How should one start Preparing for IIT JEE?

How should one Prepare for IIT JEE

Congratulations for starting your IIT JEE preparations. You may be in Class 6th or Class 12th, it is never too early and never too late to start your preparations. Although, waiting till the last is not a good strategy when it comes to IIT JEE and we highly suggest that you start as soon as possible.

Other than hard work, diligence and discipline are some effective ways here to start your preparations.

Be ahead of your Class syllabus: Go prepared to your class by pre-studying the topic going on in your school. This helps you building better understanding of the concepts.

Do not restrict yourself to the text books. Refer some of the books written by eminent writers. For example, after completing all the topics and subtopics in your Chemistry textbook, you can refer authors like J.D. Lee, Morrison and Boyd. While selecting your study material, contact your teachers and seniors.

If you can easily handle even the difficult questions of your book, you can go one step further by studying the next class chapters. For example, If you are in 8th class, you can try to learn some of the concepts of 9th class too.

Always be asking questions: Never hesitate to ask questions in your class. No question is silly or too basic. Students who ask a lot of questions, understand the concepts better and gain more marks. Do not worry about what will your classmates or teacher think of you. Have a question? Just ask it!

Make use of technology:  Take advantage of latest technology such as online training and m-learning. Make use of Internet to find study material, mock tests, and other useful resources.

Online Practice Tests & Previous Test Papers: Make it a habit to attempt some of the online practice tests freely available over Internet. Practice some of the IIT-JEE test papers of previous years too.

Analyse it: After taking a test, analyze your performance to find your weak areas and opportunity areas (where you scored well) by topic and subtopic wise.

Prepare an attack plan: After getting the report, spend more time on the topics and subjects at which you are weak. Your opportunity areas are the topics in which you can score more than others, so do not ignore them completely, keep practicing them once in awhile.

Get Training: You may want to join a course for a more structured approach to your preparation. A course also gives you access to expert teachers, effective course material, tests and guidance. If you are in middle school, you can go for an online IIT JEE Foundation Course, like the one Edvie offers (details of the course) and if you are in Class 11th / 12th then you can go for a IIT JEE Preparation course.

Follow these advice to get started for IIT JEE in the right way. We wish you success and hope to see you in IIT one day!

Foreign Universities that consider JEE Score for UG Courses in Engineering

Foreign Universities that consider JEE Score for UG Courses in Engineering

Most of the foreign universities expect students to possess a minimum of 12-13 years of academic education with top grades. They should score well in aptitude and language proficiency exams. The universities outside India give weightage to various factors such as exceptional achievements, teamwork, community service and volunteer work. Owing to its reputation, some of the international institutions have started admitting Indian students based on their IIT-JEE score. The National University of Singapore accepts both JEE Main and Advanced Score for admission into its undergraduate (UG) programmes.

Apart from your academic merit, you may get some brownie points for your achievements in competitive exams and co-curricular activities. The university accepts admissions based on International Science Olympiad Medals too.

As India is one of the rapidly emerging economies in the world, let us hope that various foreign universities follow the path of National University of Singapore and start accepting IIT-JEE and other national level engineering examinations conducted by Indian educational boards.

Popular Yogasans for Students

There are different types of yogasans with different levels of difficulty. Let us discuss about some of the popular yogasans which are taught in yoga classes for schoolstudents. You cannot immediately perform  advanced postures. Hence, there has to be a gradual transition from simple postures to advanced postures.

Here are some yogasans which are beneficial for students to maintain a healthy body and a sound mind:

Lotus Posture (Padmasana): It is one of the most popular postures for the students and beginners.

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Benefits:

  • Relaxes entire body
  • Good for back and thighs

 

Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana):  It is a forward bend yoga posture.

  • Sit on the mat
  • Stretch out both the legs in front of you
  • Bend forward and try to touch your knees with your forehead

Janu Sireesha Aasana

Benefits:

  • Stretches your shoulders, back, spine, and hamstrings
  • Relieves headaches and menstrual discomfort

 

Child’s Posture (Balasana):  It is a simple yet challenging posture.

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  •  Sit on the mat with your legs underneath you
  • Rest your buttocks on the heels of your feet
  • Bend forward like shown in the picture
  • Touch the ground with your forehead
  • Put your hands behind you as shown in the picture
  • As a variation, you can spread your hands in front and touch the ground with your palms

Benefits:

  • Relieves stress and calms the mind
  • Stretches your back and ankles

 

The Crane Pose (Bakasana): It is an arm balancing pose. It targets arm and leg muscles.

Baka Aasana

  • Lift your body off the ground as shown in the picture
  • Rely on arms to support the weight
  • Hold this posture for 8-10 seconds and slowly come back to the normal position

Benefits:

  • Relaxes and strengthens hips and groins
  • Stretches your upper back
  • Builds your arms

This is an advanced pose. So, master basic asanas before attempting this one.

 

Cobra Posture (Bhujangasana): It is a back bend pose.

