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Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

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Ever wanted to improve the abilities of your mind? With some easy tips, you can increase your mental capabilities. Read on.

Our brain is one of the most complex organs of our body. In order to keep it sharp we need to keep doing certain exercises, yes you read it right, exercise to keep our brains sharp. It is very easy to lose the sharpness of the mind, hence it is necessary to make efforts to keep it sharp.

Here are some tips that you can do help improve your mental capabilities.

 

Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

 

Keeping it Busy

 

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The key is the consistent hustling of your brain. You should keep using it and don’t give it a big break. By doing activities like solving puzzles, playing chess, solving riddles or playing some specific card games like bridge,  can significantly help you to increase your mental abilities.

These game and puzzles help you to increase your problem-solving skills and induce strategy making in you, as result of that you are able to see a significant increase in your mental capabilities which In the end will help you to tackles your daily problems in a more simplified way.

 

Meditate

 

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Meditation is like an elixir to your brain. After going through a day which is full of stress and hotchpotch, mediation will help you to revive your brain. The benefits which mediation gives are widely accepted and backed by a various number of sciences and psychological researches.

By meditation you can go into a state which is full of serenity and peace and this state will help you make decisions in a better way. By taking a decision in a better way I mean to see every pros and con of the situation and you could only do that when your mind is a certain peace and relaxation levels.

 

Mental Exercises

You can increase your concentration and focus through several exercises specifically designed for this purpose like tratak, a famous eastern technique in which you have to focus on a bright point or source of light continuously and stay in the present moment. This will give you a sharp edge to your mind and you are able to understand and react to situations around you in a better way.

There are other few techniques like yoga or some herbs. Ginseng is a  herb used widely in South Asian countries promote healthy brain function. Skullcap, valerian and gingko biloba are also recommended to increase concentration and focus.

 

Making Maths Your Friend

 

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Now, don’t get afraid now and please don’t press the back button on your screen. I know for some Maths isn’t the subject that they have fond memories of. But when it comes to increasing your mental capabilities Mathematics is the tool which you can’t take lightly.

Mathematics always give you opportunities to delve and jump into the ocean of problems which will surely provide your brain oxygen as you going to increase your proximity to this subject. Through problem-solving which you are facing during mathematics, sessions will increase your ability to see the problems in different perspectives and help you to be more effective and productive in your day to day life.

 

Don’t take longer breaks

Most of the times during summer vacations or when our semester ends a big break is there. While our brain is used to the day to day activities, but during this break, our brain is not used that much, which in the end contributes to the rusting process of your mind.

The reason behind this is irregularities due to these long breaks. So if you are off from the schedule for a long time keep add activities like newspaper reading or read some novels or keep your brain active mentally, during this break, to keep it in shape.

 

Exercising and Stretching

 

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Not only hustling is the way to increase your mental capabilities, relaxation and cutting yourself from the regular schedule is the other side of the coin. By indulging into yoga, stretching and other physical exercises will increase your blood flow up to 30% in different parts of the brain.

According to a study Exercising actually helps increase learning capacity, after exercise the brain picks up vocabulary words 20% quicker. So, all in all, you need to keep a balance between the two.

 

Reading Books and Novels

 

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Reading books and novels are also a novel way to help keep your brain afresh. By reading books and novels you can keep practicing your concentration skills even when you are off.

The thrilling plots and characters help your brain to keep running and guessing what is going to happen next. So, grab a book today and start reading!

 

To Conclude

 

So, there you have it, some very essential and easy tips to keep that brain afresh of yours. Well, not only fresh but also these tips will help you improve your mental capabilities overall. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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10 Mantras to follow before you go for any exam

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Examination times are times dread. We become anxious, nervous and stressed. As the time comes near we get busy in studying harder to finish our revision so as to feel better. That good feeling has to carry it to the exam hall. 

Examinations are a vital part of education system. It tests students ability to understand and learn. In India even if you are under 19 years of age, you probably would have given near about 30+ examinations up till now. 

