chosen. Utilize all resources that you can get your hands on: Internet, books will certainly help you with your research and give you a road map of how to write your essay!

Analyze: Once you have thoroughly researched the topic that you are going to write about, now is the time to analyze and implement! Jot down points and while writing pick the points that you have jotted down, and support it with reasoning!

Outline: When you have analyzed what points will be a part of your “perfect essay”, make an outline that will lead the way for your essay! Use one liners to describe what each paragraph will talk about! Map out the structure that you will follow in your essay!

Attention Grabbing Introduction: Your planning phase has come to an end! Sit down when you are relaxed, start jotting down the ideas that you have gathered in paragraph form! Your introduction for your essay should be written in such a way that it grabs the attention of the reader. An effective introduction will grab the attention of the reader! Your introduction for your essay should be a concise summary of your essay!

Note: Your introduction Title and the first paragraph are the key elements for your essay!

Start Writing: Every paragraph to your essay should be focused on a point and supported with evidence throughout! Focus on your points and expand your ideas in a creative way. Always create connections between your paragraphs!

 Conclusion: Gracefully conclude your essay by summarizing the main points of your essay! You can end on a quote or some call to action!

 Finally, structure your essay properly. Polish your essay by improving the overall tone of your essay and checking for grammatical errors. Get you essay re-checked by a friend or someone in the family, to ensure that you do get a grade that you do not deserve!