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  • Lie face down on the mat
  • Keep your elbows close to your sides. Your palms should be placed on the ground close to your chest
  • Lift your upper body off the floor slowly by pushing the ground with your palms
  • Hold the posture for 6-10 seconds
  • Come back to the starting pose slowly

The following are the advantages of Bhujangasana:

  • Stretches spine, chest, lungs, abdomen and shoulders

 

Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana): It is an inversion pose.

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  • Lie on your back
  • Raise your legs higher
  • Stretch your legs up with your hands supporting your back as shown in the picture
  • Hold the posture for 10 to 15 seconds
  • Move your back down slowly to the ground
  • Then, move your legs down slowly to the ground

Benefits: The following are the benefits of Salamba Sarvangasana:

  • Firms the legs and buttocks
  • Stretches the neck and shoulders
  • Stimulates prostate glands and abdominal organs

 

Trikonasana (Triangle Posture): It is a standing posture.

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  • Stand at ease on the floor with more than shoulder width gap between your legs
  • Bend towards your left and touch the ground with your left hand as shown in above picture
  • Raise your right hand upwards making an angle of 180° with your left hand
  • Hold the posture for some time
  • Slowly bring your right hand down and raise your left hand that is bent down
  • Come back to stand at ease position

Benefits: The following are the advantages of Trikonasana:

  • Strengthens thighs, ankles and knees
  • Stretches spine,  shoulders, and hamstrings

 

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend):

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  • Stand with your feet placed together
  • Bend your body downward slowly as shown in the picture
  • Touch your feet with your palms
  • Try to touch your shins with your forehead
  • Hold the posture for some time
  • Lift your head and hands and come to stand at ease position slowly

Benefits: The following are the advantages ofUttanasana:

  • Stretches the leg muscles
  • Strengthens the thighs and knees

After practicing this asana for a few days, your body becomes flexible and gets habituated to the asana. Then, you can bend your body forward completely with a greater ease.

 

Downward Facing Dog: It is a downward facing posture.

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  • Stand in attention posture
  • Bend your body and head downwards as shown in the picture
  • Expand and stretch your hands on the floor
  • Keep your back and your legs straight
  • Turn your body into an inverted  V position
  • Hold this posture for some time
  • To come back, bend your knees and place them on the ground.
  • Come back to standing position slowly

Benefits:

  • Stretches upper as well as lower body
  • Strengthens the muscles
  • Stretches hamstrings, arms and back

 

Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana): It is a sit and twist yoga pose.

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  • Sit with your legs crossed (Indian style)
  • Place your right leg behind your left leg as shown in the picture
  • Place your right hand on the floor pointing back as shown in the picture
  • Place your left arm behind your right leg coming from over your right leg (see picture).
  • Your left arm should be mildly pushing your left leg.
  • Make sure your heel of your left leg is under your hip.
  • Bend your neck to look in the right direction (as shown in the picture)
  • Feel relaxed in this posture. Do not stiffen your body.
  • After holding this posture for sometime, move hands and legs slowly to their actual position and sit at ease

Benefits:

  • Stretches the shoulders and energizes the spine
  • Helps you in maintaining good posture while sitting and standing

Note:

  • If the posture causes any pain in tailbone, place a blanket below the buttocks for support
  • While doing this posture, do not try too hard as  it may hurt your back and neck if not done well

It is advisable to do yoga posture under supervision of your parents/ yoga teacher. If you feel any discomfort or pain then, you immediately stop doing that particular asan.

It is highly suggested that you take care of your health and treat your body like a temple. Do these yogasana or any physical exercise everyday to keep fit and remain active in your studies and sports.

Never Forget in Exams: 10 Ways to Improve your Memory Power

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Many students struggle in exams as they find it difficult to remember, recollect and reproduce what they have read in the exams. Hence, we would like to share some of the tips with the school students and their parents to help them improve their memory power.

1.Eat and drink right

Take food and juices which help improving memory power. For example: Fish, eggs, walnuts, beetroot juice etc.

Read more: Foods that give you memory of geniuses

2. Exercise daily

Regular exercise improves blood circulation and supplies adequate blood to the brain. It stimulates nerve cells and strengthen their interconnections and protect them from damage.

  • Do exercises as they stimulate your brain
  • Try to practice yoga and meditation every day early in the morning

3. Sleep Well

Sleep well to improve your memory power.

  • Those who suffer from sleeplessness score less marks in IQ tests.
  • Ensure that you sleep for not less than 6 hours a day but not more than 8 hours a day.
  • Several medical studies have proved that the students who sleep well perform well in the exams.
  • Whenever possible take a power nap in the afternoon as it plays an important role in improving the memory power.

4. Stimulate your brain every now and then

The brain forms new connections when  faced with more challenging functions. Hence, try to give more challenging tasks to your brain.

  • Play brain games
  • Learn new things and surprising facts
  • Try to acquire a new skill or hobby

5. Focus More

Research shows that one needs to concentrate on a particular thing for at least eight seconds to remember it. Hence, try to spend more time on those which you want to remember.

 6. Manage stress

Keep yourself away from stress as it reduces the efficiency of your mind.

