Education, whether it is traditional or modern, has the same objective i.e. of making a student ready to face the future with confidence. But what is the best medium to impart the education has always been a debatable question. With some saying the traditional ways have proven themselves for years and thus are undoubtedly the best, there are another group of people who believe that the education system needs to change, for it to be future-ready. What is the truth and is there a way both can be combined?
The gap between career and degree
Traditional education is all about concentrating on a single subject or field that you are passionate about and helps you earn the specialisation in the desired discipline. The primary objective of traditional education is to help you receive a degree. Career on the other hand, nowadays, is becoming more fast-paced and requires a complex skill set that would complement someone’s profile. So, the gap between career and degree has widened with increasing competition amongst job seekers.
Job opportunities have become limited as almost everyone holds a degree and you can see hundreds of applications for a single job opening on any job portal. But most of the applicants lack the requisite skills other than what they have been taught at schools/colleges. So, there is an immediate need for bridging the gap between degree and career.
The middle route: Career-oriented education
One should not confuse career-oriented education for vocational education as there is a huge difference between the two. Vocational education is specifically designed so that a student gets specialisation in a particular job while career-oriented education aims to make the students learn skills that will complement their degrees. Thus, career-oriented education provides the best of both traditional and modern education in a complete, fool-proof package.
We believe the amalgamation of traditional and modern education is not that complex. It just needs good planning to make a course such that it does not put the burden on the students. And not only makes it easier for students to pursue their passion but at the same time gather skills important for their future/career along with their regular studies.
IT Skills training and exposure to subject-specific technology
Information technology is playing an important role nowadays everywhere; how we communicate, collaborate and create is somewhere somehow touched by IT. So it is very important to have IT skills. Nowadays most companies want their employees to have the basic IT knowledge so they can do their work effectively. Starting these early on is going to help the students a lot and let them know how technology is shaping their field of study i.e. how the subject that they are seeking a degree in is specifically touched by the technology.
Leadership skills training
Today’s students are the leaders of tomorrow. We often hear this saying, but do the educational establishments prepare their students in this direction? A very few even look into this direction. Remember, here we aren’t talking about political leaderships that many higher-educational institutions have. The context of leadership here is entirely different and is about showing the students ‘how to take initiative,’ ‘how to make decisions, and’ ‘how to stand by the decision that will affect others.’
Communication skills with social and emotional learning
Communication is an important aspect of human existence, it is our ability to communicate well with each other that distinguishes us from the other beings on the planet. However, these days, people believe the importance of great communication is in most cases masked by someone’s grades and subject knowledge. People get so busy getting better grades that they do not feel the need for communication skills at all. Communication skills do not just include the ability to speak articulately, but also about making the social connection and being empathetic to others. It also includes interacting with the others clearly without any misinterpretation by them. It additionally includes emotional interaction – How another’s emotions are affected by having a conversation with you.
By fragmenting a course syllabus, the students will be able to choose the subjects they are passionate about and will help them to concentrate on a specific career path. It also helps to ease the burden of learning everything even if it might not be of importance for the students in the career they are interested in. ICSE board, I personally believe, does it best for the school students – it gives them enough options to choose from and mould their learning in the right direction for the career they want to opt for.
In conclusion, we want to urge the educators nationwide to know the benefits of closing this huge gap between skill & degrees. And focus on delivering education via a flexible system that can easily accommodate the need of the hour. Education should no longer be thought as just the process of earning a degree, but should be seen as holistic skills development of an individual for a better tomorrow.
It was a cold evening. An Indian young man stood before an audience that had pre-judged him to be an inferior. He said, in very simple language, “Sisters and Brothers of America,” and he had their attention. The man was Swami Vivekananda.
Being a good orator allows you to express what you want to convey effectively, it ensures your audience is listening to you, and only you. In our great freedom struggle, we have had stellar orators who have since been recognized as some of the greatest ever, in the world. Notable examples are Pherozeshah Mehta, Gokhale, Gandhi, Nehru, to name a few.
Oration, these days, is an art that can be learned, for example, Toastmasters are a group of people who practice oration regularly. The best-known orator in the world today used to stutter when he was a child! So, yes, even if you weren’t born a great orator, you can definitely become a great one, with practice and with skill.
