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Why we built Lido

The world is moving towards increased personalization and interaction in every way. Education needs to follow suit. However, doing this in education, especially in India is challenging. 

In schools, the student to teacher ratio averages as 1:40, hence it is difficult for teachers to personalize learning for each student. Therefore, schools typically follow a one size fits all approach – standardizing explanations and assessments for all students. Due to the large class size, teachers typically follow a “show and tell” method to teach concepts. In such classes, students do not actively take part in the learning process. Thus, students leave school with theoretical knowledge gained through rote learning and very little knowledge that they can apply to “out of textbook” context.

The scenario in after-school tuition is slightly different, because the class size is smaller, allowing for more attention from the teacher. However, the core problems remain the same: the teacher demonstrates how to solve sums and makes homework and assessments that are the same for students across all batches. But most tutors do not have the tools or the bandwidth to offer tailored practice to students which they need in order to truly improve their weaker areas. 

In the last few years, E-learning apps have tried to fill this gap. These companies disaggregate the problem and attempt to fix parts – one replaces textbooks with videos, another focuses on doubt solving – but none offer the full stack experience for the student, and tracks the student throughout. The onus is on the student to be proactive for their learning, which is hard when most students would rather do anything but study! Furthermore in asynchronous apps, the human interaction between teacher and student and peer-to-peer learning is missing. This connection between student and teacher is critical to success in learning as teachers provide mentorship, coaching, and doubt solving.

What was missing was a solution that focused on giving students both the textbook (aka the content) and a tutor. Great learning outcomes only occur when you are able to control the entire experience. 

So that is why we decided to build Lido.

At Lido, we want to make sure that every single student learns from the perfect class, every single time. We do this by building best in class content to match your school curriculum, and delivering it in the most interactive and exciting format in our live classroom (think animated videos, games, live quizzes!). And we do this in a small group format of just six students so that students can ask doubts, get support, and build meaningful relationships with their expert Lido teachers. 

Learning on Lido is:

  • Holistic, best in class, adaptive learning: We have built the best content, best assessments, best practice problems through deep research. Once a student uses Lido, all the resources they need, and more, are all on the platform: no additional E-learning apps, question banks, practice tests, explanation videos. By tracking individual student learning we are able to customize homework, additional practice, remedial help, and challenges to target where each student needs help the most.
  • Live and interactive: The average classroom size in India is 55 students which means that students do not get the personalized attention that they need when it comes to doubt-solving, coaching, and mentoring. Our live classrooms are led by a qualified and well-trained teacher coach and a peer group of a similar achievement level. The max student to teacher ratio is 1:6 which means that students aren’t lost in the classroom left to navigate through the material on their own or be guided by an AI assistant.
  • Fun: The ugly truth is that most students hate studying, and why wouldn’t they? They are used to drab textbooks, boring formats, and one-directional learning. Not only does learning on Lido happen through immersive storylines, real-world examples, live quiz contests, but we also have a unique reward system that gamifies the platform so the more you learn, the more you earn! 
  • Quality assured: High-quality teachers are in short supply in India so traditional models are unable to scale for lack of teachers. At Lido, you can trust that every teacher has been carefully vetted and trained by our rigorous program but more importantly, they have been given the tools they need to deliver a perfect learning experience every single time. 
  • Affordable: Our goal is to democratize high-quality education: learning should not be limited to the major cities, and to those who can afford it. Through our content, tutors, and platform, we are able to bring best in class learning to every single student in the country at very affordable prices. Our online format makes it convenient to learn anytime, anywhere.

At Lido, we believe that every student is unique and every student has the potential to change the world. Not only do we teach students Math, Science, English, and Coding to succeed at school but we also provide mentorship from world leaders in business, technology and politics, career support, and leadership training. All in the hopes that our students can be the leaders of tomorrow. We believe that no dream is too big for Lido Learners!

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Can Coding Unlock the Genius in Your Kid?

If you are worried about the increased screen time your kids are getting, especially over the global lockdown, then there’s good news for you. While we must all have some amount of digital literacy to lead a successful life, it turns out that there is more for kids to do than passive data consumption. Coding or learning a programming language can open up plenty of avenues for your child, and may even help in unleashing the hidden genius in them!

 Contrary to what many parents might believe, kids who begin to code at an early age often turn out to be quite the leaders in their own domains as they grow up.

In fact, there are coding systems that children as young as eight would be able to grasp; and it won’t be long before they are able to master the basic concepts.

Let’s take a look at where coding stands in today’s world.

How’s the current coding scene?

