Your child is gearing up for the exams. There is tension in the air. So much to study! Class notes, textbooks, assignments, worksheets, revision papers, refresher guides, etc. It’s quite a handful! No wonder your child is feeling overwhelmed.

Even a simple school exam has been made complex by the strenuous testing patterns and exhaustive syllabi. Children have to master the fundamentals and keep in touch with the latest trends and technologies. It is indeed a tough job!

What to do? One has to swim and surface ahead in this sea of academics. But what is the support for your child when he has to meet his exams head-on? The answer is practice papers.

Practice papers, or mock tests are tests held mid-way before final exams. They are model exams that help the child to have an idea about the structure of the Final exam.

Here are the eight advantages of utilising practice papers.

  1. Ideal for the Late and Lazy Students.

Most often, students tend to put off studying for the Final exams until the eleventh hour. Nearly 75% of the students admit that they procrastinate or delay studying for the exam until the last moment.  When the impact of the final exam hits them, it is too late.

For such lazy and late preparing students, Practice Exams are the biggest boon. They make the student pick up the books and study. Practice Papers also ensure that the students aware of the seriousness of the final exam.

  1. Reduces Anxiety

Some children tend to panic when it comes to facing the Final Exam. The enormity of the subjects make them feel frightened. For such students, the Practice Paper is a  saviour.

Practice papers give the students a preliminary idea of how the Final exam would be. They reinforce the confidence of the students that they know at least something. They also help the student to prepare more as they now know where they lag behind.

  1. Identifies Strong and Weak Areas

When the students take up the practice papers, they gain focus about the final exam. They come to know their strengths and weaknesses. After attending the practice test, the student clearly knows which areas he has mastered. He can now focus on the areas which he has not yet touched or dealt with.

The students are able to identify the areas where they have to still practise more.  They also know how tricky the questions may be and get ready to tackle them.

  1.  Spaces out Studies

Trying to learn the entire portions at one go is a Himalayan task. Only few students have the willpower to sit through such rigorous hours of study.

Instead if we have such Practice Papers, students can split their portions and space out their studies. This helps them to focus and retain the subjects better.

  1. Effective Revision

Practice Papers are an excellent tool for revision.  Most students cram up the portions of study but fail to revise. This makes them forget some important points at the time of the exam.

By having Practice Papers, one can fine tune his method of study and revise the final points. Recap and revision always help the student to achieve better results. For this, Practice Papers really come handy.

  1. Planned Approach to Study

Most students do not have a planned approach to study. They tend to pore over their books for hours together without segmenting the important chapters from the trivial ones. As a result, they put in long hours needlessly to no result.

Instead if students attend a Practice Paper Test, they can easily know which topics are to be focused on.

  1. Understanding the Pattern of the Question Paper

Many students do not have a knowledge of the Question Paper Pattern of the Final Exam. For example, English may have sections of error correction and essay writing which require sound grammar and logical reasoning as well as good vocabulary. The Question Papers may also have a choice pattern  where the students can choose from either of the options.

If the students take up Practice Papers, they gain a firsthand knowledge of the pattern of the Final Exam question Paper. Now they can select the chapters of study, target the heavy areas, zero in on the weak areas etc.

  1. Sticking to the Time

Some students are lengthy writers or slow writers. Either way, they tend to face a “time-out” situation where the exam time elapses and they still have questions to go.

Such situations can be avoided by taking Practice Papers. When a student writes a Practice Paper, he can time himself and know how long he takes to finish. This helps him to adjust his time accordingly at the time of the Final Exam and helps him finish the paper fully.

Practice papers can be taken both in the exam hall as well as online. The advantage of online practice tests is immediate feedback while exam hall practice tests are more strict and restrain malpractices. Either way, practice papers are a sure way to make a student turn to success.

This is where we come in. Let’s Practise has practise sheets, assignments, worksheets, revision papers, and refresher guides for students of 3rd to 9th standard. We cover English, mathematics, science, social studies, and languages. You can even avail a free trial of our practise worksheets.

Now that you know how to utilise practise papers for success, it is time to put that into practice. Give your students all these advantages and more with practise papers from Let’s Practise. Call us for more.

 

                              

 

What child would like to sit and stare at a blackboard rather than play a game online or romp outdoors? None.

Children often prefer games to school. This is because games, both indoor and outdoor are interactive and engaging. Children always like to do something while all they do in a classroom is sit and listen.