Not to forget they are an important part of your life. Since their occurrences is much to often and hard to ignore. 

The article will discuss on what to do during the last few days of exam till the final day (perhaps a week before an exam to exam day). Many of us miss out on important details and then fail due to various reasons which would have not been the case if you hadn’t missed out on it. 

 

So, here are 10 Mantras you should keep in mind before giving an exam

  • Revision of the essence, if you have any new concept or left over course then first finish your work and then read if you have time. Do not study new concept a day before exam, facts and less complex concept can don’t bombard yourself with it. Poor outcome.

 

  • Don’t discuss with your friends what you have read during a week before exam. If you feel there is a need to talk to your friends then only talk about things other than your exam.

 

 

  • Eat healthy and sleep healthy. Best to try good food and restaurant dining post exam. Since, you don’t want to upset your stomach.

  • Cool off time should be taken. Make use of free time to cool off. Best to engage in activities that are less intensive. You should be doing leisure activities. 

  • Mental revisions are helpful, see the topic and try to recall what it talks about. If you say it right then you are doing well.

  • Read all the exam instructions carefully, follow it to the rule. If there is any dress code mention then follow it. If it says to bring a particular type of pen. Exam time should not be disturbed. Don’t break any rule as it would bring attention of invigilators and can cause disruption.

 

  •  If required, take a printout of your exam call letter or admit card. Prepare yourself well, after all you are going for a battle. Be it mental.

  • Don’t engage in nervous eating, make sure that even on exam day you eat less spicy and staple food but not too less or too much.

  • Take blessings of your elders, Luck matters in an exam. Many exams are cleared when luck is with us. What better way can be to have blessings of elders. After what we need most during exams is luck, especially during exam times.

 

 

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Using Pomodoro technique to study better

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Ever heard the advice from parents boasting that in their time they used to study night and day for an exam and probably wondered is that all there is to get good marks. Sitting and studying for longer duration will certainly get you in list of toppers, right? .. Wrong! Actually slogging for long hours may not be that beneficial. Chances are, you would forget most of it.

You have heard this phrase “All work no play, makes Jim a dull boy”. Turns out this is true regarding your work efficiency. Studying continuously for long hours will make you prone to mental exhaustion.

 

However, this doesn’t mean that you entertain the idea that studying for shorter duration. Doesn’t work that way.

 

There are many examples when students of schools, colleges and institutes ask that how many hours of study is required to score good marks or clear an examination.

 

Obviously, much of discussion revolves around the number of hours taken proportional to your result. There seems to be a tacitly agreed upon consensus that more numbers of hours (time) one puts in more better will be the result.

 

Coming back to the antithesis established in first para, that studying for 15 hours duration on average is not beneficial but debilitating.

To our rescue there is a technique which helps us study throughout the day and is not so menacing as methods suggested by our parents/peers talked about. Time is of the utmost importance, when we are studying. We can use time more efficiently and perhaps do less mental labor.

 

A time management technique that helps,

 

Pomodoro technique

 

This method of time management was invented by Francesco Cirillo. Believe it or not the technique suggests taking breaks and fragmenting studying sessions into intervals. So, in a way it is suggesting you to take breaks in between your study sessions.

 

Step by step guide to use study session

  1. Study for 25 – 30 minutes.
  2. Take break but not longer than 1o minutes.
  3. Study again for 25- 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat these study sessions with short intervals or breaks in between those study sessions (breaks should not extend beyond 10 mins).
  5. After approximately 5 such sessions you would have studied for  2.5 hours and your break would have been 40 minutes.
  6. After 5 such study sessions it is suggested taking a longer break of about 25- 30 minutes. This will replenish you again for intensive study sessions.
  7. Study throughout the day using this technique. You will feel less exhausted.