  • A World Economic Forum report on the future of work lists knowledge of programming languages or coding as one of the key employable skills for the future.
  • Coding might help bridge the gender gap in STEM studies with first-grade girls showing increased motivation through programming languages, a study from the Journal of Experimental Psychology reports.
  • Coding is fast becoming a new literacy, just as important as learning to read, write, and solve mathematical problems.
  • A study by Change the Equation shows that 54% of students enjoy computer science and programming, right after visual and performing arts and design subjects.

There’s more to coding than you may initially give it credit for.

Can coding make your kid a genius?

Coding brings out the best of academic, universal, and future-ready skills in your child. Put simply, it means that along with improving in STEM subjects in class, they will also be prepared for the future with tech-savvy skills as well universal skills like teamwork and patience. Read on for a further break down on this.

If your kid is learning to code, the chances are that they are honing the following kinds of skills from a young age.

Problem-solving skills

Chefs break down a complex recipe into stages, mechanics pull apart a car or appliance into parts and scientists divide the research into steps leading to empiricism. Coding follows a similar path. Coders get to break down a problem and look at it from various angles before arriving at a solution with necessary tweaking in their codes. Young minds can thus hone problem-solving skill through coding alright.

Computational skills

Along with cognitive skills, coding helps kids sharpen their computational skills as well. Through coding, kids learn to recognise patterns and present them logically as problems. Coding helps the young learners create the necessary steps to come up with solutions to those problems. And that, in turn, creates the trail of logic and rational thinking that leads to developing computational skills.

Creative skills

As kids grow up in a world of constant consumption of technology, it is important that they learn to take a step back and reflect on it as well. Scientists and psychologists all over the world agree that play is one of the best ways that kids can learn faster. And with programming languages like Scratch, kids can readily unleash their out-of-the-box thinking. Coding nurtures creativity in children, letting imagination run free.

Communication & collaborative skills

When you learn a new language, you can use it to express yourself. The same goes for coding. Programming languages can help kids learn to communicate. They begin by doing so for the easiest audience to please: the computers. Successfully establishing a two-way communication through code can provide the confidence boost kids so rightly deserve. On top of that, since coding provides opportunities for teamwork with peers, kids pick up collaborative skills along the way as well.

Patience and perseverance skills

Remember how many attempts it took for you to ride a bicycle, drive or swim? It’s the same with coding. Tackling complex coding problems and handling them along the way can be a challenge for kids. Creating the perfect code takes time, and it takes more than one attempt to get it right. If the code does not run, they must inspect why it is not working, what could have gone wrong, and how they can fix the issue. Kids who code thus also learn the importance of persistence and patience.

Is coding the key to the future?

Remember what the World Economic Forum had to say about computer programming emerging as the fastest-growing job sector of the future? Looks like other employment stats and trends also agree. What’s more, with around 70% jobs in the future from computing, only 8% schools are equipped to deal with the high demand of skilled coders. Top that with the various skills coding can hone in your child’s inner genius and you are one step into the future already!

There has been no better time to learn to code. Make that informed decision; help unlock a genius in your kid through coding!

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Parents, Homework & The Fun Way Out

If you were asked about the first feeling that comes to your mind when you hear, “Homework”, what would you say?

Dread? Fear? Panic? Unsettling worry? Anxiety?

Kids (and parents alike) from all over the world don’t want to do anything with homework. In fact, making your kid eat up leafy greens at mealtimes is often easier than getting them to finish their homework.

And not surprisingly, studies reveal there’s no love lost between students and homework worldwide.

How Bad Is It Actually?

Homework and lack of sleep:

A study by Better Sleep Council, among others, reports drastic influences of pending homework assignments on the sleep schedules of students. It also states that those who maintain a proper sleep schedule are more likely to do well in studies than those who stay up late, even to finish homework.

Question to think over: Is your kid clocking in enough hours of sleep?

Homework as a primary stressor in students:

Some of the biggest factors inducing early onset of stress in kids is homework and deadlines, as studies reveal. Psychologists from all over the globe report homework and grades among the two leading causes of stress in students.

Question to think over: Does your kid stress over homework?

Homework and the alarming rise in student suicides:

The National Crime Records Bureau reports that every hour, a student passes away to suicide in the country. While this may be an uncomfortable conversation, it is becoming increasingly important to gradually open up about the all-around mental wellness of your kids.

Question to think over: Are grades and homework really worth ruining your kids’ mental health?

Is Homework Evolving?

