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Category Archives: Education

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.

Some Strategies to Help Study Faster

Great strategy for studying is to take your notes and just completely rewrite them. This helps you to learn material in multiple ways since you are reading, writing, and constantly thinking about the material. This strategy works best for me when I have to study for tests that require learning many concepts, instead of memorization. If you just rewrite your notes a few times over, you will find that you learned a lot about the material you are rewriting, without even thinking about it.

For studying mathematics and science, the best strategy for me is to just spend as much time as possible doing the hardest problems of the material I’m studying. Learning math and science is usually just all about practice, and there doesn’t seem to be any substitute for spending time doing multiple problems. Spend as much time as you need on each problem until you fully understand it, or else you may have wasted your time even looking at it in the first place. Studying for math and science can be tedious unfortunately, but that’s just the nature of those subjects.

Studying really isn’t that much of a chore once you learn how to do it the right way. If you can apply these studying strategies to your sessions, then you will find you can learn a lot more in a lot less time. You just have to find what strategies work best for you and then apply them, and don’t give up.

Useful Tricks Teach Children

  • Mathematics lessons

Youngsters will find this subject incredibly boring. Many teachers use colour to highlight answers or objects to show differences in numbers. Math bingo is a well-known game played in the classroom and it works well if there are many students. Make sure to offer a prize for the winner so that you keep their attention.

If you want to teach students multiplication you can either make them act as the numbers or you can create a game that requires them to shout the answer. You could write a sum on the board and whoever has the piece of paper with the correct answer on it has to get up and stick it to the board.

  • Science Lessons

Science is the subject where you can experiment and question why a certain thing happens in the world. Children like to see reactions. The best way to start this off is by doing the volcano reaction. Make your students construct an interesting volcano with trees and a realistic landscape. This will be fun for them to watch when they see the result of the experiment.

When it comes to lessons involving the physical reactions, such as impacts and crashes, you can use boxes with elastic. Make your students create force on a wheeled box using wind energy or fire energy in order to get it to move. Then explain to them why the reaction happened.

  • Theory Lessons

English, art theory, science theory, and history are not the most exciting subjects for most students. Most students’ minds will drift away. When teaching these subjects it is ideal to use as much imagery as possible and get your students to be creative. Start off by making them create a story that is relevant to a particular time era or situation. They learn quickly if they experience it or are able to visualise it. You may need a lot of stationery so it might be best to visit a¬†cash and carry¬†wholesaler to get the stationery in bulk.

Info of Guide to Teaching Abroad

There are a number of countries that want Native English speakers and teachers to teach English as a Foreign Language in local state schools or private schools. This is also a great opportunity for teachers that are looking to live and work aboard looking to start a new life. The problem here is that salaries are often at the local rate and so if you have financial commitments back home it won’t be enough for you on a permanent basis. You also have to be careful about the local regulations which are often less enforced compared to western state education regulations. I have heard of teachers becoming very frustrated and de-motivated through what they perceive as essential systems and procedures that are just not in place. There is of course the culture difference. Unlike in an International School you will be working predominantly with local teachers and so you must adhere to their culture or you will find it very difficult to get along with your colleagues. At International schools by contrast the majority of teachers are likely to be expats and so you will be with a similar group of people you are in your own country.

There are a growing number of companies now that are looking for native English speakers to teach students online through their software. A lot of the students are looking for extra classes in the evening. In theory, you can work from anywhere in the world if you have a good and stable internet connection, you just need to be available in the evenings and weekends. This is another good opportunity but can be intense and many have quit early on having taken on too many hours before actually realizing how difficult it can be.

Study and Learning Stress

The learning process itself does not cause stress if it is approached with a relaxed but focused mindset. A closed mind will experience all the learning stress in the world and still not learn much. The three main factors of learning are goals, mindsets and distractions.

Having proper goals is important because learning useless stuff is… well… useless. If you can’t separate wheat from chaff, you will be placing yourself under stress for no good reason. Define your goal clearly and make a sensible study plan.

The proper mindset is what determines whether studying will result in learning. The nastiest error people make is to think they already know something well, and they refuse to correct or improve that ‘knowledge’. If you are not ready to let go of old falsehoods, learning becomes a very difficult and very stressful process.

