As exams approach, children run here and there, picking up notes, revision questions and assignment sheets. They do not know where to begin their study or how to prepare for their exams. At this juncture, parents must tell them to “Stop wasting time and start using practice papers!”

Yes, time is precious, especially during exam time. Smart students prepare well ahead and start revising. The lazy ones start searching for their books only when the exam is near. The last-minute contenders dust the books only on exam day. Well, we have all sorts of students but only one solution that works well for all of them – practice papers.

What are Practice Papers?

Practice papers are a collection of question papers, revision sheets and additional questions pertaining to the syllabus. They are often used to test the child on the quality of his exam preparation. Practice Paper is now available online.

How do Practice Paper Help?

Practice paper provide a quick solution to many exam problems. They help the student in the following ways

  • Analyse their strengths and weaknesses in the subjects.
  • Sum up all studied portions.
  • Provide revision and recall for all the studied portions.
  • Identify the areas which need more focus.
  • Fine tune their exam preparation skills

Why do we need Practice Papers?

Isn’t studying for the exam enough? Why do we need Practice Paper? These are the questions often put forth by both students and their parents.

Well, studying definitely is the main mode of exam preparation but without practising, it is incomplete.

  1. Studying alone is insufficient

Mere studying and filling our heads with all that is in the book is not enough. One must be able to recall and reproduce it in the exam.

  1. Practice papers are an excellent tool for recall.

By attempting to answer a practice paper, a student is able to recall the studied portions. Practice paper reinforce the student’s memory of the studied portions.

  1. Practice Papers for fine-tuning the exam presentation

When a student works out a practice paper, he/she get to know the manner in which questions are posed. So, they are able to prepare himself and form a suitable answer with the right presentation in advance.

  1. Practice Papers for answering “out-of-portion” questions

They help to test whether the student can apply the concepts learnt and solve related questions. Often, curriculums like ICSE and CBSE focus on High Order Thinking Skills – “HOTS”. This means they test the students on their core fundamentals, level of comprehension and above all, the ability to analyze and answer. Sometimes questions other than the regular and repeated ones are asked in the exam. Students find it extremely difficult to answer these out-of-portion questions as they are caught unawares. This is where Practice papers come in.

They motivate the student to attempt such “out-of-portion” questions and improve their confidence. Students feel comfortable answering such questions via Practice papers as it is only a mode of self-study and there is no question of any judgement of the child’s performance.

  1. Practice papers for perfect understanding

Often we hear teachers tell their pupils-“Don’t mug or memorize, understand”. Practice Paper help you do just that as they incite the innate answering ability of the student. The student is urged to answer the questions sometimes even by choosing among multiple choices. Here, the understanding comes into play as they have to zero in on the right answer. If they answer wrongly, they have not understood correctly.

How do Practice Papers Save Time?

Having understood the benefits and necessity of using practice paper, let us see how Practice Papers help in saving time.

Practice Papers help in saving time in the following ways.

  1. Practice papers introduce regularity in the child

Children often tend to go in for the last minute reading. By attempting practice paper, they are invariably forced to study regularly.

  1. Practice papers create a systematic pattern of study

Children often study in a random or haphazard manner. When they try out practice Paper, they come to know which to study first and what to study next.  So practice Paper help in forming a systematic pattern of study.

  1. Practice papers help to stay focused.

When children attempt practice paper, they get an idea on what is important and what is not. Practice paper helps the child to stay focussed by studying only the relevant portions.

  1. Practice Papers help in regular testing.

Periodic testing is important to keep the child’s memory fresh with exam portions. Practice paper help the child to stay tuned to the exam through testing on regular basis.

  1. Practice Papers help in answering correctly.

Practice papers help the child to determine the right mode and length of each answer. They know how to approach the questions and how much information to write based on the marks.

  1. Practice papers save time.

Practice paper helps the student save time before and during the exam. By using Practice Paper regularly, the student saves the time of preparation and can be relaxed. Similarly, by trying out practice paper, the student will answer quickly because they know the answer, which saves time.         

Practice Papers from Letspractise

Are you happy with the benefits of practice papers? Here at Letspractise, we provide papers for many subjects including mathematics, science, English grammar, Hindi, and environmental science. We have test papers for students from 3rd to 9th standard and for the CBSE, ICSE, SCC, and IGCSE boards. With our papers, your child is sure to succeed in school and in life. Check out our subscription plans if you’re interested.  

Now, stop wasting time and start practice paper right away!

 

Exam time is an anxious time for both parents and students. Students are worried about filling their heads with all that is in the books. Parents are worried about the performance of their wards in the exams.