 7. Positive Spirit

Take everything with positive spirit.

 8. Visualisation Technique

Try to picturize something that you want to remember.

 9. Rhyme the difficult words

Form a rhyme with the list of the things that you want to remember.

 10. Chunking to remember big answers

If you are supposed to remember a large amount of data, break it up into smaller ‘chunks’ or parts.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this article. Try to follow at least some of the tips shared in this articles to improve your memory power. Wish you all the best in your endeavour!

 Here is another article ‘Foods that Give you Memory of Geniuses’ which lists out the foods that help you to improve your memory power.

 

 

11 Foods that Give you Memory of Geniuses

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Have trouble remembering formulas and answers? You may be eating right but are you eating the right things to improve your memory power?

Here are power foods that can give you memory of geniuses.

  • Walnuts: These contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and plant-based omega-3 fatty acid which is good for heart and brain-health benefits.
  • Seafood: Seafood like fish and prawns also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for improving memory.
  • Green and Leafy Vegetables: Vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta-carotene keeps the brain healthy. Eat one serving of green leafy vegetable everyday to develop super memory.
  • Eggs: These can boost your memory as they are rich in Choline. ‘People who got plenty of choline in their diets performs better memory during memory tests’ revealed Researchers at Boston University.
  • Dark Chocolate: It is rich in cacao (or cocoa) which reduces stress and and improves memory.
  • Celery: It is rich in Luteolin, which calms and prevents inflammation in your brain.
  • Broccoli: It contains high levels of Vitamin K and Choline. It enhances your memory power. It is also loaded with vitamin C. It is enough to take just one cup of it on daily basis to get required quantity of vitamins required to boost up memory power.

Juices that boost memory power: Following are some of the juices that boost-up memory power.

  • Blueberries Juice: It is rich in anti-oxidants and keep your brain active in the afternoon. British scientists discovered that the antioxidants in blueberries enhance the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and keep the mind fresh. It boosts concentration and memory.
  • Beets Juice: Scientists at the Translational Science Center discovered that a daily dose of beet juice increases blood flow to the area of the brain and it ultimately enhances the memory power.
  • Carrot Juice: It is good not only for eyes but also for brain. It reduces the inflammation of the brain cells and enhances memory. Carrots and carrot juice improve your memory by lowering oxidative stress in the brain which weakens nerve signalling capacity.
  • Apple juice: They contain quercetin, an antioxidant that protects the brain from the inflammation and improves cognitive function and memory power. This antioxidant protects our brain cells from damage by maintaining adequate supply of nutrients. Apple juice enhances the brain memory by stimulating the action of acetylcholine, a chemical that safeguards brain health and good memory). The juice protects your brain from oxidative damage that may result from dietary insufficiencies, normal metabolism and genetic deficiencies.

Ideal Food Habits: Try to follow below mentioned tips:

  • Take nutritious food on time
  • Avoid delays in food intake
  • Avoid junk food
  • Eat fresh vegetables
  • Avoid excessive intake of oily and fried food, and sugar

Ideal Liquid Intake Habits:

  • Take good quantity of fruit juices
  • Drink at least 2 litres (7-10 glass) of water everyday
  • Avoid tea and coffee, instead take milk
  • Stop excessive intake of soft drinks and cold water direct from the fridge

Can International Students go to an IIT?

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IITs are the most reputed engineering colleges in India. Many aspiring engineers dream to study in IITs. Recently, IITs started conducting the entrance test in foreign countries this year. Now, foreign students can also join IITs. The higher authorities of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made this plan to promote the IITs at international level. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took this decision.

The board has decided to conduct the entrance test in foreign countries to select the foreign students for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) courses in engineering.

Countries to participate: The board is set to conduct IIT entrance test in different countries such as Singapore, UAE, and three SAARC countries. The board is planning to commence exam centres in these six countries:

  • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Dubai (UAE)
  • Singapore

In the past too, Dubai JEE was conducted for the students who were studying in CBSE Schools. It was held to admit Indian nationals only. Now, it is planning to enhance its reputation across the globe.

Criticism: Though people appreciate the initiative of IIT-JEE board to attract foreign students, it has received some criticism too. The prime criticism is that the foreign students have been receiving undue and unfair advantage.

The new policy allows the foreign students, from six countries, to appear directly to JEE (Advanced) if they secure minimum 75% marks in Class 12th or its equivalent exam. Indian students have to qualify JEE (Mains) and JEE(Advanced) to join IIT. The board conducts the admission process based on rank obtained in IIT-JEE(Advanced).

Code of conducts and regulations

According to IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB), Chennai, the foreign candidates have to upload the following to get admission into JEE exams:

  • Birth certificate
  • Mark sheet of Class 12th
  • Identity proof of the candidate
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Passports of the parents of the candidate

The board has, however, clarified that the seats for the foreign students will only be the addition to existing seats. It does not reduce the available seats for the Indian candidates.

