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How to prepare for your Engineering Exams in the Age of Digital Distraction?

Here are few tips on how you can prepare for your engineering exams without getting distracted

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Jan 20, 2017: Are you unable to sit for more than half an hour at a stretch while studying? Is it impossible to do more than 2-3 pages before your mind wanders off into another world far away from your JEE studies? Well then, welcome to the digital age of today with plenty of distractions to offer. Either it is the constant pinging of Whatsapp messages, Facebook updates, MySpace, Instant Messenger, email updates or the surrounding noise – no matter what there is some distraction everywhere you go.

The internet earlier a pool of knowledge has taken over our lives in a different way all together today. Hence Generation ‘Y’ while enjoying the benefits of technology; also needs to tackle it prudently if they really want to get on the right career path. Research shows that studying without full concentration may not be enough to memorize the information correctly. But competitive exams for engineering like JEE are tough and require your complete focus. Also it has been observed that over indulging in games might stress the mind as it requires significant brain exercise. So while you might be tempted to play another candy crush game on your phone, it may be wiser to ignore the urge.

So here are few tips on how you can prepare for your engineering exams without getting distracted.

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Get some peace and quiet

It’s hard to study productively if your little brother is watching his favorite sitcom or listening to music on a blaringly high volume in the same room! If you feel family members are likely to bother you with constant chatter or involve you in household chores, then it is best to go to a place like a library or a study where there is some peace or quiet. Or just lock yourself away with the door shut, and a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Let your family know you are studying for those many hours a day to get the best out of your study time. Also while you are at it, avoid peeping into your WhatApp or Facebook updates by trying to train your mind not to wander but study with full concentration for that much time.

Study productively

You have gotten the peace and quiet, but it is highly possible your mind is still wandering, and you are unable to ignore your phone messages and chats. Research shows that your mind can grasp and study something much faster in the morning as compared to night. So try studying the most difficult or tiresome subjects in the morning. Also if you feel that concentrating on the same topic for too long is not for you, then consider changing the subjects for being able to get more from your allotted 2-3 hours of study. To absorb more information modify the subject or topic every 1-2 hours. Also take short breaks by doing stretches or getting up and walking around. It will pump blood around the body sending oxygen to the brain hence helping you concentrate more.

Get motivated and set goals

Engineering exams are tough, and you might lose interest midway struggling through the studies; get motivated by talking to friends and family who have taken the exam earlier and did well. Consider joining an online coaching class so that you will be able to pace and manage your studies better with the help of the classes as they set pre-planned time limits for completion. Before joining the class, you can always check reviews such as Aakash Coaching review if you are planning to enroll in Aakash classes. Moreover, if you are watching, for instance, Aakash Coaching review, then on YouTube you will also find several motivational videos of students who have done well in their exams. Watching them could also help egg you on to study for longer hours and be more inspired to study.

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Get into a routine

Research states that our brain will do the same thing each day automatically if you condition it that way. Hence set a time most favorable for you when you feel your productivity is the highest. Then once you start studying at that time each day, it will become a habit, and you will easily get into the mood to study at that time each day. This way your concentration too will increase, making it easier for you to get into the right frame of mind to study- whether you like the subject or not.

 Reward yourself

If you are studying hard, then don’t forget to give yourself an incentive! It will help keep you self-motivated to study each day and look forward to the reward time. So for instance, if you love sweets, then promise yourself a delicious treat at your favorite dessert parlor if you finish that painful chapter. Or maybe plan a movie outing with your friends at the end of the week if you manage to complete the allocated portion. By knowing you have something to look forward to when you finish your studies; you will be more likely to get stuck in. Additionally, an outing with the friends will help your mind relax and be more alert the next day to study harder.

Finally remember to always be optimistic by telling yourself that whatever you do the outcome will be good. The power of a positive attitude and being interested in your revision makes studying and getting good results for your engineering exams much easier.

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UAE-Based Indians expatriates Start Free Online Coaching For Kids

2 Dubai based best friends have started the '#PandemicCamp' to provide free online education for CBSE students

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2 UAE based expats have started taking free online classes of children who can't afford private tutors during the pandemic. Pixabay

Two United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Indian expats started free online coaching for children who have dropped out of after-school private tuition because of the coronavirus pandemic, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news reported.

Simran Kanal and Mehak Lalchandani, who have been best-friends from their Dubai school days, were running their newly-founded ‘#PandemicCamp’ to provide free online coaching for CBSE students whose parents can no longer afford private tutors, reports Gulf News.

