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An Introduction to KLiC Diploma

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With the advent of Information Technology, there are a vast number of opportunities opening up. Industries are changing and so are the careers.  A huge number of new age careers in the sectors like Graphic Designing, Services, Information Technology, Financial Analysis, Banking, and many more. Freelancing scenario has been changed significantly in the last decade as well.

In the near future, the definition of vocational work is going to shift from the existing to information driven work. Take any example that you can think of, and compare the situation of the change in the career roles as of now and those 15-20 years ago. If you consider banking, the change is from a regular clerk to a MIS consultant; if you consider printing and publishing, the change is from a typesetter to a DTP operator; and so on. You can easily observe how Information Technology has helped the career roles to evolve and has opened up new possibilities.

MKCL has introduced KLiC Diploma keeping in mind the rapidly changing career roles. In KLiC Diploma, the learning is mapped to different roles in the industry. KLiC is Knowledge Lit Careers. The purpose of KLiC Diploma is to enable learners start their knowledge lit careers. In KLiC Diploma, the learner can as much as choose 6 Role Based Modules (RBM). Each RBM is based on a particular role. The roles contain the subject matter in tune with the industry expectations, the skills required to perform the role, and the tools necessary to be learnt and mastered. During the course the learners are educated to produce socially useful and acceptable work. KLiC Diploma is based on MKCL’s role-based and work-centric vocational education approach.

Each of Role Based Module (RBM) is mapped to specific industry roles. The roles are offered in the following disciplines

  • Creative Digital Arts
  • Life Skills for Workplace Readiness
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Accounting
  • Hardware and Networking
  • eEducation and many more

KLiC Diploma is based on the philosophy of Role Based Learning. Traditionally the learning is tool based. In the next article we will discuss the merits of Role Based Learning over the traditional tool based learning.

 

5 Tips to manage the last 2 days before JEE Main

calenderIt’s April 4th. JEE Main is just 2 days away. The moment that you have been waiting for all this time is just 2 days away.

In this article, we shall discuss the five essential tips to approach the situation.

  1. The days of preparing are over by a long period. Absolutely refrain from learning new concepts, cramming new formulae and touching the numericals which u haven’t solved before. Invest time wisely in revising the work that you have studied well before. Do go through the articles published on this blog regarding revision techniques and methods.
  2. Work on your strengths and reinforce your strong conceptual foundations. Try and go through the syllabus you have studied. Check previous notes and revise the formulae.
  3. Try to relax and study as less as possible on day prior to the exam. It will help you to be calm and confident the next day. Go for a long walk, indulge in some good food, exercise, play your favorite sport, and just kick back! Don’t stress out on the things you have missed; just be confident for the ones you have perfected.
  4. On 6th April, the day of the examination, absolutely refrain from talking to friends about last minute preparations. Do not take calls from friends and relatives regarding preparations and other stuff. Try and stay away from such external sources of anxiety.
  5. Last but not the least; remember that you have studied your best. A small amount of nervousness is absolutely normal, and would help your performance.

 

We wish you all the very best!

Pune’s Pride Award 2014 to Sawant Sir

Pune's Pride Award 2014 to Sawant SirWith great pleasure and happiness, we would like to inform you that our respected MD and CEO Vivek Sawant Sir is the recipient of the Residency Club “Pune’s Pride Award 2014 for Excellence in Education’.

The award has been bestowed upon him on 30th March 2014.

Tips for ensuring your best performance in JEE – Part 1

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In today’s article we will talk about how to manage time during the JEE examinations. You can also use the following to test when u solve mock papers as well.

First and foremost, you should be absolutely clear on which subject are you going to approach first. And quite basically, you need to attempt the subject you are really strong in. The basic idea behind it is, what you are good at, u can do it fast. Time is of the essence, and when you manage to finish one subject satisfactorily, you will be fairly relaxed for the latter two.

If we compare the state level CETs to the JEE in terms of the paper structure, what we observe is in JEE although the questions are on a tougher side, the marks per question are more as well. JEE focusses on quality aspect of the questions and answers. Nobody actually solves 100% of the JEE questions correctly and completely. Accuracy of the number of questions you solve is of paramount importance.

Regarding actually attempting JEE, you need to come up with a system within yourself. As you read the question to be solved, in your mind you should know, 1. Whether to solve the question right away, 2. whether to mark that question for review later, or 3. whether to omit that question and move on to the next. This is possible with practice. The biggest advantage of this is, in your first run through the question paper, you would have solved a considerable chunk of the paper at one go, and would have a definitive target of questions that need review and some time to solve. Also, you would be relatively stress-free about completing the paper as the things you know for sure are been marked.

For more paper solving techniques, keep a lookout for this space. All the best!

