7 Study Tips to Crack the Exams

You probably found this article because you were procrastinating on studying for your exams, and you’re just trying to find a way to make it easier. That’s okay – your secret is safe with us.

Let’s face it – no one really likes preparing for exams, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone has to do it. Actually, studying can be fun and rewarding. And I know what you’re thinking: studying, fun? That’s impossible!

We’re here to tell you it’s totally possible to study smart. Wanna know how to stay on top and show those term exams who’s boss? Read on for 7 of the best tips to crack your exams (and then get back to those books. No excuses!).

  1. Step away from the junk food. Seriously, don’t let those potato chips hold your brain for ransom. You’ll need to be at your best if you want to do your best. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before an exam. Eat a well-balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water to help your concentration.
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  1. No one ever sets sail without bringing a map. So why would you study without making a plan? Set a timer to allot as much time to a study task as you think you’ll need. Doesn’t matter how slow you go – it’s not a race. (Unless you leave it ‘til the last minute. Then it is a race, and you’ll probably lose. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)
  2. Get your butt up out of that chair and take a break. Break up your study session into chunks of twenty minutes with a five minute break in between each one. But don’t go getting too comfy – we know it’s easy for a 5-minute break turn into an hour of channel surfing. Stay focused; your exam grade will thank you.
  3. Turn off that phone! (Yes, ALL the way off.) We might be the smartest species in the world, but our brains can’t multi-task, only multi-distract. If you’re checking Facebook while you’re looking over your notes, you’re not fully focused on what you’re studying. (That one’s a no-brainer.)
  4. Lazy isn’t a good look for anyone. So don’t come crying to us if you leave all your studying until the last minute! Procrastinating leads to cramming, which leads to stress, anxiety, and reduced retention of information. You’re probably stressed enough as it is, so don’t make matters worse for yourself.

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  1. Treat yourself! Ever watched Parks & Rec? Be like Tom and Donna – know when to work and when to play. Set realistic, challenging, and specific study goals. Keep track of your progress on them. Once you’ve met them, reward yourself with some downtime, Tom and Donna style.
  2. If you’re really struggling with a particular subject, consider Vedantu. Vedantu is here to help. No matter what subject you’re struggling in, our live tuition courses have got you covered. Our teachers have years of experience in their subjects, so you can trust that you’re being taught by quality experts. But don’t just take our word for it – take a free trial session and see for yourself.

Good luck on your exams from all of us at Vedantu!


Do you think Online live tuition is the next big thing?

Img2Kota, an otherwise dull town in Rajasthan, is best known for two things – JEE coaching and the high suicide rate of youngsters studying in the coaching institutes there. But that’s set to change. The Government of India is encouraging technology in all the fields, including education. With the rising of EdTech in India, we are sure it will cater to students who need the extra push, rather than have them submit to the coaching factories of Kota, which have become notoriously synonymous with the suicide rates of IIT aspirants.

Live online tuitions are the easiest solution to the menace created by the tuition and coaching industry in India over the time, which requires children as young as 11 to travel hours to attend lectures that are supposedly JEE focussed. Is it imperative that students take such coaching at all in the first place? That’s not easy to answer. But is it possible to reduce the burden created by the brick-and-mortar institutes? Absolutely yes! Digitization of the learning process is possibly the biggest leap in the education sector, and likewise, it is so in the unorganized Indian tuition sphere as well. Students can opt for live online tuitions rather than travel great distances. Also, the biggest advantage with such a service is of customizing the tutoring as per the needs of the student. During a live online tuition, a teacher interacts with a student real time and can see the facial expressions as in any offline class. The teacher can easily depict if the student is following what he/she is being taught and can change the teaching methodology accordingly.

At present, the industry is very limited in its scale in the market. Also, there is a whole lot of behavioral change required in the area from both parents’ and students’ side. Firstly, parents prefer the tried and tested methods of extra classes. Parents are the last ones to even try something remotely seeming to be a new concept in the market as they think it would be risking their child’s ‘career’ (assuming that cracking an exam builds a career, an idea that’s questionable). Also, students themselves might lack confidence, as is the case with anyone who veers off the beaten track!

Secondly, and significantly, parents believe online tuitions and the distracting online social media will be tough to keep separate for a student enrolled in such a class. Facebook, Quora, YouTube, etc., are huge distractions that interfere in any student’s productive good day. As most of the parents are themselves guilty of logging into Facebook ‘only for two minutes’, after which they end up spending close to two hours on it. No wonder they’ll think such an environment is toxic for serious studies. But, it is also true that there are N number of apps available for students that can help in blocking such websites during their study time. It’s not impossible, and such restraint is also built-in features in some online tuitions provider platforms, such as Vedantu.

Thirdly, parents believe that personal touch only comes when the teacher is teaching face-to-face and this will be absent in online education. Live online tuitions are here to change this perception. As we said before, a live online tuition happens between a tutor and a student real time and although the teacher is sitting miles away from the student, but teaches the student as he/she is sitting right next to him/her. Studies show that a student is at more ease in interacting with an online tutor than the teacher face-to-face. And, online classes can be more flexible in terms of time & schedule.

