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Studying techniques for Academic success

The Deccan Herald of Sep. 10th 2015 carries an interesting article on tips for better studying for academic success. The author, a consultant and teacher says that many students do not understand and practice good studying and memory tecniques. The article spells out the following aspects of studying and memory techniques:

1. Effective Reading. This requires students to train their eyes to: a. increasing the eye span to take in more words at one glance, b. reducing the number of times for eyes to regress or re-read, and c. developing a more rythmic and regular way of moving the eyes over text. However, studying and reading is more than just increasing eye span. A universally accepted of efficient reading with increased understanding called the SQ3R method or Surveying, Questioning, Reading, Restating and Reviewing is advocated.

Surveying. This is to get an aerial view of the matter to be read.  a. Read the first and last paragraphs of the text, b. Read the first sentences of other paragraphs in between, and c. notice sub-headings, diagrams and tables. Notice signpost words such as summaries,Notice those sentences that highlight main points. 

Questionng. The ability to ask questions is a critical component of effective reading. Ask yourself these questions: a. What does the text indicate about the contents, b. What do I think will be in it, c. What do I think will not be there. By raising questions in the mind a proper mental position is achieved while reading any text.

Reading proper. Read difficult matter slowly, light matter quickly, conceptual and argumentative matter cautiously. Look for main thoughts. A single idea could figure in a mountain of words.

Restating. After reading a main heading or chapter, put the book down and read aloud the main headings, especially the main points and important details. Research shows that when a reader who restates what he has read, his memory is greatly aided.

Reviewing. This involves skimming back over the material, surveying the headings, answering questions, re-reading central messages. Reviewing increases one's confidence.

Memory techniques. We have short-term memories (STM) as well as long-term memories (LTM). When you pay attention to the teacher when she teaches something, this goes into the STM. Only when this is recalled and reveiwed later at home, does it move into LTM where it stays for longer periods than what is possible in STM.

Some tips for effective studying:

1. Stick to a routine

2. Study in a quiet environment

3. Take short breaks periodically

4. Keep asking questions about the material as you study it.

5. Tougher subjects must be studied when you are fresh and in a good mood.

To read the article in full go to:



Study Techniques

The Study Techniques are interesting and helpful to students. It has been posted at the right time as students at AVK start assessments and exams next week.


Stress, tension and anxiety
Are not going to get you anywhere
If you let your fears overpower you
Failure, is at what you’ll stare
Life isn’t about finding excuses
It’s about finding ways to move on
Stop blaming situations and problems
Take charge, usher in a new dawn
Good luck

Read this sweet text
Over and over again
To help you de-stress
It’ll keep you sane
Look at our awesome selfies
Before your exams tomorrow
And I guarantee
You won’t score low
Good luck

I wish you good luck
For your upcoming tests
I am sure you will
Emerge as the best
Considering all the time
And effort you will invest
I hope that you beat
The crap out of your tests
Good luck

I know that you are
Committed to your studies
I know that you have
Worked hard endlessly
I know that you believe
In taking things head on
I know you have studied
From dusk till dawn
All your hard work
Will pay off handsomely
You are destined to
Shine out brightly
Good luck

This is my poem for my friends

Someone to lean on when problems appear,
Someone on whom you’d depend,
Someone who’ll lift you when you’re down in the dumps,
That someone is truly a friend.

That’s how I feel about you my dear friend;
You’re so special just as you are.
Just to know that you’re there provides comfort to spare;
A friendship like yours sets the bar.

Your poem on friends

Lovely poem Rounak.

Your poem on friends

Nice Poem Rounak!!!


भारतस्य उत्तरदिशि सीमाप्रदेशे स्थितः महान् पर्वतः एव हिमालयः । “हिमालयः” इति नामश्रवणमात्रेण सर्वस्य अपि हिन्दोः हृदयं विकसितं भवति, अनेके दिव्यभावाः सञ्चरन्ति, रोमाञ्चः सञ्जायते च । अस्माकं संस्कृतेः पृष्ठभूमिका अस्ति हिमालयः । अस्मत्पूर्वजाः कथम् अजीवन् ? किम् अचिन्तयन् ? कुत्र कुत्र जयम् प्राप्नुवन् ? कुत्र च पराजिताः अभवन् ? इत्येतादृशीणां सहस्रशः घटनानां मूकसाक्षी अस्ति हिमालयः ।
हिमालयः हिमालयपर्वतश्रेणिः टिबेटप्रस्तभूमेः भारतोपखण्डं पृथक्करोति । एवरेस्टशिखरेण सह प्रपञ्चे अत्यन्तमुन्नत्ताः पर्वतशिखराः अत्रैव अन्तर्भवन्ति । तथैव द्वे प्रमुखे नद्यौ हिमालयतः एव प्रवहतः । संस्कृतभाषया हिमालयः इत्युक्ते हिमस्य आलयः (हिम+आलयः) इत्यर्थः ।