Manage Exam Stress in Five Essential Steps

stressThe stakes are high. JEE is considered to be as a once in a lifetime opportunity. All the hard work and learning from the last two years is going to be tested at the national level. You want to do very well and so have u prepared. But the sheer scale at which the examination takes place, it is bound to stress you out. Always remember that stress in right amounts actually helps your performance, but when it increases to a large amount, that’s where problems start creeping in. So to avoid that and to effectively manage the exam stress, ensure the following 5 basic yet essential steps.

  1. Revise well. Revision is basically going through the syllabus you have studied. Prepare a revision timetable and stick to it. Make sure that you touch every subject on a daily basis. Revision also includes solving mock tests. Please refer to the earlier articles to hone your focus and to revise effectively.
  2. Sleep adequately for 6-8 hours a day. The amount of sleep a person needs is highly subjective, but make sure that you are not sleep deprived under any circumstances. Sleeping is rejuvenating. Sleep is the best stress buster. A good night’s sleep does freshen you up and keeps you in a positive frame of mind.
  3. Exercise daily. A short walk or a jog will help keep you stress-free. A good exercise will work up your appetite, increase your immune system and help fight stress. Exercise is a very good way to keep your mind off negative things.
  4. Follow a healthy and nutritious diet. A sound mind dwells in a sound body. Good food is the best source for both physical and mental energy and you require both in abundance. Indulge in home-cooked healthy meals, avoid eating out, and avoid food which has even the slightest chance to disturb your health.
  5. Organize.  Keep your notes organized. Stick to the timetable prepared. Have a plan ready for studies. This will help u prevent any last minute changes in schedule and preparation, and will help studying and revising go smoothly.

Testing Effect: A Powerful Technique for Revision

No one says studying for JEE is a piece of cake. The syllabus is vast, the sheer amount of portion to be studied is huge, and the difficulty level is pretty high. And the fact that you are up against time makes it even more difficult. Concepts are in thousands, formulae are in thousands as well; chemical reactions, vast calculus, etc. are definitely a handful.  Now that your board examinations are over, you have studied the entire syllabus at least once. Now the biggest challenge for you is to revise and be completely prepared. It is a challenge because of the vastness of the contents.

Let us discuss about “The Testing Effect”. The testing effect is a psychological phenomenon that refers to an enhancement in the long-term retention of information as a result of taking a memory test. The “testing effect” refers to the finding that after an initial study opportunity, testing is more effective for long-term retention than restudying.

The inference that we can draw from the testing effect is; while revising, it is better to test yourself for what you have learnt rather than just studying and reading everything again. Following things can be done to ensure your revision is on track

  1.        Solve at least a couple of problems per concept or formula so that you can revise at the same time.
  2.        Ensure that you touch every subject every day in suitable chunks for revision.
  3.        Apart from solving the mock tests for practice, you should revise the concepts and formulae by solving problems on them.

 

…. for that FINAL PUSH Towards JEE (Main) 2014

1Just little over two weeks remaining for the JEE Main. The stakes have never been higher.

You have been studying for JEE since about two years now. And that’s a lot of time. You are at a point where your basics are clear, fundamentals are in place, and have a lot of practice in solving problems. You have been through the Board Examinations, and countless prelims before that. You have studied the entire syllabus multiple times.  And these, my friends, are your strengths.

FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS

With less time at hand, one of the best ways to ensure top score in JEE is to focus on your strengths now.  “Don’t learn altogether new things, perfect what you know” are the words to live by in this crucial period. You have studied a mighty lot in the past two years. You have revised it multiple times as well. And now that’s your core strength.

FOCUS ON PRACTICE

At this time, with your board examinations being over, it’s important that you come out of the mindset of writing descriptive answers and get into objective answering mode. And Practice is going to help the transition go smoothly. Along with reading and revising the concepts and formulae, do practice solving MCQs as well. It is recommended to solve 4-5 mock papers a week. Check for yourself what suits well.

Try and solve mock JEE papers from a test series. MKCL Mastering JEE Full Portion Test is an intelligent test series covering full portion tests of each subject. The features like GAP analysis and Feedback will help u immensely to learn about your strengths and weaknesses. It will help you to be prepared completely for the bid day.

Keep a lookout for this section. There is definitely more to come. We wish you the best. Pace yourself. Time yourself. Do Well.

 

10 Ways to Improve Your Focus

How many times have you sit to study but only to find that your mind is wandering and you are not able to concentrate and focus? Yes. That’s right. The number of time it has happened is very high. Despite the need of the hour and your intentions to study, it’s evident that you cannot focus and concentrate. We have all been through this frustrating situation, and it can really undermine your performance in the exam. In this article, we will discuss on keeping and improving the focus while studying. Following are the 10 steps which shall help to regain and improve your focus while studying.

focus1.      Try and get full sleep

Sleeping rejuvenates the body and the mind. It brushes off the physical and mental stresses and fatigues. Sleep charges you for a great day ahead. Being said that; please make it a point to sleep for 6-8 hours. Less sleep affects concentration and focus directly. A good night’s sleep won’t just make you fell fresh and energetic, but will also help you focus and enjoy studying.

