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Sunday, May 3, 2015
SAT elongates to Scholastic Assessment Test. It is a required test, organised by the College Board, an education sector NGO, for admissions in US colleges and universities. The fundamental motive of the exam is to check your readiness for college level work or admissions in US. The test seeks answers from the areas that you have learned in your schooling.
This 10 section test reviews your Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing skills. Preparing the mathematics sections could be pretty simple for some students, but the sections of writing and critical reading are surely not! Extensive preparation is required for cracking these two sectors of the assessment.
Solve Model Papers – There are many online sources that offer model papers of SAT. If you aspire to go for higher education in US, you should prepare for the SAT, by regularly solving the sample exercises.
Consultation – Some websites also organised their own aptitude test through which they present a picture of the readiness level of a student for US admissions. Based on the level of the student, they prepare a consultation or Personalized Recommendation Plan to help him improve his performance.
Being Regular – Course revision is the key! After completing the syllabus, you should revise your lessons, and practice maths problems and reading and writing exercises, regularly. By doing so, you will master the fluency level, which would help during the examination.
Friday, May 1, 2015
The technological advancements have revamped many old habits, we used to chase in earlier times. The education system of today is witnessing a sea-change. The classrooms, with the help of smart gadgets and learning techniques, are producing smart and brilliant futures of the nation.
But what are these classrooms like? The following snippets talk about the nature of these new-age classrooms -
Smart Learning Environment – Smart classroom is a classroom that optimizes smart teaching methodologies that is easy for the students to learn. These study halls follow a unique pedagogical approach. They have their own study materials and learning content, based on the set syllabus of the respective education board. The students are taught using animations and charts that make them understand their lessons pretty easily &effectively. The learning environment encourages the dialogue between the teacher and the students, which results in effective learning; hence, brighter future.
Smart Gadgets – A smart school is equipped with gadgets, like projectors, computers, and multimedia speakers to play educational videos and animations. Charts, images, and study materials are also displayed via projectors. Some smart schools are optimizing tablets that teachers use to educate the scholars. These tablets come pre-installed with software and learning material, which enables smart learning.
These technology-enabled classrooms portray game-based,fun-filled thematic learning, which interests the learners, and makes them smarter. And, this is what the true definition of a smart classroom is!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
If we dive deeper into the sea of online education in India, we will find that it has an immense potential of shaping the future of the nation in a positive direction. Online education is an easy, convenient, and more economical way of pursuing education.
By enrolling at an online education provider, a student can earn a degree or certification, which he wants to seek, without troubling his regular classes or daily routine.
For working professionals, it renders great many benefits. Those, who could not complete their education, and started working due to some family responsibility, can resume their education, and bag their desired degree the online way. Further, the professionals, looking to season their educational qualification to get better salary and designation, can also register for an online professional degree program, related to their area of work or trade. Entrepreneurs can increase their skills and business revenues by pursuing a new business-oriented program from an e-learning site.
Even the corporate houses, nowadays, train their employees via some internet based tools. Companies encourage their employees to go for further degrees since it will broaden their productivity in the interest of the ownership.
Furthermore, there are some very unique avenues of online education in India. These websites dedicatedly offer online learning solutions to their registered students. Considering the importance of effective learning, they provide after-class assistance to the school going children. They prepare their easy-to-understand learning modules and contents, which a student can cram without facing any difficulty. Such solutions are usually available for the student of K 12 system; however, there are some websites that also offer online classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students for competitive exam preparations.
The conveniences being offer by the online education websites are learning and result oriented. In coming years, there is a great possibility that the demand of online education will rise!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"We have struck iceberg ... sinking fast ... come to our assistance..." The last SOS message from the Titanic crew since it rested into the watery grave.
Touted as the Unsinkable, the luxury cruise-liner RMS Titanic, during its maiden voyage, met its catastrophic end in the North Atlantic, taking lives of more than 1500 people, before reaching New York, its final destination. The disaster happened on April 15, 1912. In 1985, the wrecks of this ships were discovered. April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.
Let's take you on a journey on Titanic...10th 1912 to 15th April 1912.
The journey of a lifetime...