Joint Admission Board (JAB), Chennai, stated ‘the number of seats will not exceed 10 percent of the total seats in each course offered by the IITs.Moreover, foreign students will not be allowed to make use ofreservation facility of ST, SC, OBC, and PWD categories.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is planning to provide research visas to the foreign students taking admission into IITs  for a period equal to their course duration. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has assured that there will not  be any discrimination between Indian students and foreign students while providing facilities and education. IITs charge more fee from the foreign students and they will not receive any kind of  subsidies.

IIT Bombay is appointed as the National Coordinator to organize IIT-JEE in these foreign countries.

The IIT board is set to follow this initiative from this new academic year 2017-18. Many foreign candidates are set to participate in admission and counseling procedure this year.

JEE Mains and JEE Advanced: Differences You Should Know

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Every year, more than 12 lakh students appear for the JEE Main, making it one of the toughest exams in the world. When they are starting,  some students may be confused about  the difference between IIT JEE Main exam and IIT JEE Advanced exam. Let us discuss about the difference between IIT-JEE and IIT-Advanced.

JEE-Main: A gateway to NITs & IIITs

CBSE conducts this entrance test and its score acts as the basis for the admission into the following institutions:

  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
  • Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)
  • Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs)
  • Engineering colleges run by the participating states

It also acts as an eligibility test which allows the students to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.

Pattern of JEE-Main: It is conducted in both offline and online modes and contains two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. The students can appear for either or both of the papers.

  • Paper 1: CBSE conducts it  for the students who want admission in Undergraduate Engineering Course. It is held both in online and offline modes.
  • Paper 2: It is for the students who want to join B.Arch and B.Planning courses. It is conducted in offline mode alone.

Limit on attempts: The students can give three attempts for JEE Main exams.

Syllabus of JEE-Main: JEE Main exams is conducted based on the CBSE Class 11 and 12 syllabus of three subjects namely Mathematics,  Physics, and Chemistry.

JEE Advanced:An entrance test for IITs

It is an entrance exam conducted by the IITs for the admission into the following institutes:

  • Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
  • Other institutes like the Indian School of Mines (ISM)

Pattern of JEE-Advanced: It is a paper-based test held only in offline method. This test contains Paper 1 and Paper 2. The students should clear both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the exam. If your marks are higher than ‘cut-off marks’ set by the Joint Implementation Committee, you can get ‘Pass’ status.

Limit on attempts: You can appear for the exam for only two consecutive years.

Students, who want admission into Architecture courses offered by IITs, should appear for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT), conducted by zonal IITs, after clearing the JEE Advanced exam.

Syllabus of JEE-Advanced: Apart from the CBSE Class 11 and 12 syllabus of three subjects namely Mathematics,  Physics, and Chemistry, the JEE Advanced contains a few extra topics.

The following are some of the topics included in the Physics syllabus of JEE Advanced but not in JEE Main are:

  • Newton’s Law of Cooling
  • Absorptive and Emissive Powers
  • Wein’s Displacement Law
  • Kirchoff’s law
  • Stefan’s Law
  • Blackbody radiation

The following are some of the topics included in the Chemistry syllabus of JEE Advanced but not in JEE Main are:

  • Alpha, beta & gamma rays: Introduction & Their Properties
  • Stability of nuclei & proton-neutron ratio
  • Fission & fusion reactions: Basic Introduction
  • Equivalent Conductivity
  • Kinetics of radioactive decay
  • Carbon dating
  • Radioactivity

The students, who want to crack IIT-JEE Advanced test, should know the concepts and their applications in-depth. Based on your ambition, decide to appear for either IIT-JEE Main or IIT-JEE Advanced or both. If your aim is to get into NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs, appear for IIT-JEE Main. If your ambition is to get into IIT, you have to appear for both the tests.

Starting Early For IIT JEE is Easier Than Ever Now

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IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is a national level engineering entrance examination held annually for the admission into IIT. The entrance test curriculum contains three subjects namely Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and is largely based on CBSE syllabus. Questions based on application of multiple concepts in a single problem are common for JEE. If you want to know the difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced you can read this blog.

Our IIT-JEE foundation course usually begins from 6th class and continues till 10th class. It covers Math, Physics and Chemistry from basic to advanced level. As IIT JEE is one of the toughest admission tests in the world, it is highly important for the students to start IIT-JEE Foundation preparation from their school days itself.

IIT-Foundation programme that we offer to the students from 6th class to to 10th class is unique of its kind. It enhances students’ analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills. It strengthens the students’ conceptual clarity of the fundamentals in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. We have designed our courses and tests in such a way that they deal with the application of concepts. We make our students understand concepts thoroughly. Our training helps our students not only in IIT-JEE but also in various talent search and Olympiad exams.

Teaching & Testing Methodology: Our IIT-JEE foundation course is offered through online mode. We offer live classes for 6 days a week. They are interactive and engaging. We provide our students with well designed and integrated course material. Students get to learn from the best teachers from India. Our teachers are from premier colleges and are trained in teaching IIT JEE Foundation course.