Listening to long lectures from a teacher is too monotonous and children may get easily distracted.  Then how to ensure that children stay attentive in class? How do we make children absorb all the inputs of classroom learning? How to transform classroom teaching to an interactive one? The only answer is technology.

How can classrooms use technology?

Classrooms must use technology in order to grab the attention of the students and make them retain what is taught in class. Technology today is highly interactive through the use of visual and multimedia and makes academics engrossing.

Let us look at some of the options of how classrooms can use technology.

  1. Powerpoint Presentations for Lessons

Certain subjects like history or geography can be fact-oriented and hard to retain. Children find it difficult to remember dates, details of wars and battles, names of geographical locations etc. Similar is the case with Biology too. Learning about the botanical and zoological names of plants and animals, associating them with the right species, remembering their characteristics, understanding human anatomy – a child’s head would definitely spin!

How to make it easier then?  A smart teacher can present these lessons as Powerpoint slides. Pictorial descriptions of historical events, geographical locations or biological data are more easily engrained in children’s minds.

Powerpoint presentations are visually communicating and can incorporate pictures, charts and graphs. They can even be copied or transferred as files for students to review and revise later.The teacher can use a projector to zoom it on screen or display on the laptop or iPad itself.

Powerpoint presentations are excellent alternatives to oral lessons.

  1. Allocate Assignments as Tasks Involving Online Research.

Every child has a passion for exploring. Tap this instinct of the child to make him go on an online search or WebQuest.

For instance, if the English lesson is a poem by William Wordsworth, allot an assignment where they have to make a biography of the poet or list his other works. Give them a deadline and ask them to submit it online. Award them marks for originality. Plagiarism can be avoided this way and children will also learn the values of punctuality and authenticity.

  1. Conduct an Online Poll to Develop their Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills

An online poll requires the student to think or dwell on the topic, analyze, reason and decide. This is a good practice in decision making.

Deploy an online poll on a topic in the subject lessons. It could be in English like  Should poems rhyme? or in History-“Was India right in agreeing for partition?”. Insist that every student should participate in the poll and support their answer with a valid reason award marks for the most credible logic.

Online polls create a feeling of participation and excite students immensely.

  1. Create an Assignment Activity Involving Blogging

Children have to learn the act of expressing themselves right through digital media. Assign essay work as blogging topics and ask each student to create a blog. Award marks for content, images, creativity and research. Motivate the children by publishing or sharing the article on prominent websites.

  1. Use Multimedia Videos to Explain Concepts

Math and Science are the storms looming over any child’s academic schedule. Children find it hard to understand theorems or geometrical constructions unless they are illustrated stepwise. This is possible only through multimedia animated videos. Imagine watching the construction of a quadrilateral visually. It would definitely get registered better in the child’s mind.

Similar is the case for physical phenomena and chemical experiments. Watching dispersion of light through a prism or a neutralization reaction would definitely make the child recollect it better.

Videos help the child to visually see, understand and remember stepwise the concepts illustrated.

  1. Initiate Online Classroom Sessions

To break the monotony of being confined to a classroom within 4 walls, initiate online classroom sessions.

Having an online classroom session allows students to break free from the classroom mindset. They also learn how to use web tools in joining the discussion forums.

Classroom online helps the student to educate himself in an informal atmosphere which is sometimes conducive to learning.

  1. Offer Recap of Lessons via Podcasts

For students who missed your classes or who wish to have a recap of their lessons, this podcasting feature is particularly useful.

Teachers can create a video of their lessons and upload it as a blog.  They can give an individual id and password for students only through which this podcast can be accessed. Students who wish to have a view of the blog must be asked to register online and use the facility on specific days.

blog help the students to supplement their missed portions or have a recap of the attended ones.

Technology is a valuable tool in the hands of the teacher. If used wisely, it can make classroom learning – informative, interesting, interactive and highly resourceful!

Here at Let’s Practise, we try to make learning fun and innovative. We have practice sheets and papers for many different subjects, from math to science to languages. Just take a look at all the many subscription plans that you can choose from. Just contact us today to get started.

The world is full of vices today. It is especially difficult for women to survive here, let alone young girls. Every day we hear instances of abduction, abuse, rape and sexual harassment in all places for women – at home, office and even in school.

Should girls then cower in fright and hide in a corner? Or should they be dependent on the male figures like fathers, brothers, friends, and relatives?

