The World Cup is over at last! England has won the ICC Cricket World Cup  2019 after huge drama involving a tie and a Super Over that also ended with scores level! In fact, this was the first time that England has won the cricket World Cup. Although it was England who organized the first World Cup match for cricket in 1975, the team has never won the Cup until now, in 2019.

The top four teams of the tournament were England, New Zealand, India, and Australia, but the final points table does not tell the whole story.

Cricket World Cup 2019 – Entertaining Galore

The 2019 ICC World Cup has been an astonishing one with surprising results. India managed to win 7 matches in a row but lost only 2 matches, becoming the team with the least number of lost matches. Yet, India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals and made an unexpected and disheartening exit. 

Despite rain disrupting proceedings and one-sided matches during the first 2 weeks, the second half of the tournament was truly exciting, with nearly every team fighting for a place in the top four. Like India, defending champions and five-time winners Australia also made a strong showing in the Round Robin only to get eliminated in the knockout stage.

Youngsters such as Rashid Khan for Afghanistan, Rishabh Pant for India, Oshane Thomas for West Indies, Avishka Fernando for Sri Lanka, and Shaheen Afridi for Pakistan all made contributions to their respective sides, proving that age is not a factor. 

Captains such as New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Australia’s Aaron Finch did their best to marshall whatever resources they had to scrape out wins. 

The tournament was watched by fans of all ages as well, and the World Cup 2019 was an eye-opener. Strategy, tactics, and schemes were abound. School children have a lot to learn from the ICC World Cup 2019.

What Can Sporting Events Like Cricket World Cup 2019 Teach Our Children?

Whether your child is a fan of cricket or not, children have a lot to learn from sporting events like Cricket World Cup 2019. Sports events like cricket are not just about winning and losing, but involve a lot of other values like team spirit, coordination, leadership, sacrifice, sportsmanship, and more which children should imbibe. 

Here are some value-lessons that children can pick up from the Cricket World Cup 2019.

1. Expect the Unexpected

Sports, like life, is full of unpredictability. It would be an understatement to say that the Cricket World Cup 2019 was full of surprises. The poor showing and capitulation of the giants South Africa, the sudden winning run of the mercurial 2017 Champions Trophy winners Pakistan after they seemed to be down and out, a resurgent West Indies side punching above their weight, Afghanistan nearly pulling off the impossible against India and Pakistan, and Sri Lanka turning heads and turning the whole tournament on its head by defeating England.   

There was no shortage of action. Mohammed Shami and Trent Boult both picked up hat-tricks that left the opposition batsmen stunned. When people thought even 500 could be scored, scores as low as 201 were defended successfully.

No one expected Dhawan to get injured or for our very own Rohit Sharma to score 5 centuries in a row while Virat Kohli could not even manage one. India’s loss to New Zealand in the semifinals, and that too chasing 240 was a shocking defeat to us all. In fact, even former West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara predicted that the finalists for the ICC World Cup 2019 in semi-finals would be India and England. In the end, it was a heart-wrenching defeat for India in the semifinals in the hands of New Zealand. 

Not everything will proceed as you have foreseen. Life is unpredictable and doesn’t always go the way people expect it to, and so it is with exams. Questions will show up that your child may not be prepared for, but they should be fearless and expect the unexpected.

Lesson #1

School children must learn to be prepared for any eventuality during life, school, and exams. Paying attention in class and daily practice will help them face exams without fear.

2. Never Underestimate Anyone

Afghanistan was the weakest team in the ICC World Cup 2019 yet they put up a brave show and lost by a small margin to both Pakistan and India. Bangladesh also put up a fight, even defeating South Africa and chasing down 300+ against West Indies. With the teams reduced to just 10 compared to 14 from the last World Cup, all teams demonstrated that they just weren’t there to make up the numbers.

Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan managed to beat the hosts and eventual champions England. Sri Lanka and West Indies also came close to toppling Australia, both going down fighting. Similarly, New Zealand made it all the way to The Final even though many would have counted them out before the event started. 

Never underestimate anyone in life. Today’s losers can be tomorrow’s winners and vice versa.

Lesson #2

Children must be taught to show respect to their competitors. No one should be underestimated as with hard work and perseverance, anyone can succeed.

3. Don’t Blame Others For Failures

When India lost their semifinal match to New Zealand, there were thousands of people ready to point fingers at players on the Indian team for failing to chase down the required total. Captain Virat Kohli, former captain MS Dhoni, bowler Yuzvendra Chahal, openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, coach Ravi Shastri, the selection board, and more. 