 

Pomodoro technique allows for mind to replenish by taking systematic breaks. It helps reduce procrastination also. You can study longer more effectively without mentally exhausting yourself. It makes you more efficient in your studies. This way you will be doing smart work and not just hard work.

 

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Use Ebbinghaus forgetting curve to memorize better

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Believe it or not forgetting is natural part of learning anything.

 

Hermann Ebbinghaus, German Psychologist, is credited with research on forgetting when learning. Ebbinghaus had discovered that much of what we read/learn is forgotten during the first hour of learning itself.

 

Memory works in a way, that it remembers meaningful information more easily and it stays longer than meaningless information. Meaningless information is simply any information which is not in use for brain or has run out it utility. Example, it could be that information which you read for an exam and post examination have problem recalling it. Mind has an intriguing way or remembering and rejecting information. 

 

Ebbinghaus had conducted experiment for both meaningful and meaningless retention. However, Meaningless information is important for us to study because by knowing why we forget our course material we would be able to understand and find solutions for it.

 

Below is retention (y-axis) vs time lapsed (x-axis) graph

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In figure 1, Notice the retention drops substantially in the first hour itself. Much of what we learnt (around 80 percent) is forgotten after 2 days only. This is found to be natural and universal, meaning all exhibit this phenomenon with little variations.

However, Good news is that you can change it by disrupting the pattern exhibited in Curve.

 

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Key essence is to minimise forgetting is periodic revisions of course/lectures/study material

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The point is to revise periodically whatever you have  studied or read. The periodic revisions will help you retain better with least amount of mental effort.

Best way to do it is

  1. Revise after learning it once, or after attending a lecture.
  2. Again, Revise a day after your have learnt it.
  3. Again, Revise a week later.
  4. And Again, Revise a 28 days/month after learning.

In figure 2, notice that at approximately 75 percent on the y-scale (retentivity) there is an acute fall in remembering/retention. So after every learning session you should revise/review the course/notes/study material.

 

Hermann Ebbinghaus, has provided a gainful insight on how are memory works and how forgetting happens. The stressing viewpoint here is that this forgetting can be subject to change and you can maximize your learning.

Goodluck!!!

 

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Top 5 absolutely free digital marketing certifications

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In age of digital marketing many businesses by being digital have established Global or National presence. The need to have substantial presence is the need of the hour. Since businesses have gone digital their marketing also has become digital.

 

Digital marketing provides for job opportunities beyond conventional marketing jobs. Your work would be using SEO (search engine optimization) tools to market better on digital landscape. This not necessarily requires salesman skills but an understanding of how search engines work and certain skills which are technical regarding promotion of business over the internet.

 

Digital marketing in India provides for modest earning if you are new to it or have just acquired it or are just entering the industry. This salary as entrant would be 25,000 INR monthly to an experienced person earning more than 1 lakh per month.

 

Here are top FREE certifications which you can get in Digital Marketing:

 

The certification provided by Google, is designed for entrepreneurs and new entrants to Digital Marketing. You can be assured of learning the basics of digital marketing. This can set your base for a good certification later.

 

Since Google provides certification, you can be assured its authentic.

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Alison is also another great certification platform where you can get certifications for free. However, you just have to sign up. It is a global presence and is one of the largest entity that provides free learning and free certifications.

 

Alison certifications are market relevant. You can look up for other courses.

 

 

A Digital Marketing course created by Sorav Jain provided by Udemy. Provides for 5.5 hours of video lectures on demand. Covers the basics of online marketing. You will also get a certifications at completion of course.

 

Since, this is a basic course you will learn the basics and familiarity with SEO, Analytics, etc.

 

 

It provides for free courses pertaining to digital marketing, blog marketing, SEO, email marketing, e-commerce marketing etc. It provides free e-book and have to pass an exam to get certified. The passing score is 50 percent and you can also retake the exam.

 

 

This marketing course is also absolutely free. Provided by MIT entrepreneurs collaborated to provide marketing certification and strategies. There are some courses for free whereas others are charged.

