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8 Essential Tips for Preparing for Board Exams!

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The Board exams are nearing every day and if you are among the students are giving them, then it must be a stressful time. We at Brainpundits have come up essential tips for preparing for board exams. Read on.

Essential Tips for Preparing for Board Exams

I remember the time when I gave my board exams. It was a stressful time as preparing for them while maintaining expectations – both from self and others – are tough to juggle. If you are also feeling stressed and feel that it is getting too overwhelming, then this post will be of great help!

We are here to help by providing you with essential tips for the final preparation. So, here they are:

 

Study Space

First of all, you’ll need to organize your study space. Make sure you have enough space in your room to spread your textbooks and your notes. A good study table and a comfortable chair is also an essential part of the study space. Try to keep distractions like TV and other electronics away for a productive study session.

 

A Proper Schedule

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After you have a good study space, you need to make a thorough schedule for the remaining days. Know your weak topics and prepare a timetable accordingly to improve them first.

Now, this tip varies from people to people as some like to study at night and others in the day but the main idea is to have an organized timetable and following it religiously. An ideal time-table should have short breaks in between study sessions and also by the end of the overall schedule a revision session.

 

Goal Oriented Sessions

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Speaking of study sessions, they should also be goal oriented. Set a goal for each session that you have to do. For example, if its maths then set a goal to practice these many questions or if its concept-based subjects then set a goal to understand the chapter properly.

This helps one feel a sense of progress in terms of preparation and makes one feel confident about taking the exams.

 

Using Study Techniques

There are two techniques you can use for an effective study session: The POMODORO technique and the Feynman technique.

POMODORO is a time management technique for you to get the best out of your schedule. You’ll need to first divide topics of your subject into sessions of 25 mins. For example, if you feel you can finish one topic of Physics in 2 hours then that would be 4 sessions of 25 mins.

You set a time of 25 mins and then focus only on the topic without exception – no phones, no computers or any other distraction. After 25 mins take a 5 min break. After that begin the next session. You then divide the whole day into these small sessions. It is one of the most efficient ways of learning and being productive.

 

Feynman Technique, in an earlier post we have covered this technique. But overall it helps in deepening your understanding of what you already know. When you think you have completely understood your topic, then this technique kicks in. You then try to write in your own words what is the topic about.

Feynman Technique to learn anything Faster

Write in a way that you are teaching the topic to someone else. You could also make a flow-chart or a graph about the topic. You can also use this method to explain things to your friends – which will help not only your friends but yourself too.

 

Study-Group

You could also form a study group with your friends. You will find it easier to discuss the topic with your friends, who can help you to fix the problem areas and introduce you to better study techniques.

Those areas that may seem confusing to you might be easier for your friends. They will share their notes on that particular section which may help you to understand better. But make sure the group you select should benefit you in learning rather than wasting time where others themselves are not clear on concepts.

Practice Papers

Practice Papers

It is also necessary for you to go through previous years paper of the board exams to know the pattern and question types of a subject to get your well prepared.

You should also go through various CBSE sample papers, especially for Maths and Science subjects in order to maximize the chances of getting a perfect score.

 

Writing the right way

Practice Papers

You also need practice how you write your answers in board exams. Apart from having legible writing, you also need to be effective in writing the answers. While maths and science-based questions are easier to do as it involves fixed steps.

The essay type questions on other subjects can get tricky. For short questions, be precise and to the point. For long essay type questions, divide the answer into sections with sub-headings.

 

Taking Breaks and Rest

You also need to take of your health while your preparing for the board exams. It is important to think about these exams as just another exam. Keep a balanced routine and keep your eating and sleeping habits in check. There’s no point of these exams if you get sick or get too stressed so that you’re not fit enough to take your boards.

 

To Conclude

In the end, it is important to say to yourself that these are just another exam and will not determine your life. While it is okay to do well in them but it’s not necessary as there are various things in life than these boards.

So, take a deep breath and say to yourself, it is just an exam. And you just have to do the best that you can. Simple. Till then cheers, good luck for the exams and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking

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We all have anxieties when it comes to Public speaking. It can scare the best of us. In this post, we will share some tips on how to improve your public speaking. Read on.

 

We have all been there, feeling nervous and tongue-tied when put on a stage to speak in front of an audience. While some people are natural orators but most of us shiver at the very thought of talking in front of a large gathering.

If you are one of them then don’t worry as we will help you get better in facing this problem and help you in public speaking. Here are some key tips in handling stage fright – the other name of fear of public speaking.

 

10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking.

 

 

1 – Embracing Nervousness

 

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Now, you may get nervous while you’re about to give a lecture or address an audience. Don’t worry as we all get nervous, even the best public speakers. But you need to know it’s not bad but it’s a good sign as with nervousness comes an adrenaline rush with which you can, if channel it correctly, perform your best.

You need to practice and prepare to overcome anxiety. If you’re not feeling nervous then that means you are not taking it seriously. Once you learn to embrace your nervousness you will start enjoying the nerves.

 

2 – Organizing Your Lecture Effectively

 

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For you to get the best out of your lecture or talk is to organize it effectively. You need to create a proper framework for your speech, talk or lecture. Make bullet points and write them down in the form of an outline.

You should write down your central arguments or ideas, along with your supporting ideas, examples and other relevant points. Another thing what you should do is capture your audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds with an opening hook. It could be a quote or personal story or a staggering statistic.

 

3 – Knowing Your Audience

 

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Speaking of audience, you also need to know your audience type. It’s always better to know who is about to listen to your speech. Try to Learn as much possible about the listeners in order to help you choose effective words, and also the overall pattern of talk. Once you can do that then you can effectively engage the audience.

 

 

4 – Using a Personal Touch

 

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We all remember the talks or lectures that had funny anecdotes and forget the ones who just read through pages. I’m sure you must have had class lectures like these.

So, it’s always better to inject some humorous stories or anecdotes within your talk to keep the audience entertained and involved. You can also tell personal stories within your talk, as audiences feel more involved when there’s a personal touch.

 

 

5 – Rehearsing in Front of Your Friends

 

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You should also rehearse the talk in front of your friends. This not only helps with your delivery but you also get valuable feedback from them, which helps you improve your overall talk.