हिमालयपर्वतश्रेणी पश्चिमदिशि ‘नङ्गापर्वत’तः पूर्वदिशि ‘नाम्चे बर्वा’ पर्यन्तं प्रायः २४०० कि.मी.दीर्घः वर्तते। अस्य विस्तीर्णता २५०*३०० कि.मी .हिमालयश्रेणिषु अनेकाः हिमनद्यः सन्ति । ध्रुवप्रदेशं विहाय प्रपञ्चे अतिदीर्घा हिमनदी सियाचिन अत्रैवास्ति ।


दीपावलिः भारतवर्षस्य एकः महान् उत्सवः अस्त्ति । दीपावलि इत्युक्ते दीपानाम् आवलिः । अयम् उत्सवः कार्तिकमासास्य अमावस्यायां भवति । कार्त्तिकमासस्य कृष्णपक्षस्य त्रयोदशीत: आरभ्य कार्त्तिकशुद्धद्वितीयापर्यन्तं ५ दिनानि यावत् आचर्यते एतत् पर्व । सायंकाले सर्वे जनाः दीपानां मालाः प्रज्वालयन्ति । दीपानां प्रकाशः अन्धकारम् अपनयति । एतत्पर्वावसरे गृहे, देवालये, आश्रमे, मठे, नदीतीरे, समुद्रतीरे एवं सर्वत्रापि दीपान् ज्वालयन्ति । प्रतिगृहं पुरत: आकाशदीप: प्रज्वाल्यते । दीपानां प्रकाशेन सह स्फोटकानाम् अपि प्रकाश: भवति । पुरुषाः स्त्रियः बालकाः बालिकाः च नूतनानि वस्त्राणि धारयन्ति आपणानां च शोभां द्रष्टुं गच्छन्ति । रात्रौ जनाः लक्ष्मीं पूजयन्ति मिष्टान्नानि च भक्षयन्ति । सर्वे जनाः स्वगृहाणि स्वच्छानि कुर्वन्ति, सुधया लिम्पन्ति सुन्दरैः च चित्रैः भूषयन्ति । ते स्वमित्रेभ्यः बन्धुभ्यः च मिष्टान्नानि प्रेषयन्ति । बालकाः बालिकाः च क्रीडनकानां मिष्टान्नानां स्फोटकपदार्थानां च क्रयणं कुर्वन्ति । अस्मिन् दिवसे सर्वेषु विद्यालयेषु कार्यालयेषु च अवकाशः भवति । भारतीयाः इमम् उत्सवम् प्रतिवर्षं सोल्लासं समायोजयन्ति । एवं सर्वरीत्या अपि एतत् पर्व दीपमयं भवति । अस्य पर्वण: दीपालिका, दीपोत्सव:, सुखरात्रि:, सुखसुप्तिका, यक्षरात्रि:, कौमुदीमहोत्सव: इत्यादीनि नामानि अपि सन्ति । अस्मिन्नवसरे न केवलं देवेभ्य: अपि तु मनुष्येभ्य: प्राणिभ्य: अपि दीपारतिं कुर्वन्ति ।


आपका निबंध अच्छा था

your doing well rounak

your doing well rounak suggest some vedios

Pyaari maa,sab ki maa

A mother is only one in everyone’s life whom another can never replace her in our heart. She is like true nature who always knows only to give us, not taking back anything in return. We see her from the first moment of our life when we open our eyes in this world however we feel her nine months before in her womb. The first word of us becomes mom whenever we start speaking. She is our first love, first teacher and first of all our first friend in this big world. When we born we are nothing and unable to do anything however it is she who make us grow and develop in her arms. She makes us able to understand and do anything in this world.