Why do parents worry?

The main cause of worry for parents is how to maximize their child’s performance in the exams. Some parents may not be able to devote sufficient time to their children. They worry whether the child will be able to complete the allotted portion of the exam. They are also anxious whether the student has understood the concepts well. The other worry is whether the child will be able to answer questions both from the book and from other sources.

Why is testing required?

Children require constant guidance and monitoring to ensure that they study their entire exam portion and are able to answer the questions. To enable this, constant testing is required.

For testing students periodically, lots of question papers are required. Some parents think buying question banks or exam guides is the solution for this.

Why are exam guides and question banks not enough?

Buying an exam guide for your child does not make him study or even attempt the questions. Most of the time, the question banks lie on the shelf, accumulating dust.

Moreover, question banks have thousands of questions. Just looking at them makes your child develop exam fear.

Another fact that you must observe and analyze is whether the questions from the question bank are relevant to the current exam syllabus of the child.

All these are the deterrents in using exam guides.

What about coaching classes?

Whenever a child finds difficulty in his study portion, the immediate solution that jumps to a parent’s mind is admitting the child to a coaching class. Most often, this hardly works.

In coaching classes, children are herded like sheep and classes are taken for the entire lot. Each child might have a number of doubts. Some might not even have understood the concepts. Yet they just have to sit in the class and listen to a lecture. Individual attention is not possible in coaching classes.

Another drawback is that individual testing and monitoring is also not available in coaching classes. Test papers are given to all as assignments. Students tend to share the answers from the hard-working ones or download answers from the internet.

What about individual tutoring?

Yes, this might sound good as an alternative but this option is very expensive. Private tutors charge exorbitantly. They are also time conscious and spend more time in explaining concepts. They might also not have the relevant material or sources to test students.

What is the solution?

Here is where Letspractise comes in. Letspractise is an online platform created by parents and teachers for helping students understand concepts and prepare for the exams. It provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and SSC Boards from Standards from 1st to 9th. Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts are available here. Letspractise has a database of over 4 Lakh questions customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.

Why Letspractise?

Letspractise has thoroughly researched the syllabi of students in various forums. It has accumulated questions from all sources – standard-wise. Then it has selected the relevant questions and formulated question papers that are appropriate for each class.

Extensive research, careful analysis and accurate focus are the strengths of Letspractise.

Why Letpractise is More Beneficial Than Tutors

Letspractise is definitely better than tutors. This is due to the following reasons.

  • Tutors lack the resources to prepare a series of question papers for the student.
  • Tutors may not be able to evaluate the student’s test instantly.
  • Familiarity of Letspractise with the current exam or syllabus trends.
  • Solving questions arising out of the school curriculum may be difficult for tutors.
  • Engaging a tutor is an expensive affair.

Letspractise has the following advantages over tutors.

  • It is a complete platform for all subjects.
  • Several types of board papers are available like CBSE, ICSE and SSC.
  • Revision papers and Assessment sheets help to monitor student’s performance on a daily basis.
  • It tests the student instantly, giving him an idea of his performance then and there.
  • Only questions relevant to his syllabus are put forth.
  • The questions are in tune with the latest exam trends.
  • Only the most likely questions are posed to students, after analyzing past question papers.
  • Several question paper sets are available.
  • Solutions are provided in detail
  • A chat forum helps the student to clarify doubts.
  • The cost of registering on Letspractise is very nominal.
  • A free trial is available to help parents and students gauge the quality of the tests.
  • Tests solutions are always available as a soft copy for quick reference.

Uniqueness of “Letspractise”

A host of online testing platforms is available nowadays. But the uniqueness of Letspractise is that  it is

  • Student-centric
  • Formulated by a team of teachers and parents
  • Budget-friendly
  • Focussed
  • User-friendly

So waste no more time and just get a free trial from Letspractise at the following link http://www.letspractise.com/website/#free

You will see a positive difference in the performance of your child when he uses Letspractise.

 

What is common between Edison, Wright Brothers, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, G.B.Shaw and H.G.Wells? Well, they are all famous personalities and they all are also school drop-outs! Each and every one of the above eminent persons in that list dropped out of school aged 11- 14 and yet they had illustrious careers.

Does this mean we should endorse dropping out of school or shirking academics? No way! It just makes us a question – “Is education the only important thing for students?”

Education and Its meaning

Education is lately associated with  ‘academics’ and synonymous with books, exams, marks and ranks. Today it is all about cramming, learning by rote and just stuffing long-winded answers into the exam paper.