Rehearsing is a very good technique of learning the overall flow of your talk or lecture as well. It also helps you memorize your talk, which is necessary as you don’t want to forget what you want to say there.

 

 

6 – Getting your Personality Out

 

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It’s always best to be yourself in any form of communication but especially when addressing an audience. Nobody wants to see a talking head. You need to be confident in your body movement, your hand gestures while you are addressing the audience.

This will make you feel more comfortable and your audience will trust you and your words. The audience will also feel being a part of the lecture.

 

 

7 – Don’t Read from a Script

 

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Reading from a script or slides can harm that interpersonal connection with the audience. Instead, you can have an outline or have bullet points with you in the form of cue cards to jog your memory in case you forget. It is necessary you maintain eye-contact with the audience to keep them engaged.

 

 

8 – Confidence in the Topic

 

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The most important thing to know for you is that you know your topic the best and the audience is there to listen to you. You are there to talk about a topic that you love and are passionate about, so that should bring confidence in you.

 

 

9 – Using Audio-Visual Aids Wisely

 

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There are also audio-visual aids to help you in your talks but use them cautiously. Too much use can break the connection to the audience with you, and less usage can also mean that enough information is not being given accurately.

Key is to find balance and use them effectively in your talks. They are a part of your talk and not the talk itself.

 

 

10 – A Dynamic End

Well, we have mentioned grabbing the audience’s attention at the start but it is also important to have a very dynamic end. The best way to end is to sum-up the central idea of your talk in one strong statement that the audience cannot forget.

 

Bonus Tip – Use the Internet 

 

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In the bonus tip, using Youtube can be beneficial for you. There are thousands of help videos about public speaking and body language. I personally like Ted Talks, they are inspiring and insightful. You can watch the Ted Talks get a better idea on how to present yourself, body language, the way of talking and how to keep the pace going. 

Additionally, you can also watch keynote presentations of various product launches. These guys are interacting with an audience and it can give you some good ideas. 

 

To Conclude

So, there you go! Key essential tips for you to follow in order to improve your public speaking skills. If you follow them I’m sure you will ease up your anxiety towards public speaking. Do let us know in the comments below if you have used any of the techniques or use any other. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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Top Career Paths in the Medical Stream

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So far, we’ve covered the streams of commerce, humanities, and non-medical and the various career-paths within them. In this post, we are going to talk in detail about the top career paths in the medical stream. Read on.

 

Throughout our childhood, we get to hear either from our uncles or parents or well-wishers that they want us to become a doctor! I bet you must have experienced this or know someone who has gone through this. In this post, we are going to talk about just that and much more as we dive into the stream of medical.

Top Career Paths in the Medical Stream

 

Subjects in the Medical Sciences

 

Let’s talk about the core subjects within this stream. Like non-medical it has Physics and Chemistry. We have talked about them in our post on non-medical. You can check that out in detail.

So, we’ll get straight to the meat of medical sciences, which is the subject of Biology. Biology is the subject which deals with the study of living organisms. It covers the overall growth, functioning, structure, evolution, and distribution within the various life forms of the earth.

Now, there within the subject of Biology three key sub-domains. First is, Zoology – the branch which deals with the study of animals, their behavior, and their overall physiology.

Botany – Botany is the scientific study of plants and the various processes involved in the lifespan of various plants.

Microbiology – Microbiology is the study of minute microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

 

Career Paths in Medical Sciences

Let’s move on to the various career paths in this stream.

Doctor

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We’ll start with the most popular in this stream. Yes, we are talking about the profession of Doctor. The journey of becoming a doctor starts from the degree of MBBS. Within MBBS there are various specialties, which you can further take up in MD.

For example, you could become an expert in cardiovascular diseases, or become a dermatologist, or an orthopaedist, or a gynecologist and much more. In order to undertake this journey, you’ll need to clear the NEET exam conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) to admission into a medical college.

Dentist

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But in case if you are not interested in studying in detail the human body and only want to focus on dental health, then Dentistry is for you. Even though it may have been derided earlier in the medical fraternity for being inferior but the importance of dentistry is quickly emerging as a very important field.

It is a very challenging field of work as it requires acute mental toughness. Considering the fact that the patient to doctor ratio is quite low in India, it is also a very promising field of work. The Dental Council of India is largely responsible for Dental education in India. All government and private dental colleges, which are approved by them, are listed on their website. www.dciindia.org.

Research

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You could also pursue higher studies – be it in botany or zoology – and become a full-fledged researcher. If you feel you have the curiosity about life and how it began, the entire evolution process or about the inner workings of some of the fascinating creatures that nature has created, then this is for you.

You will have to finish your Masters in a specialized subject and pursue a Ph.D. in order to move forward on being a researcher in medical sciences.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

You could also go into the field of Pharmacy. You could do this by doing a Bachelors in Pharmacy. The overall field of Pharmacy is ever booming one. India, especially, is one of the largest providers of generic drug around the world.

Some of the biggest recruiters in the Pharma Industry are:

Pharma Companies

  1. Pfizer
  2. Merck
  3. Johnson and Johnson
  4. Cipla
  5. Ranbaxy

And many more, so this is also an excellent career path for you.

Physiotherapist

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You can also become a certified Physiotherapist by undergoing a degree in it. The overall job profile of a physiotherapist revolves rehabilitation of people who are recovering from major trauma. The job caters to a restorative and rehabilitative aspect of physiotherapy.

A physiotherapist helps in treating neurological, pulmonary, cardiovascular conditions caused by injuries or other disorders. They also help in recovering from a fracture of bones, sprain etc. And also help in reviving movement and developing operational independence in stroke patients. One gets to use therapeutic agents like heat, radiation, electricity, water, massage, and exercise to cure weak muscles and restore joint movements.

 

Bio-Technology

Bio-Technology

Another exciting career path for you is in Bio-Technology. It is the field where the medical sciences are at the forefront of coming out with new technologies to help the world.

In this field, the use of micro-organisms to help our lives better by coming with better medicines or even re-wiring viruses to make vaccines etc.

The employment opportunities within this field are immense you get to work in high-end research facilities. You also get to work big FMCG companies who are in the business of producing bio-processed products.