 

Hubspot is provides for courses which taught by marketing experts. A 5-hour course program which is absolutely free.

 

There are many other courses like Blueprint certification by Facebook, Digital marketing courses on edX, Linkedin Marketing courses etc. However, these courses are paid or require price payment for certifications.

 

The digital marketing course can certainly benefit your profile and make your resume credible, If you looking to enter digital marketing then such certifications can provide for foundation on which you can learn digital marketing.

 


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How to stop procrastination and get things done

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Procrastination is a habit or tendency which delays or postpones the work that we have scheduled for ourselves. It is a tendency displayed by the person who delays a task indefinitely without any substantive reason.

 

Procrastination is common to everyone, this means that nearly everyone experiences it. Procrastination from Academics point of view has concerns regarding efficiency and productivity. Some intelligent and smart students suffer from procrastination which get reflected in their scores.

 

Your procrastination would look something like this if you plot it on graph:

 

As you can see that productivity is affected when you are starting a task or ending a task. There can be other variables but to simplify this, above two graph explains procrastination grossly.

 

There are primarily two areas where you seem to display dip in productivity. Starting or ending are points of concern over here. You can do the following to help yourself reduce or even eliminate procrastination.

 

Some strategies to cope up with procrastination,

 

 

  • Dive in head first if you see yourself procrastinating,

If you see or observe that you are procrastinating probably taking time to even start a task because of any reason than best would be to Just get started even if you are not mentally prepared. This will help you break the habit of delaying a task unintentionally.

 

 

 

 

  • Become Mindful,

You must be aware of yourself think about why you are doing what you are doing. Sometimes it could be lethargy, other times it could be uncertainty or sometimes you are affected by your mood. Once you get to know what is causing your procrastination it will easy to remedy it.

 

 

 

 

  • Follow a routine, Stick to it

Following a routine which will help you think less and do more. Routines are best way to eliminate procrastination. The habit itself will help you reduce procrastination.

 

 

  • Don’t do too much of planning,

Too much of planning is counter productive. Best would be to survey a task and break your tasks into micro tasks which will help you focus on constituent tasks. Too much of planning will eat away your time and you would be thinking more about how to do the task rather than doing the task.

 

 

  • Eliminating distractions,

Distractions are what drive your procrastination. Work or doing a task is universally boring unless you are one of those who love working. Best way is to know what are the distractions that fuel your Procrastination. Example, you often look at social media through your phone when doing a task, or watch videos on youtube when doing a task or in between a task.

 

 

  • Practice delayed gratification,

Delaying your gratification helps develop an habit to focus on tasks and not get distracted. As suggested delayed gratification can help you become an achiever. This can help you become more disciplined and habitual to perform the task. You can read more on stanford marshmallow experiment.

 

 

 

  • Don’t think too much about the outcome or result,

Often when we are starting a task we nervous or anxious about the outcome. This causes unnecessary delay in starting a task. Best is to be rational and avoid over thinking on outcomes or results. Outcome is not something in your control but effort is. If you believe in yourself, know yourself and your ability. Then by being rational and not thinking much about outcome you should get on with it.

 

 

 

  • Don’t be harsh on yourself, to increase productivity take short breaks.

Be kind to yourself, sticking for long hours reduces your productivity. You might have observed that after a prolonged hour of study session you find yourself watching a YouTube video or Facebook and you realize that much time is lost. Best is to take break when you feel a little exhausted doing a task. And don’t take a break there where you are doing a task but elsewhere so that you remind yourself to return to completing the task or study session.

 

 

We all have experienced it or experience it on frequent basis. The point is to make an effort to change is what will make the real difference.

 

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The SQ3R method of studying effectively

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Studying can be a task. If only it could be done rather efficiently and effectively. Often we study book from cover to cover. This article brings in an effective studying approach which can reduce your mental strain and effort. It was propounded by Francis P. Robinson. The SQ3R method.

