Fathers hold a very special place in our lives. We realize it quite late, but it is true that our Dads will always be there to catch us when we fall, dust us thoroughly and help us get back on our feet once again. That is the thing about Fathers, you can always take them for granted. The only thing they want is for you to be happy and realize the full potential of your dreams, to not repeat the mistakes of the past and start afresh.
There are times when we cringe at the words “I am disappointed in you” or “If you are going to live under my roof, you are going to follow my rules”, sometimes things fly off the handle on both sides and you find yourself and your dad sulking away in different corners of the house. Always remember that even in such crazy times your dad is trying to grapple with the pressures of understanding your need to be independent, to come up with something-that one solution that will help you deal with your problems.
Why not make a promise to yourself to do something for this selfless, loving man who only wants the best for you? Lets pledge this Father’s Day to make Daddy beam with pride always
“How?” you ask.
- Sit together with him and talk to him about your dreams, aspirations, sports, how your new shoes make you the talk of the town, how that principal at school laughs in a funny manner, how your best friend and you have discovered this insane place to hangout.( Of course he will tell you to be careful, but he is going to love becoming your confidant).
- Since dads insist on seeing tangible results, try to support your arguments for following your dreams by taking an aptitude test and show him the results! (You will see the gruff approval on his face).
- Make a silly “My Daddy Strongest” card and watch his face glow. (It never fails to work for dads of all ages)
- Make a silent promise to yourself to improve your grades at this year and surprise him with a good result!
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Come on! Try it out! Make your Dad feel special. He is your super hero after all!
Happy Father’s Day!
June 14th, 2013
With the aim of honing and sharpening the varied abilities of students, the Central Board of Secondary Education will now introduce the concept of Open book Text based assessment for students of classes 9 and 11 from March 2014. With this concept, CBSE hopes to completely do away with rote learning and aims at enabling the development of analytic and theoretical skills.
For Class 9:
- Will be applicable to all subjects
- School will be provided with textual material, months before the actual commencement of the exam.
- The text material can be in the form of an article, diagram, mindmap/concept,case study, cartoon, painting, problems based on the topics taught o students during the second term at school.
- The exam will carry a weight-age of 15-20% in all the main subjects and might include Value based questions too.
- The textual material will be related to chosen concepts taken from the syllabus.
- The exam will also contain questions of High Order thinking skills, some of which may be creative, open ended or subjective.
- the textual material supplied earlier will be printed as part of the question paper and will be available for reference while answering the questions
For Class 11-
- The exam will be applicable to Economics, Geography and Biology only.
- The school will be provided with the textual study material for the exam in either a diagram, case study, picture, cartoon or concept etc.
- The exam will carry a weightage of 15-20% marks in the subjects of Georgraphy, Economics and Biology.
- will include questions pertaining to High Order Thinking Skills some of which may be creative, open ended or subjective.
- the textual material supplied earlier will be printed as part of the question paper and will be available for reference while answering the questions.
So, this will begin in March 2014, Are you up for it? Write in to us and let us know your views!
June 12th, 2013
JEE aspirants who wrote the JEE (Advanced) 2013 exam this June can now get complete access to the answer keys for both Paper 1 and 2 beginning today. The answer keys will be displayed on the JEE (Advanced) websites of the zonal IITs.
Students will be able to view their answer sheet and marks obtained from June 14 to 17 on the same website. There is a provision for the student to request for review of specific questions and marks. The student will have to pay Rs 500/- for each question to be reviewed.
The results of the JEE (Advanced) 2013 exam will be announced on June 23rd.
All the best!
June 11th, 2013
We have all heard about is the virtues of reading as habit, how reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body ; but hey has anyone ever spoken to you about how to read a book quickly and I mean not fast but SUPERFAST- reading without compromising on the comprehension quotient?
Most of our subjects are based on a simple concept of
Imagine how awesome it would be to get over with more than two last minute revisions of exam study material in just 2 hours or doing a comprehension passage in just 10 seconds!
Curious? Then, read on.
Let’s understand what Speed Reading is all about.