 

Nursing

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There is also the profession of nursing in the medical field, which often goes unnoticed. Medical nurses are the unsung heroes of the overall medical industry as they are the backbone of the overall healthcare sector. If there were no nurses, the doctors would not be able to do their work at all.

Some of the responsibilities of this profession vary from assisting physicians during operation and examination to taking care of the patients as they recover. They also administer medication orally or by injections. They also observe a patient’s condition closely and report their progress to the physicians.

 

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Another exciting career is in the field of Forensic Science. It revolves around working with and around crime scenes to find clues and evidence based on medical sciences to help solve criminal cases.

Forensic scientists help in collecting, preserving, and examining physical evidence during the course of an ongoing investigation. They have to be methodical, accurate, and unbiased in their work.

The scope of this field is vast as you can get a job in:

  • Various government and private institutions;
  • Open up your own forensic practice and forensic service offices;
  • Forensic laboratories, detective offices, and other private agencies.

Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist

You could also choose to be a trained psychiatrist and treat patients with severe mental illness. Now, you must know that it is different from the job of a Psychologist as they monitor a person’s behavior and emotional stability.

If they feel the patient require medical help in the form of medication than they refer the patient to a Psychiatrist who conducts tests and then clinically diagnoses and prescribe them with medications.

Medical Lab Technician

There is also the vast field of being a Medical Lab Technician (MLT) in the overall medical sciences. An MLT is trained to carry out investigations advised to patients by their doctors and report the results to the medical practitioner for a follow-up.

Laboratory investigations are critical for any doctor as it helps them plan the treatment of their patients. They work in various departments like pathology biochemistry, radiology, ultrasound, x-ray, and various others.

You could go in this vast field by undergoing a bachelors in MLT from various colleges across India.

 

To Conclude

So, there you have it – many of the Top Career Paths in the Medical Stream. With this post, we have covered all the major streams and career opportunities within them. In a future post, we will cover all, yes I mean ALL, of the various competitive exams that are there in India. Till then, cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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Top Career Paths in the Field of Non-Medical

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In our previous post, we covered career paths in humanities and commerce. In this post, we will cover the Best Career Path For Non-Medical . Read on!

We have all been there. After giving our 10th class examination, instead of going on a holiday or a break we instead have to juggle and choose between subject streams. And the most push we get is towards two Non-medical or Medical.

In this post, we will talk about the various career paths that are available in the non-medical stream. Although the non-medical stream is dominated by the profession of Engineering, there are still other jobs that are within this stream.

Best Career Path For Non-Medical

 

What are the Subjects?

First, of all let’s talk about some of the key subjects within this stream. Physics is one of the key subjects in this stream. It is a discipline to understand how our world and the universe works and what laws govern it.

Chemistry is another key subject of the sciences stream. It is a very important subject in which you get to learn about the various elements that form the basis of our life. It helps us understand the complexity of our daily lives.

Mathematics, in terms of the non-medical stream, the most important subject. The world of Maths is full of numbers and theorems. But within this field lies more than just formulas and application of them. There are mathematical theories and calculations that help us not only in understanding our world but also in building our worlds.

 

Career-Paths

Now, let’s move on to what are the various career paths that you can undertake in this stream.

 

The career in Research in Physics

First up is in higher research itself. If you end up loving the subject of Physics then you can pursue further research by completing your M.Sc and Ph.D. and become a full-fledged Theoretical Physicist! You can also become an Astrophysicist or a Nuclear Physicist. You’ll get to keep researching in Scientific research institutes and keep exploring the new phenomenon.

 

Research in Chemistry

Similarly, you can also pursue higher studies in the subject of Chemistry. You would need to complete your M.Sc. and then pursue a Ph.D. in your field of specialization. There are various fields within chemistry like organic, inorganic, biochemistry, nuclear chemistry etc and you can research in any of these things in any govt research institutes or in universities.

 

Research in Maths

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You can also pursue higher studies in the field of Maths. Higher maths is theoretical in nature. After completing your M.Sc. in Maths, you can pursue further research and you can go into abstract mathematics, geometric analysis, and computational mathematics.

 

Engineering

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Now, let’s talk about probably one of the most talked about professions in the stream of non-medical. It dwarfs all other jobs in comparison. Yes, we are talking about Engineering. It is the most sought-after career in this stream.

There are various strands within the field of engineering – and each depends on what is your interest in. If your inclination is towards computers then you can go into computer science, I.T., software development and much more. If you’re into building new equipment then you can go into mechanical and electronic engineering. If you love cars and automobiles then you can go into automobile engineering as well!

There are other various fields within the engineering sector. From civil, petroleum, aerospace and much more. Ideally, if this is the field you want to pursue your career in, then you’d need to give and clear the JEE exam conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency. Those who clear and get a good score can get to apply to various colleges under IITs and NITs and other respected state colleges like PEC etc.

Architecture

Architecture

Another important career path that can be taken within the non-medical stream is of Architecture. The job of an architect revolves around designing, planning, and overall architectural studies. This is a very good option for those who are good at maths and have a creative bend of mind.

 

Software Developer – BCA and MCA route

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If in case you don’t want to tread the engineering path then there’s also the option of focusing just on computers by doing a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Applications. In these courses, you get to learn about various computer programs and have the opportunity to become a software developer for various companies.

 

Teacher

Teachers

Finally, you can also become a teacher by either completing your M.Tech or Ph.D. in any of the core subjects and get to teach in prestigious universities or even IITs.

 

To Conclude

So here you have it friends, many of the best career options within the stream of non-medical. Now, we have not talked about jobs related to competitive exams as that we will cover in a different post altogether. Till then cheer and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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Top Career Options in the Commerce Stream!

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In a previous article and video, we covered what career pathways are there for you to explore in the stream of Arts and Humanities. In this article, we will see what are the various career paths available for you if you choose commerce as your stream. Read on.

 

Top Career Options Commerce Stream

 

The Commerce stream is among the four that is offered when we enter our 11th and 12th standards. At that stage, we are not sure what our future holds but still have to pick these vast options.

If you still feel confused as to what the Commerce stream has to offer, do not worry I will clear things out in this article by laying out the various career options within it. Bear in mind, I will not cover careers via various competitive exams like Bank PO or IBPS Clerical exam, as they will be covered in a different post and video.