Francis Pleasant Robinson, a popular educational psychologist, is the inventor of this effective method of studying. During his time in Ohio State University, he worked with an assessment team which worked on studying skills and habits of the new recruits in the army during World War 2. They used the data to devise certain high level strategies for learning and skill development.

 

Later Robinson’s book effective study outlined SQ3R method which suggests and effective way of studying. This method provides a systematic way of studying in less time.

 

What does SQ3R stand for?

 

Survey

Question

Read

Recite

Review

In essence this should be your approach when you are venturing to read a text.

 

Using SQ3R technique?

 

  • Survey

Read the index and preface to get an idea of how you are going to approach. Your survey of the book should be of finding target areas (example concepts,facts) which are important for your exam/assignment. A cursory reading of sub topics and sub dimensions given in the book will certainly help. The survey should be short, usually not more than 5 – 7 minutes.

 

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  • Question

Now after completion of survey, ask questions to yourself regarding the text you just surveyed. Use the subheadings and dimensions given to form queries. What happens is, this way of questioning will increase your general curiosity and interests in text you are going to delve into. The questions you form, write them down in a workbook systematically.

 

 

  • Read

Post jotting down questions to the text you just surveyed, go for hunting the answers in the text. Only this time be alert and more focused than you were when surveying. Read areas of concern/importance very carefully and thoughtfully. Read twice/thrice if required.

 

 

  • Recite

Now comes the challenging part, try to answer the questions which you had written earlier in your own language and briefly (suggested). At this point note down what important points are required (should make notes in your own words). These notes will provide a basis for reviewing material later.

 

Make sure that you don’t copy from the book and write very briefly about the topic. This uses kinaesthetic form learning which equally important as other forms of learning.

 

  • Review

After completing everything, the final step is to read the notes you have made by reviewing them at spaced intervals (an hour, next day, after a week). The way you shall go about reviewing is to recite in your mind all the major sub heads, dimensions with what they are implying. Through this you will work on recalling material when revising. In essence you are reinforcing what all you have read.

 

This method of reading was later introduced to graduates also. Mr Robinson had published this method in his book effective study (1946). The book outlines ways to improve on study methods and acquiring effective study skills.

 

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Rise of Liberal Arts Courses in India: All You Need to Know

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Do you feel like doing something different in your Undergraduate course? Want to explore various disciplines in degree? Then this post is for you as we will discuss the rise and scope of Liberal arts courses in India. Read on. 

 

There has been a rise in Liberal Arts courses in India. Various new universities are coming up, specifically focusing on courses around liberal arts. In 2015, the govt also initiated to invest more in research universities, liberal arts, and social sciences to improve the rankings of Indian universities.

 

What is Liberal Arts?

But let us first explain what Liberal arts is all about. The focus of liberal arts courses is having an interdisciplinary bent to it. This need arose because of various reports arguing that almost 80% of Indian graduates are unemployable. Hence, the focus is now shifting towards a more holistic education program in India.

The idea is to hone a student’s reasoning, basic mathematical and writing skills – in every aspect. With this, the student is able to do any kind of job irrespective of what actual content one is taught. These skills are the main focus of these interdisciplinary courses.

 

Benefits

Students, who have done these courses have actually stood out in their workplaces. This happens because being taught through different perspectives and lenses, they approach problems from various vantage points. They also end up having strong interpersonal skills and these all are attributes of a strong liberal arts education.

The students improve upon their soft skills, leadership skills, communication skills and gain a more holistic lends towards life. With the focus being more on the expression of ideas – in the form of academic writing, ethics, and environmental studies.

 

Top Universities Offering Liberal Arts Courses

 

Now, let’s have a look at some of the top universities that offer Liberal arts courses in India.

 

Ashoka University, Delhi

Ashoka University is a unique institution in India. It is largely a philanthropic institution with over 40 founding members. Also, One of the most promising institutes for higher education in India. It is largely famous for its Young India Fellowship (YIF) program, which we covered in an earlier post.

