Innovative and Smart learning techniques to develop new ideas

Looking for innovative or smart learning techniques to grab good grades? Then you are at the right spot. In this blog, we’ve provided few clever learning techniques for you. Implement these techniques into your learning process and enhance your life brighter.

We know you are burdened by too many home tasks, assignments, and tests now and then. You are not the only one who finds 24 hours less to manage your studies and the daily routine. Relax! You are not alone. Many students are in the same position as you.

Did you know? Twenty-four hours is good enough to manage your learning along with your personal life. All you need to do is, follow the below techniques.

Innovative and Smart Learning Techniques:

  1. Meditate every morning

Meditating in the early morning will improve concentration and refresh your brain. This will enable you with better learning skills. Alongside, it will reduce your anxiety and make you feel relaxed.

  1. Don’t Stuff

The first thing that you should do is, say goodbye to stuffing. The habit of stuffing the content in your mind will jam at some point. Instead, make a proper schedule and stick to it accordingly. If you are learning the night before your exam, then instead of stuffing, try to revise.

While learning, take a short break for around 10 to 15 minutes every one hour. This will lead you to focus on your studies and relieve yourself from stress.

  1. Review

Before you begin with the new topic, always review the issues that you’ve learned before. This will help you to remember the concepts.

  1. Revise before bedtime

Research has stated that sleeping will boost a person’s brainpower. Hence, before going to bed, revise the topics that you’ve covered while learning. This will significantly benefit you by improving your memory power and intense your recall ability.

  1. Take a good nap

A sound sleep is a proven existence that helps maintain a healthier life, both mentally and physically. On that note, you’d know that an uncomfortable night’s sleep can make you feel unrefreshed the whole next day.

Further, If you don’t have enough sleep, your mind will not hold much data for a longer time. Hence, a person should sleep at least seven hours to allow the brain to rest and promotes creativity.

  1. Learn smaller portion

Whenever you learn a lengthy topic, you don’t need to absorb all the details at once. Split the issues into smaller sessions and learn. Once you’ve gone through it, move on to the next session. Learning in this way will be more convenient to remember the subjects.

  1. Take Notes

Practical notes enable you to master your syllabus.

While learning, make a habit of note-taking. This will lead you to focus better by organizing information with a simple structure.

  1. Try Visual learning

Want to study in a short time? Try visual learning. Visual learning will improve your concentration power and memory retention. Also, it increases the thinking skill and enables you to learn better.

  1. Study out louder

Instead of stuffing, learning loudly is one of the useful smart learning tricks. In a study, it is stated that studying aloud will help you memorize what you’re pronouncing.

  1. Plan ahead

Studying at the last moment can stress you out. Hence, write down your study goals for the upcoming day every night. This won’t let you run out of time. Also, you can understand every concept clearly.

  1. Set your goal

One of the crucial techniques to learn more brilliant is: setting the right goals that are not on the overboard.

  1. Drink enough amount of Water

Research states that drinking Water while learning will improve your focus and boost your mental health by increasing your blood’s oxygen supply. By drinking Water while learning will improve memory and balance your mood.

  1. Study with your friends

Try to study in a group once a week. This may benefit you with a better understanding of topics by discussing with friends.

  1. Test Your ability

Once you’ve revised the topics, practice tests, puzzle yourself after completing each issue. This will help you to map your learning progress.

  1. Don’t rush

Always don’t rush yourself beyond your limits. Try to achieve your practical goals little by little peacefully. Everyone has a different learning style and pace. Hence, don’t force yourself.

Final Words

Now that you know what are the innovative learning techniques to enhance your education in a better way. Remember to practice these techniques while learning in your life. Implement these techniques one or two at a time. Once you’re comfortable with it, try other methods. This will gradually lead you as a competent learner in this educative world.

So, Why still waiting. Go on and grab your grade by learning smarter! We wish you the best!

Reading strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities refer to a group of disorders. These disorders stop us from learning, reading, or writing better in our daily life. A learning disability does not mean that they can’t learn. A student with this disability has average intelligence. Students who have a reading disability will need direct teaching methods. Since they know a bit differently, the teachers can straightforwardly teach them. 