 

What is Commerce all about?

Commerce is a field that caters to the overall flow of money in an economy. It’s a stream that tries to analyze and predict the economy and the overall sentiments of the market.

This implies that it’s a field which revolves around numbers – often big numbers. So, you will eventually have to analyze and predict their behavior.

 

Key Subjects

Some of the key subjects of Commerce are:

Economics: As a student of Commerce, you’ll have to deal with financial and economic concepts and this is where the subject of economics comes in. It is one of the essential subjects within the commerce stream.

Accountancy: Accountancy is another central subject to the commerce stream. It focuses on the basics of financial accountancy, accounting standards, tax regimes, recording of business transactions and various other accounting duties.

Business Organisation: This is another critical subject within this stream. The scope of this subject ranges from the nature and purpose of a business, forms or types of business, types of business models, social responsibility, business ethics, international trade and much more.

Maths: Maths is among the optional subjects. But nevertheless, an important subject in this stream as the overall field of commerce revolves around big numbers and analysis of them.

Information Practices: Another optional subject is Information practices. This deals with the basics of computing and covers topics like database management, computing theory etc.

 

Career-Paths!

Now, let’s move on what are the various career paths available for you within the commerce stream. Again, I will remind you that I am not covering competitive bank exams or other exams. The idea is to explore the careers that are available within the stream of commerce which focuses on its subjects.

 

Private and Investment Banking

Top Career Options Commerce Stream

First up, is the lucrative sector of private and investment banking. If you happen to do your B.Com or B.Com Hons from a reputable college, or even M.Com then you can land a job in some of the biggest consulting firms like EY, Pantheon, Mckinsey, and others.

But for you to make that possible you will need to get admission in a top college like Shir Ram College of Commerce, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi School of Economics and various top colleges spread across India. Getting admission in these colleges is a tough nut to crack at the first place as some of the cut-offs go as high as 98% or even 100%

 

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Another upcoming career that falls within this stream is in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM). There has been an annual increase in online retail sales. This has also resulted in an increasing number of customers wanting early deliveries of their items.

Various big employers are on the lookout for skilled logistics and supply chain graduates in order to fill a variety of roles within their organization. Some of the things that this job entails are:

  • Supply Chain design and planning
  • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Freight Transportation
  • Warehouse Design and Management
  • Distribution Network Design and Planning
  • Inventory Management and control

 

Actuarial Sciences

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One of the most important career paths within this stream is the field of Actuarial Sciences. Actuaries are people who analyze the overall financial cost of uncertainty and risk factors. They use a combination of Statistics, Maths, and Financial theory to compute the risk of potential events.

This assessment, in turn, helps businesses and their clients formulate policies in a way to minimize the cost of that risk. This field is one of the most essential in the overall Insurance industry.

Retail Management

Another job that opens up for you is in Retail Management. A retail manager is largely in charge of a store. These days various big stores keep coming up who need graduates from a commerce background.

The job requirement entails researching retailing trends, pricing and merchandising, segmentation, relationship marketing, and also information technology in retail. Some of the top recruiters in this sector are:

  • Shopper’s Stop
  • Westside
  • Pantaloons
  • Lifestyle
  • Reliance
  • Big Bazaar

 

Chartered Accountant

But probably one of the most sought-after job in the commerce field is the job of a Chartered Accountant (CA). Although a person with relatively any background can go into the lucrative field of CA it is ideal if you are from the Commerce background.

It is a highly reputable job and comes with a very good pay package. But it requires hard work and patience. You could start the CA journey by taking a CPT exam after your 12th, which is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

After you clear the exam, you will have to complete various modules and after competing for the final exam you will become a CA.

Company Secretary

Another popular course among the commerce students is of Company Secretary. A Company Secretary handles the efficient administration of a company or any organization, particularly ensuring the company’s compliance with various statutory and regulations.

It is offered by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and has overall three programmes. The foundation course is the first one you can apply for after your 12th class. Second, the executive program, which you can apply for after your graduation and the last is the Professional program.

Certified Financial Planner

Another exciting career path for you is the Certified Financial Planner. A Certified financial planner deals with taxation policies and lays out a path for companies or individuals to navigate taxes. One needs to have an immense knowledge of taxation policies.

In order to become a CFP, you’ll need to a clear a course and obtain a certificate from Financial Planning Standards Board of India (FPSBI). It offers a range of technical programs of modules to teach the art and science of financial planning, personal financing etc. There are overall 6 modules and there is an exam for each, which is held online.

Cost and Management Accountant

Another career path within the Commerce stream is the Cost and Management Accountant. A CMA works with big corporates and deals with cost accounting, financial planning, and management issues.

The course is conducted by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) and is divided into three stages. After completing the entire course, you will become a certified Cost Accountant.

 

To Conclude

So, there you have it, friends. Various exciting career paths in store for you if you are from the commerce background. In a future post, I will focus on other streams like Non-Medical and Medical. And if you haven’t watched our video on career paths on Humanities and then watch it now! Till then cheer and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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Essential Tips for Studying Abroad!

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Planning to study abroad? Feel confused about how to go about it? In this post, we will explain in detail how to get started!

 

So, you are about to finish your Bachelors and feel like applying abroad for further studies. But you are confused about how to approach this task! As there are so many steps involved when applying abroad for education.

Fear not, as though this post I will help you step by step on how to go about the application process. So, let’s start!

Early Research

First off, you need to start researching where would you want to go. If you’re in your last year of Bachelors then start searching for prospective universities then only. The best way to find the right university for you is by looking at various courses that you may interest in.

If you are interested in computer science then focus on that and then look for which are the best universities in that department. You should not look for too many universities but the right number is necessary. It is essential for you to at least have 4 options in hand but not more than 6 as each application costs money, that too in dollars!

Start a Year Ahead

 

After you finalize your prospective universities then that is the moment your overall process starts. It is recommended you start a year ahead. For example, if your planning to start now then your final admission should happen in 2020 Fall/Autumn semester.

The reason being that it takes a lot of time for the various steps involved so it’s better to start a year ahead. The universities themselves encourage this.

Academic Record

Well ideally, you should have a good academic record when it comes to applying abroad. Most universities expect a minimum 7.5-8.0 CGPA overall. While others may even ask for higher. While the requirements vary from university to university, it is better to be on the safe side.