She is always only for us and nurture us like God. If there is any God on the earth, it is our mother. No one can care and love us like our mothers and no one can sacrifice everything for us like her. She is the best woman of our life whom place can never be replaced by anyone in the future. Even after being tired she become always ready for us to do everything like a tired less one. She wakes up us in the early morning very politely, prepares breakfast and gives lunch and water bottle as usual.

She waits for us in the afternoon at the door after doing all the daily chores. She prepares a delicious dinner in the night and always takes care of our likes and dislikes. She helps us in doing our homework and project. She never tired off giving lots of love and care like ocean can never be water less. She is unique and only one in the whole universe whom nothing can replace. She is the true solutions of our all the small and big problems. She is one who never says bad to her child and always takes side of her child.

Pyaari Maa sab ki Maa

Very nice tribute to all mothers.


Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. With this responsibility comes great pride and joy. Therefore all teachers should strive for what can be considered to be a “good teacher.” A good teacher can be defined as someone who always pushes students to want to do their best while at the same time trying to make learning interesting as well as creative. A positive or negative influence from a teacher early on in life can have a great effect on the life of a child. Teachers, especially at the elementary level, must be very creative with their teaching styles. Not every child learns the same way, nor are they interested in the same things. It is difficult to keep the attention of 15-20 children under the age of ten. Classroom setup and design is a good way to get and keep the attention of students. Workstations are a good way to encourage different types of learning. By allowing children a chance to choose which activities they want to participate in, children are taking control of their own education. At the elementary level, children are always learning and sometimes don’t even know it. When I was in kindergarten, I can remember playing at the different stations in the classroom. One station was for gardening and we could plant seeds and check them every day to see how much they had grown. Another station in that classroom that sticks out in my mind is the arts and crafts station. There was a large array of crayons, markers, scissors, construction paper and building materials we could use to make pretty decorations to give to our parents for our homes. By choosing which station we wanted to work at, we were becoming much more interested in what we were learning because we were doing what we wanted to do, not what we had to do. By setting high standards for a student, the teacher is encouraging the student to do the same and will eventually develop ...

Truth of success

Never run behind success, let success run behind you..

Golden words quoted by Late Dr. Kalam

Speaking at the European Parliament some years ago, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam quoted a Tamil poet who wrote 3000 years ago:

When there is Righteousness in the Heart, there is Beauty of Character.

When there is Beauty of Character, there is Harmony in the Home.

When there is Harmony in the Home, there is Order in the Nation.

When there is Order in the Nation, there is Peace in the World.


Nice One Abhay

Good job,bro keep it up

NASA experiment

Thanks Abhayprabhu. Most interesting. I hope you watched the Einstein video

Exam Preparation

1 Decide when to begin. You must start the process with at least a full night’s sleep between you and the exam. Your brain needs time to subconsciously digest everything you’ve put into it, so you cannot try to cram it all in an hour or two before the exam. The best time to start the process is between the morning and early afternoon of the day before your exam, a good 24-36 hours prior to the start of the test.
2 Read through the entirety of your notes that will be on the exam. If it’s two pages or twenty pages, this is important. It will refresh you on the subject matter and help you remember what you learned. It will also help to make you aware of all the little bits of information and where they are located within your notes so that you know where to find them when you begin to organize the information.
3 Once you have a sense of where everything fits together, you are going to want to start thinking about how you can group all the information into relevant sections. You will also want to think about how you want to group them, be it based on a specific theme, chronology or by concept.
4 The method if indexing information can be thought of like creating an information tree. Write the major themes of the exam you came up with onto separate piece of paper. Those are the first branches of the tree. Underneath the themes (which you just determined) are sub-themes, which are the more refined groupings of information within each theme. Below the sub-themes write the topics.
5 As you start memorizing, concentrate on one major theme at a time until you know it well. Once you have the theme and all the information below it pretty well memorized, you can move on to the next one until you have committed to memory everything you need to know for the exam.
6 For the first major theme, start at the top and just read through the tree. After you have refreshed yourself with a general understanding of the information, focus on learning "phrases" for each topic that will help you recall what that information was about.
7 On the day of the exam, set your alarm at least two hours before the test. An hour and a half before the exam, start running through all the themes and sub-topics in your head. Like always, check your notes if you get stuck. This is when it’s time to cram—try as hard as you can to commit all the tiny details to short-term memory. You’ll want to try to memorize everything you’ve prepared, but 15 minutes before the exam, stop! In the last few minutes you should not be thinking about the exam at all. Relax and take a few deep breaths, if you follow the steps above everything should be fine!