If your line of thought is constantly interrupted with distractions, losing and establishing focus again is mentally very demanding. Jumping from one state of mind to another against your will is a prime source of stress.

Home Study Courses

There are some people who know that they can, with a little studying, learn to make some extra money from the comfort of their own home. With computers, today, you can study from home but it would be preferable to study with a teacher who can mentor and guide you. This can be done through a video course, an eBook course or a live webinar once a week. If you have never done anymore on your computer, than occasionally surf the net using your favourite search engine or you send a few emails, you have to really ask yourself-what is the best place for me to start? Don’t fall for a lot of advertising hype telling you that it is easy to make thousands of dollars in the first few months.

If you want to learn to how to make money on the internet- how do you know what course to pick? I would suggest you look very carefully and review several courses to see if you can ascertain how good each one is. There are some very good courses on the internet marketing available. There are some very committed teachers who have written their own courses and present them in a logical fashion that allows you to learn and follow what they are doing.

They set the foundations of your online business and without strong foundations; you could be doomed to fail. So if you are reviewing a course, look at the remarks left by former students because most courses are accompanied by testimonials. See what each offers and how long it will take you to complete and how do you pay for it. Some students like to pay a monthly fee while others are happy to pay up front. All courses should tell you how to pay for it and that sometimes is why people choose that particular course. Take the one that you believe will offer you exactly what you are looking for.

Minimize Cheating With eLearning Software

Teachers and examiners today have to deal with more ingenious and more diverse cheating tactics than ever before. Some students still rely on traditional, time-proven methods like writing crib notes and concealing them on their person, sometimes even in intimate places in order to prevent the examiners from checking. Others have embraced the marvels of the Information Age and found new, wonderfully devious ways of cheating. A thread on social media Quora revealed some of the ingenious ways that students, in pursuit of the highest marks, use to cheat on exams. Invisible ink, hollowed out pens, writing answers on the inside of water bottle labels are some of the more crude ideas. Among the more sophisticated are printing the design of a water bottle label and replacing the original text with cribs, flesh colored earpieces which are practically invisible unless you’re very close and calculators with memory function. Besides all that, smart phones and watches with wireless internet access provide students with all the information they need to ace an exam.

One of the more extreme examples has been reported by The Telegraph, in May of 2016. Arthit Ourairat, rector of Rangsit university, Thailand announced that some 3000 students would have to retake the entrance exam since sophisticated cheating devices were discovered. Namely, three students had glasses with build-in wireless cameras which they used to take pictures of the test and send them to a group of coconspirators, who then sent answers to their smartwatches.

Students face serious consequences if they are caught cheating, at best they instantly fail the test; at worst they might be expelled. Yet research indicates that an astounding 60-70% of college students admit to cheating. One has to wonder why would anyone go to such great lengths and risk serious sanctions when all that time and effort could be invested in learning. The answer is simple; there’s an inherent fault in our education system which evolved to emphasize the importance of high grades instead of actual learning. Students and teachers alike feel that one’s entire future depends on one’s GPA while the learning process has taken a back seat. Students no longer study to acquire knowledge on the subject matter; they learn how to pass tests. The goal of testing is no longer to evaluate one’s progress, rather passing a test has become a goal in and of itself. When students adopt this mindset, it is easy to see why they are ready to do whatever it takes to beat the test, especially if they feel desperate or left behind.

Changing the way we see grades and testing is the only way to eliminate cheating entirely. Changing everybody’s perspective on testing is crucial, but it would be a long and arduous process, so let’s look at what can be done right now.

Cheating and student dishonesty is a problem that plagued teachers since the beginning of formal education, and it seems that it will continue to do so for ages to come. This particular problem proved to be amazingly persistent and difficult to overcome. Luckily the advent of new technologies provides us with a number of useful features and mechanisms which can help teachers and instructors combat this issue as long as they are willing to implement them.

In order to answer the question how eLearning software can help us eliminate, or at least lessen the number of occurrences of cheating in any particular exam situation, first we need to understand its causes and circumstances which facilitate it. To put it simply, we need to look at how and why it happens.