The importance of being a good communicator
Anything that requires more than one person to work on it requires good communication between the people. Be it a football match, or a telephone conversation. If you’re not a good communicator, you’ll needlessly spend too much time trying to explain yourself. You might also miscommunicate.
Take for example, you need to tell your teacher that your parents cannot attend the parent-teacher meeting. If you tell her, “my parents won’t attend the meeting,” you will not only sound rude, but you will also be miscommunicating. The teacher might have built an opinion that your parents are refusing to attend the meeting! While in fact, they are unable to, even though they would like to.
Here, not only has the student failed to communicate, but even the teacher would be failing to communicate with the child, if he/she did not probe into the matter to understand why the parents won’t make it to the meeting. Communication is a two-way thing.
Components of effective communication are – a good hold on the language of communication, and more importantly, being a good listener!
How to communicate better
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw.
Never assume that communication has taken place, always ensure it. Even if the person you are talking to is nodding, you must repeat yourself to ensure the person is not just listening to you, but that he or she also heard you. Likewise, if you don’t understand something, you must ask the speaker what he or she means by what he or she said!
Communication, like we said above, is a two-way thing. It really takes two to tango. For effective communication, it is important to convey your message effectively. It is also equally important to listen and pay attention while being addressed.
If you’re a bad listener, people won’t listen to you either! Being a good listener is not only important for being a better communicator, but also for building and sustaining strong friendships & relations (all those secrets and fun are wonderful examples of good communication!).In conclusion, communication is not about words being spoken, it is simply about messages being relayed correctly and quickly. Be a good speaker, be a good listener, and you’ll automatically be a good communicator. The key to being an effective communicator is, of course, cliché: Practice.
Extra and fun resources, to be an effective communicator:
Here’s a wikiHow on how to communicate with a person with the hearing disability.
To get better at communication, specifically oration, you must participate in extempores, speeches, and the likes.
Also, since the summer vacation is about to begin, some popular games you can indulge into to improve communication skills are dumb-charades, Pictionary, and similar team activities or you can also enroll yourself for an English Vocab course at Vedantu and learn the skill from the comfort of your home.
“I need a teacher to provide personal attention to my child to ensure he learns well”
“My child needs to learn the following and I see that he is struggling a bit to do the same – Need your help on this”
We are sure while you read the above sentences, you were visualizing images of different parents who spoke the same words to you.
Now the real question is:
What does the student (or) a parent want from a teacher? Is it just personal attention to facilitate student learning?
Is it an achievement of the student’s learning outcome in an enjoyable learning environment? In simple words ‘Is the student learning and enjoying the way he/she learned things?’
I am sure there is no guidance required for anyone in picking the correct one from the above two questions.
It has been several years since the concept of ‘Individual Tutoring’ and ‘Group Tutoring’ gained popularity as extension avenues to everyday learning from the schools. But to us at vedantu, the questions are-
- Can One-on-One sessions provide an environment where students can collaborate?
- Can a group tuition ensure sufficient interaction time and attention span of the teacher with all students?
The solutions to these question lie in the fact that a great blend of offerings could enable a teacher handle both the above challenges effectively and make learning fun for the students.
One-to-Few – An offering where teacher handles just 3 to 7 students.
A blended model of teaching where the learning is personalized and gives enough room for each student to learn from his/her peers.
This calls for a detailed analysis of what this can do to the students and the teacher:
- Bonding within students and between the teacher and students is very strong
- This opens up room for the teacher to apply varied pedagogy
- Students have the opportunity to support and learn from each other
- Avenues for student interaction are more.
- Opportunity to provide personalized feedback still remains intact for the teacher
- Peer teaching and learning can be encouraged
- Teacher has the option to conduct group-based learning activities
- Content sharing/assessment evaluation happens in a controlled environment
Just awesome…Isn’t it? The new offering seamlessly handles a lot of learning and teaching challenges and yet offers interaction and blooming opportunities for students.
What do you think, don’t we see ANY challenges at all with this new offering to impart learning?
An honest answer would be – Yes, we do see some of them. The most common ones coming from teachers would be –
“As a teacher, I have varying levels of learners in the same batch”.