Some even blamed the weather, the pitch and even astrology for the loss as the match had been extended to a second day on account of the rain. 

Bear in mind, one individual can’t take the blame for a team event like this. Each player has to understand where he went wrong and work to improve. Bowling, batting, and fielding are all team efforts. Just like winning is a team achievement, so is losing. 

After scoring low marks on the exam, children often blame the teacher, paper correctors, tough paper, lack of time, pressure, etc. However, the simple fact is that they did not practice enough. Knowing and identifying your faults is half the battle.

It is easy to blame others for failures. It is time to accept responsibility for your actions and take the blame if you wish to improve.

Lesson #3

Children must be taught not to play the blame-game but instead introspect, analyze, and correct their mistakes with practice to improve in life and exams. Never look down on people and don’t forget those that helped you along the way.

4.  Always Appreciate the Contribution of Others

During India’s match against Australia, a lot of people in the stands began jeering and booing Steve Smith. Virat Kohli came up to them and requested them to cheer the opposing player instead. Kohli could have kept quiet, but he stood up against wrong in a graceful manner. Smith later thanked Kohli. Despite being bitter rivals on the pitch, both knew that it was just a match and nothing more.

After India lost the semifinals in ICC World Cup 2019, everyone blamed Dhoni for not saving them at the crucial hour. Despite his team reeling after losing 4 wickets, Dhoni did his best and battled valiantly, scoring 50 runs until he was run out. Everyone started blaming Dhoni for his poor performance. While doing so, no one cared to recall the matches he won for India till date. 

India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, all under M.S. Dhoni’s captaincy. In fact, it was Dhoni that scored the match-winning runs in the 2011 World Cup and that six will be etched into people’s minds forever.

Even England themselves were mocked relentlessly for their premature exit in the 2015 World Cup, having failed to even make the quarterfinals. They also lost the T20 World Cup Final in 2016 because Ben Stokes conceded 24 runs in the final over against the West Indies. Now, Ben Stokes has helped lead England to victory in a World Cup at home and helped them lift the trophy for the first time.

Everyone has ups and downs. You may be down now but your time will come. One bad outcome does not diminish prior achievements. Neither does today’s failure determine your entire future. Never get disheartened and don’t forget anyone’s earlier contributions just because they are not performing well today.

Lesson #4

Children must be taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. They must learn to live with the shortcomings of others and appreciate their effort. Only then will they become leaders.

5. Always Do Your Best 

Despite not being the captain, M.S. Dhoni guided his teammates, motivated and inspired them. His consistent efforts to the game have always been appreciated by one and all. Even Adam Gilchrist has showered praise on Dhoni and has declared that Dhoni has contributed much to the game and that he admires his calmness and self-belief. No matter how much pressure we face, we should remain calm and approach the situation with a cool head.

Kane Williamson stepped up and led his New Zealand Black Caps all the way to the Final, and the New Zealand team gave their all. For his efforts, Kane was still given the Player of the Tournament award ahead of Bangladesh’s one-man army in Shakib Al-Hasan or the hitman Rohit Sharma.

No matter what people say or how much they badmouth you, you should always keep showing up and do your best. There will always be those who hate. You should ignore such people, focus on your goals, and keep moving forward. Hard work and dedication will never go unnoticed. You may not always be victorious, but you can still earn the respect and admiration of others along the way.

One must do our best in all circumstances and we will be richly rewarded. We cannot always be the best, but we can always do our best.

Lesson #5

Children must learn to perform consistently and practice well irrespective of the circumstances. This will reap them the rewards in everything, be it sports, academics, or life.

Practice Leads to Success

At the end of it all, we were all treated to unbelievable catches, powerfully struck sixes, unplayable deliveries, and though India didn’t win it all, no one can deny that this was a very enjoyable World Cup. The period from 30th May to 14th July was an unforgettable time, and the excitement will undoubtedly return in 4 years as the 2023 World Cup is set to be hosted in India. 

Parents and teachers must involve children in discussions of such sporting events and highlight the values to be learned from them. This is a good way to develop a child’s personality. 

Athletes train and practice day in and day out to become the best at what they do. Likewise, students must also practice in order to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Online practice learning sites like LetsPractise help you teach your child the value of practice in academics. We offer a host of online practice tests and exercises to help your child perform better in academics and excel in life. 

We offer worksheets and practice sheets for students from Class I to X for all Boards, including CBSE, ICSE, SSC, IGCSE, etc. Take a look at the practice plans that we have listed on our site and contact us for more information.