In our teaching, we emphasize not only on the concepts but also their application. Most of the questions that we ask in our practice tests are real life problems based on the application of the concepts.

Online Practice Tests: Each chapter is divided into different subtopics. After every class, students are supposed to take an online homework based on the topics taught in the class. Tests are usually 30 minutes. Each test contains 10 multiple choice questions and is of 20 marks. You can get instant results after the completion of the test.

Performance Reports: Online tests help you assess yourself at topic and sub-topic level. You can identify your opportunity areas and weak areas. For example – your performance report will tell you that in Number system, you are strong in Rational numbers and Irrational numbers but are weak in Surds.

You can show improvement in your performance by focusing more on the weak areas and ensuring that you will not repeat same mistakes in future after going through incorrect answers.

Recording of Online Classes: We provide our students with recorded videos of all the classes covered under their course. They can watch them multiple times freely and can watch the videos whenever and wherever they want.

Students and parents can contact our Help Desk if they have any queries related to enrollment process, fee, and class details.

Role of Self Discipline in Students’ Life

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Every parent worries about their child’s discipline. In schools too, teachers emphasize on the importance of self discipline of the students in achieving their educational goals. They  conduct various events to promote self discipline among the students. Every game and sport teaches the students discipline as they contain several rules and regulations.

What is discipline?

Discipline means good and balanced code of behaviour. There should  be well defined order in thinking, communication and behaviour. It includes one’s ability to self-control and how one follows rules and regulations. It is mandatory for everybody whether you may be a student, an employee or a  businessman.

A life without discipline is like a train without railway tracks. Indiscipline leads to disorder and unrest. Hence, discipline is required everywhere in some form or other. A small indiscipline act may negatively affect one’s life. Childhood is the best period to learn discipline. If something is learnt at childhood, it may continue for ever as  the young mind learns things easily. The school is the best place which inculcates and cultivates the self-discipline among the students.

Importance of Self Discipline:

  • It makes you a better human being.
  • It plays crucial role in one’s success and acts as a ladder to get elevated to higher positions in life.
  • It helps you to overcome your own weaknesses.
  • An individual’s life becomes aimless and lawless if he or she lacks discipline.
  • It builds character and integrity for an individual.
  • It develops strength, unity and co-operation among the people. It ultimately leads to better society and nation.
  • It allows you to achieve your goals in time.
  • With self-discipline, you can overcome addictions, laziness,  personality disorders, and negative habits.
  • It helps you to excel in studies and achieve self improvement in all the aspects of the life.

As many of the people believe, self-discipline does not mean leading a restricted and limited life but, it means living with self regulation, a sign of your inner strength. It makes  you to take firm decisions and follow them without any breach and without changing your mind.

Meet Our Parent Advisor: Kiran

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We are a student friendly educational institute. We consider it our delight to  guide and counsel students and their parents about academic issues. Parent advisors in Edvie  help our Students and Parents in several things such as registration process and the arrangement of trial classes and assisting them in getting the best out of our online IIT JEE Foundation course.

Who is a Parent Advisor?: Our parent advisors are the prime pillars of our students services. S(he) is a major connection between the parents, students, teachers and Edvie.

Activities of a parent advisor: The following are some of the activities of a parent advisors:

  • Guide students and their parents in registration process
  • Arrange trial classes for  students who are planning to join our IIT-JEE Foundation course
  • Act as one-point contact for parents

We would like you to meet M. Kiran, who is one of our parent advisors and has been associated with us for 8 months now.

About M Kiran: Kiran is an enthusiastic and  and passionate counsellor, who has been into this field for many years. He is an engineering graduate from Osmania University. He has also taken up online courses in student’s psychology and academic counselling. Kiran joined us because of his love and passion for education and learning.

  • Trial Classes: If you are new to online tuitions/courses and want to experience a LIVE class before joining the course, Kiran can help you in scheduling a trial class just for you. Generally, a trial class can be arranged in 24-36 hours depending on availability  of the student and the teacher.
  • Adoption of course: He facilitates the adoption of the course by solving problems such as technical issues, teaching issues, and other general issues. In a nutshell, he is the one stop help for any problem faced by our students while attending our course.
  • Counselling of Students: Students can discuss with Kiran about their academic challenges. He also guides them to identify their academic goals and to prepare an academic plan accordingly.
  • Parent’s Enquiry: Parents can make an enquiry with Kiran about timely academic progress of their children in IIT-JEE Foundation Course.

How to contact Mr. Kiran…

You can contact him by either e-mail or telephone. We encourage you to contact our parent advisor and to take his mentoring services as early as possible.

Phone : 800 888 4742

Email: kiran.m@enlume.com

13 Best Summer Camp Ideas for School Students

Best Summer Camp Ideas for School Students

Summer camps, which are of different kinds and held based on various activities, help you utilize summer vacations effectively by enabling you to explore various new things. Before joining any summer camp, discuss it with your parents and friends and take their guidance.

These summer camps range from vedic mathematics to pottery. Select a camp which contains activities of interest to you.