The academic requirements also vary depending on which program you plan to apply for. For instance, if you plan to apply for your Bachelors abroad then you need an impeccable record. Which means over 90% in previous classes.

If your applying for a Masters program then the requirement eases up a bit but you still need at least 7.5-8.0 CGPA. But if you want to apply for a Doctoral program then the requirement varies as the focus is more on research proposal then academic record. But nonetheless, overall good academic record is required.

Also, many universities across the US and Canada use International organizations like WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Education Credential Evaluators) to properly check your academic transcripts. It is a mandatory requirement for you to send your transcripts to such organizations. You will need to check the requirement as per the university

Various TESTS!

Now, we come to one of the most important requirements. The various aptitude and language-based test that is recognized throughout the world. Let’s have a look at each of them.

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test – The SAT is a requirement for you to give for seeking admission in a Bachelors or Undergrad program in the US or Canada. An overall score of 2000 is generally accepted across universities.

GRE – Graduate Record Examination – GRE test is for those who want to apply for a Graduate or a Masters program. The scores of GRE are not only accepted in US and Canada but also various other universities across the world. It has two components: English and Math. The requirement of the scores vary from universities and the courses but it is recommended to get around 310 and above.

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT is for those who want to apply for Management based Masters program in the US and Canada. It is somewhat similar to GRE in that respect. The recommended score to get in this test is around 550 and above.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language – TOEFL is a test designed to test your English language abilities. The scores of TOEFL are widely accepted throughout the world across universities. While the score requirement varies but ideally your score should be at least: 550 (Paper-Based), 213 (Computer Based) and 79 (Internet Based). Again, the score requirements vary from university to university.

IELTS – International English Language Testing System – IELTS, is similar to TOEFL and test your English language abilities. It is also accepted across various universities across the world. Again, the score requirement varies but you should get at least a 7.5 band on the IELTS score.

What-SOP?

Now, that we are done with tests and research, we come back the most important – probably the dealmaker in these applications – You. Yes, your life, your hobbies, your passions, your traits and much more are key for a successful admission abroad. During the process of applications you have to write, what is called, a Statement of Purpose (SOP).

An SOP basically covers your reasons to apply for that specific program. It should cover the reasons for the selection of the university, your long and short term goals, your personal background, any research or internship experiences.

It is essential you follow word limit. You should use engaging language and not make it like a boring essay about you. You should enrich it by writing personal stories to make it feel you’re telling a story about you to the other person. A good SOP is a key in successful admissions.

LORs

No, it’s not lord of the rings! Rather its ‘Letter of References’. You will have to approach your Professors to vouch for your capabilities and personality by asking them to write Letter of References. It is an essential requirement across the world in almost all of the universities.

The objective of the LOR is that your teachers or your peers can testify about you and your academic and overall abilities. If you have a good relationship with your teachers then this would be easy. But if it is not then you will have to request them as your future depends on these things.

Okay, So Where’s the Cash?

Now, that you have done most of the requirements, the university can ask you to give proof of financial coverage of your educational and living expenses. You could also apply for various scholarships, which we have a made a whole video about, to apply for.

You could also take educational loans to cover your fees and living expenses. The requirements vary from universities so you will need to read carefully.

Skyping!

 

After all of this is done, your application will get accepted for personal interviews. These days they are mostly done over Skype or other video call technologies available. You should prepare thoroughly for this interview and be very likable!

The Waiting Game

waiting

After the interview, you will have to wait for at least 6-8 weeks for the university to get back to you. It takes time as they are going through various applications. After they have made their decision, they will get back to you with a confirmation letter.

Once you receive the letter you will have to confirm your registration and send the mail back. After this, you will have to complete the other requirements.

To Conclude!

So, there you have it! The complete guide for you to apply for studies abroad. Now, what are you waiting for? Start researching and start applying! And while you’re at it do check out our video on international scholarships that you can apply for! Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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Best Career Option for Tech Geeks | Jobs If You Like Computer

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Do you love computers? Are you a tech-savvy person? Or do you love creating new things on the computer? This post will tell you about the best career options for tech geeks like you and me. If you love computers, if you are passionate about it this post is for you. 

The computer is the present and computing is the future. If you like computers then there are many things you could do in life. In this article, we are going to talk about the various career paths that you can undertake if you love and are good at computers.

We will talk about different ways in which you can utilize your computer skills in different ways to have a successful career.

 

Best Career Option for Tech Geeks

 

For Technical background.

To be successful in the technical background, it is recommended that you should pursue graduation (B. Tech, B.E. or B.C.A). However, if you learn a particular skill that would also not stop you from getting a job and making a career. But a degree is still desirable to have.

 

1 – App Developer

App Developer

First up is App Developer. These days all the application and services are moving to the mobile platform. You would find the app for almost anything which you can do on your PC. So, it would be wise to say that mobile computing is also becoming popular day by day.

In such a scenario becoming an app developer, be it for iOS or Android, is always a good idea. You could also earn some extra by creating your own projects.

 

2 – Software Developer

Software Developer

In the computers field, new and exciting software is being made almost every day. Most companies pay good money to those who are good at programming. You should work on perfecting a language (be it C, C#, JavaScript and many more) and you can really make something out of it.

After that, you could work for big companies and work on interesting projects and earn a handsome amount of money.

 

3 – Video Game Developer

Best Career Option for Tech Geeks

Another exciting field is to become a video game developer (For both PC & Mobile). The Gaming industry ($100 Billion) is very big and ever booming industry. You could create games for consoles, PCs and even mobiles. It is a great way to unleash your creativity and earn big money while at it.

 

4 – IT Security Specialist

IT Security Specialist

As the name suggests an IT Security specialist looks after the assets of the company. The job revolves around the server, network devices and looking for potential vulnerabilities and resolving them. You can also venture into Ethical Hacking and become a tester. And also these days with the advent of hacks or data breaches, these jobs are very much in demand and can earn you decent money.

 

5 – Computer System Analyst

Computer System Analyst

A computer system analyst makes sure to put out more efficient and more productive use of systems. The job is to bring a company’s business and IT together. It is a promising career and also something different in this field.