Construction of the Unsinkable
One of the biggest luxurious ship built by White Star Line, the RMS Titanic, took nearly three years to get completed. The biggest movable object ever made, the ship was 882 feet long, 93 feet wide and 175 feet high. Over 11,000 employees were involved in the construction. Thomas Andrews, Lord Pirrie's nephew, was in-charge of its design. The ship was composed of ten decks including the Orlop Deck. The Decks were lettered A-G. Below Deck-G were the Boiler Rooms. The whole design was created in a way that the ship would stay afloat with any three water-tight compartments flooded. The crew consisted of 860 people: 320 working the ship, 475 stewards and 65 navigators.
The Splendid Journey
Passengers boarded the Titanic on 10th April 1912 in the morning and the ship went on sail in the afternoon. The ship made a quick stop at Queenstown, France and a few more passengers boarded the ship. On her way to New York on 11th April 1912, she was carrying 2200 people including the crew and the passengers. The journey went smoothly for the next two days as well.
Crew was working hard and people were enjoying their luxurious stay. No one in their wildest dreams must have thought that fate was holding the cards of death and suffering for them.
After sailing smoothly for three days, came the inauspicious day which was going to be written down in the history, not because it was a day when something great happened, but for the bitter memories which it embarked in the hearts of those who survived the disastrous day of 14th April, 1912.
Throughout the day, Titanic received a number of wireless messages from other ships warning about iceberg on its path. Not all of these warnings made it to the bridge. At 9:20 pm, Captain Edward J. Smith, unaware of the seriousness of these warnings, returned to his room. Titanic was still steaming full speed ahead!
How Titanic Met Its Fate
Lookouts were asked to be more diligent in their observations. But since they had no access to binoculars, they saw iceberg only when it was in front of the Titanic.
11:40:00 pm- The lookouts issued a warning using a bell and then used the phone to call the bridge. First Officer Murdoch ordered 'hard-a starboard', to take a sharp left turn, and asked the engines to be put in the reverse. Titanic did bank a bit left, but that wasn't enough.
11:40:37 pm- Thirty-seven seconds later Titanic's starboard on the right scraped along the iceberg. Most of the passengers were already in deep slumber when this happened, but then relying on the fact that the ship was unsinkable, they went back to sleep. Captain Smith knew that something serious has happened and he came back to the bridge. The ship was built to stay afloat even if 3 out of its 16 bulkheads were filled with water. Captain realized that 6 of it were already full.
Elizabeth Shutes, aged 40, governess to nineteen-year-old Margaret Graham who was traveling with her parents shares her experience of the deadly night as, “Suddenly a queer quivering ran under me, apparently the whole length of the ship. Startled by the very strangeness of the shivering motion, I sprang to the floor. With too perfect a trust in that mighty vessel I again lay down. Some one knocked at my door, and the voice of a friend said: 'Come quickly to my cabin; an iceberg has just passed our window; I know we have just struck one.'”
12:05 am- Realizing that Titanic was sinking, Captain ordered the lifeboats to be uncovered.
12:10 am- Wireless operators begin to send the distress calls. Fireworks were used as a signal to gain the attention of the operators at shore or of any other ship passing by, but it was considered that a party was going on at the ship.
The Titanic Sinks
12:45 am- The first lifeboat was launched. Many of the passengers did not realize the severity of the situation and were not ready to get into the lifeboats as Titanic seemed like a warm and comfortable place on a cold, freezing night. There were only 16 standard sized lifeboats and four collapsible lifeboats on the deck as during the process of building Titanic, it was considered that too many lifeboats will make the deck look cluttered.
Women and children were to board the lifeboats first. If the only few available lifeboats were filled properly, more than 1700 lives could have been saved which is just half more than the number of the people aboard.
2:05 am- On April 15, 1912, last lifeboat was lowered. People who were still aboard and saw no other option but to die, reacted in different ways. Some grabbed an object that might stay afloat, threw it in the water and then jumped after it. The water was so freezing that anyone who would have jumped into it froze in two minutes. Whereas, some decided to stay aboard and die with dignity.
2:18 am- The end was near. The mighty vessel, the unsinkable Titanic broke into two and drowned into the North-Atlantic Ocean forever with more than 1500 hundred people, in two minutes.
A Dawn of Sorrows and Rescue
3:30 am- On receiving distress calls from the Titanic, many ships changed their route to help the survivors. Carpathia was the first one to seen by the survivors.
4:10 am- The first survivor stepped aboard the Carpathia. By the next four hours, all the survivors were aboard and the Carpathia headed towards New York, reaching the destination on the evening of April 18, 1912. Only 705 people survived and more than 1500 died.