Education has become a rat race with competitive exams for each and every field. Children are forced to fill their heads with the information they have totally no clue about. For instance, Indian schools force students to learn about European or World history without enlightening them about the history of their motherland!

Even after all this memorizing and poring over books, schools churn out children who are far off from meeting benchmarks of self-confidence or impressive personality. Most of the children lack in confidence, communication and lack basic social or life-skills.

Yet another drawback in the current system of education is its lack of focus on morality. Children today are more disrespectful, arrogant, or wrongly diverted than ever before. The percentage of obedient and well-behaved students in a school is just a handful.

Is this the education we are aiming at for the future citizens of our country?

Education means ‘imparting inputs of information for the overall betterment of the individual’.

This should include instilling moral, ethical and social values in children.

True Education

In the days of yore, India had the system of ‘Gurukul’ where the student resided with the teacher. He assisted him, served him and did even menial duties to receive education from the teacher. This concept was not to enslave children or extract menial labour out of them. The idea of the ‘Gurukul’ system was to induce ‘obedience, humility, respect and discipline’ in children.

True education should include moral lessons in its curriculum apart from mere academics. The following aspects are a must for today’s children.

  1. Character

Children should be drilled this information-

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;

When health is lost, something is lost;

When character is lost, everything is lost!”

Yes, the integrity of character is a must for every individual. This includes many aspects like truth, honesty, loyalty, virtue and so on.

Children can be shown examples of men of illustrious characters like Sardar Patel or Lal Bahadur Shashtri to emulate and follow.

  1. Honesty

Children have come to think of the proverb – “Honesty is the best policy” as a title for essay writing. Teachers must emphasize the importance of honesty in daily life and also narrate real-life incidents to prove this.

Examples of honest police officers, politicians, and other people in a position of power can be narrated to inspire children. Honesty is a very important aspect of being a moral human being. Although there will be scenarios where you are forced to lie, it is best, to be honest as often as possible and not to cheat, lie, or deceive others. This should be required learning for students.

  1. Moral virtue

Every child must understand the importance of moral virtue and fidelity. Staying true to one’s family and partner in life is called moral virtue. Faithfulness is extremely important in today’s society, and you should not hide anything from your partner. This will be very useful later on in the student’s life. Children can be taught the stories from Hitopadesha, Upanishads, and from great Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata to prove this.

  1. Humility

Children must be taught to be humble in lives and not boast of their actions. Pride is an evil intruder in a noble mind. Children must be taught that humility means ‘acknowledging the contributions of others without thinking too much of oneself’. They must be taught that humility makes them extend their performance and achieve more results. this is because humility tells us that ‘if we are good, there is always someone better than us’.

  1. Discipline

Under discipline comes obedience, punctuality, neatness, perfection, and other traits.

Obedience is sadly lacking in today’s younger generation. Children must be taught that obedience does not mean submission but acceding to authority. They should be taught that ‘one who follows today is bound to lead tomorrow’.

Punctuality is another thing which children do not follow today. They must be taught that every second they lose now is going to cost them dearly. this should be illustrated by real-life incidents counting minutes or seconds.

A famous proverb says ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’. Unfortunately,  children of today are more keen on sporting style and fashion, rather than focussing on cleanliness. They must be taught that every person is judged by their appearance. They must understand that cleanliness of the self and workplace speaks volumes of their character.

Perfection is another point worth teaching today’s children. A job half-done is better not done. This must be emphasized and illustrated.

  1. Social & Interpersonal Skills.

Children must be taught about unity and team spirit. While leadership is an admirable quality, it is unity and team spirit that works in the long run. Illustrate this with examples. Students should be taught to communicate with others and work with them. Everyone has less work to do and the work will get done faster. Group projects are a good way to make students work with their fellow classmates.  

The point is that simply studying books and being book smart is great, but not enough. Students should be street smart as well and be educated on character and behaviour. All the above factors sum up the aspect of moral education. This should be made a part of today’s syllabus to achieve a better tomorrow.

However, education and studies are still important for students. Let’s Practise is dedicated to helping children learn in a better manner. We have practise sheets and model papers for math, science, English, and other languages. We have condensed the information to make it easily digestible for the students. You can contact us right now to begin!

 

It is morning 8.00 am school time. One can see scores of children walking towards their schools. They walk slowly, bent double under the weight of their heavy school bags. The huge schoolbags are like a camel’s hump!

They walk with their feet dragging slowly, muscles straining and aching back. Yes, children develop backache issues and spinal dislocations due to the burden they carry. It has come to the point where some students don’t like going to school simply because they have to carry a heavy schoolbag.

What then is the weight of the ideal school bag? How much should children carry? How can their schoolbag load be reduced? Let us discuss.

