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Popular photo-messaging app Snapchat will now let its users play as their “Snapchat Bitmoji” avatar in a wide variety of video games as the company has unveiled a Bitmoji for Games SDK that would let video game developers replace their characters with the app’s Bitmoji.
“The Bitmoji functionality will work by using the Snapchat app to scan an in-game code to link the game with your Snapchat account.
“Snap plans to support the functionality across games on PC, consoles, and mobiles. Previously, the company let other app developers import Bitmoji using Bitmoji Kit,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.
However, as of now, there is no confirmation about what developers or games would choose to integrate Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars.
There’s currently support for Unity, Unreal and British VR gaming start-up PlayCanvas already inside Snapchat. The Bitmoji for Games website tells players to stay tuned for more updates, according to the Engadget. (IANS)
By- Monika Rao
International Mathematical Olympiads' (IMO) are conducted annually. Olympiad exams are competitive exams that are conducted by various organizations all across India plus abroad. These examinations are conducted on the basis of the school curriculum of ICSE, CBSE, and some other major state boards. These exams help the students understand where their performance stands with their peers across the country. The paper pattern for this exam is that they are all objective-type with multiple-choice questions.
Maths Olympiad focuses on concept-based learning and logical thinking. Attending these exams enhances the abilities of the students which will prove to be an important tool to face the future competition coming into their lives. These exams evaluate conceptual learning and strengthen the reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills of a student. This in return prepares the students to stay strong with the upcoming challenges yet to come.
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Independent private organizations are present that conduct the Olympiad exams as well, for example SOF, CREST Olympiads, Unicus Olympiads, Educative Initiatives, Indian Talent Olympiad, Humming Bird Education, Eduheal Foundation, Silver Zone Foundation, and Unified Council.
This article talks about the syllabus of the IMO exam for class 10. Use IMO Class 10 2014 Question Paper to get a clear idea about the exam.
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning is the frequently asked logical reasoning question. The verbal reasoning aims to test the candidates' aptitude and command over English grammar along with analytical thinking skills. The concepts in verbal reasoning include analogy, classification, coding-decoding, blood relation, the Venn diagram, clocks, calendar, direction and distance, input-output, puzzle, decision making, etc. Non-verbal reasoning tests for analytical thinking too and the concepts in this topic include analogy, classification, image and figure counting, series, cube and dice, and more.
- Real Numbers
Real numbers are a set of numbers that include rational numbers as well as irrational numbers whereas imaginary numbers are a set of numbers that include numbers that aren't real. For example, the root of -2 is imaginary because the number under root would be positive if it were real. In this type of question, a certain equation or expression with a bunch of variables is provided from which one is expected to arrive at the solution and choose one of the options.
A polynomial is an expression that contains over two algebraic terms. Questions of this include if 𝞪, 𝛃 are the zeros of the quadratic polynomial, then the value of some expression involving 𝞪, 𝛃 must be found out. Or the questions where there is a condition, an equation, and roots are denoted by a and b, one needs to find out the value of the unknown variable.
- Pair of linear equations in two variables
Linear equations in two variables can be described as equations that are expressed in the format of ax+by+c=0. It covers word problems where two equations are to be deciphered from the given sentences and is meant to be solved to reach the answer. Time, distance, place values, ratios, direct equations and more are some of the topics where they frame questions on.
Olympiad exams are competitive exams that are conducted by various organizations all across India plus abroad.Unsplash
- Quadratic equations
Quadratic equation is an algebraic expression which is of second degree. The general format of a quadratic equation is ax^2 + bx + c = 0. Finding discriminant from the given equation or finding roots when both are equal and there's another variable k, one must find out the solution. Another type of question asked is where they give a quadratic equation and ask you to find out the value of an expression which is written in terms of the roots.
- Arithmetic progression
Belonging to progressions (AP, GP, HP), arithmetic progression is a sequence of numbers in which the numbers differ from the preceding one by some constant quantity. In this type of equation, some information is provided about first term, last term, x term or sum, and one must find out the yth term.
- Triangles, circles, constructions, areas related to circles
These kind of problems provide a figure where some information is provided either about the angles, congruency, similarity, etc and may ask for cross product, angle of unknown intersection, etc.
- Coordinate Geometry
Coordinate geometry is the branch of geometry which is also called the cartesian geometry. Different shapes like parallelograms, squares, rectangles or even trapeziums are present which are taken in some order which can be visualized if draw on paper. The question asks one to find the missing value or ratios.