“I do not have enough time to interact with all students”
Though it seems that we should agree to the above challenges that teachers face, but with time and experience, we have understood that these challenges are only exclusive to unprepared teachers.
Now that we know the lacunae, let’s see how effectively we can handle them and explore a few ways to make the sessions awesome for both – the teacher and students
Do the Homework Right
Have a plan ready for each level of learner in your batch. Remember, these plans should ideally be the strategies that can be applied to learners in all your batches. These strategies can be broadly devised for three phases of your sessions- Pre-Session, In-Session & Post-Session. (These examples are just a few among the hundreds. It is just a question of exploring them)
For example, you can get to know the level of learners well before your session by asking them to fill a KWL chart
You can also get a hang of the student’s understanding of the concept taught by an Exit Ticket
You can additionally check the understanding of the entire group and individual students by asking them to create Concept cards/Theme Cards on the taught concept. The best part of this exercise is, students are allowed to create the listed parameters to cover the concept on their own, which they cannot do without going through the understanding of the concept and these tools can be used in all subjects as well.
Involve Multiple Intelligences
When a student can learn in different ways…Why teach them in one way?
Every student is different and unique are their learning abilities and adaptation to teaching styles. Some students grasp the concept well, just by verbal communication to them. Others understand well through images –Images & drawings. Whereas some are comfortable learning by doing various activities. Others may understand a concept well by practicing several worksheets. Also, it is a proven fact that students learn quickly and retain most concepts taught to them using multimedia.
Once a teacher makes sure that his/her session involves a blend of teaching tools and methodologies, catering to the aforesaid needs, the question of teaching effectiveness doesn’t even arises. The teaching is bound to be effective even for a set of students with varied learning levels.
Encourage Peer Learning through Collaborative Activities
It is a proven fact that students feel more comfortable to ask questions and express their lack of understanding on any concept with their peers. In a confined group with the same learning objectives, it is very easy to make students teach their fellow mates and learn from them as well. Remember, every student feels proud when given an opportunity to impart learning to his/her peers. They express well, collaborate and arrive at lateral outputs when given a chance to work as a team.
Customize Assessment Strategies
Work out a plan to customize your assignments and tests for students with the different pace of learning. Give a comprehension-level assignment for a slow learner, which would boost his/her confidence in learning the concept. Once the comprehension-level assignment is completed, the slow learner gains the confidence to go for the next level assignment and the teacher should encourage and ensure he/she completes the same as well.
Similarly, an application/synthesis-level assignment for a quick learner gives him/her opportunity to express the subject expertise and boosts creativity helping them move to the next level
Create Avenues for offline interaction
A WhatsApp group can do wonders to facilitate offline interaction between you and the students, as well as amongst the students of the batch. You can safely utilize the platform to introduce the peers, check their learning progress, and solve doubts or any other difficulties.
We are sure with slight modifications in your teaching style, your students can achieve oodles of confidence in the subject/topic taught and would add multi-fold to your teaching effectiveness.
Content and Pedagogy are directly proportional to the effectiveness if any One-to-Few session. It is your preparation, the plan and the genuine willingness to execute that creates all the difference.
Trust Us… at the End of the day… It is truly worth it…
This article is contributed by Dr. Sundar Rabindranathan
He is an educational consultant and trainer who has trained students & teachers in more than 300 schools throughout India. Sundar currently heads Teacher Management at Vedantu and likes to play badminton in his free time.
The academic year 2015-16 is coming to an end and away from all the parties and enjoyment, the students are burning the midnight oil for the big exam. Students are appearing for boards’ examination, but the eyes of all devoted medical aspirants are on the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT).
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the date for the AIPMT. It has been scheduled to be conducted on May 1, 2016, as per official website of CBSE. The online application forms for AIPMT are already out since the month of December-2015. It is evident that a large number of aspirants will be appearing for both the exams simultaneously.
Shortage of time, relentless efforts to crack the exam in very first attempt and a sincere intention to serve the society creates a situation of crisis for a huge chunk of aspirants. In such situation, students should formulate a well-planned strategy and follow it religiously to enjoy the fruit of success.
To begin with, it is important to analyze the pattern of the paper and understand the importance of every section.