Exam Preparation

The tips on preparation for exams are interesting., Abhay. Hope. You and your friends will follow them.

Exam Preparation

Thanks Abhayaparbhu. Your steps are very well stated.

Thoughts on the Alumni Meet on 11th July 2015

After attending the most enjoyable AVK Alumni meeting on 11th July, I was impressed by the poise, self-confidence and warmth that I saw in the past students of AVK. This only goes to show that there was a deep empathetic relationship among the students of a class and between them and their teachers. Many of them came to share their journeys through life after they left AVK. Some nice thoughts as romanticized by me, that came out of the meeting:

  1. Chase your dreams; we all make mistakes in the beginning; let not these be your stumbling blocks.
  2. The world is full of opportunities; there are many paths to take. Look beyond the beaten tracks.
  3. If you find you are a square peg in a round hole, either become a different peg or find another hole.
  4. Notwithstanding the pressure of exams and results, AVK does not compromise on fundamentals. This has enabled us to do well in our later academic pursuits.
  5. Roots are important. You may become a big leaf in a large tree, but without the roots that go deep into the soil and sustain you, you would not be where you are.

What is the best religion?

Here is a piece of wisdom coming from a living legend, the Dalai Lama. Please read it and think about what he says. You can comment on this post

In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which the Brazilian theologist Leonardo Boff and the Dalai Lama were participating, Boff at the interval maliciously, asked the Dalai Lama: 

“Your holiness, what is the best religion?”

Boff thought he would say: “The Tibetan Buddhism” or “The oriental religions, much older than Christianity. Instead, The Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked at Boff in the eyes, ignoring the malice contained in the question and answered:
 “The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. It is the one that makes you a better person.”

Boff then asked: “What is it that makes me better?”

He responded: “Whatever makes you more compassionate, more sensible, more detached, more loving, more humanitarian, more responsible, more ethical.”

“The religion that will do that for you is the best religion”

Boff was silent for a moment, marveling and even today thinking of his wise and irrefutable response: “I am not interested, my friend, about your religion or if you are religious or not. “What really is important to me is your behavior in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world."

“Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts. “The law of action and reaction is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. 
If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. 
If I act with evil, I will get evil. What our grandparents told us is the pure truth. You will always have what you desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of options.”

Finally he said: “Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words;

Take care of your Words because they will become Actions;

Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits;

Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character;

Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny,

and your Destiny will be your Life.

… and …
“There is no religion higher than the Truth.”

best religion

This is very interesting and true. I have drawn the attention of my students in grade 9 as the theme of the poem'.,The Inchcape Rock' is similar to this .



Mind Blowing Facts about Sanskrit

Sanskrit has the highest number of vocabularies than any other language in the world.

Sanskrit has the power to say a sentence in a minimum number of words than any other language.

America has a University dedicated to Sanskrit and the NASA too has a department in it to research on Sanskrit manuscripts.

Sanskrit is the best computer friendly language.(Ref: Forbes Magazine July 1987).

Sanskrit is a highly regularized language. In fact, NASA declared it to be the “only unambiguous spoken language on the planet” – and very suitable for computer comprehension.

Sanskrit is an official language of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

There is a report by a NASA scientist that America is creating 6th and 7th generation super computers based on Sanskrit language. Project deadline is 2025 for 6th generation and 2034 for 7th generation computer. After this there will be a revolution all over the world to learn Sanskrit.

The language is rich in most advanced science, contained in their books called Vedas, Upanishads, Shruti, Smriti, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. (Ref: Russian State University, NASA etc. NASA possesses 60,000 palm leaf manuscripts, which they are studying.)

Learning of Sanskrit improves brain functioning. Students start getting better marks in other subjects like Mathematics, Science etc., which some people find difficult. It enhances the memory power. James Junior School, London, has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers year after year. This has been followed by some schools in Ireland also.

 Research has shown that the phonetics of this language has roots in various energy points of the body and reading, speaking or reciting Sanskrit stimulates these points and raises the energy levels, whereby resistance against illnesses, relaxation to mind and reduction of stress are achieved.