But there are other courses in this university, especially Undergraduate and Graduate courses focusing on Liberal Arts. The structure of the course is similar to courses abroad, with having three elements: minor, major and certain foundation courses.

Students have options to pick from a range of subjects – from maths to political science, sociology and much more. The focus is on flexibility for the students. There are courses on History and International Relations, B.A. in Politics, B.Sc. in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship and much more. The annual cost comes around 6-8 Lacs. For more details: www.ashoka.edu.in

 

FLAME University, Pune

Another famous university is in Pune. FLAME or Foundation for Liberal and Management Education is one of the oldest institutions focused on liberal arts in India. It is an autonomous university and offers a multidisciplinary course similar to Ashoka University.

The unique thing about this university that it offers courses on music, dance, entrepreneurship, film and tv studies and much more. The average cost comes to around 5-6 Lacs. For more details: www.flame.edu.in

 

Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Delhi

This is a very recent school and is part of the OP Jindal University in Haryana. At present, its intake is very focused and hence not that many get admission in this place. The curriculum covered are all the fundamentals of a good liberal arts course.

It offers a range of interesting range of courses from the political economy of and natural resources to the course on desire, law and popular culture and to urban space and much more. They have also started a unique program of residency, called ‘artist-in-residence’ program for their students.

The students also have the option to finish the second half of their 4-year degree program in Florida. The average cost comes around to 6-8 Lacs per year. For more details: www.jslh.edu.in

 

Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

Azim Premji University or APU was initially set up in 2001 as part of the Azim Premji Foundation with a purpose to enhance learning. Its objective was to help students becomes outstanding professionals in the domain of development.

To realize this, the institution has taken an interdisciplinary approach in the makeup of its courses. Apart from standard Undergraduate courses, the university offers courses on combined humanities. The students also have the option of selecting minors from sciences, economics, development studies, and data sciences.

The key objective of the university is to contribute towards making India a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. The average cost comes around to 2-4 Lacs per year. For more details: www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in

 

Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune

Another very famous school of Liberal arts is the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts or SSLA. The school offers the students to do a four-year fulltime Bachelors in Liberal Arts. It is a structured program and based on international models.

Its main is to bring to students a wide range of courses to pick from and choose minor and majors according to their liking. For example, a student can have a business major with an anthropology minor and various contrasting combinations.

The average cost comes around to 2-4 Lacs per year. For more details: www.ssla.edu.in

 

To Conclude

 

There is a changing trend in Indian education and these universities have taken a step towards initiating change. By focusing on interdisciplinary courses, the trend is now towards a more holistic environment. So, if you want to do a more comprehensive Undergraduate course then these are some of the most lucrative options. Till then cheer and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

 

 

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What Does ASER report 2018-19 say about education in India

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ASER report is published by NGO Pratham. The annual report presents the state of education in India. The report focuses on education and quality of education which is provided in India.

 

ASER 2018 has covered about 600 districts. In its report, it has found that overall enrollment has increased up to 96 percent. However, the study has revealed that the learning deficit is increasing. Due to this learning deficit, it reflected in adulthood making people less capable.

 

The report’s findings,

 

  • Slightly more than half of all children enrolled in class 5 can read at least a standard 2 level text.
  • Gender Gaps have been reducing over time.
  • About 44% of all children in standard 8 can solve a 3-digit by 1-digit numerical division problem correctly.
  • In basic arithmetic, boys seem to hold an advantage. Nationally, 50% of all boys in the age group 14 to 16 can correctly solve a division problem as compared to 44% of all girls.
  • Government school children in some states are doing significantly better, with an increase of 3 percentage points or more over 2016.
  • Only 27.2% of class 3 students were able to read the textbook for class 2 students.
  • Only 50.3% of class 5 students were able to read the books prescribed to class 3 student.

 

The report presents findings that paint a sub-optimal image of education in India. Especially, focusing on learning outcomes where children were not able to do simple math and reading the text. Many children were unsuccessful in performing tasks which were meant for students of primary level. What is problematic is learning deficit seems to be widening.

 

In India education is a fundamental right. The state has even amended the constitution and enacted legislation to provide for education that is free from 6-14 years of age. This means that up to 8th standard education is free. However, the very same education is suffering from quality. In all the education provided can make or break a child. A good education will reflect on the capability of a child when he/she becomes an adult, ready to join the workforce.

Education is important for overall development and better decision making.

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How Addiction affects you

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Addiction.

Ever had one? Addiction is a dreadful compulsion one faces where consequences seem to affect us less and our choice is motivated by getting maximum pleasure out of the experience.

 

This experience associated with taking psychotropic substances (popularly called drugs), Alcohol, Smoking, or even with some feelings especially those related to love. The high which you feel could be triggered by any one of the above mentioned.

 

Before we understand the impact of discrimination.

 

How Addiction Affects You?

Let’s first understand how pleasure and pain affect the brain,

Pleasure, the good feeling/sensation you get is the pleasure you’re experiencing. The chemical messengers trigger the release of dopamine which is released in the brain reward center. Dopamine is what guides our behavior to pursue pleasures in general. The 3 primary motivators are food, sex, and drugs.

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Likewise Pain, the chemical messengers send messages from spine via thalamus to cerebral cortex where it is deciphered as pain. The instant uneasy sensation produced making you say ‘ouch’ is called pain.

 

Addiction closely relates to pleasure more than it relates to pain. Merriam Webster defines Addiction as ‘ a strong and harmful need to regularly have something(such as drug) or do something.‘ Our behaviors are driven by need feel pleasure and in some cases urge to acquire more pleasure becomes the only rule that governs life.

 

Addiction is not necessarily that happens when one consumes drugs more often. It can be from alcohol, smoking, painkillers, phone, social media, intimacy, gaming etc. Regretfully, we can get addicted to many things in the current age.

 

How addiction works?

Your brain is wired to make you do stuff that promotes more dopamine production. More dopamine crudely translates into more pleasure. So, your behavior is motivated to chase dopamine.  Example, taking alcohol produces dopamine which translates into you feeling good.

How Addiction affects you

more alcohol = more dopamine = more happy feeling

Hence, you more likely to be drinking it or engage in binge drinking of alcohol, because drinking of more alcohol would lead to more feel good. Same can be said about drugs or social media depending upon varying levels of intensity. Drugs being more intense would produce more dopamine.

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Addiction as urge or habit, since your dopamine levels are set higher or you now require more dopamine than the usual level which you were adjusted to before you started drinking alcohol. You are likely to crave it more. The urge that you feel to drink more, governs your behavior.

 

Signs you are addicted,

 

  • It affects your daily functioning.

 

  • It is all that you look for, dominates your thoughts.

 

  • Affects your social life. Become less social.

 

  • Lack of control over oneself, you are almost like bee driven to it without much thought.

 

  • Feeling of strong urge repetitively frequently in a day.

 

  • During the day it’s all that you think about

 

 

  • Confusion and hallucination (extreme cases)

 

  • Uneasiness and Anxiousness.

 

Drug Addiction affects,

  • Decision making
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Judgment
  • Memory

 

In all, addiction can have an everlasting physiological and mental impact. It may take a long time to recover from it, generally more than 6 months. In cases of extreme drug abuse, it can cause permanent damage to the brain. United Nations report on drug abuse, estimated that drug kills about 200,000 people annually.

 

Addiction is a problem. One has to remain mindful to not become susceptible to the habit that expresses addiction. In time one should asses and take proper precaution to not fall prey to it. Know you know how addiction works you can better deal with it or eliminate it timely.

 

By the way, social media can be addictive!!