Students with reading disabilities have the potential to be successful. Most students with reading disabilities improve through strategic reading, writing, and viewing. Provided they get help from the teachers the right way. Teachers, when intervened early, can offer intensive support to the students. Despite these efforts, many struggle to read.  They have difficulty reading unfamiliar and challenging words. Students cannot connect ideas and decode words.

Proficient Reading skills are essential for students to succeed. If students are not competent readers, they may be at risk. There are different types of learning disabilities. Today, we are here to address reading disabilities. Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein are all thought to have had a Learning disability.

Let’s start by looking at what the research says about reading strategies:

What is Reading Strategies:

The Ultimate goal of reading is to extract meaning from what you read. The older students with Learning disabilities need increasing instructional responses. So, when the students read, they have a lot going around in their heads. They use the power of sounds/symbols relationship in phonics to decode the words they don’t know.

In the case of a young student reading- they decode many or most words in the text as they build their vocabulary. They begin to rely less and less on sounding words. As their language grows, so does fluency. Fluency is nothing but the accuracy of reading the text steadily with an accurate tone.

Finally, the student understands what they read or comprehend. There are different comprehension strategies we use to know what we are reading. We make new images in our minds, connect to the text or use reasoning. The following are some ways we can help students with Learning disabilities.

Let us start with the basic:

Decoding Words and Letters:

Communication is a result of sentences that we use every day. Sentences are from words and words from sounds. Children, at first, play with new stories and create new language patterns. They develop phonemic awareness by singing songs, chanting rhymes and reading books. Students learn new words every day. They make an understanding of how oral language works in many ways.

Beginning readers develop their concepts of letters. By recognizing letters in print, name, singing, students begin to understand this relationship. For some children, teachers also have to provide small-group instructions.Teachers have to be open, systematic, and supportive than they usually are. This way they can develop a direct relationship with phonics. 

Phonics helps students develop a sound-letter relationship which allows them to decode better. Think about solving the word ‘fish,’ and you need to hear first, understand terms, and put them into effect. 

The following are some ways the teachers can help students to learn how to decode:

  • Breaking down of big tasks into smaller tasks
  • Helping students organize the information in a systematic manner
  • Following a predictable pattern 
  • It helps them build a word study pattern 

Having Fluency:

Reading fluency is the ability to grasp and read texts fluently quickly. Fluent readers do not have to decode words with difficulty. They learn from developing good reading proficiency. Since fluent readers have a useful vocabulary, they make connections between different texts.

Students with Learning Disabilities tend to read calmly, laboring over the text structures. Sometimes the text may be too challenging to read. A lack of fluent reading means that the students lack confidence. If they encourage students to read more, they can become fluent readers. It also gives them improved reading skills.

Fluency comes with oral readings. Fluency is targeted through many other factors like:

  • Reading the same words again and again
  • When the reading is shared repeatedly
  • Self-Identifying reading errors
  •  Visualization

Developing Vocabulary:

Students need to develop word awareness, to help them recognize words automatically. Children with learning disabilities think and understand differently. Understanding what they read and remember is the central act of learning. During the reading process, the students have to know what they read. They also have to figure out the different strategies that work. Students develop recognition of most words they hear, see and write.

Vocabulary has to be developed, expanded, and taught. Extending the language and expanding it requires exposure to words and their meanings. They must be taught to use various strategies which enhance their word strength.

Some of the effective vocabulary strategies occur when:

  • Activity-based methods
  • Computer-assisted methods
  • Exposure to new words
  • Interaction with the same terms to process deeply
  • Making connections between old and new words

Final Notes:

Prevention and early intervention provided by well-trained teachers can improve reading methods. It can change from a poor reader to a good reader. If we delay intervention, approximately 75% of the children continue to have reading disabilities.

The Haunted House: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story by Manvik R.

The Haunted House: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story by Manvik R.

