Friday, January 20, 2012

11. For students – habits to follow

For students – habits to follow

 கொடுக்கக் கொடுக்கக் குறையாத செல்வம் கல்வி ஒன்றே
 Knowledge is wealth. But disseminating  does not reduce it
1. You decide on what you want to be. Don’t let others decide for you. Because you’ll lose the thrive if you are doing something for someone else’s sake. Choose your course of study when you are in 9th itself.
           2. Be   resposible for what you do or for what you have done. Don’t try to escape by putting the blame on others. Ultimately it’s your future at stake.

              3. Arrange your priorities according to importance and urgency. Once arranged do not get distracted.

              4.Your suitable study time may not be same as others. Morning is usually best because nothing that can disturb your mind has gone into your head. It’s clean, rather empty!

              5. Be helpful to others, like teaching your friends. Knowledge is wealth but imparting does not reduce it, like money. This may give you better solutions to your problems. It will help you discover whether you understood the subject the way it should actually be understood.

                   6. Put yourself in teacher’s shoes and analyze your answers, you will perform better in classes and exams.   You must learn to accept your mistakes and then correct them. Because you stand to gain if you correct your answers before you pass up your answer papers.
          7. Like atheletes you have to better yourself.

               8.A student’s learning stages
25% from teachers
25% through intelligence
25% through discussions with classmates
25% with problem solving experience, that is time.

Roots of Education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet                

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Monday, January 2, 2012

10. New methods of questioning

  கொடுக்கக் கொடுக்கக் குறையாத செல்வம் கல்வி ஒன்றே
        Knowledge is wealth. But imparting  does not reduce it

At present the number of hours spent in the science practical classes is just sufficent for the student to discover the basic principles of science. The school teachers do not have enough time to go further than teaching the basic principles.

Recent science examinations have undergone various changes. “Give an account of ..,” “Describe briefly..,” “compare and contrast..,” Have you ever seeen them in recent science examinations? The questions deal more in solving a particular problem or situation. The student needs to practise them; train his mind to understand and criticize them. The theory found in books teaches him very little. The aplications are numerous. As such and being young, waiting to face new experiences in life, the student would require an EXPERIENCED teacher to train him on how to solve those problems.

The student may be getting 60% in his school examinations, probably due to his ability to read the teacher’s mind or probably because he goes through a few past years examinations questions. But in 10th , 12th, IIT examinations he will be facing an unknown examiner and therefore he has to be prepared for it.

            Just tackling numerous difficult MATHEMATICAL problems alone does not make a real teacher. The teacher’s distinctions cannot be the student’s. The teacher’s role is to enable the student to overcome a similar problem on his own. When a problem is tackled on the board the student understands it. But, does it make the student capable enough to tackle the next one on his own?

As stated above anyone could solve those problems, but WHO would make the student solve it on his own?

            Distance, time and fees are secondary compared with the future 75% of  the life of the student being detemined at this stage! However if the school teacher is sincere and capable of all these, why then should the student look fo another teacher. I swear that I have never taken paid tuition for those who studied under me in school.

         Roots of Education are Bitter but the Fruit is sweet                                                                           
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

9. Half-cooked and ready for public exams II !

     9.   Half-cooked and ready for public exams II !

      Schools which are supposed to have produced good results (projected through sponsored advertisements and club propaganda) did not produce students who went to IIT or MMC.  Therefore their methods are not proven methods. Many parents know this. But for fear of being branded as ‘behind timers’ they keep on sending their children to those schools.  

      I feel that the teachers in school should care for the students, their mind setup and the results.

      Misbehavior of students – Parents responsibility to correct it

      Studies - the teacher is responsible. Counseling individual students on methods of studies,(like when and where to sudy, how to improve memory power, thyanam etc) according to individual abilities  is the teachers responsibility. Advice on marking scheme and model answers for tests given by teachers might improve results.

        A great teacher inspires
      A good teacher teaches
      An average teacher explains
      And a poor teacher complains.

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8. Half-cooked and ready for public exams I !