Remember, just because you didn’t win the toss doesn’t mean you can’t win the match!

June jumps in with a bout of excitement for school kids for it is time to return to the classrooms. It’s ‘back to school’ time. 

Getting back to school requires a lot of preparation from both parents and children. Textbooks and notebooks have to purchased, wrapped or covered with brown sheets or bound and labeled. Uniforms must be stitched and tried on. 

Pens, pencils, geometry boxes, school bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes. The list of things to buy is endless. All these spell excitement for children.

 On the other hand, there is apprehension too. Who is the new class teacher? Who is my bench mate? How will the next class be? Are the portions going to be tough? The questions running in the children’s mind is again endless.

So, getting “back to school’ is serious business with a lot of planning and preparation.

Back to School Preparation Steps

Children have many challenges to face when they return to school after the holidays. It is time to shift from the summer vacation mode into school mode. They need help from parents and teachers in getting back to school. Extend a helping hand to help your child get back to school by implementing the following steps.

  1. Help your child overcome school fear

From a tender age, many children are reluctant to get back to school after having fun during the holidays. They dislike the mundane routine of classes and hate the strict discipline of schools. It is no wonder that children whine, cry and complain of “false illnesses” to avoid getting back to school.

Parents must highlight the brighter side if school. They should point out to children the benefits of attending the school like being with friends, playing games as a group, learning new things, etc.

With proper guidance and counseling, children can be easily made to overcome the fear of going back to school.

  1. Instill confidence in your child

Worries about the class teacher, classmates, study portions, class monitor etc besiege the child’s mind. It is the duty of parents and teachers to instill confidence in the child by extolling the virtues of schooling. Talk of the good times they had at school, the moments of pride when the teachers praised them, how enjoyable their class is, etc to motivate the child. Reassure the child that he/she can really do well in the upcoming class and that teachers will be supportive of them.

  1. Discuss ways to improve performance and combat stress

Have an open and friendly discussion with your child on his experience at school the previous year. Find out if he/she faced any problems and try to identify the causes of those issues. Discuss with your child the ways to improve his/her performance in the coming year. Always encourage the child to open up and express his feelings and thoughts. Such a frank discussion will help to nurture the child better.

  1. Plan the academic year with your child

Taking your child into confidence, plan the upcoming academic year with your child. Set realistic goals and objectives for your child with his/ her mutual consent. Monthly goals and targets can be fixed for not only academics but other extracurricular activities and personality development as well. Ask the child what kind of support he/she needs to help him/her accomplish these tasks and provide them. This kind of planning will help in developing the personality of the child.

Important things to bear in mind while sending your child back to school

  1. Ensure that your child has enough sleep the previous night so they can be fresh and bright to school.
  2. Give the child a hearty breakfast so that he can concentrate on his studies better, but don’t overload the child and make them doze in class.
  3. Ensure that the child is neatly dressed for school.
  4. Check his timetable and bag to see if all the books are packed.
  5. Make sure all holiday assignments have been completed.
  6. Send the child on a cheerful note with tasty snacks and a promise of good times at school.

Getting back to school can be fun if it is planned and executed properly along with your child. All it requires is some practice to make their grand return and the ‘back to school’ time perfect. 

Encourage your child to learn the art of daily revision by helping them perform practiced learning using online practice learning sites such as LetsPractise. Take a look at our practice plans and contact us for more.

Back to school is really cool if you do it hand-in-hand with your child!

Get ready to go back to school with some real practice!

Good luck.

Technology has entered every nook and corner of our lives today and the field of education is no exception. In fact, education needs technology more than anything else as technology is an effective and efficient tool for learning with proven results.

Gone are the days of the dusty blackboards and chalks and dog-eared notebook and leaky pen. Enter the world of the tech-driven classroom with smartboard, laptops, podcasted lessons and more.

But can technology really improve the classroom environment? Let us see.

5 Ways Technology Improves the Classroom Environment

Harnessing technology is an interesting task which every proactive and proficient school must undertake. Technology can be used to the best benefit to Improve the classroom environment in the following ways.

1. Smartboard

The simplest way to implement technology in the classroom is by installing a smartboard. A smartboard has a touch-controlled screen connected to both a projector and a computer. It offers a means of visualizing lessons by viewing pictures, presentations, and videos. This is of great advantage to students as they can view the lesson content in pictorial form rather than text form and register it better.