But homework does not have to make you feel that way. The times, they are a’changing. And slowly but surely, the homework scene from around the world is evolving alright.

Homework in post-Covid world:

Schools all over the globe are looking to decrease homework burden on kids in the post-pandemic world. Sure, the education sector stumbled a little at the beginning of lockdown impositions, but new-age technology and remote learning has picked up the pieces alright. In the light of these hands-on learning approaches, homework is all set to be quite different from as we know it.

When homework made dreams come true:

In this heart-warming true story, it was a normal evening for Victor Cordoba. Coming from the poorest areas in the Moche district in Peru, Victor usually completed his homework sitting on the kerb under the streetlamp as his home did not have electricity. Yaqoob Mubarak, a businessman travelling to Peru, spotted the boy and was moved by his dedication for studies. Mubarak, one who had a similar childhood, has built a two-storey house for Victor and his family so that he can continue his studies uninterrupted.

High-tech learning curve for low-tech schools:

Closer home, our country is gradually waking up to the idea of technology and its multifaceted implications on education. From learning apps to online tutor helplines, edtech is making a splash to revive future-ready education in India. Kids are expected to be more involved in immersive technology both inside and outside of classrooms. And that means more good news for homework!

So, How Can You Help?

Check out this video for quick tips to make homework fun for your kids!

Setting unusual tasks for homework:

Take a page out of this Irish school’s book that assigned random acts of kindness as homework. Encourage your kid to learn beyond the textbooks. Let them help you with household chores, reach out to the elderly people in your neighbourhood, take care of plants at home, go on a quick cleaning drive in the locality and so on.

Making the most of homework:

A Stanford study reveals strategic use of resources may help in doing well in homework assignments. All you have to do is find out what works best for your kid. Are they more attentive in after-school hours or do they like to focus on their homework in the mornings? Instil a habit of keeping a checklist or quick notes handy. Help them make the most of their homework assignments.

Improvising homework for enhanced engagement:

Tap in to the innate imaginative side of your kid. Help make homework fun by coming up with quirky ideas for homework. For example, penning a DIY sonnet for English, going for a walk in the park for science and helping you measure ingredients in the kitchen for mathematics can be a few fun ways to help them enjoy doing homework.

Embracing the holistic homework experience:

Finally, treat homework as a part of life that needs to be embraced. Set aside specific tutoring time, reach out to experts or peer groups online, and sign up for interactive lessons and homework coaching. If you are working from home, create a dedicated study space close to your workstation to set the right mood and help them feel like they’re doing something worthwhile.

These are just a few ways that you can try to diminish some of the dread associated with homework. Let us know how you help in making homework fun for your kid in the comments. Watch this space for more resources and fun facts about making learning fun!

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Why Game-Based Learning will make your child Smarter

What is Game based Learning?

Gaming can be entertaining and can make learning fun at the same time. With an expansive growth in the Ed tech industry in recent years, it is quite evident that online learning is the next big thing. Technological integration with learning has shown some remarkable shifts. Learning has moved from blackboards in classrooms to desktops and mobile devices at homes.

Game Based Learning Benefits

For years, games were tools for learning and continue to do so. The rise in use of digital devices and learning opportunities online has paved the way for Game Based Learning. Games have become part of traditional classrooms and online teaching mediums.

Game Based learning in simple terms is the use of gaming with educational goals that support a child’s development and growth. Game based learning promotes analytical thinking and logical reasoning. It also enhances problem solving and collaborative thinking among kids. Games like Sudoku, Lego Tower and Scrabble make kids learn in an engaging and interactive manner. These games promote learning and also ensure analytical and practical application of the mind.

With Gen Z known to be tech savvy and going online to look for learning opportunities, the rise of E Learning opportunities is set to rise in coming years. Game based education is also known to enhance soft skills much more than traditional teaching methods.

Game Based Learning Vs Gamification: The Misconception

Many people assume Gamification to be Game Based Learning. This is not true.

Gamification is the use of game design elements, game mechanics and game thinking in non gaming elements. The main aim of Gamification is to motivate and promote involvement in non gaming elements. Gamification aims at rewarding users for certain behaviours. Gamification in online learning could encourage students to learn more and compete with their peers.

One great example to quote would be using gamification systems like Classcraft in classrooms. A classroom is re-imagined using technology, games and storytelling in a way that adds fun and interaction to the usual curriculum. Students create a character, play as part of a team and get rewarded with points and experience. They are then judged on factors like team work, uniqueness and many other life skills.