- Introduction to trigonometry, some applications of trigonometry
Trigonometry handles specific functions of angles and their applications. There's wide variety of possible problems that use a load of equations but a few tips that can help you to get better at trigonometry is to begin with the complex side of the equation. To make things easier, try to convert the other terms (tan, cosec, cot, sec) in terms of sine and cosine. Try to combine terms into simpler forms and solve it step by step. But if this procedure is going to be way too time-taking, substitute values instead for the question and answer options. The one that matches is the answer.
- Surface areas and volumes, areas related to circles
Radius, diameter and a bunch of other information is provided from which a given task/value needs to be executed and find out the result.
- Statistics and Probability
Statistics deals with analyzing numerical data in large quantities and IMO asks questions on these often. Probability on the other hand is the extent to which an event may occur, it can be described in terms of ratio or percentage of the favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible. The questions asked in statistics are mostly based on mean, median and mode. For probability, a deck of card questions (ex: one card is drawn from a well-shuffled deck of cards, What is the probability that the card drawn is king) and drawing balls/ marbles are asked often.
Solve previous year papers, the workbooks and good luck for your next IMO.
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A study by Assocham showed that nearly 43 per cent of employees in the private sector in India suffer from mental health issues at work. Also, a WHO report in 2017 found out that 18 per cent of global depression cases originate from India.
While mental health issues in the workplace are a reality for most companies, the stigma associated with mental health problems often prevents people from seeking help. Stigma is the result of negative perceptions and stereotypes and reflects a lack of understanding about mental health issues. External stigma often involves negative opinions, judgements, comments, and assumptions made by others; internal stigma can take place when the person affected by mental illness internalises these negative messages.
Why Stigma a Major Problem?
Though most mental health problems are common and treatable, the stigma or negative stereotypes associated with mental illness often forces employees to not talk about the issue. Even in workplaces that are quite progressive, several employees keep their mental health issues under wraps fearing that being open to talk about them will hurt their reputation, compromise work relationships, or even put their job at risk.
Employees with untreated mental health issues tend to have more serious and costly health issues in general. For instance, their risk of heart attacks and strokes is twice as high, and people with mental health issues are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This all adds up to missed work days and a loss in productivity that can significantly affect the performance of organisations.
The stigma or negative stereotypes associated with mental illness often forces employees to not talk about the issue.Photo by Flickr
How Organisations can Remove Stigma from their Workplaces?
Helping to improve mental health and well-being at work is not only beneficial to employees but also the company and society at large. Here are some ways organisations can remove the stigma surrounding mental health:
1. Awareness and Open Discussions
The more people are aware of mental health issues and the challenges faced by people with mental health problems, the less powerful stigma becomes. Through education on mental health, companies can reduce stigma, discrimination, negative stereotypes, and fear in the workplace. Also, it is essential to create safe spaces for employees to talk about their own challenges without the fear of being "judged". Employees shouldn't fear that they will be excluded if they open up in this way. Leaders can set the tone for this by sharing their own experiences.
2. More Attention towards Language
It is common practice across different organisations to address people with mental health disorders with words like "Downy", "Scary", "Schizo". This can contribute significantly towards stigmatising mental health conditions. It is time to put an end to such practice and adopt practices that reduce prejudice, discrimination, and stigma against people suffering from mental health issues.
3. Increasing Access to Resources and Programs
Many organisations use employee assistance programmes (EAP) to support workplace mental health. Some employees may be reluctant to use this resource due to shame and lack of understanding, but they can go a long way in creating a workplace that values every individual equally and creates no discrimination or stigma. Companies can also provide direct access to mental health resources, apps, and even mental health professionals that can make employees feel supported and cared for.
4. Mental Health Training
It is crucial for every company to promote a culture that values every employee and understands that it's normal to suffer from mental health conditions. Mental health training for employees can help them recognise the signs of someone who may be struggling with a mental health challenge and connect them to support resources. Through plays and other activities, they can offer guidance on how to listen non-judgmentally, offer reassurance, and assess the risk of suicide or self-harm.
Making mental health stigma a thing of the past is the need of the hour for organisations. The common human connection that every person shares with another person is more important than what separates us. Everyone struggles with doubt and anxiety. However, empathy is vital to see that common ground and build on it to create opportunity and hope for all. (IANS/JB)
(Prakriti Poddar, Director, Poddar Wellness Ltd.)
Keywords: Health, Workplace, Mental Health.