Here are some of the best 10 summer camp ideas:

Robotics workshop: Are you fascinated by robots? You know, you can build your own robots within a few weeks time. Join a robotics workshop to learn the basics of robotics and at the end you will have created your very own robot too.

Representatives from Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base and 823rd Red Horse Squadron at Silver Flag Exercise Site taught students about working in a science, technology, engineering and math field for National Robotics Week.

Creative workshops: To give your right brain a dose of creative vitamins, join a Crafts camp such as a pottery workshop, painting course or origami course.

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Find out what all creative and crafts workshops are happening in your nearby areas and pick a few.

Computer workshop: You may already be knowing how to operate a computer. If you don’t, then it is a good idea to take up a basic computer course containing office applications and working of internet.

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If you already know the basics, then go to the next level. Try your hands at web programming or mobile apps programming or take up a course to understand how internet and networks really work. By the end of the course, you may actually have developed your own mobile app! Cool, isn’t it?

Adventure camps: A sound body is the house of a sound mind. Sports and physical adventures not only help develop our physical strength but also mental strength and leadership qualities. This summer, go on an adventure camp and have your adventure stories to tell your friends.

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Adventure camps have activities such as forest camping, mountain trekking, horse riding and other adventure sports.

Music: You know music has healing properties? Try listening to Mozart or a good peppy song when you are feeling sad. It will lift up your mood and make you feel better. This summer you can be on the other side of the table, means, you can learn to play a musical instrument or to sing in your lovely voice.
Explore different kinds of music from Indian classical music to western music. In Indian classical music too, you can explore different kinds of musical traditions such as carnatic, hindustani and folk music.

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Dance: Dance like nobody is watching. This is spiritually true, but if you want to dance like everybody is watching then you can try learning some new moves and dazzle your friends and family with your performance. If you are feeling more committed, you can join dance classes. Be it Indian or western, from kuchipudi to contemporary, anything which moves you!

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Writing: Hey, let me tell you a story. Did I just got your attention? Do you secretly dream of writing the next Harry Potter or Narnia? If you love reading and would like to someday start writing, then you we have good news for you. You can take up a summer course in Fiction writing or Creative writing. You can also learn to write short stories and poetry. Take up an online or an offline course. Several eminent writers hold these camps to encourage and guide young writers. Join a course, write your very own bestseller, participate in a contest or try sending it to a few publishers. Even if you don’t get published, you would have spent a summer vacation full of magic, fantasy, thrill and adventure. Second that?

Magic: Abra-ca-dabra! Gili Gili Choo! And the rabbit came out of my hat! How cool will it be to learn magic tricks to amaze your friends and family? Summer is a great time to learn magic. Go ahead and do some magic!

Community Service Camps: Be the change you want to see in the society! Said, Mahatma Gandhi. You can initiate change in your home, your community, your area, your city, entire nation or the whole world. Think of a community activity like cleaning drive, save energy campaign, literacy awareness campaign, gather your friends and supporters and execute your ideas. You can also join a community service camp or an NGO to help them with volunteer work.

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Cooking: Are you a fussy eater or do you love food? We know moms always complain that we are not eating enough. If you love food or are fascinated by Master Chef show, then why not try your hands at cooking? But before we proceed, a word of safety. Do not try to cook or operate cooking stove/appliances without supervision of your mom or anyone elder. Join cooking classes to know and learn world cuisine. Yes Chef?

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Hobbies workshops: Do you have a hobby? No? Or do you want to learn a new one? Here are some ideas – gardening, stamp collection, crafts, origami, painting, drawing, and sketching. Develop a new hobby by joining some hobby summer camps.

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Life skills workshops: These workshops impart you with life skills which help you in your personal life. They include various things such as time management, negotiations, event management or skills like basic carpentry, embroidery etc.

Mathematics workshop: There are reasons to join a mathematics workshop if you are scared or love math. You can leverage the summer vacations to get better in mathematics or to understand it better so that you are not scared of it anymore. You can join courses like Vedic mathematics. In Vedic Mathematics Camp, you can learn Vedic Mathematics Sutras (Formulae) that help you speed-up your mathematical calculations with higher accuracy.
Summer Reading Camps: Is reading your passion? If yes, you can read selected classics according to the guidance of summer reading camps who guide you according to your age or grade. Collect the list of children’s classics available in the camp and you can enjoy reading some of the best titles from it.

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Internship: Apart from above mentioned summer camp activities, you can also get some real life work experience by interning in companies such as McDonald or CCD. Internship programmes help you improve your communication skills, gain work experience, meet diverse people and learn various practical things of the work that you do.

We hope that you enjoyed this article and will pick up some of these activities. Share with us your summer adventure!

DIY Activities: Fun For Your Kids In This Summer Vacation

DIY Activities for your Kids this Summer Vacation

Hi Students,

We know that you are making use of this summer in meaningful way. Make it further meaningful by participating in certain DIY (Do It Yourself) activities. It is a good pastime activity too. They relieve you from the stress that you experience from day to day activities. In fact, it is a good learning experience.

