The Educational Needs of our Children
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This for the parents and guardians. The mothers and the fathers who work the
hardest to make sure their children get the best of care, nurture and opportunities.The parents
who want their children to succeed in this world. The world that is often harsh, seldom full of
This is for we, the mothers who often worry about the future of their child. The academic
future, the monetary future, the professional future. This is for tus fathers who toil hard and take
on the world to provide the best care and support for our children and our family.
Whenever an examination approaches, we feel the anxiety of whether our child would perform
At the very least we wish to know and feel assured that they have performed to their own fullest
If there is any slackening or decrease of marks, we become anxious. Our mind ponders over the
future and worries about how we will be able to achieve the desired academic outcome for our
child and build a stable foundation for a bright future. We become worried further when our child
seems demotivated by the day to day woes and drudgeries of studies.
We all internally realize that it’s our duty to provide the best academic service for our beloved
child. We inherently know that we have to do our best as parents and professors and
counsellors. We have to formulate and execute a strategy and a plan that would give our child
the best possible chance of success in the upcoming examinations.
But amidst the confusion and chaos, we sometimes don’t know what to do. We seek for the
correct information and often get bombarded with tonnes of information. In this era, when
information is readily available at our fingertips, we may feel perplexed between seemingly
contradictory action plans. We wonder what is the best and the most suitable for our child, in
their present state of preparedness. We get anxious to find the best way to increase their
interest towards gaining knowledge as well as to increase marks.We try to figure out the best
exam preparation strategy. What can we do to perform the best from now till exam time.
From us parents and teachers to have mental clarity about what needs to get done in order to
ensure exact academic service is given to our children, we at Paathshala Education have
compiled a comprehensive list of endeavours to accomplish on the journey of academic
Number 1. Understanding and learning of the Syllabus with the aim of fast completion of
It is very important to teach in such a manner that the student finds the subject interesting and
engaging and to complete the syllabus in a fast and efficient manner. Teachers who share this
philosophy and understand its importance are rare and mature and in the teaching profession
we need to make such teachers available for the students. A quick completion of the syllabus
ensures ample time for available further revisions, and enhancement of academic skill sets.
Number 2. Acclimatization of the syllabus via Studies, Homework and Revision Cycles
We have to ensure that the studies, homework and revision that the student is engaging in is
timely and happens regularly. According to research it has been shown that memory retention
and recall is the maximum when we have repeatedly poured in information and analysis into our
brains and indulged in multiple cycles of revision. Having completed the syllabus faster would
also help our children in revising often. During revision, it’s most helpful to spend more time with
that one has forgotten more or remembers less for maximizing overall efficiency.
Number 3. Doubt Clarification
Clarification of doubts and difficulties in an apt and timely manner is crucial in the overall
effectiveness of studies. Clarification of doubts leads to the exhilarated feeling of satisfaction
and happiness of having learnt and understood something new. We must ensure that our child
has an adept doubt Clarification mechanism available to them at all times.
Number 4. Testing and improving upon Memorization and Recall
We have done well to teach in teaching our child. Now it is time to check how much they
remember and to ensure that they can reproduce the knowledge that we have painstakingly
embedded into their minds and brains. For checking memorization and recall, we at Paathshala
Education Institute suggest implementing techniques such as conducting day to-day vivas of
facts, and oral quizzes of multiple choice questions and asking the student to explain the
concept that they have learnt in their own methodology in as lucid a manner as they can. Being
put into a situation of having to teach the subject, the student’s brain is forced to understand
every detail of the academic knowledge well, which in turn propels the studies further.
Number 5. Mistakes Analysis and feedback based rectification in Assignments and Tests
Tests serve as a crucial feedback mechanism for us to be able to understand where the student
is exactly lacking and what type of mistakes are being committed by them.
We should analyse each and every mistake of the student during assignment practice as well as
test practice and classify the mistakes as conceptual, execution based or silly.
Conceptual mistakes need to be rectified by understanding, revising and recalling the concept
Execution based mistakes may require more practice, increase in speed and mathematical
aptitude, better memorization and effective recall of formula and concepts.
Silly mistakes imply the student needs to be more in the present moment and to be calm and
confident, and as close to a Zen state of mind as they can be.. A good diet, regular sleep cycles
and a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, and meditation are also paramount for the
student to be calm in the present moment. Mental stability, focus and self-confidence, clarity
and calmness will help in avoiding silly mistakes.
Number 6. A lot of Full Syllabus Test Practice
Full syllabus Test practice helps the student in identifying the weak areas and analysing the
types of shortcomings that they have. We have overcome these shortcomings with apt
rectification and improvement measures.
Moreover full syllabus tests are much more effective than chapter wise tests or part syllabus
tests or section wise tests because in the final exam the student is supposed to know the entire
syllabus and not only some small part of it.
For instance, if someone is learning to drive a car, they should know to operate the steering,
clutch and the brakes in a coordinated manner. There’s no point if he only knows to operate one
of these mechanisms. The same applies for competitive exams too. The student has to be able
to understand little nuances like the order of answering, managing time effectively, recalling
mnemonics and facts, staying calm and most importantly avoiding anxiety during the exam. It is
a handful of skills to be learnt and executed in the examination room. The more practise we give
our students for these, the better it’s going to be.
Number 7 [is a Bonus for passionate learners, Educators and well wishers in Paathshala
family]. Food, meditation, exercise, yoga for mental and physical health and
neuroplasticity and creativity.
Research has shown that a stable body is a host to a stable mind and the stability will lead to
the mind being more in the present moment, being calm, clear and confident and focused,
enabling the student to perform to their best possible potential and push the boundaries of their
reality.. We recommend indulging in soul fulfilling activities like playing outdoor sports with
friends, reading good books, exercise and yoga, meditation, eating healthy food, taking care of
sleep cycles, taking care of overall mental and physiological health and well-being in order to
perform the best in any competitive entrance exams.
We hope that this video has helped students, parents, well-wishers and educators to understand
what needs to get done in order to accomplish our academic goals.
Stay tuned for more from our Paathshala Education Academic Department, and until next time –