Monday, November 25, 2013

Are You Preparing For IIT-JEE Entrance Exam? Know Your Learning Style.

Learning Style: Auditory Learner

Learning is the end goal of studying. Without learning being the result of all the effort that you do, the process of studying becomes useless. That is why finding efficiency in what you do is necessary. This is what leads to the best way of learning. In this case, the best way to find efficiency is to learn more about your learning style.

There are three learning styles currently known to man - Visual, Kinaesthetic, and Auditory. Each learning style is self explanatory. On the other hand, there are certain techniques and strategies which you can use in order effectively incorporate it to your study methods.

This article will be talking more about the auditory learning style.

An auditory learner, as the name suggests, focuses on learning by means of hearing them. This means, they may perform well during a lecture. This also means that they are not able to perform at the optimum level when they read. Chances are, they will not be able to understand what they are reading making their efforts futile.

In addition, auditory learners may be one of those individuals who may become very good psychologists. They are very keen in determining the meaning behind every person’s words by listening to the changes in the words they speak, especially when it comes to intonation. Every word spoken and how it is said has a reason behind it.

There are certain characteristics which may give an auditory learner away. Several characteristics present in an auditory learner are the following:

·         Read the material out loud
·         Performs best during oral reports
·         Confident in speaking in front of the class
·         Explains well
·         Good with remembering names
·         Keen in noticing the sound effects used in movies
·         Loves music
·         Fluent with grammar and specific foreign languages
·         Reads slowly
·         Comprehends spoken words efficiently
·         Very talkative
·         Loves being the center of attention such as when they perform on stage
·         Performs well in study groups

These are the standard characteristics that you may find in an auditory learner. On the other hand, there will always be an exception to every rule. There are those who may not be auditory, but has some of these characteristics. In the end, the best way to determine who among your friends is an auditory learner is by testing the situation where they may perform best after studying.

In order to make an auditory learner more efficient in their studies, you have to remember specific considerations before, during, and after helping them study. The specifics include the following:
  •          Brief before you start and conclude once you are done
  •          Question them during the lecture; always make it a two process
  •           Make them perform activities which may include speaking in larger groups
  •          Let them speak their questions out
  •          Visualize how the interaction will be between you and the learners

Knowing the characteristics of an auditory learner helps you determine how to adjust your teaching strategies to the kind of people you are dealing with. In addition, the learners will also gain an idea regarding the best way for them to learn.

Learning is all about efficiency and consistency. Getting yourself familiar with your style will be the difference maker in getting good grades and failing a class.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Preparation- How To Go About It

A competitive exam is much different from regular exams. You only go through certain sections of the given curriculum for your course exam and even there you can estimate the possible questions. This is not so with any competitive exam. For course curriculum exam you have certain books and though in most cases the outline of syllabus is the only indication but a set of previous years’ question papers make the job easier. You get some ideas. You get possible question types and this is diametrically opposite to the situation for competitive exams. Why?

You don’t know what the question type is. If it is even mentioned that objective type questions will be there can you estimate what their nature will be? Most of the competitive exam boards in science stream after plus two are very careful not to repeat the previous year paper types so that the student do not try to predict their ways. This is more prominent when you go for IITJEE. In this confusing situation it is really tough to reach the best guidance. Don’t be surprised. Guidance is essential for a good score and rank. Even if you are nearly through your first year of junior college there is still time. But to crack the bulls’ eye you need guided planning.

How do you prepare? First go for the text that is mentioned in syllabus. Chose a few books suggested by your guidance centre or recommended by your professor. Remember these books are to clear your conceptions for the different topics so if you do not think about a chapter in a book very positively take another book. Do not have inertia to change books, one book may have good English but that is not important, whether you understand the subject or not is paramount. Once you have covered every line of the given syllabus for the test papers of the guidance centre. You can choose one from CETpractice or from any one you fancy. The benefit with CETpractice is that the accompanying apps help you to identify your weaker sections and possible corrections to improve them.

The apps set also guide you on allotting time for individual chapters and how you can improve your preparation in the given situation. Remember that JEE mains is different from most other engineering exams and you need to test your position with Exam Competitiveness Guide app. Every exam is different from other and till you don’t prepare for a particular exam and take tests accordingly you do not know where you stand. Since the cut off can be half of a mark, check how competitive you are.

Please note that only studying through your lessons is not enough for cracking the entrance exams. You need something to give edge over the million other taking the same NEET exam. Next issue we will talk about two people who could use successfully some tactics and methods to their benefit.