It is a technique used to improve one’s ability to read quickly. According to this technique you will be able to enhance the coordination of your vision with the left cerebral part of your brain. That means that with practice a person can read upto 250 words a minute i.e. 1 complete Chapter in about 15 minutes!!
To learn how to master this all you have to do is to follow 3 simple steps.
1. Turn Down the voices in your head!
We all have had trouble during exams when we’ve had to sit and study or during examination, trying to manage the time spent on reading and writing. We tend to concentrate more on reading it aloud in our minds than actually focusing on the words to understand them. This process is called sub-vocalization. This means that we are trying to imagine the sound of the word as it is read. Now while this process is good when you have to learn new languages, it can become a very big hindrance when you have to wrap up your exam preparation within a few hours. Even though this process is an essential part of our development process, we have to control it to be able to improve our comprehension skills.
2. Finger Guide:
Remember your play-way days, when your teacher asked you to keep your finger on the word and read, that actually works! . This technique also called ‘ Guiding the eye’ is an incredible technique to improve concentration and focus when your mind wanders, your moving finger brings you back to the words. You are forced by your right logical part of the brain (which also controls directions), to start following your finger.
To improve further you can alter direction to-Line by Line
- Two Lines at a timeZig-Zag
- Vertical and
- Reverse Reading
3.Avoid Re- Reading:
Repetition is a waste of time and we all know it, but this tendency also called, ‘Regression’ is the habit of going back and re reading. It causes reduced concentration and hence is a total waste of reading effort and time, literally!!
Take a look at the chart containing five common reading speeds and the kinds of material on which to use each of them.
|Type Of Material
||Type Of Reading
|Dictionaries, telephonedirectories, material
where material is clearly
presented. (lists, numbered
items, outlines, etc.)
||Location specific information
||About 1500 words perminute or more
|Chapter Synopsis, novels, blogs, infographics
||Reading for general topicsand main ideas.
||About 1000 words perminute or more.
|Study Material, Study Activities, Sample TestAny material where only
main ideas are to be
learned. Generally lighter
||General understanding ofmain ideas and details or
relate new information to
what is already known; creating
interest in reading
material; reading where
you will be tested on details.
|About 400 to 600 wordsper minute
|Study textbooks, Solution handbooks, Revision Notes,
||Reading with maximumunderstanding of main
ideas and their relationships
to each other; making
questions from main
ideas; taking notes; material
where you are responsible
|About 250 words perminute
|Detailed textbooks in math,science, language grammar, material to be
studied intensively or read
aloud such as social studies, sociology, psychology , logical reasoning, General Knowledge ; any
material that requires or
stimulates deep thinking.
|ANALYTICAL &CRITICAL READING
||Evaluate and/or reflect oncontent, to follow directions
as in performing a chemistry
experiment, extract precise
meanings, read aloud,
reading intimate material,
reading for emotional
|Less than 250 words perminute
So you see, the purpose of efficient speed reading is not to make you whiz through the reading material but also to be able to make you understand it faster. Speed reading helps you finish your basic textual reading quickly and gears you to spend more time on identifying, analysing and resolving your doubts in the text.
If you still feel that all this is a little too hard to follow, worry not! You can still watch videos on mertination.com to understand concepts better and for crisper and quicker refreshing of the memory, our handy revision notes can be of great help
June 11th, 2013
One month after conducting the maiden NEET UG 2013, the Central Board of Education declared the results of the exam today at 4pm.
Around 658040 candidates had appeared for the big medical entrance exam and according to the latest reports, a whopping number of 366317 aspirants have cleared it!
Students have the option of viewing their OMR sheets online and the board will also allow students to revert back if there has been an error in the grading of the paper.
View your results here.
C. Muthu Kumari
June 5th, 2013
With JEE Advanced 2013 happening on 2nd June, 2013, I know many of you have been facing a full blown panic attack- not sleeping enough, trying to cram every thing et al.
All I want you to know is that all this will definitely not help you crack JEE(Advanced).
You need to relax. However, if you still think some last minute tips will make you more confident,I suggest you look at the few pointers below to calmly prepare yourself for the D-Day
- JEE Advanced is expected to be akin to the erstwhile IITJEE 2012 exam.