Last and most importantly, the lack of peer pressure might deter students from staying at home and preparing. This is especially so for students who ‘drop’ a year to prepare for exams. But even this can be countered. Students will have enough peer pressure in school after all! And in the case of students who drop a year, they can actually have a study group on online tuition portals where they find like-minded students who are preparing for similar examinations and can collaborate often to learn from each other, compare assessment scores and exchange notes. Do you still think this is a deal breaker?

How does an online tuition change the student-teacher dynamic? The lack of face-to-face rather the physical interaction between students and teachers is still a challenge that needs to be addressed by online tutoring platforms. Still, teachers are slowly and gradually moving towards this new form of technology-enabled teaching where they stand to gain more. In term of time saved and of course in monetary terms, as the platforms offering online tutoring services have little expenditure in comparison to their conventional counterparts (electricity bill, classroom rent, etc.).

As per Vineet Arya, CMO of Vedantu, “live online tutoring will prove pivotal in organizing the tuition market and I can clearly see more and more players entering the segment soon”

All said and done, the online tuition phenomena is here to stay. It will! Maybe in the initial period, be a supplement to the conventional tuition classes/institutions (because we know that our parents prefer to be super secure). In the long term though, we envision online tuition to be becoming mainstream in the tuition market.

Don’t forget to share your views in the comment section below.

 


Take up a sport and be a sport!

Sportsmanship is an expression of seeking to excel. We all have been through the phase in school when our Physical Education Teacher told us that we must also focus on sports, apart from studies. But how many of us took him seriously? By not paying attention to such advice, today our adults suffer illnesses that they could have summarily avoided otherwise. Not to worry. We can salvage the situation. Let us pledge to do so.

In this post, we will examine the benefits of taking up a sport more closely. We hope this encourages you to put on your shoes and pull up your socks. Like, literally.

 

Sports teaches you to strive to be excellent, and not just the best

When one plays a sport, the initial goal is to beat the opponent. But eventually, the only worthy desire is to improve upon one’s own game. For instance, an Olympic swimmer would have competed fiercely with his childhood nemesis in the swimming heats, but as an Olympian, his goal is to improve upon his swimming itself, to break records, etc. This yearning for being excellent is a direct manifestation of the hard work and positive frame of mind that sports inculcated in us.

Sports teaches you how to lose gracefully

Life is not a bed of roses. The ability to walk through the bed of painful thorns that life throws up is, in part, derived from the tenacity that sportsmanship gives you. To lose gracefully is something that we need to pick up early in our childhood. Everyone loses, but to sulk over it is not something that a sportsman will do. True sportsmen learn from their mistakes and work to correct it. True sportsmen become stronger every time they fall.

Sports makes you a better team player

When one is a good team player, one is a cog in the wheel, and that’s what gets the wheel rotating, and the momentum going. Being a good team-mate is quintessential to being a good participant in a sport. Sometimes, even very talented sportspeople have been benched (not allowed to play), in Favour of a mediocre player who is a better team player. Thus, being a good sportsperson also makes you a great teammate. It helps you build relationships better, be it with your fellow teammates or even people in general.

Sports helps you become a better leader

Some notable examples of exemplary leaders among sportsmen are Rahul Dravid, Prakash Padukone, Anil Kumble, Bjorn Borg, and many more, who have done well at and outside their sports too. This is an exemplary quality in sportspeople that cannot be understated. It comes with building a rapport with the people they lead and by being able to get the pulse of their fans, coaches, and teammates. Leadership is the ability to motivate people, and for motivating others, it is very important for the leaders to be self-motivated and to lead by example. The best sports people are the most motivated individuals. Since motivation is infectious, being a good sportsman also will make you a wonderful leader. In fact, many top business schools in the world explicitly state that being a sportsperson is an added advantage during their admission process.

Sports inculcates discipline

Discipline is the only elixir of sports. Taking up a sport lends you the virtue of being a more organized, more driven person. This, in turn, makes you a disciplined individual. As a sportsperson, one can never miss training. Excuses are anathema. Discipline is the only way, there is no other. Hard work and discipline go hand in hand, towards success.

The examples illustrated here are limited. There are infinite benefits of being a sportsperson. More importantly, it makes you physically and mentally very strong. To be a sport is to be fun. Who doesn’t want to be? Go on, now. Be a sport, and take up a sport!


Summer Camp@Your Home!

Yeah!!! It is summer time again, but a very hot summer, this time, the temperature is already hitting 38°C and above already, at least here at our place.

Summer vacations always bring a smile on my face with all memories of my childhood. It used to be a great time of visiting grandma’s house, swimming sessions, family trips, circus shows, magic shows, movies, cricket, house parties and what not!

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Yes, this is how a summer vacation looked back in the 90’s and I am sure, most of my generation folks will connect with this.

Time has evolved over past few years and so are the options to spend summer vacations. academic camps and sports preseasons have become more popular and efficient way of spending summers nowadays.

Academic camps are great, as they prepare a child for upcoming classes. But personally, we feel, we should let kids take a rest from academia, at least during summers. They too deserve a break after all!! Sports preseasons is undoubtedly a great way to spend time and remain physically & mentally fit, but it may become very straining in this scorching sunlight for our kids.