Pandemic Camp is offering free Zoom lessons in English, Maths and Hindi for grades one to five, taught by the two former CBSE students Kanal and Lalchandani, both 2014 alumni of The Millennium School in Dubai.

“We’re both very compassionate, both as students and as teachers. We came across parents who have had to withdraw their children from private tuition, so this camp is a way we wanted to give back to society,” said Kanal, a freelance journalist and writer who works for an online marketplace platform.

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Pandemic Camp is offering free Zoom lessons in English, Maths and Hindi for grades one to five. (Representative Image). Pixabay

Lalchandani, a finance degree holder, said: “Since we’re very familiar with the CBSE curriculum, that is why we chose CBSE and are catering to primary school grades.”

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She said the sudden switch to distance learning has not been easy for students, teachers and parents.

“In a classroom, you have 30 students and you have to personally go to a student and see what they’re doing in their book. But when you have 30 students online, then it’s very difficult for that one-on-one help,” Gulf news quoted Lalchandani as saying.

Kanal said compared to her school days, students today in grade four or five have “tremendous assignments” that often need close help by parents, who themselves have to learn new digital skills. (IANS)

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Understand Your Kids’ Perspective to Make Them Exercise

Parents need to put themselves in children's shoes to make their kids take time off the screen and exercise

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Being strict parents will not help, you need to understand your kid's perspective. Pixabay

Strict parenting may not always yield the best results, especially when it comes to making your kids take time off the screen and do some exercise, suggests new research Lifestyle news.

Rather, parents who know a child’s preferences and participate in the activities become more successful in keeping him/her motivated to do exercise, showed the findings published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Parental control, meaning varying degrees of coercion and disregarding the child’s role in exercise-related decision-making, was perceived as undesirable and reduced enthusiasm for exercise.

“For example, strong, public and overt encouragement in tournaments and games was perceived in some cases as embarrassing and even shameful,” explained postdoctoral researcher Arto Laukkanen from University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

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“For example, strong, public and overt encouragement in tournaments and games was perceived in some cases as embarrassing and even shameful,” explained postdoctoral researcher Arto Laukkanen. Pixabay

“In addition, underestimating and ignoring the temporary cessation of exercise motivation, for example, was perceived as controlling and reducing enthusiasm for exercise.”

The study involved interviews with 79 first-, second-, and third-grade students.

The researchers found that children aged 7 to 10 years had a clear distinction between parenting that increases and reduces exercise motivation.

A very typical unpleasant exercise experience for children was related to limiting screen time and the associated command that the child should go out to exercise.

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Parents want to limit the screen time of their kids and want them to exercise. Pixabay

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“This is very contradictory, as parents try to take care of the children’s screen time and adequate level of exercise, but at the same time they may be contributing to alienation from exercise,” Laukkanen said.

“Perhaps exercise should not be set in opposition to screen time, but one should strive to organize independent space for both of them in everyday life.”

However, the researchers said that further research on this topic was urgently needed from the perspectives of both children and parents. (IANS)

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Lockdown: People With Higher Education, Income Spending More Time on Hobbies

55.7 % people with higher education are spending time on their hobbies

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50 per cent of people with higher education and income have started spending more time on hobbies. Pixabay

About 50 per cent of people with higher education and income have started spending more time on hobbies including Fashion Trends amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown, according to the latest IANS-CVoter Economy Battery survey.

The nationwide survey indicated that about 55.7 per cent of people with higher education and about 49.6 per cent of those from the higher income group have been spending more time on hobbies during the lockdown.

Also, in terms of gender, 35 per cent male have started spending more time on hobbies, while 38.5 per cent female have started doing the same. However, 50 per cent of female respondents and 49.5 per cent of male respondents have opted for ‘no’ in the survey.

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38.5 per cent female have started spending time on their hobbies. Pixabay

In terms of age group, 42 per cent of people below the age of 25 years have started spending more time on hobbies during the lockdown, while 39 per cent of those between the age of 25 and 45 years have been doing the same since the lockdown was imposed.

As many as 32 per cent of those between 45 and 60 years of age have been indulging their time in pursuing their hobbies, while only 26.8 per cent of those above 60 years of age have been doing the same.

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In terms of educational qualification, 30 per cent of those having lower education have started spending more time on hobbies, while about 45 per cent of those in the middle education group have started doing the same.

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About 32 per cent of those from the lower income groups have been spending more time on hobbies. Pixabay

A similar pattern was visible in the income category. About 32 per cent of those from the lower income groups have been spending more time on hobbies, while about 39 per cent of those from the middle income groups have been doing the same.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. While it was to end on April 14, it was extended till May 3 and later to May 17. However, certain relaxations were given after May 4. (IANS)