Want to be a smarter student

In the words of Stephen Brookfield, “Skilful teaching is whatever helps the students learn.” While the traditional form still holds much ground and will probably stay for the long term, a change is what we are being subjected to. Grandma stories might not be exactly what modern kids can relate to, but then there is Wikipedia to feed all your story and mythology starvations. Game-based online quizzes are replacing cranky, "all-know" uncles, and online tutorials are making it into the school curriculum. But the important question here is, is this all for the best? Flipped Classrooms Every generation strives to be better than the previous, each generation is an evolved form, and every era of history has its own identity. Technology is what drives modern society, and infusion of it into the field of education is natural. It is education that has enabled humans to access the modern power of machines and it is the technology that will drive human capacity to learn and touch lives worldwide. "Flipped classrooms" are already a rage in the USA. Flipped classrooms allow students to learn unconventionally online and discuss their findings with students around the country. Numerous war and poverty torn African countries have been running internet-connected online classes where teachers sitting thousands of kilometers away provide them with the best knowledge that only first world countries have access to. The ability of teachers to reach your desktop has opened new doors to education. Books are not expensive and you don’t have to drive to a store. Your bedroom becomes your classroom at the press of a button. Self-paced online courses available at reasonable prices have brought education within the reach of millions around the globe. You can repeat the courses an infinite number of times without being yelled at, and the discussion forums often help clear up all your standing doubts. The feeling of one-on-one interaction beats the discomfort of not being attended to personally in a cramped classroom. And the best part, you don’t have to ask permission to use the toilet. eLearning Course Design eLearning is a growing sector that allows for deeper learning by binding theory and pictorial representation together. Appropriate eLearning course design makes online courses appealing and in-demand. The visual formation and course blueprint design help students in learning the course. The course display design interface has a significant impact on the successful implementation of eLearning systems. Also, relevant pieces of information can be rechecked again and again. The ability to study only the portion of the video relevant to you saves precious time. Learning retention has also improved in the case of eLearning compared to face-to-face learning by many factors. eLearning is helping many organizations enhance their competitive edge. Students today want specific content (regarding their profession) tailored to their needs, hence eLearning is proving to be the best learning method in organization training programs. Accessible Learning While going to an Ivy League college or a world-renowned university is not what we all can afford, the path between world-class education and a seeker has greatly shortened in the last decade. Certified courses available at affordable prices on portals like edX, Coursera and Udemy have made education an in-reach commodity. The grading system and constant online tests associated with these portals help you judge your progress successively. As an individual one is free to choose his subject as per his liking, and set his own pace of learning. eLearning offers access to updated content, unlike traditional courses in which content can sometimes run for decades without any update. Since content is updated eLearning courses equip one with skills as per the needs of the market and hence directly making one job-ready. Conclusion The need to go beyond the traditionally restrained classroom experience has made eLearning an essential organ of modern society. While the world is growing smaller every day, it is important to realize that human welfare and social and economic development are directly linked to the enlightenment of the individuals of its society. For every child who is deprived of education, for every child who hates the gloomy classroom, and for every child who seeks to go beyond what is available around him, eLearning opens up a whole new dimension of enlightenment. It is the revolution in the education of our generation. Originally published for elearningindustry.com

Step 1
Pay attention in class. If you don’t, you might not understand what your teacher is teaching you. Do not talk to your friends or pass notes. Refrain from daydreaming as this can cause you to lose focus completely. Dedicate yourself to studying and learning the curriculum.

Step 2
Be prepared for school at all times. Eat your breakfast and bring everything you need before leaving home. In class, make sure all books that you need are with you.

Step 3
Follow instructions. If you follow the instructions your teachers are giving you, you will be a smart student in no time! If you don’t follow instructions, you may misread a question, which will affect your exam grades.

Step 4
Study. Always study so you can memorize what you have learned. Your teacher might give a little quiz from time to time about everything you learned before, and if you’re not prepared, you will not do well.
Study for all your exams and tests. Don’t do it one day before the test/exam, though. You will never remember anything after the test.

Step 5
Become more organized. Being organized will help you find the right papers at the right time. Being unorganized will probably lead to missing papers and homework. Bullet journaling is very helpful, but if you don’t want to bullet journal you don’t have to. A binder and planner pages work just as good.

Step 6
Finish your homework on time. It’s very important! It gives you the practice that you need to prepare you to be ready for a test or an exam. Treat all homework like a test paper. Think homework as crucial, and if you don’t finish it you’re not going to graduate.

Step 7
Prioritize. Which is more important, Facebook or your homework? Always set up a schedule and plan ahead. Do the stuff that is more important first before anything else.

Step 8
Take down notes in school. Whenever the teacher is talking non-stop and you can’t remember your lessons, write down whatever he/she is saying. Go home and revise lessons. If you have problems you can always ask the teacher after class hours.
Don’t copy everything down, though. The teacher will probably be talking too fast. Instead, write the main ideas and then ask the teacher about the rest.

Step 9
Mix with the right friends. Don’t mix with those friends who call you a “nerd” or a “study freak”. Sometimes it can bring you down, leaving you upset and, in some situations, you may let go of your studies completely because of them. Just be nice to them and tell them why you want to study hard. If they can’t accept it, then it’s fine. Socialize with different circles of friends who have the same interests like you and accept you for the person you are.

Step 10
Sleep early. Sleeping early can help you become fresher in the mornings and can help you think clearly. If you don’t sleep early, you will be very sleepy in class and you will lose focus. A teen needs about 8-10 hours of sleep a day. Make sure that you at least get 8 hours into your sleep routine.

Step 11
Ask for help as necessary. This will make sure you get the most out of your education.
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Step 12
Never let anyone bring you down. If you’re planning to go to a good college and you’re always reading books in school because of that, never let any of your friends demoralize you. If they call you a “nerd”, that is fine; but you can choose to ignore them instead of absorbing their teases or stopping your studies. They are the ones who will regret when the exam results are out and they didn’t score well.

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