Sail Through the JEE with These 7 Superb Tips!

Sail Through the JEE with These 7 Superb Tips!

The JEE is a supremely competitive exam, to say the least. Everybody wants a great rank – but getting there requires you to battle all the pressure and rise above the rest. No one said it was easy, but hey – you can make it with these 7 great tips!

#1 – Get your math skills sharpened
We’re talking at least 40 numerical problems to be solved in a day. More, if you can and feel the need to. Until the day of the exam, incorporate this into your routine so that solving mathematical problems will become second nature to you.

#2 – Work by the watch
Set time limits for your self so you can simulate the pressure of time constraints that you’ll be facing during the day of the exam. Push yourself, but of course, don’t drain yourself out. You can answer all questions quickly if you do so.

#3 – Polish off the toughies first
While you begin your preparations, it’s best to tame the beast first. Start off with the difficult topics and prioritise according to your learning style, so you can later find that studying becomes really simple!

#4 – Be your own critic
Analyse the mistakes you’re making. Spot where you’re going wrong. And then work on it as hard as you can. After all, you’ve got to prove your critic wrong!

#5 – Make logic your way of life
Practise how to think logically. This is an aspect most often ignored because it’s taken for granted. When you’re attempting JEE problems, logical thinking is the core of arriving at your solution. Go step by step and do not entertain stray thoughts or haphazard methods.

#6 – Board Exam Syllabus to the rescue!
Thought you’d never have any use for those textbooks? Well, you’re wrong. Both the JEE Main and the JEE Advanced exams use material from your very own board exam syllabus. So brush up all that knowledge you already have!

#7 – Get the wisdom of the years
Get all those JEE question papers from the past 10 or 15 years. Stack them up. Attempt them one by one. You’ll be all set to go!

Let us know if these tips helped by leaving a comment below. We’re sure that if you follow these steps, you will find the exam a breeze! All the best.

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7 Facts To Challenge Every Indian History Geek

7 Facts To Challenge Every Indian History Geek

Consider yourself a true lover of Indian History? Let’s see how many of these facts you knew before reading them!

#1 – Indians ruled hockey in the 20s
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Hockey may not be our national sport, but we sure were pretty good at it way back in the 1920s. In fact, there was a time when the British withdrew from the Olympics to avoid a possible defeat by India, their colony. One time when the colony scared the colonisers!

#2 – Calcutta had the first ever Indian theatre
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A cultural and artistic hub from then to now, Calcutta proves its rich love of the arts by the fact that the very first theatre in India was Elphinstone Palace. It started in 1907.

#3 – Rocket on wheels
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The very first rocket in India was so light and small that people transported it on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in none other than Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

#4 – Hitler made a proposal to Dhyan Chand!
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Not what you think! After India defeated Germany 8-1 in the Berlin Olympics (1936), Hitler summoned Major Dhyan Chand, the hockey superstar – and offered him German citizenship, a high position in the German military forces and the chance to play hockey for Germany’s team. Like a true patriot, Dhyan Chand declined the offer.

#5 – Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize
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The Nobel Peace Prize was meant to go to Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1948, but was withdrawn. This was because of his assassination and they left the title unassigned as a tribute to the great Indian freedom fighter.

#6 – Our first ever general elections lasted 4 months
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India’s very first general elections was the longest ever. The polls were on from October 1951 to February 1952.

#7 – Dr Rajendra Prasad ought to be a role model for today’s politicians!
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When he was appointed as the Indian president, Dr Rajendra Prasad took just 50% of his salary, saying he did not need more than that. Towards the end of his long tenure of 12 years, he only took 25% of his salary – back then, a president’s salary was 10,000 rupees.

How many of these did you know before? Comment below! No cheating 😉

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.