Game Based learning is the use of games to achieve educational goals. For example, the game Sudoku that forces kids to apply their minds to solve complex problems. It is also proven to sharpen the memory of kids and improve their abstract learning. At the same time, it teaches kids many life skills like patience, focus and decision making skills. All these factors lead to improved and quality learning.

Both Gamification and Game Based Learning are related terms if we look at the education point of view. They vary on the purpose they serve in classrooms and now even in online classrooms!

Benefits of Game Based Learning : Backed by Science!

The clubbing of games with education not only makes learning fun way but also promotes “Learning by Doing”. This means that tasks in a game based app or software foster a sense of competitiveness and self learning among kids. This is accomplished through in-game tasks which in turn benefit the kids in becoming quick learners.

  • BOOSTS SELF CONFIDENCE

Studies suggest that Game Based Learning boosts the self confidence of children by 20%. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment while advancing to different levels.

  • BETTER CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE

Conceptual Understanding and knowledge increases by 11% in kids through Game Based Learning. This is because children learn topics better when they learn through interactive gaming. The impact this has on kids is that it increases their engagement levels. This promotes quality learning in an effective manner.

  • SHARPENS MEMORY

Game Based Learning is known to sharpen the memory of kids by a staggering 90%!. Learning concepts through visuals leads to better retention power and sharpens the minds of kids. Visual Learning leads to a decrease in learning time, improves retrieval of information that leads to faster concept grabbing for students.

  • ENHANCES REAL WORLD SKILLS

You child gets a 20% better understanding of real world applications through Game Based Learning. They also promote “learning by doing”

  • GENERATES MORE COMPLETED TASKS

Children who undergo Game Based Learning complete 3 times more tasks. This is way more than the children who learned through traditional learning methods.

  • BETTER ANALYTICAL SKILLS

Game Based Learning has 4 times higher likelihood of improving working and analytical skills. This is possible through games that promote the use of logical reasoning and critical thinking. Games like Sudoku and Scrabble are great examples!

What does the Future of Game-Based Learning hold in the Ed Tech Industry? 

The shift from traditional learning to online has been on the rise. Innovative and interactive means to make learning fun and knowledgeable are increasing each year. Ed tech learning is known for its personalised and effective teaching methods. With the boom in online tutoring, game based learning is something that teachers prefer to use even in the classrooms.

In a global survey conducted, it was found that 81% students were more productive if their learning was more game like and followed the gaming approach. If we go by the trends in game based learning, then 1 in every 5 teachers use games everyday as part of their educational curriculum.

$341 billion dollars is the estimated global expenditure on Game Based Learning in education by 2025. Also, with an expected growth rate of 27.1% of adoption of game based learning from 2020 – 2025, it is correct to say that Game Based Learning is very soon going to become a part of each and every classroom and household!

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How to Cope With Anxiety & Stress

Introduction

Everyone faces stress and becomes anxious from time to time. It’s a part of life but sometimes when it hits for a long period of time it can have an adverse impact on your mental as well as physical health. When childhood anxiety is intensified it is the parent’s duty to try their best and be there with their child through this ordeal. Anxiety is one of the most common problems children face regularly. 

Children experience fear, nervousness, and introversion. Worrying about grades, juggling responsibilities, changing school, problems with friends, peer pressure, etc. These are problems that children face regularly in schools and as parents, you are their guides and their role model. Here are some tips for helping children to cope up with anxiety and stress because as parents you influence them the most. 

How parents can help: 

1. Positive environment 

  • It is not only the physical environment but emotional environment that shapes the child’s mental toughness.
  • Pick your words carefully which give strength and integrity to them to help their self-esteem.
  • Use kind words and boost their mind with positivity.
  • Be open and understanding with them so they can share their fear and nervousness with you without hesitation.
  • Be a listener, Listening to their fears and help them to solve problems. 
  • As a parent we would like to help our kids to believe that learning is fun. Develop their interest in learning through their hobbies. 
  • Learning new things leads you to success.
  • Be sure your kids are connected to you. If they feel safe and engage themselves in learning they will gain valuable information. 
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2. Basics & Immunity

Focus on their basic health needs. Immunity plays a major role in anxiety and stress. When you feel stressed and anxious it reduces your immunity. The ability of our immune system to fight against antigens is reduced .so try to minimise stress by doing the following

  • Proper Bedtime routine 
  • Try meditation 
  • Healthy meal
  • Daily exercise 
  • Yoga 
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E intake can be a powerful antioxidant that helps your body to fight off infection.