Prior to commencing any DIY activity, keep the following things in view:
As a part of your DIY activities, do activities such as gardening and cooking.
If you want to prepare any handicrafts, you can use unused and waste products piled up in your house, natural things such as bamboo sticks, twigs, leaves and stones of different types, and generally used domestic materials such as fevicol, gum, color papers, and stationery.
You can buy those objects which you cannot get freely. But, make a budget for such items by discussing with your parents.

The following are some of the popular DIY activities usually conducted by the students during the summer:

Gardening: Participate in gardening activities such as pre plantation, watering the plants and growing them by using organic and biofertilizers.

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Cooking: It is another popular DIY activity. Prepare a dish according to the recipe given in a recipe book or taken from internet. Prepare out-of-box/non-routine and variety of recipes such as grilled chicken, bamboo chicken, and non-veg pickles.

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Interior decorations: Decorate your house with all the interior decoration techniques and tips that you are aware of. This activity helps you to enhance your creativity and aesthetic sense.

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Preparation of handicrafts: Prepare handicrafts with the material that you have. As a part of your preparation process, you can use natural things, unused domestic products and frequently used domestic materials. You can show them to your friends, relatives, neighbours, and classmates. They act as a replica of your thought process.

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Rock Painting: If you are good at painting, go for different kind of painting in this summer. Move from canvas to rocks and start painting them. You can use painted rocks as show pieces and table weights too.

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Balloon Crafts: Prepare toys and dolls with balloons and paint them.

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Paper Craft: Learn the basics of ‘Origami’ and make some decorative pieces, shapes, figures, paper boats and rockets using paper.

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Above mentioned DIY activities turn your summer into meaningful learning period. We wish that these DIY activities enhance your creativity and aesthetic sense.

Learn from your city in this summer vacation

 Explore your city tour in this summer vacation

Dear students,

Nice to see you guys enjoying summer vacation. Use these holidays as an opportunity to plan your city tour to explore several new things about your city. The following can be some of the places you can visit during your summer vacation:

Art Exhibition: Visit some of the well known art exhibitions in your city. Explore different kinds of paintings, artefacts, and sculptures. Know various styles and trends found in the art works.

Aquariums: Visit some of the well reputed aquarium centres in your city so that you can explore different kinds of fishes and aquatic life i.e., the fish, coral reefs, and plants that grow under water.

Magic Shows: Attend magic and circus shows that take place in your city during this summer. If you get a chance, do not miss the shows organized by eminent magicians like Jr. P.C. Circar. Explore the scientific aspects behind various tricks that they perform.

Music or orchestra Concerts: Find out the musical concerts which are about to happen in your city. Attend some of the best music or orchestra concerts given by eminent artistes. Enjoy various types of musical forms or traditions such as Carnatic, Hindustani and Western Music. Learn about basic concepts of Indian traditional music such as Sruthi, Laya, Thal and Raaga.

Educational Events: Find various educational events and school student specific activities that take place in your city by going through the newspapers and visiting websites such as Mera Events. Attend them according to your convenience. The educational events may range from robotics demo to 3D printing.

Parks & Zoos: Collect the information of various botanical and zoological parks that are there in the city, by doing Internet research. Visit some of them in this summer and explore different kinds of species. You may not find some of those species in your neighbourhood or our country.  For example, you may see a white elephant imported from Thailand by visiting a local zoo.

In botanical gardens, you can see several different types of trees, plants, bushes, creepers, buds, fruits, guards and flowers. You may usually find roses of pink or white colour in your surroundings. But, in botanical gardens, you can find them in different colours ranging from blue to black.

Forest Near By: Though you can see various animals, trees and plants belonging to different countries at Zoo and Botanical garden, you may not  still feel the thrill of visiting a forest. Hence, visit a nearby forest along with your family members and friends. You and your friends can take the help of some travel agencies which offer short tour programmes. In forest, you can see wild animals and different types of trees, plants, and bushes. Do not forget to carry a camera with you. Otherwise, you cannot pass on your memories to your friends.

Historical Places & Forts: Visit forts, and historical places in your city. For example, if you live in Hyderabad, you can visit Salar Jung Museum and Golkonda Fort. Visit Red Fort if you live in New Delhi. Make a study, in advance, of the history and architecture of the historical city or fort that you are going to visit, by going through reference books and doing Internet research. Carry a camera with you to take the snapshots of the location, rocks, sceneries and sculptures.

Museums: While visiting museums, you can explore various artifacts, manuscripts, monuments, sculptures, and objects used by our ancestors some centuries ago. Some of them might have been collected from various other countries too. Visit Salar Jung Museum if you are in Hyderabad.

Guidelines for visiting tourist places: The following are some of the guidelines we would like to share with you when you plan to visit any tourist place:

  • Before visiting any historical place, make a study of the historical importance of the place.
  • Carry a camera with you so that you can record your memories for ever and can share them with others too.
  • Carry a small notebook and a pen with you to note down your observations and the new points that you learn from your guide
  • Take the guidance of friends and parents while designing your travel plan.
  • Search for your destination in Google. Take the help of Google Maps.
  • As it is a summer, try to wear only cotton clothes. Carry one water bottle with you and wear a hat.
  • Do not speak to strangers.
  • Try to rely on public transportation as it offers higher safety and security.