By- Monika Rao
The grade 12th examinations will soon commence and students are preparing accordingly. However, class 12th candidates often find subjects like physics, maths and English as tough. This is because each of these subjects requires high accuracy while answering and a good foundational background.
In this article, we have compiled a list of helpful tips that can help CBSE class 12 board exam students overcome their examination anxiety and make the most of their preparation time.
The tips mentioned in this article can be applied by CBSE class 12 board exam students from all subjects and grades.
7 Effective Methods to master class 12th physics
Begin with the syllabus
A syllabus is a great tool for students as it lays out what is expected from the examiners. Understanding the syllabus in the early stages will facilitate students in keeping a track of the key topics. It will make students aware as well as differentiate between topics that are content-wise heavy/theoretical and numerical topics. The syllabus also draws a map of topics that students can use as a checklist before the final exams. Hence it's advised that pupils should begin their preparations with the help of the syllabus.
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Priorities high weightage chapters
The next preparation technique is to give priority to topics that have high weightage in the exam paper. Students can enlist such chapters as Optics, Electrostatics, Electromagnetic waves etc. It is recommended that pupils are well prepared with these topics and take full advantage of them. Another crucial thing to remember is that students must not neglect other chapters as smaller or easy topics are often combined to make a big question. Therefore, the best approach is to start learning the chanters that are on the priority list first and then jump onto the easy ones ( as they can be completed quickly).
Curate short notes
Next, pupils must curate short notes that have all the vital formulas, theorems, definitions and points for students to always go through them. These notes will help pupils to read and memorise them every day to retain them better. It is advised that students make a separate paper consisting of these crucial things so that it's easy to organise and skim through.
Brief yourself from NCERT books
Reference books are a necessity for subjects like physics as students need to get a better understanding of complex concepts. Also, it allows pupils to even learn how to structure their answers in an appropriate format. The more concise and accurate an answer is, the higher the marks students will get. Therefore students should also refer to good textbooks or sources like the NCERT books. These reference materials are quite insightful and their explanations are stated in a simple (easy to grasp) language! Moreover, pupils can find NCERT Physics Class 12 Book PDF in Hindi online and even download them.
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Practice math every day
A subject like physics goes hand in hand with mathematics and if students are weak in any one it also impacts the other subject. Therefore, maths is a core component that cannot be neglected. So it's best if candidates alongside studying physics incorporate maths as well. Practising maths daily can bring serious improvements. If students struggle with some math topics then it's suggested they watch tutorials or videos to comprehend them better.
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Solve multiple papers of the previous years
Solving papers is the main preparation step for all students. However, pupils often do not effectively solve them. To do this, grade 12th students must first be thorough with all the units and then for paper solving. Consequently, candidates should divide their time to complete a questionnaire that will help them to get a direction while solving a past paper. Furthermore, pupils will be able to acquire time management skills alongside recognising the exam paper pattern. Overall, solving past papers of at least 5 years should be a goal for students and certainly will help them master physics in no time!
Make sure to Revise
Lastly, if class 12th pupils face difficulties in retaining the studied topics then revision is the best method to solve this issue. Revision truly is an essential component of exam preparations as students constantly get briefed about the same topics repeatedly. This way, students find learning physics much easier. Besides, to revise, grade 12th candidates can opt for making flashcards or mind maps that aid in recalling information before the exam. Altogether, revision is a crucial aspect of mastering 12th Grade Physics that makes students more confident for exams. In particular, the revision allows students to be prepared early on and reduce pressure and anxiety so that they can give the exams with a clear mind.
Effective tips to remember during exam time
- Make sure to carry all the important notes and revision cards.
- Do not write answers in a rush to avoid making any blunders
- Try to complete the paper beforehand to check your answers briefly
- Quickly solve the easy questions first to save time
- Do not panic if you don't know how to answer a particular question, simply skip them and return to them later
- Never write unnecessary additional information in your answers, they won't give your marks
- Try to attempt all the questions
- Draw graphical representation whenever needed to refine your answer
- Make sure to write the SI units
- Solve the numerical problem step by step to avoid any mistakes.
In a nutshell, if students would like to master physics and get high scores in it, pupils must follow these simple tips. Apart from this, students may pay keen attention to the numerical related problems since those need a good math base. Also, physics has several types of questions that are easier to solve and can aid students to increase their pace while appearing for the exam. However, the utmost important skill that class 12th pupils should acquire is to avoid making silly mistakes as this can lower their overall score. Hence, practice is an essential starting point for students to get familiarised with the exam paper pattern.
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