Ideal weight of a Schoolbag

The maximum weight that a child carries in their backpack inclusive of their books, lunch box/snacks and a water bottle should be ideally one-tenth their body weight. This figure has been quoted by reputed paediatricians and spinal doctors. According to a survey, currently, the schoolbag of a child weighs at least double the ideal figure! Children carry loads from 20% of their body weight to even 50% or half their body weight! In the UK, the weight of the schoolbag stands at 20% while in India, it sometimes exceeds 50%!

What happens if the Schoolbag is too heavy?

Carrying an overweight schoolbag makes children look almost like porters or dock-workers. However, one must keep in mind that in contrast to the paid labourer, the body of a child is feeble and their bones are weak. It doesn’t matter if the child is a girl or a boy. They are hardly equipped physically to carry loads. So, children develop physical ailments on account of carrying a school bag.

Physical Ailments due to Carrying a Heavy Schoolbag

1. Musculoskeletal problems

The most dangerous consequence of carrying a heavy schoolbag is developing muscle and spine problems.

When children carry a  heavy bag, they lean or bend forward. This causes bad posture.

If the child carries the bag on one shoulder, it is highly dangerous as it leads to tilting of the spine. The vertebral column is affected as the heavyweight compresses the intervertebral disks leading to their wear and tear. The disks are at times even shifted from their original positions causing terrible pain, weakness and numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms or legs. Schoolbags are literally a pain in the neck.

Severe Spinal injuries caused by carrying the heavy load of the schoolbag are:

  • Kyphosis – Hunched back or bent spine
  • Scoliosis – Spine tilted sideways
  • Cervical Spondylosis – A compression of the discs in the neck area leading to pain or numbness in the neck and in the arms.

2. Bad posture

The child’s physical bearing or stance may be affected and he may adopt a slouching or hunching posture or uneven shoulders. This may, on a long run, again lead to cervical or spine issues.

A wrong or bad posture also affects the personality of the child as every child wishes to stand erect and tall.  Not able to stand erect or upright diminishes the self-confidence of the child.

3. Muscular spasms and aches

The pressure of the schoolbag on the child’s backs applies unwanted stress on the muscles, joints and ligaments. This causes muscular spasms, back, neck and shoulder pain, joint aches and even ligament tear. If not properly attended to, these minor ailments may lead to grave consequences later.

4. Headache

The straps of the schoolbag are on the child’s  shoulders. The heavy bag tugs at the shoulders and neck. This strains the neck and shoulder muscles leading to an acute pain in these areas. This pain then slowly leads to a headache and sometimes even a migraine.

5. Difficulty in breathing

When the child’s posture bends, his lungs are subjected to pressure, causing difficulty in breathing. This causes breathlessness, fatigue and even dizziness.

Why does the Schoolbag Weigh so Much?

We have understood the gravity of the situation of carrying a heavy schoolbag. But we still do not know why it weighs so much. The reasons could be these:

1. Books not stacked according to the timetable.

Every School has a Time Table for each class. Check if your child has stacked their bag according to the Time Table. Sometimes, the child may be lazy or they might have lost their Time Table. In this situation, the child may just bundle up all of their books leading to a heavy schoolbag.

2. Pressure from teachers to bring all books

In higher classes, some class teachers may insist on the children bringing all the books. This is to take extra classes during lean or free periods. This leads to the child bringing all books in spite of having a Timetable.

3. Too many books on one subject

In some cases, the School syllabus may have too many books on one subject. The teacher might have asked the child to allot separate notebooks for each segment. For instance, English alone may have a notebook or book each for Literature, Grammar, Non-detailed, Composition etc. Just imagine, four books and four notebooks for just English! No wonder the schoolbag is heavy.

A lot of clarity and some common sense and understanding on the part of the teachers and School would help in addressing the above issues.

How to Avoid a Heavy Schoolbag

All this is fine. But where is the solution, you may ask? Well, here are some.

1. Do away with the Schoolbag

In some countries, the cumbersome schoolbag has been done away with. Children carry laptops or iPads to school. All classwork and homework assignments are done online. This has given tremendous relief to both children and parents.

2. Leave half the books at school.

Most schools western countries have lockers for each child. The child can leave their daily books, sports gear or musical equipment safely there, under lock and key. Thus, the child only brings their assignments or homework books to school, carrying a light schoolbag.

3. Rework the Timetable

The School and its teachers can rework the timetable to minimize the class sessions or group similar sessions. This enables the child to carry fewer books and a light schoolbag.