3. Strategies to use in moments of Anxiety 

  • Write it out
  • Talk about your thoughts 
  • Get help from an adults 
  • Take Care of your own needs
  • Deep breathing 

In conclusion, I would also like to EMPHASISE if any child is feeling anxious or stressed and is not comfortable talking to their parents please reach out to your friends or an elder that you respect because your life matters more than your struggles. Always remember bad mistakes are avoidable if you have the right support system anything can be tackled. 

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5 Key Benefits of Collaborative Learning

“Coming together is a beginning, 

staying together is progress, 

and working together is success.”

Henry Ford

With the current situation, many parents are trying to figure out the best way to continue their kid’s education with minimal disruption. Even though most of the parents are trying to home-schooling their children, they still want to provide a classroom kind of environment where their child can interact with other children. Is that a valid expectation? Absolutely! From where I see, parents are looking for nothing but a collaborative studying environment where they want their child to have an overall personality development. And I will not shy away by saying that I am home-schooling my 4-year-old kid which has made me realize the merits of collaborative learning in comparison to silo learning even more. Let’s have a look at some of them:

1. Interactive Classroom Environment

When children study in groups, be it in a physical or online classroom, it gives them opportunities to discuss, build on each other’s ideas, debate, clear misconceptions, and reach logical conclusions. The learning process is much more interactive and interesting which tends to develop a feeling of healthy competition among children and motivates them to do better. Students take more ownership of their tasks and outcomes. They collaborate with one another to breakdown complex topics to understand them, leading to deeper learning rather than rote memorization.

2. Skill Building

As a teacher and a mother, another huge upside of collaborative learning that I have noticed is it inculcates essential qualities of patience, listening, empathy, teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving among children which helps them immensely in their future lives. Be it teaching a 4-year-old to keep patience and wait for his/her turn or teaching a 14-year-old to be open to listening to his/her peers, accepting different perspectives and viewpoints on a given issue, overcoming differences and capitalizing on one another’s strengths, resources, and skills. 

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3. Interpersonal Communication

As a teacher, I have also observed that learning with other students helps children to improve their communication skills by enabling them to articulate their ideas and thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Especially, it assists children with introvert personalities to overcome stage fear and increases their self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches them to organize, assign, and manage themselves as well as others in the group for a common goal.

4. Feedback Acknowledgement

The most important factor is that collaborative learning helps students in taking responsibility, assessing themselves as well as their peers, and learning from their own mistakes and mistakes of others. When studying in groups, positive reinforcement works wonders in encouraging children to emulate behavior that is appreciated by the teachers which brings a positive behavioral change. 

5. Developing Future Outlook

As more and more families are becoming nuclear, the need for peer learning becomes increasingly vital. Whether it is in the field of sports, professional career, or personal and social life, through collaborative learning children learn how to handle team-based situations. Every child has different abilities and interests and by working in teams we are able to establish a positive interdependence. Children do not only learn from teachers but to a great extent from each other which increases their knowledge, participation, involvement, and inspires them to learn. 

In every facet of our real lives, we are required to co-work with other individuals to keep the ball rolling. Therefore, collaborative learning is a significant tool that imbibes children with social, interpersonal, and teamwork skills from an early stage. Lido helps in giving children a platform for collaborative learning and provides the perfect blend encouraging individual development as well as improving team performance.

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How Mental Health and Academics are Intertwined

Research suggests that positive mental health is associated with stronger academic achievement. Both the terms are interconnected. Mental illness impacts school performance and reduces the quality of life; likewise, bad academic performance can result in poor mental health in the absence of proper psychological help. Children and adolescents need hope, and we should recognize the importance of addressing mental health issues, both for academic purposes and help students realize a brighter future for themselves. Students often face unprecedented challenges, such as the impact of social media on the teenage mind; therefore, we need to acknowledge the growing rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and suicide among teens. 

Including psychologists for mental health education, psychological services, and adult counseling is an important necessity in today’s basic curriculum. Educating children about mental health issues and teaching them how to recognize signs, symptoms in themselves and friends before a crisis or tragedy occurs. Social media remarks can be devastating to an adolescent and affect his/her self-esteem, relationships, and emotional development because students feel this constant pressure to maintain their image on social media to equate their popularity with their self-worth. Lack of enough sleep affects their mental health and ability to perform academically. Over-packed schedules limit the amount of time they have to sleep because they are too busy studying or participating in extracurricular activities. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of experiencing mental health problems, poor grades, and suicidal thoughts. We should ensure physical activity to boost self-esteem, increase concentration, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and thereby improve academic performance. When a teen feels depressed or anxious, they might withdraw from peers; neglect their responsibilities because it is hard to concentrate on their studies.