Smartboards make the class more interesting, interactive and informative. Students look forward to attending classes when there is a smartboard rather than bunking them.

2. Video Streaming

Certain concepts in science are difficult to understand for the students when they are taken as lessons. Experiments in chemistry, biological processes, and physical phenomena are better understood when viewed as videos. Children can grasp and register the concepts more easily when they are displayed as videos. This is where technology steps in as a great boon by offering video streaming.

Video streaming enables the lessons to be viewed as videos and understood better. The main advantage here is the video can be paused in case of any doubts to be clarified, replayed and viewed repeatedly for better understanding. Video streaming also saves time for the teachers as they can use the readymade videos available online from learning sites or YouTube.

3. Online Testing

Conducting and answering tests can be tedious for both teachers and students. Question papers have to be prepared, answers written, checked and evaluated. All this is now child’s play with the use of technology which has made online testing and evaluation an easy task.

Students can take advantage of this process to understand where they are lagging behind in grasping the concept and focus more on the same.

4. Revision Notes and Worksheets

Exam preparation can be challenging with tons of notes to prepare, read and practice. After having done all this, students have to prepare notes for it and revise the entire lesson at the last minute.

But not anymore, because technology offers a handy solution with revision notes and worksheets readily available for you on online practice learning sites. You have access to crisp and compact revision notes and worksheets that condense the lesson into a capsule and make them easy to be revised. Students can breathe a sigh of relief when they have such useful revision notes.

5. Online Timed Tests and Mock Tests

Some students find it difficult to manage time during the exam. They write lengthy answers and ultimately fall short of time. Then, questions go unanswered and they lose marks. Here again, technology comes to the rescue by offering the option of taking online timed tests and mock tests to prepare for the exam.

Online practice learning sites like LetsPractise allow students to take online timed tests for specific portions. Here, the questions are prepared lesson-wise and students are allowed to answer the questions within a specific time period. This helps the student to practice the method of answering the question to the point and manage time during the exam effectively.

Readymade question papers with answers or solutions are available at our site. Take a look at our practice plans. We have a voluminous question bank with question papers with solved answers for very syllabus, be it State board, CBSE, or ICSE. With OUr efficient research team, LetsPractise has taken pains to compile questions from different sources and create new question bank pertaining to each class and syllabus. Contact us for more.

Technology is a great boon for students if handled rightly. Instead of wasting time unproductively by playing games online, students can use technology rightly by strengthening their academic skills with the help of online practice learning sites like LetsPractise. It is in the hands of teachers and parents to guide children to use technology in a prudent manner to improve their performance.



At last! The CBSE results for Class X and XII are out and a sigh of relief escapes the lips of parents, teachers, and students.

A total of 31,14,831 candidates had registered for both 10th and 12th CBSE Board Exam out of which 12,87,359 had appeared for CBSE XII Board Exam and 18,27,472 candidates for the Class X Board Exam.

On a whole, CBSE X results have shown a marked improvement of 4.4% over the last year, with the overall pass percentage being 91%. On the all India level, 13 students of CBSE class X have scored 499/500. Trivandrum hosted the highest pass percentage of 99.85% followed by Chennai with 99%.

Parents POV

Parents were surprised when the exam results for Class XII came out early on May 2, 2019, and claim to have spent sleepless nights for 3 days since then, as you can see in this video. Their long wait was over when the class X results were declared on May 6th at 2:15 pm by the CBSE.

Parents felt that children with potential can easily be recognized early as performers usually scored more than 80% in the school exams, thereby demonstrating their caliber. Such students should be motivated to strive harder and parent should goad them gently in a positive manner without applying too much pressure on them.

As for CBSE XII, 83.4% of the candidates who appeared for the exam cleared it successfully. Toppers gave full credit to the parents and teachers for supporting them fully and motivating them throughout their journey to the top.

The Secret of Success for Students

Almost all toppers attributed their success to meticulous planning, diligent hard work, and continuous practice. Working out practice papers from various online practice websites and portals helped them in the long run.

As Chennai topper Karthik Balaji puts it, “During the run-up to the exams, I was preparing for a few entrance examinations as well and this helped me keep in touch with all the subjects thoroughly. Before tackling any lesson, I made sure I was strong in the basic concepts required.” He also said that “If you pay attention in class, most of the work is done.”

Class X topper Gautham Raghuvanshi from Uttar Pradesh stated emphatically that “avoiding distractions from social media and gaming was the key to success”. His magic mantra was “Hard work, continuous practice, and talent“.