4. Have a separate Transport system for Schoolbags

One school in Kerala in India has adopted this unique system. Children go empty-handed to school while a separate van carries their school and lunch bags. Easy, isn’t it?

The Indian Government should really try to think of more such innovative solutions to make the schoolbag lighter.

We are already doing our part at Let’s Practise by creating practise sheets and tests for your child. We have condensed the enormous chunks of material into simple parts that are easy to understand.

Students from 3rd to 9th standard can find practise papers for a variety of subjects including math, science, and languages. Many school boards from CBSE to ICSE to SSC are covered. Our worksheets make a good supplement to those big fat textbooks.   

Academics are sometimes a burden on the child. Let the schoolbag not make it heavier. Call us now to get started.

            

 

Most children nowadays seem to stay at home and play video games rather than outdoors in the fresh air. Weren’t things just so much better before those darn electronics were invented?

You may feel that way. Regardless, those pesky devices are here to stay, but there are things that you can do to obviate the situation.

Going outdoors to play is much better than staying in the house with the computer, television, and smartphone. Here is why you should encourage your child to play outside rather than with apps:

Playing in the Outdoors helps to Make Friends

Most computer games that children play are done in a solitary manner. They just sit for hours on end and play the game by themselves. There is no interaction with other kids, which is bad. Friends are a source of support and camaraderie. Sometimes they might understand your child even better than you do since they are of similar age.

Only when they go outside into the real world can children meet and greet new people. They get to make new friends who probably share the same interests as them. You’ve probably heard the saying “no man can live as an island”. It goes hand in hand with “man is a social animal”. You don’t want your child to live the loner lifestyle. Encourage them to be with their friends.

Playing Outside means Physical Activity

When your child goes outdoors to play, they are using their physical strength and energy. Both boys and girls should be encouraged to go outdoors and play. Playing outside involves actually moving your body, whether they are running, climbing, or cycling. Going outdoors is a great way to keep yourself physically active.

With a smartphone game, the child just sits in one place and watches the game. They are on the sofa or chair and barely moving. Aside from their hands, every part of their body is completely transfixed on the screen.

They get sucked into a magical realm where they can do anything. Whatever words you say will be unheard. The online world almost serves as a delusion and distraction from the things that are going on in real life such as studies and class events. Overall, it is just a lazy escape route.

Playing Outdoors is Healthier

By going outside, the child gets to breathe in the fresh air and atmosphere of the outside world. If your house doesn’t have a play area, take them to a park nearby. At the very least, ask them to play with building blocks or toys.

Playing in outdoors gets the child’s hearts racing and blood pumping. It is good for oxygen inflow and helps keep the child physically fit so they don’t become a slouch.

What do electronics do? Damage the eyes and hurt the brain of your child. Electronic devices cause the child to squint and struggle to read what is on the screen. Viewing the bright lights for too long will make them strain their eyes.

Rather than allowing your child to watch television until late in the night, make them play in the outdoors. They will get tired soon and sleep much better as a result.

Playing Outdoors takes Actual Effort

When you play in the virtual world, you can do pretty much everything easily. This is why children love it and parents should discourage it. You can point and click to construct an entire building. Through pressing of a few keys, you can smash a ball for a sixer, or score a goal, or travel long distances.

In the real world, these things are much more difficult to do. They require more effort on the part of the child. However, the child consequently feels happier when they do accomplish something in real life rather than in a video game. The difference between the two worlds should be emphasized.

Tasks are not as simple to do in reality as they are in virtual reality. You can’t become a billionaire or dancing queen or famous singer in a heartbeat. It takes time and effort and practice, and this is what video games don’t teach your kids.

Playing In Outdoors prevents Electronic Addiction

You should limit the amount of time that your child spends on their devices. For example, only one hour on weekdays and two on weekends. Playing outside should always come ahead of playing games on the mobile phone or computer.

The big problem with electronics is that they become an addiction to the point where your child can’t live without them for more than a few minutes. You never want to get to this point. Do not let your child fall into this trap. If your child is on the computer / TV/phone/tablet as you read this, send them outside right now!

Using Let’s Practise Beneficially

The online world can be very fun and creative, and it can be used in a good way as well. Therefore, you shouldn’t immediately ban all computer games and electronics. In fact, we even wrote an article about the top seven educational apps for kids.

Let’s Practise is committed to helping your child live a better life. The PE class is important for your child as their fitness should not be neglected.

Just like playing in outdoors and exercises strengthen the body, studies strengthen the mind. We have practise worksheets and test papers for a lot of subjects like math and science. Students from 3rd to 9th are all welcome to use our papers to learn. Contact us right now to begin!