 

6 – Web Developer

Web Developer

A web developer builds the websites and web service. There are two parts of it, back-end developer (handles the API, server and other under the hood stuff) and front-end developer who deals with designing and functionality of the service.

 

It is another field that will keep on expanding as these all companies and organizations need their own websites. And if the user interface is pleasant to use then it could usually prove to be beneficial for the company. It is an exciting career option.

 

7 – Database Administrator

Database Administrator

As the name suggests, a DA is responsible for maintaining the database as well as making the security a priority. Additionally, he also maintains the day to day projects. It is a very important job and these days data specialists are earning big amounts of money throughout the world.

 

8 – Network Administrator

Source – Career.gov.nz

In an office environment, an office administrator keeps everything in order. Lots of peripheral devices are connected together and it is Network administrator’s job to foresee the smooth operations.

 

There are certifications like CCNA which can be done after 12th and there is a high requirement for network people. The pay is also quite handsome.

 

Non-Technical Jobs

 

1 – Graphics Designer

Graphics Designer

As the name suggests a graphic designer would work on designs. They would work on websites, products images, advertisements, and other multimedia solutions.

You can do graduation in Design (B.Des) and go on to become a graphics designer. Alternatively, if you have good drawing skills and know how to use the relevant tools (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, ID) you could get a job as a graphics designer.

If you know HTML and CSS it is cherry on top. A designer with knowledge of basic HTML/CSS can earn a lot more.

 

2 – UI/UX Designer

UI/UX Designer

User Interface and User experience are the most important part of any online service or application. A UI/UX designer will make sure that the designs are at it’s best and easy to understand for an average user. UI/UX is the very important part of the Web Development and App development.

 

3 – Game Designer

Source – Lifehack

A game designer who creates the concept arts and creates the character. Games take a long time to produce and it is a complex process. A game designer is an integral part of the process. He would imagine and create the look and feel of the game.

Both mobile and computer game developer companies hiring new talent every day and they also pay handsomely.

 

4 – SEO specialist

SEO specialist

An SEO specialist job is to do the search engine optimization and promote a page or website on Search engines. Getting it to the top position and driving the organic traffic. With the time SEO has emerged as a booming industry.

 

There are many big million-dollar companies running which specializes in the SEO services.
Other companies also hire an in-house SEO specialist to promote their work. There are many free resources to learn SEO.

5 – Data Analyst

Data Analyst

A data analyst will go through data and provides you with all the aspects of high and lows. Data analyst has become very mainstream ever since the inception of the internet. A promising career with steady growth.

 

6 – Web Analytics

Web Analytics

This term is closely related to SEO and digital marketing. Using the data from tracking tools and leveraging that into turning the most profit.

There are free courses by Google, HubSpot, and other big names in web analytics. You can make a good career if you master this trait.

7 – Growth Hacker

Source – Marketing Insider Group

A growth hacker’s job is to do the successful user acquisition and bringing lots of customers in a short span of time. Growth hackers are commonly hired by startup as they are in dire need of the user base.

Growth hacking is done by the means of many marketing tactics. It is a booming industry which requires one to be innovative, creative and who can think outside of the box. Big names in growth hacking industry charge in million just for consulting. So, a growth hacker is kind of a big deal.

 

8 – Tech Support Specialist

Tech Support

A tech support specialist helps with the customer service. Big companies like Microsoft, Apple, HP, and OEMs hire Tech support specialists.

You can also do certifications like Microsoft Technical Certifications, Which promises a good career opportunity.

 
9 – Software Quality Tester

A software quality tester ensures that the software is free of glitches and works as intended. This is a very important job as it requires attention to detail in order to spot the glitches and issues in any software, or webpage or app.

It is a promising career in the software industry which doesn’t require coding skills.
 

 

To Conclude

 

So, Here you have it. Some of the most interesting and promising careers to get into if you love computers and if you are a Tech geek. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Braindpundits.

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10 International Scholarships for Indian Students | Study Abroad for Free

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You ever wanted to study abroad but couldn’t because of financial restraints? Well in this article, we are going to talk about some of the scholarships available for Indian students to study abroad. 

So, you are doing your Bachelors and are in the last phases of it. And you want to pursue higher studies from some of the best universities in the world. But always felt the burden of finances or the didn’t want to take an education loan. Do not worry as we have curated some of the International scholarships, especially for you! These scholarships are for different countries in the world, to give you various options. So, let’s begin!

 

Study Abroad for Free

 


 

Rhodes Scholarship

One of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. And also, one of the oldest as well. It is managed by the Rhodes Trust. It offers around 100 scholarships each year to outstanding young people around the world. And for Indians, 5 seats are there.

The scholarship is for those who want to pursue higher studies, be it in the form of a Masters or a Doctoral degree. It not only covers the entire tuition fees of Oxford University but also provides an annual stipend of around 15000 Pounds!

It’s for those who specifically want to study at the prestigious Oxford University. The criteria for the scholarship is that you need to be or below 25 when you apply. You also need to: have a very good academic record, be very active in various extra-curricular activities like sports, music, debate team, theatre – wherever teamwork is required.

They also expect exceptional qualities of courage, integrity, unselfishness, and great leadership skills. The application period usually opens around June of every year. So, keep a lookout!

 

Commonwealth Scholarship

Another scholarship for those who want to study in the UK. It is for those who want to apply in Masters or Doctoral Programmes within the UK. There are around 25-30 seats in this fellowship.

You should be or below the age of 40. The scholarship covers your entire tuition fees and also provides a stipend of around 1200 pound per month to cover your living expenses. They are actually accepting application right now as the deadline is the first week of January. For more information go to http://proposal.sakshat.ac.in/scholarship/

 

Scholarship program for China

Now, those of you who want to study in China, this scholarship is for you. The good thing about this is that its not only for Masters or Doctoral programs but also for Bachelor programs as well.

The subjects which the scholarship covers are Management, fine arts, Agriculture, Biology, Political Science, Electronics, Economics, Computer science, Physics, Chemistry, and Architecture. The notification usually comes around in Feb/March.

There are around 70-80 seats within this scholarship. The age limits are: 25 for Undergraduate programs, 35 for Masters program, and 40 for Doctoral programs. If selected, you’d get a tuition waiver, and also health insurance.