It was the day of Halloween and six friends were excited to go to the Old Haunted House. But, little did everyone know, it was cursed to turn fiction into reality

Chapter 1

On the day of Halloween, the six friends convince their parents and get permission to go to the old haunted house.

They agree to meet up at 3464 Maud Street before they go to the actual Haunted House. 

During the evening, everyone meets as per the plan and greets each other. Everyone assures their parents that they will be alright by themselves.

Everyone shows off their costumes. Carl is a vampire, Frank is the president, Brian is a haunted monster, Ethan is a robot, Alex is a Viking, and David is a scarecrow. 

Everyone compliments each other. The only person who doesn’t is Carl.

Carl says, “Well, vampires are the best.” 

Brian remarks, “Well CARL, you are always saying you are the best. It is just an opinion.” 

Carl has nothing to say back to him. After a small walk, they reach the Haunted House. It looks like Alex prepared some tricks because he is already throwing stink bombs at David (he knows that David is the easiest to trick). 

“Save your tricks for the haunted house,” everyone says to Alex. 

“Fine,” Alex sighs. Ethan is about to step into the Haunted house, but he changes his mind and goes second. 

Carl declares that he can go first because he is the most brave and courageous of the group. 

“Actually I will go first,” Ethan quickly says. 

“Make up your mind!!” Brian says, annoyed. After a few minutes of arguing…

“Why does Carl ALWAYS go first for everything?” demands Brian. 

“Well, I am the best, that’s why,” Carl answers. Right when Carl walks into the Haunted house, he feels itchy. 

Alex shouts, “Gotcha!” It looks like Alex threw an itch bomb. 

When Alex observes Carl’s face he protests, “I listened to you!! When you stepped into the haunted house I threw the itch bomb.” 

Carl sighs. 

Why do you always trick everybody?” David asks.

 “It is fun,” Alex explains.

After all the tricks are over, they walk into the Haunted House. Right when everyone is inside, the door automatically closes behind them. 

“Are you sure it is normal for doors to close like that? It doesn’t look like an automatic door,” Frank comments curiously.

 “It is a ‘Haunted’ house, what do you expect? Anyways, if you are scared I can protect you,” Carl boasts. 

🙄 “We get it, you are the best in everything,” Brian says. 

“Correctomundo,” Carl agrees. Right then, a ghost appears out of thin air.

”Eeeeeeeek!!!” Everyone screams. Frank screams the loudest. 

Frank asks, “Can you protect me, Carl?”

“Ummmmm… well I guess I can,” Carl replies. He mumbles, “Being the best is tough.” 

Meanwhile David questions, “Alex, is that another one of your tricks?” 

“No,” Alex replies.

“Then, what can it be?” Everyone thinks.

Where did the ghost come from?? What will they do to the group?? Help the team escape from the Haunted House as quickly as possible. Click here to decide what happens next!

The Attack on the Rabbits

The Attack on the Rabbits

Two of my Creative Writing students, Manvik and Sayan, were inspired to collaborate on this story after learning the vocabulary in this article. Enjoy!

Rabbits’ Perspective 

“Congratulations, Sam, you finally learned how to binky!” my mother says. William, my rude younger brother, snickers, “I learned how to binky many years ago.” My other brother Henry laughs out loud. By the way, I am a rabbit. My brothers despise me because I get a bit more attention from my parents. I have a very kind mother and father.  I am three years old, and I am a very special rabbit.

For example, I only recently learned how to binky, but other rabbits can do these large jumps right after they are born. Instead, I was making a strange movement of twirling before I was encouraged to binky by an older rabbit. He told me that wolves would catch me if I didn’t learn how to move quickly. My mother says to William that he must keep quiet and respect the fact that I had finally learned how to binky.

My great and protective father says, “To celebrate this achievement, we will go for a nice stroll with our whole family.” We have almost 20 relatives.

I say, “I will practice binkying in the meantime.” So our big family of rabbits head out on a stroll. The wise old rabbit who encouraged me to binky tells me, ”Just remember to keep binkying, Sam, for binkying can save any rabbit from the wolves. It is a good thing that you finally dropped your twirling act.”

