4 Great Ways to Make Your Students Want to Come Back to Class

4 Great Ways to Make Your Students Want to Come Back to Class

There are two types of teachers – good and bad. There is no in-between, and that’s the harsh truth we all have to live with. If we support our students educationally and emotionally, we are great teachers – and if we fail in even one of these forms of support, we’re bad.

Now don’t go harsh on yourself. This only means you should get better at your job – and it really isn’t hard. Consider your student a logical human being first, forget the fact that he/she is a few decades younger.

Now that you have that in mind, let’s go on to the 4 ways you can make a class so engaging that students will look forward to it every single time:

#1 – Begin with a short warm-up session
Remember that your students are just like you – they need to refresh their minds after work. They’re in class all day and have their brains drained out. Also remember that each student has a different learning type. Prepare an engaging warm-up that activates all ways of learning and perception – visual, auditory, verbal, logical, kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. That should get them set!

#2 – Value collaboration
You’ve got to teach your students the power of collaboration – make your entire class a collaborative effort – collaborate with your students and encourage them to collaborate with one another through project work. This will also help them understand one another’s strengths and weaknesses and thus work together as a team, cultivating ownership and confidence. Involve with them to ensure things are going smoothly and intervene if necessary to show that they ought to value each other – but do not interfere. There’s a difference!

#3 – Keep your communication crisp
When your communication is precise and concise, it encourages students to develop clear communication and also keeps them engaged. Crisp communication indicates that you have clarity of thought and that you value time (yours and that of your students), so it increases your credibility as a teacher! Besides, when you’re to-the-point, you’re more impactful and interesting. Now which student doesn’t want a teacher like that?

#4 – Encourage free discussions
If you’ve got a one-hour period, don’t spend all of it in lecturing the class solo. 5 minutes of warm up, 35 minutes of lecture, 10 minutes of collaborative project work related to the previous topic and 10 minutes of free discussion regarding the current topic would be the ideal distribution of time. Let students ask their doubts, clarify in a friendly, helpful manner. Allow their imaginations to run wild and never laugh at them. Treat them as mature adults and you will find respect and admiration coming your way!

Got more tips or have something to ask? Post your suggestions or questions in the comments’ section below.

Psychology vs. Psychiatry

Psychology vs. Psychiatry

In common usage, the two terms are often used interchangeably. Both are studies of the human mind and the similarity ends there. The differences between the two are distinct and here is how:

Education
The two professions differ greatly in terms of education. Psychiatrists need to go to medical school and get trained in general medicine. After they earn an MD, they attend 4 years of residency training in psychiatry. Psychologists, on the other hand, obtain a PhD or PsyD doctoral degree, which could take up to 4-6 years. This will include the study of personality development, the history of psychological issues and the science of research. They also learn how to diagnose mental disorders in varying situations, right from graduate school.

To sum it up, Psychiatry is a medical specialty. Psychiatrists are MBBS graduates who have further specialised in clinical practice (MD). Psychology, on the other hand, is either a science or an arts course (BA/BSc and MA/MSc) and psychologists are arts or science students.

Patients
The key difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is the mental state of their subjects or patients. A psychiatrist treats people with abnormalities in behavior and thoughts. A psychologist deals with normal people who have been through abnormal or unhappy situations or phases in life.

So if a patient suffers from a mental disorder like schizophrenia, he would consult a psychiatrist. On the other hand, if the patient has suffered from child abuse, he visits a psychologist.

Medication
While psychiatrists can prescribe medications and order diagnostic tests/treatments, psychologists are not authorised to do so. As a psychologist, you will only be able to assist patients with counseling. So, if in addition to counseling, your patients you also want to intervene medically, you need to get a degree in Medicine.

The role and responsibilities of a ‘clinical psychologist’ could be similar to that of a psychiatrist, but it isn’t the same.

Practice
Psychologists work with their patients regularly to address their behavioral patterns, either after a referral from a physician or independently. If medical intervention is required, the psychology might refer him/her to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication and monitor the dosage and frequency. The psychologist and psychiatrist work thus work differently, but together, to treat patient symptoms from behavioral and clinical standpoints.

Think there are more differences we can add to the list? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Myth Busted: “Will I have to deal with mentally ill patients if I’m a psychologist?”