The value of the fellowship varies as an Undergraduate will get around 2500 Yuan (25000 in Indian Rupees), a Masters student will get 3000 Yuan (30000 Indian Rupees), and a Doctoral Student will get 3500 Yuan (35000 Indian Rupees). But you’d need to learn basic Mandarin (Chinese language) program one year prior.

 

MEXT Scholarship for Studying in Japan

If you want to study in Japan, then this scholarship program is for you. It is for those who want to do their Masters and their Doctoral studies in Japan. For students from a social science background, there’s a slight catch as you will have to focus your area around Japanese culture or Japanese society.

But for those who are from an engineering background have so much here as one can do their masters and higher studies in the field of robotics, aerospace and much more. One should be or below 35 when applying for this.

The value of the scholarship is around 140,000 Japanese Yen, which is around 87000 Indian Rupees. You’d also need to learn some basic Japanese language, which is a requirement for this scholarship.  For more information, keep checking: http://www.in.embjapan.go.jp/Education/Research_Student.html

 

Scholarship Program for Italy

Now, if you want to pursue your doctoral research or other kinds of research in and around Italy. This scholarship is for you. It covers only Doctoral research or other research projects.

The age requirement for this is 35, that is you need to be or below the age of 35. Its notification comes around in the month of March/April.

The scholarship covers your tuition fees and also provides for health insurance. Prior knowledge of Italian language is also a requirement. For more information, check out this link: https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/call-for-procedure

 

DAAD Scholarship to Study in Germany

For those who want to study in Germany, this is a scholarship for you. DAAD is an institution that funds studies in almost every course in Germany. Its notification usually comes around in late August.

It offers scholarship, as said, in various courses from various fields. The age limit varies from courses to courses. The value of the scholarship is around 800 for Undergraduate courses and around 1000 Euros for Doctoral Students.

If selected, one will have to undergo a mandatory German course. For more information visit: https://www.daad.in/en/

 

 

InLaks Scholarship

This scholarship is for those who want to study in North America, Europe or Australia. It is provided by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and for Indian students.

Apart from the subjects of Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music and Film Animation, rest are covered under this scholarship.

The scholarship amount is around USD 100,000 and covers almost all annual expenses. The application date is around 15th January – 15th January 2019. You should be or be below the age of 30. For more information visit: www.inlaksfoundation.org

 

Fullbright Nehru Fellowship

This is for those students who want to study in the USA for their Masters. It is offered to those who are outstanding students, having an exceptional academic record.

The main areas that are covered under this fellowship are Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; International Legal Studies; Public Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.

The benefits of the scholarship are that it covers the overall airfare, tuition fees, and living costs and also provides for health insurance. The applications are usually open around the month of Jan-Feb.

This is a very competitive scholarship hence requires at least 3-year work experience in the field that you are applying for and also, you’d need to show leadership qualities. Check out this link for more info: http://www.usief.org.in/Fulbright-Nehru-Fellowships.aspx

 

Orange Tulip Scholarship to study in the Netherlands

For those who want to study in the Netherlands (also known as Holland), then this scholarship is for you. It covers various programs from Bachelors to Masters.

The value of the scholarship varies as it depends on the participating universities as some may offer 100% tuition waiver, while others may only give 50% off.

The applications are running right now, so check out this link: https://www.nesoindia.org/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme/scheme-2019-2020

 

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programs

Now, this is a very different scholarship program. An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions.

It offers focused masters programs for you to apply for – which are fully funded. The unique thing about them is that each year is in a different University, in a different country!

If selected, apart from covering tuition fees, a stipend of 800 Euros will also be given. The application deadline usually run between October-December. For more information, check out: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en

 

To Conclude

 

So there you go! A big opportunity for you to study abroad in various countries. Don’t let your financial constraints limit your dreams and potential. Apply for one of the scholarships and realize your potential. Till then, cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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Jobs For Travelers | 10 Fascinating Job Opportunity

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When you think of a job what comes to mind. Office cubicle, sitting in front of PC, crunching from 9-5. Was that the picture you had?

But not all of us want to stick doing a  9-5 job. For all those adventures souls out there, we have put together a list of jobs where you get to explore and travel to new places. In this article, we have put together Jobs if You Love to Travel

Jobs for Travelers

 

Commercial Pilot

pilot

Being a pilot is certainly one of the most exciting jobs out there. Besides being the coolest job title holder, and earning handsomely, you also get to travel around the world.

There are several ways to become a pilot.

Initially, you would fly regional and when you become more experience you get to fly long distance. In India, we have Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi which provides the commercial pilot license.

 

Cruise Ship Crew

it is also one of the most luxurious jobs out there. You get to travel the world in style, also get to meet a lot of interesting peoples. There are jobs for all kinds of career backgrounds; like a chef, pilots, bartenders, engineering, software engineer, navigator etc.

 

Scuba Diving Instructor

Scuba diver

Another adventures job is of a scuba diver. You get to work in various exotic locations. Although becoming a certified scuba diver is not cheap. There are some institutes in India which offer those services. You can also learn in different countries.

 

Recommended – 11 Best Career Choices in Photography

 

Ski Instructor

skiing

If you love skiing and don’t mind the cold. Ski instructor is yet another great career option. You can be on the road throughout the year and explore new places and follow the winter year long.

There are also many indoor ski ranges where you can teach.

It also pays good and you are visiting so many.

 

Flight Attendant

air-hostess

The flight attendant is now becoming very mainstream. With the popularity in air travel more and more vacancies are being created every year.

Initially, you undergo through the training program and then you get placed in an airline.

Usually, the airline company would provide you with the courses.

You get to travel the world, meet new people and experience new cultures.

 

Tour Guide

Tour guide

As the name suggest you go on to travel the world. Your main forte is the knowledge of the place and you earn by guiding.

Is becoming a very popular career choice these days.

 

Recommended – 8 Best Career choices for Humanities students

 

Foreign Service Office

IFS – Indian foreign services where you serve as an ambassador of India in foreign countries. The exam is conducted by UPSC and is considered of the toughest exam to crack. It is one of the most prominent civil services after being an IAS.

You get to work as an ambassador, high commissioner, Consul general, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and foreign secretary.