- The overview of exam pattern & syllabus serves as a guidance to identify the strong and weak portions of the prescribed syllabus. Work hard on the weaker portion and maintain a steady practice in stronger areas.
- The entire syllabus can be segregated into smaller portions and the main focus should be given on the important areas.
It is recommended to prepare notes from the most reliable books as it minimizes the probability of errors. We have prepared a list of such books for you.
- NCERT books are the prime source for building clear concepts, but it is important to gather ample useful information from private publications.
- Biology – Trueman’s elementary Vol-1 & Vol-II (Theory), Objective Biology by Dinesh.
- Physics – Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma Vol-I & Vol-II
- Chemistry – O.P. Tandon
- It is essential to practice fair number of objective questions from different book. Objective books from Arihant and MTG publications are the most recommended books.
Save these notes for a quick glance during revision. The notes should be tidy, concise yet informative. Make tables, charts and diagrams as it is easy to memorize pictorial representations.
Once you have selected the books to study, stick to them and read them thoroughly. Reading too many books can cause unnecessary disorientation and may lead to wastage of time.
Preparation is incomplete without self-evaluation.
- To test your preparation, attempt mock tests, sample papers and analyze your performance.
- You can also take online mock papers in order to work on your speed and accuracy. Solving sample papers gives you a fair idea of your preparation at a larger scale. Appearing for the mock tests is the half way to success. Discuss the doubts and mistake among your friends and teachers. Understand your faults and work on it.
The main battle is fought on the date of examination soon after the sight of question booklet.
- Time management is the key to accomplishment in the examination hall. Give each section equal time.
- Begin with the section that requires less or no calculation and consists short-length questions. Therefore, starting with biology is always a good strategy to save time.
- Read each question carefully and make the right choice, you can also do so following the ‘elimination of wrong’ options trick.
- Mark the answer only after you are 100% sure of the accuracy to avoid negative marking.
- Do not stress up and put in a lot of your time on a single difficult question, you can leave them for the second round of reading.
- During the second round of reading, attempt questions that were time-consuming and required deep understanding.
- If you do not have any clue about the question asked, avoid attempting it and do not waste time.
We are sure, with a few strategic changes in your preparation for the bigger examination, you’ll be able to face the examinations with huge ounces of confidence and zeal.
Take the competition with an optimistic approach, do not strain yourself worrying about other candidates and their performance. You only need one seat, nail it with your preparation!
All the best for your examinations from the entire Vedantu family!
** Textbook recommendations are solely based on the opinion of the writer, Vedantu is nowhere associated with the authors/publishers of these textbooks.
Examinations are approaching and nightmares have already started paying visits to many students at nights. You want to go through each subject before the outset of the examination days. You devoted all your time, but it seems almost impossible to review all the contents of the chapter in such a short time. If it is the same story with you, then we have come up to give you a hand.
Just bring the following changes in your way of preparation and you will enable yourself to take up examinations with high ounces of confidence.
Befriend Your Clock
Start by making a timetable and follow it religiously. Divide the chapters according to the score value. Some topics may be too long, but stand rare chances of being asked in the exam, keep them for the last. As you have limited time, so it becomes utmost necessary to utilize each second of the hour wisely.
Make Space for Yourself
It is important to find a peaceful place to study. The place you choose should be away from all the distractions and the crowd. Places like a library or any other silent room work best. An appropriate environment connects the mind to work. A calm and relaxed mind works more efficiently and with greater concentration.
Make Quick Notes
You have countable hours and you should not kill time by writing down long and beautiful notes. Try keeping your notes short & clear yet informative. Make flowcharts, diagrams, tables and bullet points. You can also use mnemonics and slangs for the quick recapitulation.
Effective Time Utilization
Be wise, and make your time plan effectively. It is not the time to touch new topics. New things take a lot more time to be understood and this hampers the entire plan. Instead, devote that time in re-revising the learned topics and cement them in your memory.
Our brain also experiences fatigue as our body. If you overload it, it begins to lose the information stored. It is advisable not to sit and study for long hours constantly. You can take naps, listen to soothing music, go for a walk or take breaks to grab a bite. Monitor the time and keep it short.