Sanskrit is the only language, which uses all the nerves of the tongue. By its pronunciation, energy points in the body are activated that causes the blood circulation to improve. This, coupled with the enhanced brain functioning and higher energy levels, ensures better health. Blood Pressure, diabetes, cholesterol etc. are controlled. (Ref: American Hindu University after constant study)

There are reports that Russians, Germans and Americans are actively doing research on Hindu’s sacred books and are producing them back to the world in their name. Seventeen countries around the world have a University or two to study Sanskrit to gain technological advantages.

Surprisingly, it is not just a language. Sanskrit is the primordial conduit between Human Thought and the Soul; Physics and Metaphysics; Subtle and Gross; Culture and Art; Nature and its Author; Created and the Creator.

Sanskrit is the scholarly language of 3 major World religions – Hinduism, Buddhism (along with Pali) and Jainism (second to Prakrit).

Today, there are a handful of Indian villages (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh) where Sanskrit is still spoken as the main language. For example in the village of Mathur in Karnataka, more than 90% of the population knows Sanskrit. Mathur/Mattur is a village 10 kms from Shimoga speaks Sanskrit on daily basis (day-to-day communication).

Even a Sanskrit daily newspaper exists! Sudharma, published out of Mysore, has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper (!


The Tight-Rope Walker

A tight-rope Walker incredibly skilled,

Highest ropes he’d walked the world over,

Even Niagara Falls, fearlessly he’d crossed over.

In New York he once announced,

Walk on rope I will across two high scrapers.

On the street, a crowd large gathered,

To see wondrous feat anon,

Emerge He did from one side of the block,

Walked He with but a stick in hand,

People below, breathlessly watched,

Deftly to the end as way He made,

To loud applause his hat He waved.

People thought the show’s over,

But no, He emerged again on the rope,

This time with assistant on His shoulder

The crowd below, OOOED and AAAWED

As Walker with human burden walked

Many eyes closed in fear

With bated breath waited

As Walker walked unconcerned

At last to reach side from where He started

To wild applause seldom heard so loud.

He asked, “Do you in my awesome skill believe?”

The response was loud in excited shrill,

“Yes in your awesome skill we believe.”

“Come, sit on my shoulder, I will

Take you across life’s abyss.”

None answered his call sincere,

“Alas, God that I am” he said,

“In me you believe,

But pity, no Faith in Me you have.”

What you read matters more than you might think

An interesting paper (linked below) in the International Journal of Business  Administration, May 2016 has the following findings summarized here:

  1.  Reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing ability than writing instruction and writing frequency. Students who read academic journals, literary fiction, or general nonfiction wrote with greater syntactic sophistication (more complex sentences) than those who read fiction (mysteries, fantasy, or science fiction) or exclusively web-based aggregators Deep reading -vs- light reading. research also revealed that “deep reading”—defined as reading that is slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity—is distinctive from light reading—little more than the decoding of words. Deep reading occurs when the language is rich in detail, allusion, and metaphor, and taps into the same brain regions that would activate if the reader were experiencing the event. Deep reading is great exercise for the brain, and has been shown to increase empathy, as the reader dives deeper and adds reflection, analysis, and personal subtext to what is being read. 
  2. Light reading is equated to what one might read in online blogs, or “headline news” or “entertainment news” websites, particularly those that breezily rely on lists or punchy headlines, and even occasionally use emojis to communicate. These types of light reading lack a genuine voice, a viewpoint, or the sort of analyses that might stimulate thought. It’s light and breezy reading that you can skim through and will likely forget within minutes.
  3. Deep reading activates our brain’s centers for speech, vision, and hearing, all of which work together to help us speak, read, and write. 
  4. Reading Literary Fiction: Understanding others’ mental states is a crucial skill that enables the complex social relationships that characterize human societies—and that makes a writer excellent at creating multilayered characters and situations. Not much research has been conducted on the theory of mind (our ability to realize that our minds are different than other people’s minds and that their emotions are different from ours) that fosters this skill, but recent experiments revealed that reading literary fiction led to better performance on tests of affective theory of mind (understanding others’ emotions) and cognitive theory of mind (understanding others’ thinking and state of being) 
  5. Watching Television:Time spent watching television is almost always pointless (your brain powers down almost immediately) no matter how hard you try to justify it, and reading fluff magazines or lightweight fiction may be entertaining, but it doesn’t fire up your writing brain.

The Link to the article: