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    • Best Coaching Class | The Why Academy | Mumbai

      CLASS Dream YOUR LIVE CLASS FOR SCIENCE & MATHS Try For Free WHA T MAKES US THE ONE FOR YOU Boost your scores with strategic problem solving Learn from the best faculty Experience High Energy sessions with personalized attention Understand concepts like never before HIGH-ENERGY SESSIONS WITH PERSONALIZED ATTENTION 1. Seamless interaction with teachers on chat, audio, or video 2. Get hooked to learning with live rewards & recognition in class 3. Platform-generated analytics help us keep you interested and engaged Saumya Dwivedi, RN Podar School Mumbai, says ... Most online classes are boring and monotonous, but in The Why Academy's online sessions, it is with the teachers, which easy to communicate makes it interactive and fun. Ideal for you if you are easily distracted and want to increase focus, or if you learn better with greater student-teacher interactions. Explore Our Courses UNDERSTAND CONCEPTS like never before 4. 5. 6. Engage LIVE with the teacher Concepts made easy with interactive simulations Get your doubts cleared by the during the class teacher LIVE Shaurya Singh, RN Podar School Mumbai, says ... In The Why Academy's online classes, teachers' make sure that and concepts are explained clearly no doubt is left unsolved. "If you are looking for a way to learn challenging concepts in a fun and effective manner. Try For Free BOOST YOUR SCORES with strategic problem solving 7. 8. 9. Level-wise problem solving practice to create a strategic mindset within the students Detailed analysis & feedback to create personalized improvement plan for you High energy gamified quizzing as you maximize your scores Vasudha Tiwari, RN Podar School Mumbai, says ... I loved every quiz and question-answer session. Even the assessment and testing is so much fun, that you get to and without having to take any stress.​ increase your scores boost your memory If you wish to target your weak points and learn the right way to maximize your scores, then The Why Academy's approach is the right choice for you! Learn More Explore Our Other Features

    • Latest CBSE News | The Why Academy

      Forum Search Forum Welcome! Join the discussions and connect with The Why Academy community. Latest CBSE News Share stories, ideas, pictures and more! Views Posts 6 Follow Grade 9 Share your stories, ideas, questions, photos and more. Connect with our community of students, parents, and educators. Views Posts 2 Follow Grade 10 Share your stories, ideas, questions, photos and more. Connect with our community of students, parents, and educators. Views Posts 5 Follow Grade 11 Share your stories, ideas, questions, photos and more. Connect with our community of students, parents, and educators. Views Posts 0 Follow Grade 12 Share your stories, ideas, questions, photos and more. Connect with our community of students, parents, and educators. Views Posts 0 Follow New Posts Lasya Jagirdhar 8m ago VIRTUAL learning-REAL exams Discussion What started as a month-long lockdown has taken up the entire year. Thanks to our educator’s farsightedness, we entered the online classroom weeks ago, and hence are at a place of no major loss. Virtual learning has been challenging for both students and parents alike. Parents have replaced the role of teachers. Teachers only guide students to learn through materials that have been prepared through media. Parents are the ones who play an active role to teach their children at home. They have faced many challenges in this process of online learning such as limited time, the inadequacy of technical knowledge, balancing their WFH, and Home, etc. But it has been harder on the students, especially because while all the learning happens online, the exams are conducted offline. In the month of December, most of our kids are writing their pre-boards, for which, none of them have had any contact teaching. These exams are as stressful as they can get for a student of good bearing. Without classroom experience, pen and paper practice, and peer interaction, these exams can get extremely stressful The scanning, uploading, dysfunctional portals just add to the student’s hassle, elevating stress and alleviating scores. For the junior classes, the parent’s IT literacy becomes a big issue. Practically oriented subjects like Maths, Chemistry, physics, etc become more strenuous. In this unusual scenario, here is what you can do to get your child prepared to perform their best. 1. Before an online Exam: Prepare Know the test format What kind of questions will the instructor ask in the exam—multiple-choice, fill-ups, short answer, essays etc. Check your computer Verify all the correct hardware and software in advance. Make sure of an adequate Internet connection. Plan your time While writing, limit your time to that which will be allotted for the actual exam and decide how long you will spend on each question. Carve out a quiet test-taking spot with minimal distractions Turn off all notifications from IM, your phone, your email, and elsewhere. 2. During the Online Exam: Focus Clock your answers Set an alarm to notify you when you have limited time (e.g., 10 minutes) remaining in your testing period. Print and save copies of the test questions, and answers These will prove extremely helpful if you have technical problems during the test or if you encounter issues while submitting your answers. Don’t leave the test page Don’t use the same tab or the browser as you do for your exam —you may lose all your work. Open a second copy of the browser to search. Contact your Instructor In the case of technical problems, contact your instructor immediately, detailing the error messages. Take a screenshot of the error message as well. For most students, taking an online exam is a new and bewildering experience. They don’t know what to expect and aren’t certain of what skills and strategies will enable them to score their best. The online environment presents some challenges that warrant a bit of extra awareness and preparation. It is always better to be safe than sorry. 0 comments 0 0 simran1679 Dec 9 New Changes in CBSE exam pattern? What , Why and How? Discussion Amidst the pandemic, CBSE has issued a spree of circulars announcing changes in the exam pattern, beginning session 2020-21. The most important ones are: Case Study Based Questions that will hold > 20% weightage in the assessment. Assertion-Reason based problems that will hold 10% weightage in assessment A decrease in the number of long answer type questions. 14 objective type questions ( MCQs, VSA type) and 10 very short answer type question will account for close to 25% weightage in assessment An overall increase in the number of question asked A choice in Basic or standard maths Let’s look at them in detail and what they mean for your child Case study questions There will be 2 questions worth 8 marks out of 80 No resources (books, ebooks, etc.) . Will be application-based hence rote learning won’t suffice Would be multi-layered and require a comprehensive understanding of how one part of the syllabus is relevant to the other How to score well? Questions based on a given case study are normally taken from real-life situations. These are certainly related to the concepts provided in the textbook but the plot of the question is always based on a day-to-day life problem. There will be all MCQs or objective questions only based on the case study. So, the case-based questions can be answered as a very short answer. Many parents are unaware of how the MCQs are answered. Here are a few pointers that all parents/teachers should know: Step by step solution is not required in MCQ type questions. The student should tick/write down the correct option only. Writing a complete solution is nothing but a wastage of time. Students will not get extra marks for writing a complete solution. For the board examiner, writing a complete solution is part of the rough work only. Most of the time, you need not solve the MCQ completely to get the correct option. You can start thinking in reverse order and choose the best fit option. 2. Assertion- Reasoning Based Questioned The new pattern that has been introduced gives a heavy 25% weightage to objective type questions in all subjects. That means, Out of 80 marks, 20 marks will be assigned to this new bracket of questions i.e Multiple Choice Questions, Assertion-Reason Based, Case study based questions, Fill in the Blanks, etc. Subjective questions where students need to write a detailed answer will carry only 60 marks under the new pattern. The long answer type questions have reduced in number and weightage. Hence, it has become necessary to study between and lines with minute details to answer objective type questions. How to score well? Read thoroughly A lot of students skip this utterly important part, taking it as easy, but always read the question carefully to understand the assertion statement. Then, figure out whether the reason statement is true or not. Once you feel you have found the correct answer, read both the given statements once more. Then select the option that you think is right. Think of each statement independently Evaluate the given statements independently to figure out the correct answer. In certain questions, the reason provides the correct explanation for the given assertion statement, while in others it does not. If your concepts are clear, you will be able to quickly spot the inaccuracy in the explanation and select the correct answer. You need to think logically and use your conceptual understanding to analyze the scenario before answering assertion questions. Practicing assertion questions with CBSE Class 10 practice tests Assertion questions can be confusing. You need to know the meaning of the options available to get the answer right. Here, practice tests can be useful. Just reading tips on answering may not be effective. Tips are great for developing your own strategies to tackle the exam questions. If you practise CBSE Class 10 assertion questions, you will improve your thinking abilities. Once your practice test results are available, check whether you happen to lose marks due to lack of conceptual knowledge, overconfidence or lack of focus resulting from nervousness. 3. Standard vs Basic maths - How to choose? Basic maths The overall difficulty level was EASY The QP had 40 questions in 4 sections with Internal choice. To excel in Basic maths, be through with your NCERT and Exemplar. You don’t have to necessarily do help books or RS/RD. You can also have a look at the Practice book that CBSE released for Grade 7 to 10. But that is not mandatory at the Basic level. In addition to that, you must go through the Sample Papers with the lastest 30% cut in the syllabus, that CBSE released on its official website. Basically, the NCERT along with SQP would be enough to score well in Grade 10 Basic Mathematics. Standard Maths The overall difficulty level was EASY to MODERATE Most of the questions were from last year To excel in Standard maths, you should be through with the NCERT. You should also thoroughly practice the official Practice book CBSE released lately. It becomes mandatory at the standard level. You should also practice the important concepts from RD Sharma or any other help-book you think fits better on your question paper setting or curriculum. In addition to that, you must go through the Sample Papers with the lastest 30% cut in the syllabus, that CBSE released on its official website. Basically, the NCERT, CBSE practice book, important concepts from RD, along with SQP would be enough to score well in Grade 10 standard Mathematics. In conclusion, Choose Maths Basic if you want to: Take Humanities in Class 11 and 12 Take Commerce without Maths in Class 11 and 12 Take any non-maths course after Class 12 - like Design, Animation, Humanities Choose Maths Standard if you want to: Take Commerce with Maths in Class 11 and 12 Take Science in Class 11 and 12 Give IIT-JEE or Medical Exams (NEET) To do any Engineering course after Class 12 To do CA, CS after Class 12 Want to go to Medical Field after Class 12 4. A decrease in the number of long answer type questions 14 objective type questions ( MCQs, VSA type) and 10 very short answer type questions will account for close to 25% weightage in the assessment. Long answer type questions have reduced. These are completely new types of questions, the sole purpose of which is evaluating your understanding of the subject to its core along with its application in a never-studied-before scenario. This will also be a hit for those children who pull through by simply memorizing answers. If your concepts are clear, you will be able to quickly spot the inaccuracy in the explanation and select the correct answer. 0 comments 0 0 simran1679 Dec 9 What are Assertion based questions? What do they mean for the children under the CBSE board? Discussion Assertion and reason questions have been part of major competitive exams in India and globally. CBSE, in its recent notification, has changed the pattern of question paper for board exams and has included 20 objective/VSA type questions. There would be various types of objective questions like fill in the blanks, true/false, MCQ, and Assertion – Reason type questions. Among all these types of objective questions, the most complicated one is the Assertion – Reason type . Word “Assertion” means a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief. In this type of question, students are provided with two statements named “Assertion” and “Reason”. Assertion represents a fact or belief. The other statement is the reason, which may or may not be the explanation of assertion. What do A-R questions mean for CBSE Class 10 students? The new pattern that has been introduced gives a heavy 25% weightage to objective type questions in all subjects. That means, Out of 80 marks, 20 marks will be assigned to this new bracket of questions i.e Multiple Choice Questions, Assertion-Reason Based, Case study based questions , Fill in the Blanks, etc. Till 2019, this was not the case. Subjective questions where students need to write a detailed answer will carry only 60 marks under the new pattern. The long answer type questions have reduced in number and weightage. Hence, it has become necessary to study between and lines with minute details to answer objective type questions. Why are A-R questions difficult to crack? In this type of questions, the student has to read the Assertion and Reason statements carefully and choose the correct option from the following: A. Both the Assertion and the Reason are correct and the Reason is the correct explanation of the Assertion. B. The Assertion and the Reason are correct but the Reason is not the correct explanation of the Assertion. C. Our Assertion is true but the Reason is false. D. The statement of the Assertion is false but the Reason is true. E. Both the statements are false. There isn’t much difficulty in the cases where either assertion or reason is false. The real challenge is when both are true and you have to predict if the reason is the correct explanation of assertion or not! You give the correct answer only if you are not only confident about the correctness of the assertion but also know its proper explanation. EXAMPLE. Assertion: Aryl halides are less reactive than alkyl halides for nucleophilic substitution reactions. Reason: There is a partial double bond character between halogen and benzene ring. For predicting the right answer: Read the assertion carefully and see if the statement is correct or not. In this case, we know that it is a true statement. Now ask yourself what is the reason for this statement to be true? Here we know that this statement is true because there is resonance in aryl halides due to which there is a partial double bond character which makes it more difficult to remove halogen from the benzene ring. Now see if a similar statement is given in the reason or not. If yes then it would be the correct explanation of assertion else not. How to score well in A-R questions? Certain things that you can do to score well in these new types of questions are: Read thoroughly A lot of students skip this utterly important part, making it as easy, but always read the question carefully to understand the assertion statement. Then, figure out whether the reason statement is true or not. Once you feel you have found the correct answer, read both the given statements once more. Then select the option that you think is right. 2 . Think of each statement independently Evaluate the given statements independently to figure out the correct answer. In certain questions, the reason provides the correct explanation for the given assertion statement, while in others it does not. If your concepts are clear, you will be able to quickly spot the inaccuracy in the explanation and select the correct answer. You need to think logically and use your conceptual understanding to analyze the scenario before answering assertion questions. 3. Pra cticing assertion questions with CBSE Class 10 practice tests Assertion questions can be confusing. You need to know the meaning of the options available to get the answer right. Here, practice tests can be useful. Just reading tips on answering may not be effective. Tips are great for developing your own strategies to tackle the exam questions. If you practice CBSE Class 10 assertion questions, you will improve your thinking abilities. Once your practice test results are available, check whether you happen to lose marks due to lack of conceptual knowledge, overconfidence, or lack of focus resulting from nervousness. You can start by practicing a few that we have created from Class 10 Physics chapters of Light and Human Eye Select the correct answer to these questions from the codes (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv) as given below: i) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of the assertion. ii) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of the assertion. iii) A is true but R is false. iv) A is false but R is true. Assertion: An object placed in front of a convex lens forms an image of the same size. Reason: Object is placed between the center of curvature and focus Assertion : Dentists use a concave mirror. Reason : Concave mirrors are converging mirrors. Assertion : Danger and warning signs are red in color. Reason : Red light has a larger wavelength. 0 comments 0 0

    • The Team | The Why Academy

      The Team Meet The Why Academy's Master Faculty Lohit is an entrepreneur and reputed educationist, with a degree in mechanical engineering from BITS Pilani. His ground-breaking work with innovative after-school learning modules, has transformed the Indian education sector. Having pioneered the flipped classroom model in India, he has been invited to speak in prestigious forums like TEDx and Harvards' India Conference. (physics) Lohit Sahu Riddhima Guruji (biology) Riddhima holds a degree in Microbiology from the reputed St. Xavier's College, where she was also the topper across the University of Mumbai. Besides her extensive education experience of over 10 years, Riddhima is also committed to encouraging complete clarity of concepts in her students, which makes her classes all the more effective. Lasya Jagirdhar (chemistry) Lasya holds a degree in chemical engineering from BITS Pilani, and has over 8 years of experience in the education sector. Her comprehensive qualifications and extensive experience assist her in creating a unique class environment - one that caters to the needs of every student. ​ Rishabh holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Bombay), and has over 8 years of experience in teaching. He is able to apply his vast knowledge and experience to simplify and teach complex concepts in a fun and engaging manner. (Mathematics ) Rishabh Solanki Explore Our Courses

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    • How to Boycott Distracting Habits

      Habits begin with a cue, or a trigger to act. Walking into dark room cues you to perform an action that will enable sight. Next comes a craving for a change in state – in this case, to be able to see. Then comes our response, or action – flicking the light switch. The final step in the process, and the end goal of every habit, is the reward. If your performance does not satisfy you, it becomes your trigger. Then rises the need to improve it, the techniques for which we discussed in our last article. But it is important to actively let go of those habits that interfere with newly formed productive ones. Increase friction for bad habits Despite having all the motivation to study, we get digressed as we have a habit of logging in 3 hours on social media or Netflix, or PS4. If you want to waste less time in front of the TV, unplug it and take the batteries out of the remote. Doing so will introduce enough friction to ensure you only watch when you really want to. Validation through apps My all-time favorite is Forest. It functions by allowing you to plant a tree, which will grow with every half hour you spend avoiding your phone. Should you stray from the app, it’ll kill your tree, which may seem inconsequential but you get surprisingly invested. It’s actually incredibly sweet to expand your forest, knowing that everyone represents thirty minutes of hard work. Immediate-return environment Our brains are wired into the immediate-return environment of earlier humans, who weren’t thinking about long-term returns like saving for retirement or sticking to a diet. They were focused on immediate concerns like finding their next meal, seeking shelter. So when you are pursuing habits with a delayed return, try to attach some immediate gratification to them. Eg. when you have decided upon increasing your study time by 30 minutes every day, it will not make a difference in tomorrow’s class test. But if you miss the 30 minutes, that will gratify you. Replace this gratification with putting in 10/- in a jar every time you make the 30 minutes cut. This practice will give you 300 bucks at the end of the month which you can spend on whatever you like. In motion vs taking action “The most effective form of learning is practice, not planning” James Clear, Author, Atomic Habits Sitting to strategize your syllabus, making a schedule, downloading mock tests, forming a group study are all ‘being in motion’. While this is useful, it does not produce results on its own. No matter how many routines you form, you’ll not increase your score incoming exams if you don’t actively engage in studying and memorizing. Starting on schedule, finishing the target exercises of a chapter is taking action. It is producing results by getting off stuff from your to-do list and honing your skills. Student’s Takeaway The aggregation of marginal gains, suggests that there is a tiny margin of improvement in everything you do. Since bad habits interfere in developing good ones, it is important that we get rid of them.

    • How to Develop a Habit

      In our previous article, we discussed how Habits are the compound interest of small changes. Hence, it is important to develop a sustained habit of studying to improve our scores. By adopting these 3 techniques, you are bound to see a boost in the long run. 1. Implementation intentions Most of us tend to be too vague about our intentions. To actually follow through on your intentions : Prominent/obvious cues - Instead of putting up motivational posters, put up diagrams, reactivity series, or working of an electric motor so that every time you look at it, you are coerced into studying out of compulsion or even guilt. Definite/precise goals - Instead of forming vague goals like ‘I will study better’, create precise ones like ‘2 hours target to practice all NCERT examples and 2 exercises of Heron’s formula’. This way, when you sit to study, you won’t distract yourself with what to study, where to start, etc. 2. Temptation bundling “More probable behaviors reinforce the less probable ones”. James Clear, Author, Atomic Habits Try taking a behavior that you think of as important but unappealing and link it to a behavior that you’re drawn to – one that will generate a motivating dopamine hit. Pomodoro it- An Italian technique of setting your timer at 25 minutes followed by a break of five minutes; rinse and repeat. Eg. the target is to finish metal and nonmetals. Set up a Pomodoro of 25 minutes, followed by scrolling/walking/chatting whatever you feel like. When the alarm goes off, back to metals Token reward- You know how IG gives you an ‘official blue tick’ after you accumulate a certain number of followers, followed by a silver and gold button on every milestone after that. Similarly, you can give yourself a star every time you complete Chemistry, then physics, then biology. These 3 stars can then be converted into watching an episode of your desired show. This way, even if you don’t want to study, you’ll become conditioned to it if it means you get to watch your favorite show. 3. Make it easily doable “Habits are easier to build when they fit into the flow of your life”. James Clear, Author, Atomic Habits Energy is precious, and the brain is wired to conserve it whenever possible. It is human nature to follow the Law of Least Effort, which states that when deciding between two similar options, people gravitate toward the option that requires the least amount of work. Reduce friction You are more likely to study, if you are part of a peer group that is invested in studying, are into academic co-curricular, etc, even if it is just to save face or be validated by your peers Eg. Instead of calling a friend to discuss a doubt and digressing into gossip, text them to keep it short .Instead of studying on the balcony, with tons of activities of the neighbors to distract you, sit in a quiet corner where you won’t fave these frictions Choose your medium of Learning Visual Learners should draw flow charts, diagrams, use colors, and highlighters while Audio Learners should make acronyms, rhyming words, refer to audiobooks.

    • Small Change-Big Gain

      It is easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. We often dismiss small changes because they don’t seem to matter very much at the moment. But when we repeat 1 percent errors, day after day, by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results. It’s the accumulation of many missteps—a 1 percent decline here and there— that eventually leads to a problem. If during a flight takeoff from LA, en route to New York, the pilot decided to adjust course 3.5 degrees to the south, the plane’s nose would move just a few feet and it would end up in Washington, DC, miles away from New York. However, If you can get just 1 percent better each day, you’ll end up with results that are nearly 37 times better after one year. Being a student in the 21st century is not fun. With the n number of deadlines, you are overworked and exhausted all the time. Making small routine changes like : sleeping/eating on time, controlling caffeine intake cutting down on study MARATHONS. We target to finish an ENTIRE book within the 12 hours of the night but can’t. The average Attention span is 40 minutes. Without a break after 40 minutes, you begin to wear out and lose your target, which further demotivates you Our education system best suits the traditional learner. Find your style and plan your study around it : Visual Learners should draw flow charts, diagrams, use colors and highlighters Audio Learners should make acronyms, rhyming words, refer to audiobooks Busting the ‘Overnight Success’ Myth When we struggle to build a good habit or break a bad one, it is not because we have lost our ability to improve. It is often because we have not yet crossed the Plateau of Latent Potential. When you finally break through the Plateau of Latent Potential, people will call it an overnight success. The outside world only sees the most dramatic event rather than all that preceded it. But you know that it’s the work you did long ago—when it seemed that you weren’t making any progress—that makes the jump today possible. “We often expect progress to be linear. This can result in a “valley of disappointment” where people feel discouraged after putting in weeks or months of hard work without experiencing any results. However, this work was not wasted. It was simply being stored. It is not until much later that the full value of previous efforts is revealed.” James Clear, Author, Atomic Habits Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat. Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. Student’s Takeaway Research has shown, starting small makes new habits more likely to stick. If you can get just 1 percent better each day, you’ll end up with results that are nearly 37 times better after one year.

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