Take up a Test
Questions from previous years’ paper and classroom tests are of extreme use. You should try 4-5 papers for each subject. These papers provide a good collection of questions and you can also check your preparation while solving them. Fix the hours for completion and act honestly.
Say Bye to the Hi-Tech World
Limit your time spent on the social networks and web surfing. Also, try to keep a minimal dependency on gadgets and the Internet. Although you can make a good use of the Internet by solving online papers or watching videos around question solution, avoid doing it at the last moment. Make sure you also reduce your dependency on the calculator with small calculation hacks.
Food is the fuel for your brain. Do not compromise with meals. Avoid junk food as they release free radicals and leads to slow brain damage. Eat fresh and healthy food to energize your brain. Items like fruits, eggs, green vegetables, peas and pulses are full of nutrients and work best.
You have been working too hard, so take up activities to distress your body and mind. Sit upright, fold your hands and do breathing exercises. It will improve blood circulation to your brain. You will also get rid of impatience and uneasiness, which takes you long way in the examination hall.
Work with Art
Make stick-on and flashcards to memorize important dates, events, definitions and formulas. It is easy to carry them anywhere and revise. Revising multiple times assure building a great memory of it and this would definitely help you reduce retrieval time in the examination hall.
Don’t let examinations provoke panic, make a smart move. We are sure these tips from Vedantu will definitely help you in revising the syllabus quickly and maintaining the peace of mind. Excellence can only be achieved through confidence and determination.
Via this blog I would like to share my experience as a teacher/educator/mentor on Vedantu.
For quite some time in my career, I worked as a full-time researcher and teacher. The amalgamation of both jobs was exciting, as well as demanding. Research has my heart while teaching has my soul. As both of them are my favorites, I wanted to pursue both of them, but time forced me to make a choice and I chose to follow my soul – I chose to be a teacher!
During my stint at research projects, I learnt a lot about my subject but the growth in my career was stifled and painfully slow. Since I made my mind to teach, I joined as a Biology teacher in a school in Andhra Pradesh and as the time passed, I realized I am more content in the profession than everything I did before. I enjoyed teaching and it was a pleasure to solve problems of my students. I always made it a point that I clear their doubts and they enjoy my classes and eventually, learn about the subject. Realizing some shortcomings that the brick & mortar/classroom teaching has, I decided to move out of the school teacher’s job and took up more compelling online tutoring.
Since 2013, I have worked for quite some online platforms as a Biology tutor. Online tutoring not only gave me the flexibility, freedom and convenience to work from home as per my convenience; I could dodge the mad traffic, workplace stress, and travel tiredness and enjoy my time doing what I love, right from my ‘home sweet home.’
I joined Vedantu in Jan’15 and have been working as an online biology tutor since then. Vedantu not only reinforced my self-confidence and teaching skills but elevated my growth & earning potential as well. Their continuous support for tutoring sessions whether it is related to content, students or any other issues is outstanding!
The foremost thing that attracted me towards the platform was their respect for teachers. I have seen a lot of online tutoring firms not giving the due respect to the teachers on their platforms & treating them as mere revenue generators. But I must say that Vedantu understands the value of teachers and gives them the due respect.
I am sure you’ll agree with me, teachers work relentlessly to impart right education and life skills to their students and all they want in return is to see their students grow and an acknowledgment of their efforts in making a great nation.
Secondly, I am a very fair person who loves thing black & white. The transparency that I have seen so far in Vedantu’s system is definitely worth praising. Tutors can talk to the parents or students at any time of the day and help them out with their problems, which I feel lacks in a lot of other companies in the industry. A lot of companies don’t even share the details of the student and they mediate each communication between the tutor and the student.
Isn’t it the ‘trust’ that we all crave for? Somewhere I believe, a transparent system reflects higher degrees of trust that the management & system have in you – that of course boosts your confidence!
Before joining Vedantu, I was always skeptical of online tutoring & thought it would be a mundane and not-so-interactive work, but Vedantu has negated all my notions and proved me wrong by offering the best possible means to interact & engage with a student that a teacher can have.