Neither of these options is practically possible moreover, they are downright wrong. Women have to learn to survive in this vicious world. They have to learn to combat not only harassment but also sexual exploitation while moving ahead in their career or activity.

Parents are acutely anxious about sending their young daughters into the outside world. However, young girls have to spread their wings in order to flourish in their career and life. What is the solution then?

The solution is to create awareness in the minds of young girls about sexual advances and exploitation. Most often, very young girls are not even aware that somebody is abusing them sexually. This happens when the offender is a known person – a friend, neighbour or relative. This is when sexual awareness has to be taught.

As a parent, teaching your daughter about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ is very crucial. Let us begin by first understanding the difference ourselves.

What is Good Touch?

A “good touch” is one that is not offensive and uncomfortable to a girl. Every touch that a girl feels must be with her full and conscious permission.

If a person touches a girl, they should do only after knowing or ascertaining fully well that she would not object to it.

This is the rule for even fathers, brothers, uncles, or grandfathers. No family member, relative, neighbour, or friend can touch a girl without her permission. If they continue to do so after her objection, it is termed as a sexual offence.

The following are considered as good or safe touches:

  • Holding your hand
  • Patting your back
  • Putting an arm around your shoulders

Helping you in an injury like carrying you if you faint or removing a thorn or splinter from your leg might hurt but help is necessary here. This too should not prolong for more time than necessary.

Generally, good or safe touches are those touches which your child does not find objectionable.

What is Bad Touch?

The term ‘bad touch’ means any touch that the child objects to and which affects the child in a negative way. Bad touch is a broad term which can be classified into 2 categories.

  1. Unsafe or harmful touches

Pushing, elbowing, pinching, kicking, etc. are touches which hurt the child. These abusive touches might harm the child and are termed unsafe.

Parents must teach their girls that such kind of touches should be strongly objected to. Girls must openly protest against such unsafe touches.

The intent is important. Touching with intent to harm is a criminal offence. Not all touches are harmful and they may have touched by accident. Make sure you determine the intent before acting.

  1. Unwanted or offensive touches

Touching girls in the wrong places or their private parts, kissing them or hugging them without their consent, etc. fall under this category.

Girls must be taught from a very young age to say a strong ‘no’ to such touches. Even if close family members like a girl’s father touches the girl in a wrong way, she must know to say a polite but firm “no”.

Although one might argue that a father has the liberty to touch his own daughter, try to make the girl understand that even a father has his limits. In these days of parental sexual abuse, girls must be taught to be on guard always.

Difference Between a Touch and a Caress

First, teach your daughter the difference between a touch and a caress.

A touch is a light or casual physical contact.

A caress is an intended and purposeful physical contact with a romantic or sexual intention.

Make your child understand the difference. Girls are very shrewd and have an uncanny ability to sense a “caress” when they feel one. They express it as “I feel uneasy” or “I felt like caterpillars were crawling on me” or “I felt like puking”.

Tell them to protest strongly against such caresses and move away from the scene. They should not ignore what happened, brush it off, and move on. Characters of such predatory nature should be reported to the police and justice should be served. There should be no place for them in our society.  

Ways to Teach Your Daughter About Good and Bad Touch

  1. First, make you understand that she is the owner of her body. Tell her that her body is solely hers and no one, including parents or siblings, have the right to touch her without her permission. Ask her to express loudly her objection if she does not like the touch makes her uncomfortable.
  1. Teach your girl what her ‘private parts’ are. For very young girls, use the phrase “all that your undies cover”. This makes them understand that all the parts covered by undergarments are deemed private.

For slightly older girls, use the phrase “all that a swimsuit covers”. This gives them a clear idea of where they should not be touched even casually. However, just because she wasn’t touched in a private part doesn’t automatically make it a good touch.

  1. Teach the girl that sometimes adults (like parents, babysitters, relatives or siblings) may help the child to change their diaper or clothing or bathe them or clean them after they use the bathroom. Make the child understand the difference between “helping” and “touching unnecessarily or for a long time”.
  2. Teach them that strangers must be dealt with caution and alertness. Even a neighbour or friend come under the stranger category when it comes to touches. Educate the child that strangers do not have the liberty to touch the child unnecessarily. Teach the girl to maintain a physical distance right from the start.
  3. A touch from even close relatives can sometimes be offensive. Even uncles and brothers have been known to sexually harass girls at a young age. Motivate the child to speak out against such atrocities even if they are from close kith and kin.
  4. Educate the child that for unsafe touches, she has to act as follows
  5. Ask the other person to stop touching. It may have been an accident.
  6. If the other person persists, strongly object in a loud voice.

iii. Scream and attract attention.

