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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Studying Before Test

First of all, do not just study a mere few days before an exam is announced. Study daily as if there is going to be a pop quiz. If you make it a point to review your notes daily and read in chapters in advance, the greater will your mind retain important facts that may be asked in a big exam.

There was a time when professors would just simply announce an exam and not saying anything more about it. But, in order to prepare properly for it, you need to ask him or her what to expect from the test. Obviously, you need to inquire what topics will the exam cover. You also need to ask if the exam will comprise of multiple choice, true or false, and essay questions, or a combination of these. Inquire also on how the test will be graded and what would be its percentage in your overall grade.

Once you have gotten this information from your professor, it is now time to hit the books. Choose a study place where you are free from distractions, such as the library. Have everything you need ready, including your notebooks, textbooks, paper, pens and a calculator. Schedule which topics you will study in a particular time. By dividing the test material, you will be able to cover more topics instead of cramming everything into a tiring all-nighter.

Make some study aids to help you in your review. One good example is an outline or timeline which lists down important events, dates and facts. You can also make flashcards wherein you list down pertinent facts as well as mnemonics to help you remember key events and dates.

There are some textbooks that provide short quizzes at the end of each chapter. Take these quizzes to see if you understand the study material. Or you can request for study sheets and practice exams from your professor. The more you give yourself an exam to test your knowledge, the greater will be your confidence for the actual examination.

Success in Online Learning

The easy availability of learning information such as free worksheets, education articles, easy to download presentations, etc has made online learning a hit among students as well as professionals. Missed course credits can be recovered via online learning but how to be a top scorer in a virtual classroom requires a little bit of planning and preparation. Here are some tips to help e-learning students be better in their learning:

Create a regular learning schedule – Online classrooms provides a private space of learning and maximum advantage can be taken of this by having a routine study plan. Have a calendar planner to help you keep track of test and assignment submission dates. Ensure that you take a look at the planner once each day so that your dates and study plan do not skip from your mind. Try and have a dedicated study place with everything you need so that your concentration is at fullest when you are studying. Having a specific study place brings in the much-needed peace for learning and accords importance to what you are doing.

Be interactive and engaged – When studying online it is important to be at your interactive best. Participate in conversations and group discussions and engage others as well by sharing, exchanging your ideas, perspectives and comments. Your information and learning source is not restricted to your instructor only. Besides all the free worksheets and education articles, it is interaction with your colleagues and peers that helps you learn even more.

Know the online learning management system – Before taking up the course online, make yourself fully aware about online learning ways. This means read the “how to manuals” of working on online learning management software and/or tools.

Conferencing your way through learning – Online learning is a break from the traditional and conventional way of studying. Contrary to the dominant physical presence of teachers and classmates, online learning entails just you and your machine. This can leave you feeling a bit isolated which can harm your studying, learning capacity. So to avoid feeling cut-off, participating in online conferences related to your course is a great way to learn and meet other students. It helps you in connecting with different experts of course subjects as well as with students from the same course.

Teaching Robotics in Classroom

Sensory Learning

Robotics helps children learn with all of their senses, as its focus is on dynamic, hands-on development. It is proven that to activate a larger number of cognitive connections you need a multi-sensory approach. Robotics engages the students emotionally and physically, which are essential for active learning and superior long-term experimental recall.

Improved Socialization

People learn from each other through imitation and observation, which is a well-known fact. This line of thinking holds true even today. Teamwork and communication are decisive skills to prepare young people to take on the world outside the classroom. Robotics challenges help students improve their socialization skills, including growing listening skills, and consider and evaluate every other viewpoint.

Opportunities for Hands-On Innovation

Computers are programmed with code, which leave no room for creativity and innovative thinking. This can prove costly for students. We are preparing them to analyse, spell, and remember so many things, but the curriculum doesn’t give them enough opportunities to be creative, solve problems and come with new ideas and innovations. Robotics offers students exhilarating opportunities to articulate and put together their imaginations so that they can build their ideas and make them a reality.

Raising the Level of Rigor

To succeed in the 21st century, students have to perform at the highest levels of thinking, which they can achieve only by examining, synthesising, and evaluating their ideas. At the height of thinking, students will start applying what they are learning to real-world tasks. This will enable them to invent new things and create innovative applications and products. Robotics will provide them with these opportunities.

Get Through School Easy

Heck work did not help either, I finally almost began giving up socially just to keep up in school.

It all caught up to me one day, my grades seemed average and I pulled a nice all nighter for a final. And then I FAILED.

It was a horrible feeling, you know that feeling where you never want to talk or see anyone again? I had never really felt this way before, telling my parents who had helped get me to my school was the worst part. My friends all laughed and joked with me.

I decided I was sick of it and hit the books. The whole next semester I ignored almost everything just to study learn, and get the best in my subject.

I got a B in the class and was feeling pretty good about myself, until I walked by a man on my way out of class.

This kid was one of your average looking kids, not scrawny or nerdy. But definitely not some intimidating guy. He had a few buds around them and was telling them how he had aced his test.

This put a bit of a damper on my spirits but I tried to ignore it. The next part is what really got me.

This kid began talking about the cruise he had gone on, the activities he had done, all in that semester.