Myth Busted: “Will I have to deal with mentally ill patients if I’m a psychologist?”

Not necessarily. It will depend on the area of specialisation that you pick. Psychology is not just about mental health. It is more about behaviour and all of us have specific behavioural patterns. Thus the training that you get as a psychologist will equip you to handle varied aspects of life such as family, education, human services, management, law and sports.

While psychology is generally applied in the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill patients, it is also equally handy in normal everyday human/animal life – to understand the response and behaviour of consumers, students, work force, sports, even your own family members.

Psychologists are professionals are equipped with psychometric tests and tools to help identify a problem. Once they have identified it, they either help the patient overcome his inabilities through a few techniques or refer him or her to someone suitable for appropriate assistance.

However, if you choose to be a clinical psychologist, you might be interacting with a lot of patients who are mentally ill.

Is Psychology Meant for You?

Is Psychology Meant for You?

Building a career in the field of psychology is not exactly an easy ride. When your job consists of counseling people, hearing their stories, identifying their problems, and guiding them through to positivity, it can be quite emotionally draining on you.

As a profession, psychology is still in its infancy in India. It is still mostly used in the realms of designing tests for assessing aptitude, ability, intelligence, special needs and so on. Today, though there is a lot more awareness about the need for good mental health, going to a psychologist is considered taboo. Awareness about psychology is lacking largely due to the taboo of mental health problems in India.

So how will you know if you are cut out for psychology? You are if…

You have a strong sense of empathy
Psychology isn’t about listening to people and offering judgement. It’s about putting yourself in their shoes – not so you can get involved and feel sad – but because you will know exactly what will help them and counsel them accordingly.

You are a patient listener
This is vital to build a career in this field. If you’re a good listener and are good at putting people at ease, you could well give this career a shot.

You have an eye for research
Psychology isn’t just about helping overcome problems, one person at a time. You ought to keep your mind open and identify patterns so you can understand the world at large and thus solve problems at a deeper and larger level. This requires a scientific bent of mind.

You are resilient
This is a profession where you’ve got to be soft yet tough. You’re going to have to witness plenty of sad truths about the human mind and the way it prompts people to think and behave. But you cannot break down. You’ve got to be there, but you’ve got to take a step back too.

Think you can do this? If yes, don’t hesitate. Take up a course in Psychology and set off on the journey to achieve your dreams. Sign up with Vidyartha so we can help you acquire the skills you need.

The Need for Psychology in Today’s World

The Need for Psychology in Today’s World

Psychology is a field that is attracting a lot of recognition in India and abroad. Mental health is now considered just as vital as physical health. And in some cases, the two are interlinked too. A bad state of mind can lead to physical illnesses. Given today’s fast pace of life and intense peer pressure, everyone at some point suffers from stress and mental strain in varying degrees, whether it is a student feeling the stress of board exams or an office-goer trying to cope with workload.

A psychologist deals with people going through a certain phase in life, which could be situational or abnormal. So, the counsellor at school who helps with adolescent issues, or your career counsellor, or a relationship therapist – they are psychologists.

Here are various reasons why we need psychology:

To identify mental and emotional conditions
We’re growing from a society that treats all problems with punishment to a society that identifies, understands and treats issues with care. The credit mainly goes to psychology. Today, we don’t go about encouraging corporal punishment to students who have learning disabilities, or electrocuting people with personality disorders. These are diagnosed and treated.

To shake the roots of social and cultural evils
Psychology is necessary to uproot the blind beliefs that human beings have and shed some scientific light on phenomena that can be explained otherwise. Besides, it is necessary to remove the stigma associated with certain types of behaviour and the consequences that follow.

To increase awareness about environmental and genetic influence
This is not just a curative measure, but a preventive one. Counselling families on the effect of their lives and circumstances on their children can help them create a better environment to grow up in. Besides, families with genetic problems can ensure their children do not get affected by the same problems they had.

Psychologists are thus a very important part of our lives. They take us through various phases of life and help restore normalcy by adapting to these changes.

If you have more questions, leave a comment below.

An Introduction to Psychology

An Introduction to Psychology

The mind is one busy place, what with all those thoughts, memories and ideas rushing around. It is also one powerful and complex entity. It is what makes you, you. Technically, the brain might function alike in all human beings; but yet each of us is unique in the way we think and behave.

