Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg is a regular contributor of Imphal Times, mostly related with Education. Vijay is a resident of Street Kour Chand MHR Malout-152107 Distt Sri Muktsar sahib Punjab. Vijay Garg, Ex.PES-1 is a retired Principal from Government Girls Sen Sec school Mandi Harji Ram Malout -152106 Punjab. He is also the author of Quantitative Aptitude, NTSE , NMMS, Mathematics of XII, ICSE numerical physics and chemistry many more books.

Friday, 02 December 2022 17:17

Preparation Tips for NEET UG Repeaters

It’s a dream for students to crack exams like NEET in their first attempt and secure a seat in the college of their choice. We understand that it is a really heartbreaking moment when you fail in a competitive exam that could potentially pave a path for your future. But everybody deserves a second chance to prove them and achieve their goals. So, as the famous idiom goes, ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight’, you should also dust yourself and get ready for the race again to  NEET 2023
Here are some useful tips to prepare for online NEET format. Make sure to follow these NEET 2023 preparation tips to make the most of your drop year and get good ranks in the medical entrance exam.
1. Analyze previous year score
The first and foremost thing that you should do is to analyze your previous year’s NEET results. This will give you a sense of what your strength and weaknesses are and will help you improve the weak areas over the course of time. This will provide a mirror to your preparation and aid you in the future when choosing the learning platform and study material.
2. Join an e-learning
Now that you’ve already taken the exam once, you most definitely are familiar with the syllabus and the pattern. Joining online NEET coaching rather than a more traditional classroom program will be perfect for you. It will give you the flexibility and time to self-study that you need to succeed. Further, as the exam format has changed now, online NEET preparation with live interactive classes or recorded video lectures will help you get ready for the computer-based test.
3. Practice a lot
Practicing different and abundant questions will be the key to success in your next attempt. When you practice questions, you are revising as well as strengthening your concepts at the same time. It’s like that age-old proverb, killing two birds with one stone. So, solve as many questions as you can. Moreover, it will also prepare you for the revised exam pattern. Choose different online tests for NEET 2023 like Daily Practice Tests, Mock Tests,  and Previous Year Papers.
4. Be in a comfortable environment
Comfort and peace of mind are paramount to preparing for a competitive exam. You can concentrate on your studies only when you have simple things like your meals and laundry sorted. So, let go of those worries by staying near/at your home and opting for a digital alternative Live that will help you prepare according to your own personal needs, preferences, and pace. With the live interactive classes, you will be able to attend the classes at your home without wasting hours on the daily commute.
5. Know your saturation point 
Studying for 15 hours straight does not mean you are preparing for NEET 2023 well. You should strive for studying hard as well as smart. You can ask your teachers to mentor you in the right direction and not exhaust yourself too soon. Instead of reading the same thing time and again to understand the concept, you can look for alternate mediums like video lectures to quickly get the things.
6. Make an effective plan
A routine can take you places, especially when it comes to cracking competitive exams like NEET. You need to consistently revise and improve your scores in order to succeed. Make an effective timetable and syllabus breakdown throughout your time, and strictly follow the same to complete preparation in time.
7. Do not feel disheartened 
Believe in yourself and try your best. Reward yourself when you achieve small goals like an average high score in practice tests or revision multiple times. This will keep you motivated and pumped up to work hard for longer periods of times.
8. Keep calm in stressful situations
Taking up tests  will help you to maintain a cool and calm demeanor in the actual exam. The mock test is designed to provide you a test like an experience that will definitely help you in conquering the last-minute nerves. Such tests are deliberately made a bit tough to help students prepare more for the final exam. So, if you score less on these exams, don’t lose hope; rather, check the detailed reports provided by the teachers and improve yourself.
9. Practice previous exam papers
Many a time in exams like NEET, questions are repeated or asked along the same wavelength. Practicing previous year papers will do wonders for your preparation. You will get a sense of the level and type of questions and if you’re lucky, you may even get one or two same questions.
10. Give it your all, hope for the best
Just have faith in your preparation and hard work, and hope for the best. Have confidence in yourself.

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 17:26

What is more important Skill or Degree?

