Many students and teachers interested in learning Mind Mapping and other new age learning skills have been requesting for training videos. As a quick starter i am posting a series of videos of a WORKSHOP. I sure They will be helpful.
Many believe that intelligent people are born. This is far from the truth. We are all born with same brain. Each brain has one trillion neurons. The more we use the brain, especially in our formative years up to 12 years, the more neuron connect with each other into a very large complex web within our brains. In other words the more we use our brain the more it develops and manifests as intelligence. The process is similar to building our physical bodies. The more we exercise the more the muscles develop.
My child gets average grades. I can’t get him to study maths and science. I know he can do better.
My daughter was doing well in class. Suddenly she lost interest in studies and wastes her time sleeping.
And then I share with them, few insights based on my experiences, training and lessons learnt raising our own two children.
Parents therefore, must not focus on academic grades. They must look beyond and help the child discover his unique talents and gifts. Once discovered they have to help their child nurture, use and enjoy these talents as best as they can. They must also make their ward aware of career options which will best utilize their natural gifts and talents. Only unconditional love and our acceptance of who they are will help them grow into happy individuals.
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Yeo, Jenny. “Grades Should Not Define Our Kids.” The Straits , Singapore 22 August 2016.
For some years now, I have worked closely with primary, middle and secondary schools run by the government, NGO’s and the private sector. Input problems like outdated curriculums, quality of book, availability of teachers trained in New Age Teaching Skills and consequently the poor quality students produced are well known and need no elaboration.
The disastrous consequences of learning by rote and the ‘tuition culture’ are obvious. Students find studies boring and ‘tuitions’ deprive them of time to engage in other activities essential for all round personality development. Those who go for university education cannot let go of the school culture of learning only to pass exams. No meaningful research is done and students are unable to compete in high end ‘talent and intelligence’ market.
Consequently, when they enter the job market the employers find they lack skills and can’t apply knowledge and they therefore need expensive re-education and skilling.
The economic cost of this time and money wasted is in billion of rupees. More importantly the future competitiveness of the nation is at stake.
All this is obvious to the policy makers but earnest initiatives are yet to be seen to meet these challenges. If we are to compete with countries like China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore recognized globally for best education, then we need to change the learning and teaching strategies and adopt the new age learning and reading skills right from primary level.
The new age learning skills like Mind Mapping, Development of Long Term Memory, Whole Brain Learning , Management of Study Time etc. save time , boost memory and understanding. To learn more visit Apsara Foundation.
School final exams are round the corner. Here are recommendations by reputed educators and practices of top performing students on how to approach the exams and tackle the question paper.
Arrive 15 minutes to 30 min earlier. Familiarise your self with the exam venue, your seat, washrooms and take deep breaths to calm yourself just before the question paper is distributed.
Don’t think about exam, study on the way or discuss with friends. Human brain stores information, like a library stores books, during sleep the previous night. Last minute revisions or discussions disturbs this order in the brain and confuses you.
Use power of spoken word to motivate yourself. Tell yourself,yes you can do it. If others can so can you.
Imagine positive outcome of exam results. Imagine receiving awards, admission into your dream college, admiration of your parents, teachers and friends.
Carefully read complete Question paper including all instructions before starting to write answers.
Sometimes examiners deliberately place difficult questions right at the start. Don’t get scared or demotivated. There will be easy questions too in the paper.
Allocate time wisely. The marks allotted to the question are an indicator as to how much time you should spend on it. allot at least 10 to 15 minutes for revision of your answers at the end.
Attempt easy questions first difficult later. This builds confidence to tackle the difficult ones as you go along.
Don’t get carried away and write too much to questions you know well. Answer appropriately after understanding the question and its relative importance indicated by marks allotted.
Never give up. If you know the answer partially write as much as you know. You will get some marks.
It is well recognized that Indian school education system requires all round improvement in infrastructure, quality of teachers and indeed the very tools children use for learning. In the 2009, global test ‘Program for International Schools Assessment’ (PISA) conducted by OECD, Indian children ranked 72 of 73 countries. On top were children from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Korea and Japan.
Indian children are by no means intellectually inferior to those from top ranking countries. Only their learning methods and strategies are obsolete. Nature has provided every child with unlimited learning capacity. It is a fallacy to think that some children are born ‘intelligent’ and others are not. To be ‘intelligent’ you must use your ‘whole brain’. That is, use both, left and right brain to learn.
The important thing to remember is that human brain and therefore our intelligence can be developed with proper mental exercises just like body muscles can be developed with physical exercises. Age is no bar.
In the last twenty years an awesome amount of research has gone into discovering the secrets of the brain. New understanding of the brain has enabled development of new tools to remember, retain and recall information better than ever before. Mind Mapping developed by Tony Buzan is one such tool which can boost memory and understanding several time. APSARA FOUNDATION is successfully teaching New Age learning and Reading Skills since 2012 and the improvement in academic performance ( Vidya School) seen by many schools is satisfying. Another recent example is from ANANADA Academy, Haldwani – UP.
I urge parents to take serious note of these tools and ensure your children learn these skills as early as 9 -10 years.