Although I have talked a lot about my journey at vedantu already, but if I don’t mention these few incidences, I wouldn’t be doing justice to this post.
one day I got a call from a parent at 10 PM and he was jubilant that his kid scored very good marks in her SA1 exams. Now he makes sure to take my suggestions for preparing his daughter to score better in all her exams. I must admit, the bond that has developed over a short period of time and with just the virtual mode of communication is beyond comparison to any offline interaction with the students and parents. Also, quite a times I have felt that sense of pride of being a teacher and being recognized for what I love doing.
In another incidence, I got a call from a parent whose appreciation gave me a lot of confidence. She said, “ wouldn’t it be nice if you have your clones to teach other subjects.” She thanked me for my patience and was really happy with the improvement she saw in her kid.
A positive feedback from students/parents always encourages and motivates me to improve and contribute to their learnings at my best. The entire coterie of students and parents now gives me a homely feel and is more like a family to me.
I am thankful to the entire team of Vedantu for putting up a great platform and giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am thoroughly enjoying my work and appreciating every bit of it.
The post is contributed by Mrs. Manisha Bhala, a Biology tutor at Vedantu.
Mrs. Manisha Bhala has been teaching since last 6 years. She is a postgraduate in Medical Genetics and actively pursued research during the initial phase of her career. Apart from teaching, she enjoys gardening and exploring the roads driving.
Stress is a condition, where your body carries out hormonal response against an unfriendly situation. It is not always harmful. It prepares the mind for either, ‘fight or flight’. Students who are able to counter it, come out as an excellent winner. Sometimes, this hormonal discharge surpasses the optimal threshold and causes dreadful feelings. These feelings appear when the child is unable to fight back in an optimistic way. The actual trouble arises when the stressful entity begins to hover around the child. In such situation, a child finds it hard to get through and loses his main aim.
If you notice some unusual habits or activities developing in your child, then you must help him/her to cope with stress. We have mentioned some signs that can help you figure out if your child is showing some symptoms of stress. It is a must to study your child’s behavior carefully. Do not make any hasty conclusion until you have observed a group of symptoms simultaneously over a period of time. Stress management starts right from identifying the signs and symptoms in the child.
Once you have found that your child is stressed, you should plan on helping him/her out, here are a few ways that can help you do that –
Spend quality time – Stress can germinate from the feeling of being neglected. Children may hesitate to approach when parents are busy in their own work all the time. It may look difficult to go out, play, sit back and talk for hours after a tiring day at the office, but spending time with kids gives a feeling of security and concern to them. Listening to their activities at school helps to chalk out a better plan of indulgence for them.
Create a positive environment – A stressed person gets entrapped in negative thoughts. It may get exacerbated and give rise to depression and withdrawal from love and fun. In extream cases, children can also develop suicidal tendencies. In such a scenario, parents should accept the flaws and help the child in rectifying. Criticism should be taken over by understanding and support. Parents should inculcate the spirit of confidence. They should motivate their kids and teach them to stand over again after any fall or fail.
Group activities – Pamper your child by participating in their daily activities. Help them in their studies, play with them, take them for outings, organize a get together for their friends at home, etc. If your child is facing problem in performing well for the upcoming sports event, join them. Even if you cannot participate, be a spectator and cheer them up throughout the practice sessions. A caring and loving parent can help them more than any medical help.
Healthy from within – As mentioned, a child under stress tends to skip meals and that can cause health issues. It can deteriorate their health. A proper watch should be kept on their eating habits. Make sure to serve them healthy food that keeps the mind active and body energetic.
Share stories – Bedtime stories take a child to the dreamland. Similarly, stories of great warriors or cases of common people who achieved victory after several defeats act as a catalyst in keeping their morale high. They learn the theory of ‘never give up’ and that boosts their conviction.
We hope these simple points from Vedantu along with parental support can pull out your child from the stressful situation. Remember, stress is not a disease, it’s the way of your body to show that things are going out of reach, hurry up and nip the stress in the bud!
With board exams just around the corner, the most popular suggestions coming from all the academician is to go through some sample papers, attempt mock tests and solve question papers of last 5 years. But, who has time to search for all these papers at this busy time.
Vedantu brings to you question-by-question video solution for previous 5 years question papers for Mathematics and all the science subjects i.e. – Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
We have created a bundle of question papers for each subject in class X & class XII.