– There will be 2 separate MCQ papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2 for 3 hours each.
Focus on increasing your speed and accuracy for the exam
Remember, the question paper is set in three levels of difficulty
- High order thinking
- Your strategy while solving the paper in the exam or while preparing now for the exam should be to pick out all the questions that you know you can solve easily.
- If you think you know a question very well but are aware that solving it will eat into your answering time, LEAVE IT. You can come back to it later if you have time.
- The key is to complete the whole paper.
- Do the questions that can be done simply by just applying the formula or making quick calculations first.
- Pack all your pens and pencils, roll number etc beforehand.
- Make sure you sleep well before the exam on Saturday night. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be fresh and alert for the exam.
- Have a light and nutritious breakfast- preferably fruits, cereal, sprouts, milk etc so that you are not sluggish by the time you reach the exam hall.
- Read the question paper twice before attempting it.
- If you feel that you are panicking in the exam hall, try drinking a glass of water, look outside the window for a minute , take a deep breath and tackle the question. Remember, every lock has a key!
There is always a simple trick that can undo a tough looking question!
Wishing you the very best!
IIT JEE expert
May 31st, 2013
Say “Open Sesame” to the Meritnation Badge Program
Studying with Meritnation is a rewarding experience. These testimonials bear witness to that. And now, Meritnation looks to reward you students literally, with the Meritnation Badge Program. We at Meritnation are committed to make learning both fun and engaging, and the badge program is our latest offering towards this end.
Complete a Task. Get a Reward.
Put simply, the badge program is a system of rewarding you for the time and effort you put into studying with Meritnation. The rewards devised for this purpose certify the different tasks you accomplish while participating in this program.
- Merit Badges: You are awarded different merit badges for completing specific tasks, whether on a single day or over a period of time. So, earn badges—gold, silver and bronze—show them off and brag about them to your friends. You can even choose to display your favourite badge as part of your profile picture.
- Merit Points: From logging into your account to reading a lesson, from solving puzzles to taking tests, you earn merit points for all of these tasks. All students in the program are ranked based on their merit points. So, add to your merit points tally and compete with your friends or those in your class for that top spot.
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And a Lot More Is in Store…
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May 30th, 2013
Putting a definitive end to all the uncertainty about the date of release for the results of class 10 board exams(All India), the Central Board of Secondary Education has finally announced that the results will be declared on the 30th of May 2013 at 10 am. Students can check their result on the websites given below:
Results can also be checked via SMS.
Type your CBSE roll number and send it to:
Tata Docomo: 54321
The Central Board of Secondary Education had earlier declared the class 10 board exam results for the Chennai region surprising parents, students and academicians across the country on the 26th of May 2013. The Chennai region comprises of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshdweep, Daman and Diu and Puducherry.
We would like to tell all you 10th graders to relax and celebrate your achievements with friends and family!
May 29th, 2013
Putting an end to all the sleepless nights, anxiety and jittery nerves over how one has fared in the CBSE class 12 board exams, the Central board of Secondary Education has just declared the results for its class 12 students.
This year, out of the 9,44,721 candidates, many students have appeared for the board examinations for the first time. About 43% of the batch of 2013 had skipped the Class X board exams when given the option of choosing school exams in 2011. About 87% percent girls passed the exams this year while the boys trailed behind with a pass percent of 77%.
This year’s board exam results assume importance as they will decide whether the JEE (Mains) 2013 qualifier is part of the top 20 percentile range that is eligible to take the JEE (Advanced) 2013 exam in June.
Students can check the results on www.cbseresults.nic.in
Alternately, results can also be checked via SMS.
Type the roll number and send it to
Tata Docomo: 54321, 51234, 5333300
All the best!
May 27th, 2013
The anxious wait for the results of the ICSE/ISC Board exams for classes 10 and 12 is now over! The results have just been announced today at 3:00 pm on the official website: www.cisce.org. You can also get to know the result via SMS on GSM phones.
For class 10 : Enter your index number after typing ICSE
eg: ICSE T1234/567
For class 12 : ISC B/5678/910
You can send this message to the following numbers to get your result:
Wishing you all the best,
May 17th, 2013