 

English Teacher

teacher

If you have good command over the English language, you could become a teacher and teach in foreign countries. You must have a bachelor degree and if you have teaching experience that is great too.

Some companies and counties also require you to clear TESOL or CELTA for being eligible for the post.

 

Au Pair

This is becoming a mainstream career across the globe. Earlier it was very famous in European countries like France and Germany.

If you are good with kids, you could live in foreign countries with the host family. You get the salary, free home, and other benefits. You also get to travel with the host family.

 

International Aid Worker

If you are more inclined toward philanthropy work you might wanna consider international aid worker. You can join the peace corps and travel the world while helping. There are also international organizations such as Red Cross and USAID.

 

Conclusion

 

So these were 10 highly fascinating jobs for travelers. Some of them require a professional degree and some of them are a little easy on that front. 

Which job intrigued you the most? Did we miss anything? 

Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.  

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9 Most Influential Psychological Experiments of All Time

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The history of Psychology is filled with strange experiments to order to understand the human brain. This article will talk about the 9 most influential psychological experiments that have defined the field of Psychology.

Influential Psychological Experiments

The field of Psychology is a vast labyrinth of weird but very influential experiments that have shaped the way people understand psychology. In this article, I will talk about the 9 of the most influential experiments that have made a mark on the field of psychology.

Asch Conformity Study

Asch Conformity Study

This study was conducted by Dr. Solomon Asch at Swarthmore College. The study was conducted to see whether a person would conform to a standard when he/she is pressured to do so. In the study, a group of participants was shown photos with lines of various lengths. After that, they were asked which line is the longest?

The tricky part of the study was that there was only one actual participant and the rest were actors. The actors were given instructions to give the wrong answer. Surprisingly, in most cases, the true participant agreed with the rest of the group when they gave the wrong answer.

The results of the study show the importance of our social interactions that we have in society. It also tells us the way an individual can conform to the standards set by a certain group. It also showed people often cared about being the same as others rather than being right.

The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne EffectSource – Cordell Hensley

This study was conducted by Henry A. Landsberger in 1955 at Hawthorne Works in Chicago. The effect’s premise is that people in an experiment change the way they behave and react. The study was conducted between 1924 and 1932 at a factory.

The factory had commissioned the study to see if different levels of lighting affected the efficiency of the production of work. Researchers found no link with the levels of lighting and an increase in workload. But what they did find was that the worker’s level of efficiency increased whenever a new variable was manipulated

This meant that the workers were aware they were under observation and their behavior changed because of that awareness. It was concluded the workers felt important when being observed. The Hawthorne effect has become one of the toughest inbuilt biases to get rid of in the design of any kind of experiment in any kind of research.

Magical Number Seven

magical number seven

This study was conducted by George A. Miller at Princeton University in 1956. It also is known as the ‘Miller’s law’. The argument was that an average human being can hold in his/her working memory around 7 ± 2 objects at a time. This means that the capacity of the human to hold concepts or words falls within the range of 5-9.

The experiment was published in 1956, which detailed the limits of a one-dimensional judgment of our short-term memory.

Pavlov’s Dog Experiment

Pavlov’s Dog ExperimentSource – Age of the Sage

One of the oldest studies, done around the 1890s by Ivan Pavlov. The experiment began with Pavlov and his idea that a dog does not have to learn certain things. In his study, he observed that dogs do not learn to salivate whenever they see food.

He argued rather they are conditioned to do that. He conducted an experiment by using a bell (as a substitute) whenever he gave food to the dogs. After certain repetitions, he just rang the bell. And he found that the dog started to salivate, without the presence of food there.

Pavlov’s experiment with his dogs turned out to be one of the most important experiments in all of the psychology as it paved the way for the behaviorist school within psychology.

False Consensus Effect

False Consensus EffectSource – Econowmics

This study was conducted by Lee Ross at Stanford University in 1977. The intention of the experiment was to focus on how people can form a ‘false consensus’ or believe that others think the way they do.

In the study, participants were asked to read about certain situations in which a conflict occurred and was given two alternative ways to respond to that situation. The study showed that most of the subjects believed that other would do the same.

This phenomenon is known as the false consensus effect when an individual thins that other people think the same when they may not.

Selective Attention – Invisible Gorilla Experiment

 

 

This study was conducted by Daniel Simmons and Christopher Chabris at Harvard University in 1999. The participants in the study were asked to watch a video of a group of students passing the basketball. They were asked how many passes were made.

While keeping track of the passes was easy but the students missed was a man dressed in a gorilla walking off the screen. The study found that humans at times overestimate their ability to multi-task. It also calls attention to how we pay attention to certain things and misses other things.

Stanford Prison Study

stanford prison experimentSource – Simply Psychology

One of the most controversial and most cited experiments of all time. It was conducted by Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University in 1971. The Professor wanted to study the role of a position of authority in a prison system.

In the study, college students were recruited to play guards and inmates in a made-up prison. The guards were told to run the prison for 2 weeks. They were told not to harm the prisoners. But however, the guards ended up treating the prisoners badly and started beating them.

The experiment had to be canceled because it went too far. The study showed that human behavior is situational and a person in a position of power is more likely to abuse that position. Lately, it was exposed that the study was rigged and the findings have come in to be questioned but that doesn’t make the study insignificant as it still made an important contribution to human understanding.

The Milgram Experiment

The Milgram Experiment

Source – Johann Savalle

One of the most important experiments in the history of psychology. It was conducted by Stanley Milgram at Yale University in 1961. The study was designed to measure the people’s willingness to obey authority when told to do any kind of work.

Participants were told they were participating in a test about memory. They were asked to the observer and ask questions to other participants and if they got an answer wrong, they’d have to give an electric shock.

The catch was there was no electric shock as the other participant was part of the team. The experimenters kept increasing the levels of shocks despite protests by the person being questioned.

Majority of the participants kept giving the shocks when told to do so. The experiment showed that humans are conditioned to obey authority and most likely do what they are told to do so, even if it is against common sense or their moral nature.

To Conclude

Here you go, 9 of the most influential psychological experiments of all time. Now, some landed in hot waters like for instance the Stanford Prison experiment, being called a fraud. But nevertheless, these experiments made different contours in the overall journey of Psychology as a field of study. For now, cheer and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.