There are two sciences that study the complexities of the human mind – psychology and psychiatry.

What is psychology, in the first place? It is the science of human and animal behaviour, both observable and covert – and it’s impact on things. This includes complex thoughts, varied emotions and corresponding behaviour. In theory, psychology has in it aspects of social sciences, humanities and medical sciences. Experts thus say that a grounding in science is very important for psychology.

The rigours of testing and experimenting helps one understand psychology better. And it inculcates the scientific frame of mind to question and enquire.

Whether or not we are aware of it, each of us has a bit of a psychologist in us. Even simple actions, like waiting for the right time to ask your parents for a new gadget you want or a raise in your pocket money involve an amount of understanding of how people around you will react.

Hope that helped! Let us know if you have more questions.

3 Bizarre Marketing Campaigns

3 Bizarre Marketing Campaigns

Taking “out of the box” to a whole new level, these marketing campaigns will forever be talked about.

#1 – Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
An auto shaped like a hot dog was designed by Carl G. Mayer to promote the hot dogs in America. The campaign might have run years ago, but is still selling hot!

#2 – Mitusubishi Triton Ute
Mitsubishi Motors in New Zealand gave free goats with their pickup truck Triton. This pepped up their sale in 2009 and worked wonders for them. The idea was targeted at the rural sector, which formed the customer segment for this truck.

#3 – Careerbuilder Monkeys
This campaign was launched during the Superbowl 2005 and became a huge hit. Careerbuilder, an employment network in the USA shows monkeys in a business environment, dressed in suits. This was aimed at employees who are unhappy with their jobs but still sticking to it.

India has also seen wacky campaigns these days. Think Idea’s jingles, Fastrack’s “Move on” and Flipkart’s latest ads with kids playing various roles in the daily life of an average Indian adult.

Got more awesome marketing campaigns you can think of? Tell us – we’d love to know!

What Are the Career Prospects for Marketing Students?

What Are the Career Prospects for Marketing Students?

Marketing is changing continuously with time. Earlier it used to be only about product development, branding and selling. But today, with the internet coming into play, it has become a two-way interaction, thanks to social media. Which means there is a high amount of opportunity. Digital marketing has thus boomed to created plenty of opportunities and very soon, we will witness innovative marketing practices that will open more new doors than ever before. ,Of course, we should never lose focus on the three important skills to become a great marketer – the ability to ideate and innovate, the ability to develop an effective communication strategy and the skill to sell.

Here are a few examples of the three top roles that have cropped up in the industry:

  1. Digital Marketing Head
  2. SEO Specialist
  3. Social Media Strategist

Did you know that digital marketers get paid 85% more than traditional marketers? Now that’s saying a lot. In this competitive world, marketing has never been more important. So the scope sure is massive.

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Understanding Marketing Through a Case Study

Understanding Marketing Through a Case Study

We’ll take you through the various phases of marketing through a simple example. Assume there is a company which wants to sell honey to people who do not typically shop in super markets; but shop in small stores.

Phase 1: Product planning
Here, you decide the features of the product. In this case, you decide it’s best to Package the honey in sachets instead of containers. This way, the consumers can buy whatever quantity they need, even the smallest quantity for daily use.

Phase 2: Product costing
Here you define the price. In this situation, you decide the per sachet for different quantities; 5ml, 10ml, etc.

Phase 3: Product launch
You need to launch your product in a place which is visible to your target audience. Now in this case, newspapers and traditional posters are the best ways to showcase your product in various neighbourhoods.

Phase 4: Branding strategy
What logo and colours to use? Here, you’ve got to exercise freedom with caution. Red and yellow increase appetite. You can also use traditional golden brown or golden orange to suit the colour of honey.

Phast 5: The advertisment campaign
One of the ways to do this when you’re selling local products like honey is by going back to the old methods where you can get a motor vehicle, saddle a loudspeaker on it, and get people to make announcements in the neighbourhoods. The other can be announcements on the radio or on local television channels. Keep digital advertising and marketing out of the picture, when you’re targeting mere neighbourhoods. You can use that when your business expands.

Sometimes, you can think out of the box and adopt alternative or new platforms of communication even via traditional methods to sell your product.

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