  1. If no help is around, run away from the scene.
  2. Immediately report to parents, teachers or even the police.
  3. Never hide such things from parents.

vii. Do not feel ashamed as you did nothing wrong.

Most importantly, talk to your child in a casual manner while giving this advice. Make the child feel comfortable first and then educate. If the child does not want to talk about it, take up the topic at another time. Create a friendly atmosphere at home or school where the child can open up to you.

The significance of saying “NO”

Teach your daughter that is perfectly fine to say “NO” – in fact, it is her right not to accept any situation that is uncomfortable for her or that diminishes her self-esteem or her personal space.

Remember as a parent, you are the best protector of your child. But teach your child that self-help is the best help. Teaching your daughter about good and bad touch is highly necessary in today’s world and the sooner you do it, the better.

Let’s Practise is determined to impact your child’s life in a positive manner. We want to improve their understanding of concepts by helping them with homework, tests, and exams. We offer practice and prep material for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Get in touch with us for more.

Today’s children are at the crossroads of life. Technological advancement and heavy educational input meet at this crucial intersection. On one hand, technology has opened up wide avenues of both learning and entertainment to children. On the other hand, academic study-loads are back-breaking for kids. Both parents and children are in a fix as to keep up with both technology and studies.

A better solution is to educate your child using educational apps. This is the optimum approach as you are harnessing technology in a positive fashion.

What are Educational Apps?

Educational Apps are software applications created solely for the purpose of education. They can be downloaded onto your desktop or even mobile and accessed on the go. Educational Apps are developed individually for various subjects like Mathematics, Science or even Languages.

With interactive learning, concepts are explained using visual and graphic inputs. At the end of the session, a quick revision helps in the recap. Exercises are provided for practice and tests are conducted online to assess the performance of the student.

Take look at the top 7 Educational apps for kids aged 6- 8:

  1. Marble Math Junior

Math is one subject kid have to be strong on at a really young age. Build a strong foundation for your kid in Math using Marble Math Junior.

A younger version of Marble Math, this App has a highly interactive game which teaches your kid the fundamentals of Maths. It has a marble maze through which the kid has to find his way by solving Maths problems.

With easy instructions and a clear voice-over, players can just touch the screen to hear and solve problems. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android, Marble Math is the best bet to keep your child engaged with schoolwork even on vacation or on the move. With exciting rewards that win the kid over, Marble Math is a bundle of Math Learning plus Fun.

  1. Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book

A mini-encyclopedia for kids is  Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book. Spin a globe and touch a spot to learn more about the city/country from A-Z. Geography is at the grasp of your kid when he plays Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book. Not stopping with Geography, it gives inputs on natural science, talking about animals and plants as well.

History is also dealt with by Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book in the form of historic events and personalities. Compatible with all Apple devices, Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book is a handy tool for your kid any day.

  1. Shake-a-Phrase

A fun and engaging App for your kid, Shake-a-Phrase has a collection of 1700 words and definitions. Watch your kid widen his vocabulary as he uses Shake-a-Phrase in 4 engaging colour schemes. Upper elementary schools can also use this App to improve their grammar and creative writing skills.

This Apple-device compatible App has a structured approach and works on 3 levels – Vocabulary, Imaginative skill and Grammar. Easy-to-use and hard-to-resist, shake-a-Phrase will surely shake your child out of boredom.

  1. Thinkrolls

Rated 2nd among US App Stores, Thinkrolls is a series of science and logic games with two modes – early for young kids and hard mode for kids from 5-8, Thinkrolls takes your kid through puzzles and mazes kindling his thinking ability.

Available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai versions, Thinkrolls is an Apple compatible Educational App ideal for your kid.

  1. The Robot Factory

Kids love Robots and your kid is surely going to like this one. The Robot Factory helps your kid create machines, locomotors, G-Force mixers, Zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles and even basic exoskeletons.

Available for all Apple devices and featuring in around 59 language versions, The Robot Factory will surely get your child engaged productively and learn the fundamentals of robotics.