Friends many people talk about having big college degrees and so on.  No doubt the degrees are essential for getting any job, but the moot question is whether we can progress in life on the basis of the degrees only.
The answer is ‘no’ rather we can say a BIG NO. Degrees are only a gateway to any job.  Even people with big degrees them remain unemployed. However, your ultimate growth depends on your skills.  However degrees are important in some professional fields, but here also the ultimate success lies in the skill of the person. Let’s understand it:
You can’t do any medical practice without any medical degree. However, only skilful doctors attract more patients than their counterparts.
You can’t do any legal practice and get the license at the bar council. Here you will also found that only a few advocates are more successful than their counterparts. Only those become successful, who are innovative and can think out of box.
There are many other fields, particularly professional fields where professional degrees are essential. But it is true that only those persons are successful who are more skilful than others.
Let’s understand from some pointers:
In 2015, out of 1.5 lakhs only 20% engineers were able to get jobs.
On every other day, we find that many doctorates apply for the posts of peons or even sweepers.
Not much technology is used in the classrooms, and when the students pass out from their colleges or universities, they are very little or not skilled at all.
Shortcut methods and cheating in exams have become very common.
To show good results teachers themselves indulge in these unethical practices.
The curriculum is quite old and outdated.
Let’s us understand the value of Skills
No wonder, these days everyone is after degrees. However, this is not the right way to start your career. It has been found that there is a wide gap between the number of graduates and the persons having jobs. Though it is not possible for any organization to provide job to everyone, therefore every organization prefers people who are more skilled than the others.
Why Skills are more important
A skilled person is more innovative. He can do versatile jobs.
He is more prone to learning.
One skill gives birth to other skill. It is a very true dictum. A skilled person will learn new skills more easily than the others.
Since he is more innovative, organizations prefer such people and they are paid more for the same position.
Now we are going through the age of transition. Only those people can survive in the job market who are skilled.
What Skill-based education is?
It is the flexibility in the hands of the learners.
It helps in enquiring experience.
It is more effective and purpose-driven.  It means that it helps students to receive a clear objective. Otherwise it has been seen the students are left in the river like a rudderless boat.
How can Skills be learned:
Though it is an inherent trait, yet schools and colleges can play a vital role in it.
Educational institutes need to integrate skills in the curriculum.
More stress is needed to give on inculcating skills than the degrees.
There are many examples of successful people who are not much educated, but due to their hard work and skills they become very successful. Some of these are:
Bill Gates: Who does not know the name of Bill Gates? He is the founder of Microsoft and considered as the wealthiest person of the world. However, he was a university dropout degrees work under their leadership.
So friends do you think that only degrees can do wonders? Certainly not. A combination of both is necessary to become successful in life. And no wonder people with having higher percentage of marks lag behind their peers who are more skillful than them. 

To prepare for competitive exams, most students prefer to join coaching classes because they think that coaching centers will make them fully prepared for exams. While it is true to some extent, no coaching center or class can make you fully prepared for any competitive exam if you don’t work hard yourself. 
There are some students who are not able to join coaching centers, owing to one reason or another. It is a common question among candidates and aspirants, whether they should join coaching centers or not. Well, you can easily qualify for an exam if you follow smart-study methods, make a daily timetable & stick to it, and be consistent. 
There is no doubt that coaching centers provide you with various shortcut tricks and methods that can help you in the exam but unless you are not willing to grind and work hard, no coaching center will be able to help you. If you are looking to prepare for competitive exams without coaching then we have got some tips for you that might help you with preparation:
1. Understand The Syllabus
Before you get any further, the first thing that you have to do is understand the syllabus. Qualifying for competitive exams isn’t easy. Every competitive exam has a defined syllabus along with the past papers of previous years. You should thoroughly go through the whole syllabus and understand the things that you will have to prepare. Going through past papers is also a good thing to do as you will be able to determine the difficulty level of the exams and understand what you are getting into.
2. Make An Effective Study Schedule
Once you get a hang of the syllabus, you should make an effective study schedule. If you are skipping coaching classes then it is important that you make a daily study routine and stick to it. Having a fixed study routine will help you with preparation. Remember that competitive exams aren’t easy and you will have to study for 8-12 hours on a daily basis in order to be prepared for the exams. Make sure that you stick to your study schedule and also keep a track of your preparation all the time.
3. Take Help From Standard Study Material Only
Taking help from standard study material and resources is very important. To be able to ace the competitive exams, you will have to focus on smart study which involves focusing on the quality of study rather than quantity. Instead of going through multiple books, you should pick up a standard book as recommended and go through that book more than once. 
Competitive exams are all about assessing your knowledge and not theory. If you have good knowledge and are able to apply it properly then you will be able to ace the exams. Remember to always choose the standard study material and make your concepts clear. Cramming everything won’t help you in competitive exams.
4. Stay Positive And Confident
Staying positive during the whole course of preparation is very important. In order to succeed in exams, you have to be positive and confident in your abilities. If you start to overthink then you will be hurting no one but yourself. Always try to stay positive, prepare well, and then test your knowledge. If you stay positive and are confident about yourself then it will give you the mental strength that you will need during the examination. Playing stress-relieving games like Klondike Solitaire during breaks can help you stay positive during preparation.
5. Stay Comfortable During Preparation
Staying comfortable during preparation is also important. Make sure that you study at a time when you feel comfortable. If you are an early bird then studying in the morning will be best suited for you whereas if you are a night owl then nighttime will be best for you. 
6. Take Frequent Breaks And Sleep Properly
Taking breaks and proper sleep is very important. To study for competitive exams, you will have to study alone to avoid any distractions and it can become very boring and stressful to study alone. Make sure that you find ways to de-stress yourself. One of the ways to do this is by playing a game such as Solitaire that is good for de-stressing yourself. Also, taking frequent breaks while studying. Studying for 2-3 hours and taking a 10-15 minutes break will freshen you up.
Also, don’t neglect sleep and rest. Sleep and rest are very important. Make sure that you sleep for at least 7-8 hours on a daily basis to keep your mind healthy and active. Without an active mind, everything else will be useless and you won’t be able to retain anything.
7. Revision
With everything else, don’t forget to revise your syllabus. Revision is one of the most important aspects of preparation. It is not possible for anyone to remember anything just by studying it once. You will have to go through your syllabus multiple times in order to retain it effectively.