 William comments, “I think Sam will get injured during the stroll and get eaten up by the wolves.”

”Who are the wolves?” I ask.

A rabbit answers, “The wolves are fierce predators that have big gritting teeth and big bodies. They have no wisdom, and they are big bullies of the forest. They are greedy and selfish creatures, and they care only about themselves. We, on the other hand, care for all the creatures in our forest and produce medicines for all.”

“Making medicine is our hobby,” say the other rabbits in unison. We all eat berries and enjoy a great stroll.

Wolves’ Perspective

All the creatures in the forest call us fearless and selfish. Suddenly our leader bays, telling us that he sees a buffalo herd. Our wolf pack is hungry so we start the hunt. He commands, “Follow me.” While we start chasing the buffalo, our leader falls and gets hurt. He tries to bend down and cries in agony, “Keep going. I’ll be okay.”

Because I am the second oldest wolf, I am now the leader. Our pack keeps moving. We almost catch up to the buffalo herd, but then a wolf howls and the rest of the pack joins in. I tell them to keep moving, but even I can’t resist the urge to howl with them. After all the howling is over, the buffalo herd is long gone. I warn them to never lose focus during a hunt ever again.

 “Our leader is hurt. We have to get him food quickly. Follow me. I smell rabbit,” I announce. Right when the rabbits see us, they start hopping away quickly. It looks like one of them is twirling. I tell them to hunt the special one.

The other wolves ask me why. I reply impatiently, “We always hunt the weak ones.” We start chasing the rabbit.

Rabbits’ Perspective 

We were having a great time until–“WE’RE UNDER ATTACK!!!” shouts one of the rabbits. He had spotted a wolf pack. I am so nervous and do not have much practice binkying, so I twirl as fast as I can.  All the rabbits are going faster and I am lagging behind. The wolves are gaining on me, and the rest of the rabbits keep moving.

The wolves are about to make a meal of me, and then my mother rescues me. She says, “Remember to binky! It can save your life!” We winky away from the wolves to safety.

Then we see a dying wolf in the forest. He says in agony, “Can somebody give me some food and medicine for my injury? Otherwise, I will die!” None of us bother to give him food or our precious medicine.

An elder rabbit exclaims, “Why should we give you anything when you always try to kill us and other creatures?”

The dying wolf says, “We were trying to hunt buffalo but we failed, and we desperately needed food, so we tried to hunt you instead.”

Many rabbits feel bad for the wolf and decide to help him, but right then, the wolves pounce on us. We hop away just in time, binkying into our den. My mother checks that everyone has made it safely to the den. We are safe for now.

Wolves’ Perspective

We aren’t able to save our leader in time. Maybe we should have talked the rabbits into giving us one of their medicines, instead of brutally attacking them many times for food. I remember that our leader once told us they have many secrets.  We feel very disappointed and foolish.

Desperately, I tell the pack to sleep. I finally realize how being cruel and mean to other creatures can have an impact to our wolf pack. It is going to be very hard to change the way we behave.

After some time, we feel that we made the right decision to turn into good animals. Those rabbits changed our lives, and we shall never eat a rabbit again.

Rabbits’ Perspective

How foolish the wolves are. Their leader was sick but instead of asking us to give them medicine, they attacked us. We have a surplus amount of medicines for any sickness.

“Well, Sam, you learned a lesson,” my mother says. “Today, you saw first-hand why it is important to winky instead of twirl.”

“Now why don’t you practice binkying some ore?” says my father. ”You and I should start practicing how to hop at great speeds during times of need, such as this wolf attack.”

Wolves’ Perspective

One week later, after we swore never to eat rabbits again, we visit the rabbit den and say, “We are terribly sorry for attacking you last week. We shall never harm your species again.”

The wisest rabbit knows that we are telling the truth and says, “Let’s be friends forever.”

And so, the wolves and the rabbits remained friends to this day. When the wolves were in need, the rabbits gave them medicines, while the wolves protected the rabbits from other predators.