2.      Exercise

Exercise is a big stress buster. Even a small amount of physical activity increases alertness. In addition to that, exercising and having a proper diet will keep you healthy and boost your immune system, indirectly affecting your concentration and focus.

3.      Have a free mind

While you sit tot study, try and keep a free mind. Try and leave all the other things behind, and just focus on the subject at hand. Ensure you don’t have cluttering thoughts and worries when you study. Remember that you cannot add even a drop more if the cup is already full. When you have a free mind, without any issues or worries bothering you, you shall perform at elevated levels of concentration.

4.      Study in an environment with No or Less Distractions

The last three steps discuss about getting rid of the internal factors which might hamper the concentration. Moving on to the external or environmental factors, it is absolutely necessary to study in a distraction free environment. Pick and choose a time when you wouldn’t require to participate in any house chores, attend calls, watch TV, etc. Keep your mobile phone on silent and get to studying. If you don’t have any external distractions as mentioned, it is very obvious that your focus won’t be disturbed.

5.      Organize the study place

One of the major sources of distraction while studying is not finding the right book, pencil, pet, other stationary etc. Many a times if your study area is cluttered, this might happen. And it will suddenly break your focus from the studies and u would go about finding stuff that you want. A simple solution to this problem is to keep the study place organized. Make separate sections for text books, notes, stationery etc. as per required.

6.      Set Goals and Prioritize

Set definitive goals as you start studying. That will help you to maintain focus as you would be driven to complete the self-set goals and targets.

7.      Get rid of the negativity

“It’s too tough”, “so much to study and so less time”, “what if I cannot score well”, etc. are a bunch of negativities which you shall face while studying. The smart thing to do here is to study and overcome them. But, they themselves can break your concentration if you start worrying about them.

8.      Don’t study for the time, study for the material

Never sit to study with a target of studying for an hour or two, or for a specific time for that matter. Set targets based on content to be studied and finish them no matter how much time it takes.

9.      Take breaks

Take a brief 5-10 minute break after an hour of study. Will help to relax and reduce fatigue and ultimately help in improving the concentration.

10.  Concentration improving activities

Various studies suggest that activities like yoga, meditation, etc. are a concentration booster. Do indulge in such activities in your spare time. Will not only help you keep fit but also will help you to focus well.

07-January – This Day in Science

(In picture, clockwise from top-left: Sir Sanford Fleming, Johann Philipp Reis, Émile Borel and Sir John E. Walker.)(In picture, clockwise from top-left: Sir Sanford Fleming, Johann Philipp Reis, Émile Borel and Sir John E. Walker.)

This Day in Science

7th January is the Birth Anniversary of 4 great people from the field of science. Their contributions, directly or indirectly shape the way we understand our world as it is. Let us enrich our knowledge through this snippet about the their lives.

Sir Sanford Fleming, was born in Scotland but is known as a Canadian engineer and inventor. He is the man behind Time Zones. Born in 1827, he was a railway engineer in Canada. His proposal of a single 24 hour time zone for the world was a result of a missed train in Ireland, because the printed schedule said ‘PM’ instead of ‘AM’. He canvassed for time zones, at various international conferences and although rejected initially, most of the world accepted his idea by 1929.

German scientist and inventor Johann Philipp Reis, was born in 1934. He started displaying his talents at quite an early age, by the time he was 14, he had learnt French, English, Latin & Italian. As in the case of Sir Fleming, Reis was also pushed towards a field that was not his interest, in this case, paints business. But he continued his studies in Physics & Mathematics. Just as is the case with many other discoveries & inventions, there is a faction of scientists, especially in Europe that believe Reis to be the inventor of the telephone, not Bell.

Known for his pioneering work in the fields of measuring theory and probability, Émile Borel was born in 1871 in France. He was a brilliant student, who won an annual national mathematics competition and secured the first rank in French civil services examination. Among a lot of theories named in his honour, the most prominent one is the Borel Set in algebra. He is also the first to write about games of startegy, and later entered French politics.

Sir John Ernest Walker is a Nobel Laureate, in Chemistry for research on enzyme mechanism, an honour he received in 1997 along with two other researchers. He was born in 1941. Interestingly he was Knighted for research in Molecular Biology, proving his expertise in varied fields. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Society, London.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandford_Fleming
http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventors/a/SandfordFleming.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Philipp_Reis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Émile_Bore
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_E._Walker

Picture Sources:
www.nobelprize.org
Wikimedia Commons

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