Participating in social media initiatives helps students imbibe a sense of leadership, empathy, positive thinking.
Evolving educational landscape and involvement of technology have created a new space for collaborative learning. This approach involves a group of two or more students working together to complete the assigned task. Students working in a group rely on each other’s skills and expertise and accomplish the task. In such an ecosystem, students can go to their peers for help on specific problems, which builds social skills, creativity, and problem-solving. These skills will help students to survive and lead successful careers. The use of social media fosters a collaborative learning environment with digital tools and a large community to interact and share their thoughts. It helps teachers and students to connect irrespective of their geographical locations.
The NEP 2020 also emphasises embracing technology and collaborative learning to achieve foundational literacy and numeracy. Collaborative learning allows students to be more innovative and enhances communication through group discussions. Social media platforms facilitate these interactions more freely, and students share knowledge and experiences. These group activities teach students to express their ideas and thoughts while managing time. While working in groups, students harness peer strengths, address group learning needs, learn to cooperate, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and reach consensus.
In more than 40 studies of elementary, middle, and high school English classrooms, it was observed that discussion-based practices improved critical thinking, comprehension of text, etc. Interestingly, even discussions that lasted only for 10 to 15 minutes in the class, helped to improve perceived understanding of the critical points of the text and helped learners think beyond the text.
Students can use various social media platforms for educational purposes, powered by multiple languages, including regional languages packed with varied content quality. Seeing the high level of students engagement through social media, various schools adopted social media for community building, raising awareness, and establishing communication and higher-order thinking skills among students. Social media also shares positive, motivational, and educational content. For instance, schools involve students in designing social media campaigns to raise awareness of climate change, sustainability, and other social issues. Participating in such initiatives helps students imbibe a sense of leadership, empathy, positive thinking, and competitiveness. These skills further help them overcome future challenges, enhancing their critical thinking and analytical skills. Even the tiny change brought in society through these initiatives builds students’ confidence and empowers them to thrive.
With students’ strong inclination toward these platforms, educators can upgrade their curriculums and pedagogical practices accordingly. They use social media tools such as blogs, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest, Canva, LinkedIn, YouTube, and many short video platforms to engage students in relevant content. Besides, healthy debates and discussions initiated by educators on these platforms can help students to enhance their formal communication skills.
Digitally adept
Social media can enhance student engagement, and those adverse to reading can be inclined to read with eye-catching animations and entertaining presentations. Online content, open letters, articles, news, e-books, and information exchanged online make up for an endless list of avenues to nudge students towards reading and to increase their knowledge base, which might improve their higher-order thinking skills. Moreover, the need to stand out on social media by creating original or novel content will compel students to think creatively and innovatively. Educators can tap into these aspects of social media to bring out the best in students while nurturing them to become digitally adept and fluent. It can include activities like a real-world mystery on social media, where learners can solve it collaboratively. Students can also host live forum debates to develop higher-order thinking skills.
The need to follow rules
However, the content browsed on social media should have better governance. There is a high risk that students can be exposed to age-inappropriate content, sexual exploitation, scams, and cyberbullying. Forming new policies may help, but as the students are curious to know more, educators can teach them about the rules and the need to follow them. They should also be aware of the privacy policies of different websites for research and writing tools.

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