We wish that you will enrich your knowledge and expand your intellectual boundaries with your city tour during this summer. Last but not the least, it is a summer vacation for you but not for your parents. Hence, understand their availability too.

We hope that you have enjoyed this article, the article Best Summer camp ideas for school students  may be helpful in guiding you to utilize your summer vacation in an effective manner.

CBSE NEWS: Schools cannot sell uniform, books and NCERT books are mandatory

CBSE Schools to not sell uniform and books and NCERT books made mandatory

On 19th April, 2017, the CBSE has issued a circular to the managers and the heads of all the schools affiliated to CBSE. The board has issued advisories to all the heads of its affiliated schools not to indulge in commercial activities such as selling of books, uniforms, school bags and stationery. According to Rule 19.1 (ii) of CBSE Affiliation Bye-Laws, the society and the trust registered under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 should ensure that it runs the school not as a business but as a community service. The circular opines that the students and their parents should enjoy a freedom to buy them outside according to their convenience.

Schools can only use NCERT books now: The board has also issued another circular, on 12th April, 2016, making it mandatory not to use any books other than NCERT textbooks. The move is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country from the academic year 2017-18.

The circular was issued based on a decision taken by Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) in a review meeting which received complaints that some private schools are forcing their students to purchase private textbooks which are expensive than NCERT books by 300-600%. Private publishers are luring some of the private school managements by offering some commision on the book price or offers like foreign trips.

Changes By CBSE In Coming Academic Year (2017-18)

The CBSE is set to bring some changes in its examination pattern, assessment, curriculum, and some of the school management policies. These are set to commence from next academic year (2017-18).

Detention System: CBSE has revived the policy of detention system by

making it mandatory for the students to pass  exams to get promoted to  higher class. The earlier non-detention system till Class 8th has resulted in deterioration of seriousness among the students. Now, the school can start examinations from Class 5th onwards.

Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools: CBSE has issued a circular to all its affiliated schools to strictly follow NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session.

The move is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country. The decision was taken by Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development  in a review meeting after coming to know that some private schools are forcing their students to purchase the text books published by private publishers whose books are expensive than NCERT books by 300-600%.

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Ban on selling of books, uniforms and stationery by Schools: CBSE issued a circular to all its affiliated schools not to sell books, uniforms and stationery to students by imposing compulsion on them to buy the objects only from the school vendors. Though they are free to sell the objects within their campus,  the students and their parents should enjoy a freedom to buy them outside too according to their convenience.

Directions to NCERT regarding the availability of the books: CBSE has directed NCERT to make all the textbooks available adequately to the students through its national level empanelled distribution chain which consists of 680 vendors across the country.

The MHRD has issued this direction after receiving complaints from the students, parents and various affiliated schools regarding the non-availability of NCERT books in time.

Discipline as a grade: While grading a student, discipline too will be considered. While assigning marks for the discipline, the students receive marks based on attendance, sincerity, behaviour, values, work education, art, and physical education.

Bringing back the CBSE Board Exams for Class 10th: In December 2016, the CBSE made board exams mandatory for 10th class, starting from 2017-18 session, cancelling the option of school-based exams.

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Re-modelling of Internal & External Marks for 2017-18 session: For Class 10th,according to the new structure, the board exams will carry 80 marks and internal assessment 20 marks. The theory papers will cover the complete syllabus. Current weightage pattern is  60:40. The students have to score 23% marks to pass the board exams.

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Re-modelling of assessment pattern for Class 10th: The schools are set to conduct three periodic written tests in each subject, instead of four formative assessments. Final marks are determined based on the average of the best two tests.

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The schools will evaluate the students throughout the year as a part of the internal assessment.

  • The schools will conduct three periodic written tests in an academic year and the students will receive their final marks based on the average of the best two.
  • The schools can conduct the tests according to their own schedule. However, the board has instructed the schools to conduct one at the mid-term and the rest at the pre-mid and post-mid term.

Introduction of Notebook submission and subject enrichment activities:

As a part of the internal assessment, 5 marks will be assigned to notebook submission and subject enrichment activities. The activities include tests like reading, speaking, listening, lab activities, practical work, and projects. Marks for notebook submission will be assigned based on regularity, completion and neatness.

Feb 1, 2017 – From 2017-18, study entire syllabus for CBSE class X exam

  • Detention System:
  • Re-modelling of Internal & External Marks
  • Re-modelling of assessment pattern
  • Notebook submission and subject enrichment activities
  • Discipline as a grade

Feb 16, 2017 – Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools

  • Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools
  • Ban on selling of books, uniforms and stationery by Schools
  • Directions to NCERT regarding the availability of the books

Mar 10, 2017 – 6 papers mandatory for CBSE Class X exam in vocational stream

  • Compulsion of Six Subjects
  • Compulsions of Vocational subject