 8. Half-cooked and ready for public exams I !
 Schools (in Tamilnadu, India) compete with one another to produce 100 % results and top rankers.  Being overzealous they finish the syllabus well in advance, the time-tested syllabus which was designed by experienced educationists, supposed to be finished in 10 months and that too at a certain age. It leads to a lot of half-cooked students who will not be able to shine in exams like TNPCEE and IIT. That’s why even though schools claim district first (IN Sanskrit+, leads to where?!)  none of them were able to send students to professional courses inn reputed institutions. 
      I feel that cramming of courses into students at an earlier age than what it was designed for will cause mental agony in young children and when they are not able to cope up they will give up. 100% will not be achieved..  AGE is an important factor. And at the same time the best students do not  perform well in  TNPCEE and IIT entrance exams  as their foundation has been built in a short period without giving them time to absorb  the fundamentals  of the subjects. It's like electroplating with high currentin in a short time,forms blisters and drop down easily.

      I feel that the syllabus for class 10 and 12 should be started only in April, not the previous year itself. THEY are too YOUNG to grasp.  After a holiday in May it may be continued. A lesson should be taught in a spread of 3 weeks, giving time for grasping.  The monthly tests given in class should be only for one chapter. Quarterly exams be held in 35% of lessons. Half-yearly be held in 75% of lessons etc.  By January tests on the whole book may be given.  Education must be encouraging not damaging.

Even the tuition teachers start their classes for 10th and 12th as early as February in Std 9 and Std 11 respectively. Retention of clients and fishing in more!! I have never invited even a single student into my tuition classes from the school where I worked. It’s degrading yourself.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

7. Write Exams Without Fear II.

7.  Write Exams Without Fear II.

 9. Try not to use rubber eraser. It gives an ugly look on the paper as it smudges it. Most important, you’re wasting time. Just cancel with a single line and carry on.

10. Diagrams should be of at least 3” (7.5cm) in diameter, so that you do not escape the details!

11. Label the parts in a diagram  in capital letters.

12. Do not write irrelevant matter. This will irritate the examiner to your disadvantage.

13. Do not spend time trying to recollect the remaining answer, when you are attempting an essay type question. Instead answer a new question. You may come back later to finish it. The first few  marks are easier to obtain than the last few marks!

14. Keep the last ten minutes for reading through the first few pages. When you started the exam there would have been so many things in your mind. Such as, whether you can finish the paper, enough time or not etc. Adrenalin would have done some work! Blood flow would have been different. Now that you have settled, if you read the first answer, you yourself will discover your mistakes. For, if the examiner discvers, you lose your marks!

15. Last but not least! Take a few deep breaths slowly, every time you face a problem. This relaxes your nerves.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

6 Write Exams Without Fear I.

6 Write Exams Without Fear I.

1. You should have underlined or highlighted only the important words, so that you could revise within a short time, the day before the exam. Find out the important point in every paragraph. Good writers will have only one point elaborated in a paragraph.

2. Do not read until you enter the exam hall. The most recent read part will remain in the forebrain and block the earlier ones. This will take some time to settle down. Remember, to win time is important.

3. Focus your mind only on the exam. Do not let your mind lin ger on other trivials.

4. Do not start answering immediately. Read the questions at least twice before answering. Look for the trapping words and one important key word in every question. Start by answering  a question for which you know the answer fully.

5. Answer difficult questions later. If you take some time to think in order answer, leave it for the time being. Do not go deep into it first. This will keep on lingering in your subconscious mind and disturb the rest of the paper. You can see this in MCQ (multiple choice questions). When you answer a question wrongly, at least two of the following questions will also be wrong.

6. Divide your time according to marks. eg. 100 marks=2.5 hrs means, for every mark you should spend 1.5 mins. Of course some very basic question will take less time and some calculataions will take more time.

7. Do not discuss about what you have done in  the exam after writing it. This will disturb the next one.

8. Do not use red ink for underlining. Most examiners use it.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

5. For the prosperous life of your children II.

5.   For the prosperous life of your children II.

Dear Parents

11. Do not take them out for functions in relatives' houses, or send them out on trifle works. They will be wasting their golden time. It will take some time to settle back to study.

12. Sometimes due to surroundings they will be a sort of drained out. Please talk to them and encourage them.

13. Do not force your ideas on learning into them. Let them decide the method convenient to them.

14. Do not show your anger if they get less marks than what you expected in their monthly or model exams.

15. Do not compare them with the students who got higher marks. Keep in mind that this may create a inferiority complex in them.

16. Group studying with friends may increase their ability to study well.

17. Whatever important works you have to do, keep some time allotted for them. Letting them know that you care and love them is more important.

18. We teachers are there to guide your offsprings to achieve their goals. You, as good parents, are there to co-operate whole-heartedly. Let us work together for the prosperity of student community.

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