Success in CBSE exam comes with regular practice, dedication and hard work. It requires more perseverance and perspiration than intellect or intelligence. This has been constantly proved by the top performers who have excelled in these exams with consistent practice.

As the saying goes, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. Students must work with determination and practice regularly to scale the summit of success in CBSE X and XII exams.

Hurdles Faced

The CBSE Class XII Physics and Accountancy paper had been reportedly difficult and lengthy and some parents had taken it up with the Board. Despite this, many students who worked hard got amazing grades in both subjects.

While we talk of the success stories, we should also take a look at the other side of the coin. Poor performers in Math and Science subjects are often filtered out in Class IX and asked to repeat the class or leave the school in order to ensure that the school gets a centum pass percentage.

According to Mr. Vasudevan, Principal of Prince Matriculation school, Chennai, these marching orders are given as “weak students find it very difficult to perform in Class IX if they do not score well in Class IX in important subjects.”  

So, in order to avoid such unpleasant situations, parents and teachers must start training students on core subjects like Maths and Science from class 6 onward with regular tests, practice questions, revisions, etc.

Utilize Performance Enhancing Sites

Online practice sites are one of the best ways to identify and improve weak areas and test your knowledge. The earlier these are recognized, the better.

Here at LetsPractise, we offer lesson worksheets, revision papers, past question papers and modular tests to help students to gauge and strengthen their academic skills. One advantage of using our practice portal is that we have a huge reservoir of study material and questions collected from various sources and a  variety of subjects, including Maths, Science, History, and Languages.

We have a great many practice papers that are all available to the students at any time which enables them to practice the tests at their leisure. Students can work according to the convenience and pace that suits them.

We also provide the students with the opportunity to judge their skills on random tests which possess many questions that are not found in their books. Students can also fortify their weak areas using the concept and revision worksheets shared on these portals. Listen to the advice of parents, students, and teachers of this Board Exam and prepare students to perform well when their time comes. Contact us right away.

The Board Exam of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is over. Now people are eagerly (or fearfully) awaiting the results, depending on how they performed.

It is time to see how much marks were earned for the labor.

Class XII Results

The wait is over for students who took the Board Exam for 12th standard. The results for the Class XII CBSE Board Exam were announced on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. This was within just 28 days of the exam.

If you were caught by surprise at this news, you aren’t the only one. Instead of notifying people a few days in advance, the Board only announced the release just an hour before it actually happened.

Click on this link to access the 2019 Class XII results on the official CBSE site:

http://cbseresults.nic.in/class12/class12th19.htm

Candidates who appeared for the exam need to fill out the form on the site and enter the following details:

  • Roll number
  • School number
  • Centre number
  • Admit card ID

There are four boxes. Type in the information in the respective box and click ‘submit’. Your result should be displayed on the screen.

One reason results for 12th standard students have been announced quicker than those for the 10th standard is because of college applications and necessity to submit the 12th marks for admission into the university. 

Class X Results

Next up is the results for Class X students. The results of the 2019 CBSE Board Exam are yet to be released as of writing. However, according to speculation and reports, the results for Class X will be announced on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.

Keep checking the official CBSE results page on a regular basis and stay tuned for updates!

You can access the site here:

http://cbseresults.nic.in/cbseresults_cms/Public/Home.aspx

CBSE has not yet officially announced the exact date of the result, so it may take a while longer. According to official information from CBSE, the results for Class X will be revealed about 2 or 3 days from the Class XII results.

Steps for checking results for Class X are the same as those for Class XII.

Aftermath of the Board Exam

The results are already out for Class XII and it looks like the Class X results will be released soon.

We hope your child has passed with flying colors. Congratulations to all the graduates. The overall pass percentage in 2018 was 86.07%.

On the other hand, there are those who did not pass or do as well as they hoped. One note to people reading this, especially parents, do not scold them. This will only make them feel bad and get even more disheartened. Failure is a stepping stone to success. Offer words of encouragement Hopefully, your child will learn from their mistakes and do better on the Class XII Board Exam.

The dust has settled. Now, it is time we focus on the students that are going to take the Board this school year or the next.

LetsPractise is dedicated to helping your child focus and learn better during the crucial Board Exam time. Check out our plans. We have a multitude of practice papers on a variety of subjects to help prepare for the Board Exam. They are sure to boost your knowledge and get you ready for this important moment in your life.

That was everything you need to know about the CBSE Board Exam 2019 results. Contact the LetsPractise team if you have any more questions or clarifications.