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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Right Tutor for Your Child

The key to enhancing a student’s poor results in his exams is home tuition. A home tutor will be able to adjust his teaching styles to suit the student’s individual learning needs. The tutor can also focus and help by imparting him with vital skills and exam strategies that will boost his self esteem and confidence to perform better in his studies and exams.

One of the most powerful tools and study strategies that a tutor can use is the internet. With the whole world at the student’s fingertips, there are always valuable study resources and tools the student can easily access to improve his knowledge. The internet offers a new perspective to students worldwide and often brings about the epiphany that is the signal of true learning.

Home Tuition to Improve Examination Scores

A third of the 500 parents interviewed in the Straits Times study mentioned that their children scored higher grades and their academic results improved significantly prior to their engaging a home tutor for their children. By engaging the right home tutor who is well qualified and experienced, it is a success pathway for true academic achievement for a student.

General Tutor versus a Subject Specialist Tutor

A general tutor is usually able to help a student with their core subjects which are English, Maths, Science and Mother Tongue Language subjects. The tutor will teach and help the student to study more effectively to perform better in his daily works and exams.

A subject specialist tutor will teach and train a student on a specific subject only.

For example, a student seeking to enter who wants to be a lawyer will need to ace his English and General Paper. A subject specialist tutor can help a student to excel in the subject he is teaching by helping his student to focus more on exam strategies. He can also teach his student how to apply the strategies successfully and effectively in his studies and exams.

Professional Tutors

In Singapore, where competitive testing is part of every student’s daily challenges in his studies and exams, there are thousands of people who can claim to be tutors. The most important thing for parents or students to do is to engage tutors who are well trained, experienced and committed. Parents should always interview the tutor and check out his credentials, experience and teaching philosophy before engaging the tutor.

Exploring Innovations With Mobile Learning

Need for E-Learning on Mobile Devices

New technologies are embraced for use without any understanding of their fullest potentials. It has become possible to design creative applications with the aid of powerful mobile devices. Training courses can be accessed anytime and from anywhere via mobile devices, providing an option for ubiquitous learning. M-learning is not a substitute for desktop-based learning, but acts as an added advantage to overall learning experience. Let us explore some of the popular benefits of mobile learning:

  • Short usage

Mobile devices have small user interface and best suited for short content. Therefore, usage time is less in comparison to desktop-based services.

  • Easier to use

Due to tiny interface, mobile device navigation design is kept simple, thus making it easy to use and handle.

  • Access to precise content

Due to short usage time, it is essential to provide precise learning content. The execution of video tutorials or direct navigation to learning content via mobile devices is important.

  • Media-support

Small screen size of mobiles is not suitable for lengthy training materials. Images with high graphics resolution cannot be recognized in detail. Audio seeks attention of more users, but from pedagogical perspective, learning from audio-only content is not as impactful as learning effect of audio-visual media.

Info Methods of E-Learning

1) Textual (“to read”). They are historically the first and up to the present day the most common. They are books, which differ from their paper relatives by comfort of navigation, interactivity and ability to be updated without republishing. They can be:

• Completely textual – the text is split into paragraphs and has hypertext navigation. It is better never to use such type;

• Illustrated – also known as “text + image”. Depending on how the “pictures” are processed they can be “a little bit better than textual” (which is still poor) up to textual courses with diagrams, illustrations, comics and interactive inserts, the most common today;

• Wrapper for the video – if each slide in a textual course contains a video with test tasks after it, it is considered the wrapper, not a textual course, and should be evaluated according to video standards.

2) Video (“to watch”). The courses in simple forms are easy to make (just to videotape a presentation given by an expert), so the method is popular in e-learning. Complex, more elaborated forms prevail in courses on personnel management, as well as in advertising, image-building and ideologically directed projects. They include, as follows:

· Video lectures – despite the simplicity of the format, they contain illustrations and diagrams to support the speech of the lecturer;

· Video of augmented reality which is similar to a lecture, but more saturated and “polished”. The presenter, against a green screen, works for a viewer (not the audience), and the script includes the interaction of the real world and computer graphics;

· Educational video contains training scenes involving actors. The script resembles a short film, there arise some issues related to the production, such as facilities for filming, props, makeup, transportation, crew catering. As a rule, these large-scale projects refer to courses on interpersonal disciplines (negotiations, mentoring, work with clients, etc.).

3) Games and simulations (“to do”). This genre is also very diverse. However, one thing in the method is common – that is “placing into circumstances” (realistic or fictional) and stating the problem, that must be solved according to the situational rules. This genre includes the following:

• Software operation simulator, which is the simplest simulator that shows how to operate the program. They are very popular for training the personnel in operation of corporate databases or specific company software;

• Process modeling is complex business models, packaged in online form. They can have game graphics or “technical” form of numbers and charts. Their task is to check the understanding of some process using a definite example with specified parameters;

• Involving games are the so-called relatives of entertaining games. Involving games use the elements of competition to arouse the students’ active interest to understand the game’s plot or mechanics and through this interest to reinforce the required knowledge. Such games are common in “ideological” and courses on processes.

Thus, there are numerous e-learning methods to solve any problems. In case the learning task can be solved by the combination of several methods, you can safely use all the genres, because such combination lacks the technical constraints.

There is also the fourth possible genre, which is very rarely used in corporate training:

4) Audio courses (“to listen”). Audio courses are very specific. Technically, it is a dictated educational text of good quality and in an easy to listen form. Such materials can be useful, but initially they are intended for using outside the workplace (on the way somewhere or at home). Audio courses stand separately from the traditional system of corporate training via LMS’s, as there is a risk of materials leakage, due to which companies do not demand them.

Empower Students

• Students should be given a platform to voice their decision and thoughts. A public forum like Google Doc, Twitter hash tag, Edmodo site, blog etc improves ones teaching. It also explains students the emphasizing that learning is about partnership and working together.

• Teachers should work with students simultaneously.

• It can be incredibly empowering to encourage students bring their own devices and open up a new world of opportunities. It ensures that learning can happen anytime, anywhere.

• Students must be involved in real issues as they often complain that the subjects that are taught in class are not applicable in the real world.

Ultimately empowering students is about realizing how students and teachers are dependent on each other and they have a lot to learn from each other. As the saying goes “who dares to teach must never cease to learn”, empowering students help us to do just that.

Students need teachers who believe in them and empower them to discover and follow their dreams. They need teachers who can see beyond grades and unlock the potential of the whole child. They also need teachers who care about them as individuals and inspire them to grow. Not surprisingly, the best teachers are those who nurture and educate the whole child.

Here are some rules that the administrators of any organization can follow to empower students

– Students must be given the opportunity to teach in a classroom.
– Getting to know the hobbies of students keeping aside studies.
– Giving a voice to students in the classroom so they are able to provide proper feedback.
– It is not necessary to answer every question your student asks. Let other students try answering it first, or encourage them to think about it on their own.
– Identify students who excel in a subject and invite them to assist a fellow student who is struggling.
– Identify students who are helping those around them to be leaders.
– Look for quiet leadership. It’s not always the vocal students who are leaders.
– Create a culture of leadership that empowers all individuals.
– One must provide professional opportunities so that teachers develop a new way of thinking.
– Providing support to teachers by creating a mentoring system.
– Get to know your teachers more closely by learning about their passions and talents.