  1. Duolingo

The best Learning App for learning foreign languages, Duolingo is easy, smart, interactive and well-structured. starting from basics, it teaches your child conversational language skills at the same time enforcing phonetics.

With tests and revisions at each level, Duolingo is vouched for by even adults as equal to a university degree. Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish and Danish, Duolingo is free to download, highly effective and easy-to-use.

  1. Lets Practise

Lets Practise provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE and SSC Boards from Standard 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. They have Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts. There are over 4 Lakh questions in the database customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.  The purpose of this app is to inculcate the habit of everyday practice in children. This will help identify and remedy problem areas while the concept is freshly taught in school.

The above top 7 educational apps for kids have been chosen with great care to cover various subjects so that your child can perform best in all areas. Introduce these Apps to your kids and watch them make the best of both academics and technology for years to come.

You can download the Lets Practise app from the Google Play Store by clicking here. Be sure to contact us if you have any doubts or queries.

 

Teachers are like potters. They mould the raw clay of the minds of the children into beautiful pots or figurines that last a lifetime. The effort they take in moulding the mind of the child is reflected in his personality throughout life.

Like artisans chiseling a rock to carve an exquisite sculpture, teachers chisel away unwanted flaws in the mindset of the child to transform him into a creation of art.

The role of the teachers in child development is highly commendable. It is important that we understand why we should appreciate teachers, When children enter school, their minds are like a clean slate – fresh and impressionable. The positive inputs and knowledge fed by the teachers make the child develop into a strong personality.

Not just academics, teachers play a vital role in inculcating moral values, ethics and integrity into the child. One instance of proof is the “conduct certificate” issued by schools and colleges for students. When they issue such a certificate, they must also understand the role they play in shaping the child’s character and conduct.

Eminent personalities like Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India have always attributed their success in life to their teachers. Even current celebrities like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Hillary Swank of Hollywood, American Poet Maya Angelou and our own Bipasha Basu of Bollywood have credited their teachers for their fame and status in life. Famous Anchor Oprah Winfrey and Former American President Bill Clinton to do not miss lauding the contribution of their teachers at every interview. In fact, Clinton’s Teacher Mr. Sputlin was the person who identified  Clinton for his leadership qualities and convinced him that he was wholly capable of organizing things.

When you are climbing uphill, you need a stick to hold on; A teacher is that support. If for some reason, you slip and fall, can you, in any way blame the teacher? This is what most of us do. If there is any folly on the part of the student, we blame teachers.

Only a complete comprehension of the role of a teacher can make us realize their value. Let us look at five reasons why we should appreciate teachers.

  1. Teachers educate students.

Academic education is not child’s play. Mastering the rules of grammar for a language or the concepts of science or mathematics is a laborious task. Understanding alone is not sufficient. Trying to explain this information in a simple and easily understandable manner is more Himalayan.  Teachers do all this and more-

  • They teach fundamentals
  • Explain concepts
  • Clarify doubts
  • Formulate and conduct tests
  • Assess performance
  • Review results
  • Summarize the information
  • Improvise teaching techniques

The list is endless.

  1. They guide students

Teachers have been known to identify and tap the potential of the student. Teachers interact with students regularly and thus are able to assess their strengths and weaknesses. So they are able to easily divert the student into the right path, channel their energy and make them focus on their targets.

  1. They inspire students

Teachers lead by example. Often teachers are living role models for students. Children often imbibe the positive qualities of teachers. Great masters have had even greater teachers. Aristotle- the Father of Science, was taught by Plato. Plato himself was the student of the legendary philosopher Socrates.

  1. Teachers counsel students

Teachers do not limit themselves to the academic field of duty. Instead, they go a step further and take a personal interest in the lives of students. They devote time and patience to listen to children about their personal and family issues and counsel them accordingly. Teachers must have a psychological bent of mind in reading the student, understanding his problems and advising them accordingly.

  1. Teachers motivate their students

It is not enough to just coach, guide or inspires the students. Teachers provide unflinching support and motivate the students when their spirits sag. The faith of the teacher in a student makes him triumph when all else fails.

Teachers are instrumental in identifying the spark of genius or talent in us. They are the winds that fan the fires of passion. They are the light that leads us into the tunnel of life. It is a time we understand why we should appreciate teachers and honour them accordingly.

Our own Teacher-President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was such a living example and inspiration as a teacher that his birthday on September  5th is celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day in India’. Let’s Practise is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and to enhancing the respect for teachers world wide.