Once you click on any of the question paper bundles, on your left, you can see a drop down button that gives you the option to choose for a specific year. If you like, you can also go ahead with a shuffled list of mixed questions from all the years.
Right below the year dropdown, you can see the ‘Choose Topics.’ You can either see the mix of video solutions for all the topics of the subject or choose a specific topic from the ‘Choose Topic’ section.
Here are the most searched solved question papers from Last 5 years (2011 – 2015)
We are sure, you keep everything prepared that can help your child to shine out in the examinations, but something always curtails his best possible achievement. Does it always bother you and your child that how his fellow classmates manage to excel? Your child must have done all his/her preparation, but have you contributed rightly? They say that food plays an important role in physical and mental health. It is important to watch out what you serve on the plate.
Food is for the body, but healthy food is both for body and mind
We will here enlist a few food sources that are essential for mental exercise and help you to improve kid’s performance.
Bowl full of grains
It is important to keep the body active and energetic. The right choice of grain generates the full amount of energy for better performance. Eating more of refined cereals leads to fatigue and lethargy. Switch to preparation with whole grains for the same meal. It has a reversal action that increases the concentration and focus. It helps in improving memory function as well.
Drink enough water
Water hydrates the brain. Advise students to drink 7-8 glasses full of water in a day to have a healthy glow and cool mind. A dehydrated brain can cause headaches, loss of focus and mood swings.
Nuts are a good source of essential fatty acids, as well as iron. Iron increase the binding of oxygen with hemoglobin and thus provide sufficient oxygen to the brain to perform. Nuts like almond, walnut and pistachios help in enhancing alertness. They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is important for glowing skin and delays ageing.
It has been seen that dark green leafy vegetable stays longer in the stomach and subsequently satisfies the hunger. They are a good vegetarian substitute for fish for obtaining omega-3 fatty acid.
A neurological study has found that people consuming spinach in their daily diet have a better focus than their mates. A folic acid source; Spinach has a unique property of reversing the memory loss. Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, etc. also improve the gut motility and thus regulates the bowel functionality of your system.
Love for dark chocolates
Dark chocolates release pleasure in the mouth and antioxidants in the blood. Antioxidants fight against free radicals, which are destructive elements to the brain and other vital organ activity. Ultimately, it increases the alertness, clarity in perception and improves blood flow.
Feed on fish
Fish is a brain food. It is a must-have component in a student’s diet. It provides proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids and rare minerals like zinc. Most importantly, it lowers the risk of dementia (memory loss). It additionally augments the mental fitness for effective and efficient studies.
Fruits are rich sources of important vitamins (including A, B, C, and D) Fruits from the berry family (like blueberry, tomatoes, strawberry, cranberries, black currant, grapes, etc.) makes up for the free radical damage in the brain. In particular, they decline the risk of Alzheimer’s syndrome (Permanent short-term memory loss with advancing age). They also promote recalling power and concentration.
Adding all these superfoods in your diet will definitely add to your hard work and will reproduce in the results. Eating the right food will enhance the function of the brain and greases the neural system. When you study & revise perfectly, it becomes mandatory to retain and produce the same on the examination sheets. So, eat to live and eat right to succeed!
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Remember our last post on town hall a couple of months back on completion of 10,000 hours of LIVE learning?
We have grown from some 50 odd Vedans at that time to a grand 150 now. The town hall celebration also increased its grandeur multifold to keep the ‘Happiness Quotient’ high. Recently we, all Vedans, celebrated our achievements so far and revisited our aim, vision and way ahead.
South Indian it was. What fun! Vedans enthusiastically participated and wore some of the typical south Indian attire. It was real fun to watch guys walking in baby-steps watching their dhoti, etc. 😛
The event began with a thank you address from our CEO, Vamsi Krishan, for the achievements done so far to the Vedans. It moved towards revisiting our vision, aim, and goals. Also, every Vedan understood the relevance of organizational OKRs and pledged to align him/herself with it.
Do we really have to say something about it? Well, let me wrap up everything in one word – Awesome!
Once again Vedantu kept the promise of keeping up the ‘Happiness Quotient’ pumped up for Vedans.