Ahhh! So what to do during this Summer?  

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We believe, a summer camp must develop all the skill sets that a student needs to excel in upcoming classes and stand out in his/her group. While being a part of sports is a good option, students can also spend time into adding new skills in their skill sets.

This very thought of helping students to learn new skills apart from academia and sports made us at Vedantu to innovate a set of creative courses, which a student can learn without going out in the hot sun. Yes, when you are indoors during this hot season,  get connected with experts right from your personal computer or mobile and add new skills to your  kitty.

What’s better than to Improvising your calculation speed by learning Vedic maths; tackle mathematical word problems easily by visualizing via Singapore model method; mastering chess skills; learning problem-solving and stimulating logical thinking by taking up a course on logical thinking and puzzles; building an Android App and learn a programming language. There is so much more to explore, choose one of your favorite course and start learning from the comfort of your home. We wish you loads of luck!

 

 

This post is contributed by Sridhar R

Sridhar R is DGM – Academic operations and takes care of day-to-day academic functionalities at Vedantu. He likes to travel, read fictions and watch documentaries on ancient history and alien theories. In his free time, he also loves to hangout with friends and go on long trekking expeditions.

P.S – image source: Pixabay.com


New Academic Year Brings New Goals & Means to Achieve Them

The new academic year brings new hopes and a lot of new stationary (isn’t that the most exciting part of being promoted to the new class). Along with it, there comes a daunting task of searching for the best tutor who can help you achieve your learning goals for the new academic year. At Vedantu, we want to flip this daunting experience to an awesome one. We have some of the India’s best tutors on our platform who can help you be a better student and a better human being with their experience in teaching and mentoring young kids.

We like improvements and growing with the growing needs of our students and thus with the new academic year, we have made some changes to our website that would help students schedule the learning subscriptions more systematically and hassle free. Booking a subscription, whether a monthly subscription or subscribing to a teacher for specific academic needs, will be a simple 5-step process –

How to subscribe: A step-by-step guide

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Step-By-Step Guide to Subscribe

1 – Click on ‘monthly tuitions’ tab under offerings or ‘view teachers’ to browse teacher list

2 – Choose the teacher you want to subscribe with

3 – Hit the ‘subscribe/book teacher’ button to see the teacher’s calendar

4 – Select the start date and duration (in months) for the subscription

5 – Choose from the available slot and fix the schedule on a weekly basis

6 – Pay and book the subscription, check your scheduled sessions under ‘My Subscriptions’ section and start taking sessions with the teacher of your choice at the time scheduled by you.

We have also made an explainer video that would help you understand the whole process of subscription seamlessly, have a look –

We are sure you are excited for the new academic year and resolved already to perform better than before. You can count on Vedantu to help you reach your academic goals quicker than ever with its handpicked teachers. Don’t wait anymore now, go ahead and book your subscription with the teacher of your choice and start with your personalized learning sessions.

 


5 Things Not to Miss This Summer Vacation

Summers have arrived and the best part about it is – summer holidays. You must have got your summer holiday calendars already and started with building the plans to enjoy it.  We have listed 5 things you must do this summer to make it unforgettable.

1 – Enjoy Watersports

The water looks no sweeter in any other season than summers. Make sure you plan a pool party or visit the nearest water park. Splash some water and cool off the summer heat. In case you are planning a beach holiday, do include boating, canoeing, waterskiing, snorkeling or diving on your list or simply add swimming, water aerobics, aqua jogging to your fitness regime.

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2- Read your Favorite Book

Summer break is the time of the year that gives you plenty of ‘me time’ for yourself. Use it wisely to pick up a relaxing spot and read all that you couldn’t because of the hectic school-home-tuition-school routine. Start with books from your favorite authors or indulge in reading the newspaper every day to better your vocab and reading skills. Also, summer reading would give you the calmness you were missing during all those busy days.

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3- Make a Fitness Regime

You always blamed the hectic schedule for not working out, didn’t you? Now is the time to take out some time and dedicate it to your fitness. Join a Yoga class, do some meditation or simply go for a brisk walk/jog early in the morning. You can also indulge in dancing, synchronized swimming, aerobics or gymnastics to enjoy while you work out to keep yourself fit.

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4- Go Crafty

Summers bring along a lot of creativity with itself. Also, you have a lot of time to explore your creative side during this time. Do plan on creating or recreating something by putting your creative cap on. Try upcycling some old and discarded stuff to give them a new look and make them decorative!

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5 – Enrich Your Skills

Summer is a good time to learn something extra. Enroll yourself at a hobby center to learn a new skill or just hone your skills a bit more. We understand summer makes you lazy of going out of your home, why to worry in this era of WWW. Take up an online summer course that would not only help you learn something new but would be a good utilization of lazy summer days. Vedantu is offering some interesting online summer courses that you can enroll for and get course completion certificate. Hundreds of students have already enrolled for these courses and are reaping the benefits.

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So, don’t let this time slip from your hands, use it wisely to enrich yourself and beat the heat. Don’t forget to comment your summer plans.


Is Skill More Important Than a Degree?

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.

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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.