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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SMART Goals for Students - Do you want to be SMART?

Setting goals for students is extremely important, for both school and homework. It is true that each student has his or her unique talent and aptitude for learning. There can never be one common goal that will suit all students.

However, having certain basic common attributes to the goals, can help make them more achievable. Schools in Dubai, are steadily adopting a SMART method of setting goals for their students.

What are SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym that is used to denote goals that are:

Time bound

Research has shown that goals that are set following the above SMART parameters, have a higher scope of successful attainment. So, are you wondering how can you set a SMART goal? Let us have a look.

Setting yourself a SMART Goal

Any goal can be a SMART goal, when you follow these simple steps. You can soon start to formulate your own goals.

Make your goals specific

Every student starts the academic year with the some goals. These may be academic or extra-curricular. Whatever your area of interest may be, the first point you need to remember when setting any goal, is to make it specific.

Setting a general and vague goal, doesn't give you enough motivation to commit fully to it. That is why, it is important to make the goals as specific as possible. If you want to excel at academics, set yourself a specific increase in percentage of grades.


Have a clear benchmark when you set your goals. It is a good idea to write down your goals and then measure how close to it you are. By maintaining a journal for the results, you can effectively measure the progress that you have made.

Setting measurable goals is an important step in having a yardstick against which you can compare the results. This way, you can find the areas that need work. You can also get motivation, when you see yourself surpassing the benchmark that you have set.

Are your goals attainable?

It is definitely true that students should be pushed to deliver better results. However, when setting goals, it is also important to make sure that the goals are attainable. There are certain realities that will be unique to each student. When setting goals, make sure that you take these factors into consideration.

Realistic targets

You shouldn't set unrealistic goals for students. As much as parents may want, their children cannot excel at everything at once. It is best not to set arbitrary goals. If a student is not showing proficiency in maths and physics, it is not a realistic goal to expect him or her to excel in the sciences.

Set a time frame for the goals

A student has a limited time frame in which they can achieve their goals. That is why the goals should be time bound, for maximum effectiveness. A single school term may not be enough for some goals.

So, set yourself a SMART goal, and excel at school! 



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Monday, July 10, 2017

Dubai to double number of schools

Dubai is a rapidly growing international city and is a hub of  trade and business. This has attracted a lot of migrants to Dubai, along with their families and children.

An article in the Khaleej times ,  http://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/education/dubai-to-nearly-double-private-school-capacity ,  in May mentions  the number of schools is set to double in the next 10 years. The forecast brings out many facets and reflects the changing landscape of this beautiful city.  While this no doubt gives parents many more options it also poses a challenge to the authorities in ensuring that the quality of education isn't affected.

 Dubai is slowly emerging as a international hub for education, given its proximity to Africa, Europe and South Asia. It should not lose the respect and admiration it has earned.

How can this be done?

  •  Have a strong 'Teach the tutor' programme to ensure teachers not only have good domain knowledge but also strong communication skills, pedagogic talent and interpersonal skills to deal with students coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • Increasing the number of public libraries .
  • Education is not just about academics. Dubai schools must emphasize on all round development of the child. Academics , Extra Curricular activities and Personality Development.
  • Attract bright teaching talent from across the world. 
  • Invest into scientific research to develop strong academic knowledge base.
  • Academia - Industry linkage must be developed so that students are ready for tomorrow's industry requirements. 
       Not achieving any one of the above suggestions could potentially cause Dubai to have generations of academically qualified but non industry or research worthy young professionals with low all round personality  who wouldn't fit into  today's globally connected world.
        Dubai is thus sitting at the cusp of  a huge opportunity it can hardly ignore. But Dubai being what it is, will surely be well prepared to take the bull by the horns and create a strong education hub that will be one of Dubai's strongest economic pillars as it weans its economy away from decades of dependence on exports of natural resources.

Good Luck to Dubai



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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

10 Effective Preparation Tips for EXAMS!

As it is said, Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest can answer! Different kinds of examinations require different strategies. So let us scour our brain with some of the examination tips that will help us in effective learning.
    We often get distracted from our books when examination is knocking at our door. It is important to manage our study space which will help us to focus on our studies. Ensure you have enough light in your room as studying in dark is not recommended. You also need to have space to keep your books and notes, a comfortable chair and a study table. Keep the magazines and computer games out of your sight. You can play light music in the background as complete silence can make you drowsy. This differs from person to person. So you need to think carefully and organize your space.
    We often tend to fail at time management. As a result, we are unable to complete our syllabus on time. One way to avoid this is making a study time-table. This will help you to go through all your subjects and will allow you to have time for leisure. Studying continuously for longer hours can get boring. So, it is essential to make a schedule before examinations and work each day accordingly.
    Taking breaks in between your studies is helpful and effective. It helps to improve concentration. You can study for half an hour or an hour at a stretch and then take 5 to 10 mins break.  This will refresh your mind and improve concentration.
    Visual aids help in easy recognition and recollection of concepts. Thus, make use of charts and diagrams as much as possible for your exam preparation. Flash cards are also of great help when it comes to recollecting difficult theories and formulae.
    Group study is one of the oldest methods to prepare for examination. Make a small group of 3-4 friends, and make defined rules for group study. Set goals for each day or session and try to stick to it. Offer rewards, like tea break or 10-minute outdoor game, for achieving the goals.  Group study is also a great way to clear doubts and discuss things to remember. If used effectively and with discipline, it can lead to fantastic results.
    This is one of the most effective ways of preparing for exams. This helps you to get an idea about the format of the question paper. You can also practice to finish the paper within the set time limit.  Practicing previous years’ papers is not a sure shot way to success, however, it can give you an extra edge and who knows the examiners may repeat them.
    Many students don’t care to study till the last minute and then try to make the maximum of the last night before exams. However, too much caffeine and cramming are hazardous to true learning. Cramming cannot rescue in case the examiner decides to alter the way questions have been framed in previous years.   
    Eat a balanced meal all day including vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. On the day of examination, keep your meal light as it will be easy to digest and also help you to boost your concentration and energy.
    It is important to keep yourself hydrated so drink a lot of water all day. Meditating once a day will help you to focus, retain the information in your brain and reduce the stress.
    It is important to plan for your examination day. Make rules you can follow, make a check-list of the items required for the day, check the route map and calculate travel time. This will reduce your pre-examination stress and will make it a hassle free day for you!
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