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Poor mental health has a direct impact on Academics. It decreases attendance rates, reduces self-confidence, impairs the ability to concentrate, hurts grades, and discourages continuing education. Guardians should make mental health education necessary, appoint psychologists and psychiatrists, create an environment free of stigma, offer mental health screening, ensure enough sleep, make exercise part of the day, offer mindfulness training and encourage students to take technology breaks. Promising a healthy mental state for a student can easily result in proper academic success and thereby continuity of mental peace and happiness is ensured.

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10 Steps to Prepare for A Math Olympiad

If you have aspirations to do well in the Indian Maths Olympiad and learn how to work smart not hard. We have put together a small list of tricks to help you improve your preparation skills. While these are helpful tips nothing replaces perseverance and a lot of practice. 

1. Know the Syllabus

This might seem obvious and not at all a tip but not understanding the importance of each topic can be detrimental to your preparation. The Maths Olympiad syllabus is vast and questions will come from a range of different topics knowing the most and least important is allotting time to your topics. 

2. Understand the Level

This is not a standard school exam. A more in depth learning of each concept with a higher level of theoretical and practical knowledge is required. Learn more about the topic and gain more insight if needed. 

3. Visit Olympiad Website

If this is your first time doing the Olympiad or if there have been any rule changes make sure you visit the website and know the when and whats of the Maths Olympiad.

4. The Internet Will be A Helping Hand

The internet can be your friend if you utilize it the best, you can find helpful information across platforms whether it is Youtube videos or sites that offer practice tests. The information or techniques on how to solve difficult maths problems can be the crux of you saving time. 

5. Use Time Effectively

Time is crucial in your preparation being effective, starting your preparation well in advance will only make your performance better. Develop a time table and divide your time to practice all the topics thoroughly.

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6. Stick to a Schedule

It is extremely important that you stay motivated and stick to your timetable prepared for your Maths Olympiad. Nobody is perfect but this is a step in the right direction. Re-adjust your time table if you have to cover any backlog of work. 

7. Practice makes Perfect

Practice till you become perfect or till you meet the expectations that you have set for yourself. Every question and exercise can be practiced and perfected. 

8. Online Tests are Important

Testing yourself with online and physical tests and in a timely manner will help you prepare for the issues you might encounter during the Olympiad. 

9. Get A Teacher’s Opinion

Remember at the end of the day your teachers are most likely to be your best resources form information and they understand your strengths and weaknesses well from teaching you. Taking notes from your teacher’s advice will help your performance substantially. 

10. Stay Calm

Stress will only cloud your judgment during an Olympiad. Find out what helps you relieve stress whether it is deep breaths going for a walk or having some tea. It is just another test, do not let the pressure play into your emotions. 

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Cyber Safety || Usha Venkatraman || Lido Webinar Series || Episode 1

The onset of the pandemic in March has led to more online activity in the last 3 months than India has ever seen. Most schools and universities have made large investments towards transitioning to online learning. Students of all ages are spending much more time online both for education and for recreation, and younger students are discovering the power of the internet as a learning tool. But with power comes responsibility, and students stepping into the digital world need to be aware of digital threats.

“The importance of cyber safety for students is paramount,” says Sahil Sheth, founder of Lido Learning, an edTech startup based in Mumbai. “Most of our students are under 14 years of age and spend more than 6 hours a day online. Hacking, phishing, and other scams have never been more prevalent than they are today, and are targeted towards younger students especially.”

“We want to stress to our students that the online community can be dangerous, and part of growing up is to learn how to spot danger and prevent it. We want our students to be curious and confident leaders, and the first step of that journey is to be strong against attacks.”

Lido Learning will discuss Cyber Safety with storyteller Usha Venkatraman on Saturday 13th June, as a first in a webinar series created to address important topics for students in the digital landscape. Tune in on YouTube Live or Facebook Live at 5pm on Saturday on Lido’s Youtube channel, and learn the do’s and don’ts of the internet!

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5 Hobbies That Improve Your Mental Sharpness

A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away

Phyllis Mcginley

Hey Everyone! Today we are going to take a topic that helps us connect with others and train our passions. 

 ‘HOBBY’: an activity which we all love to do in our leisure time for pleasure and help us to develop personality, improve socializing, reduce stress, and boost confidence. As I think we all have some hobbies that we love to do like cooking, quilting, and knitting, painting, crafting, photography, etc. 

Let’s give it a twist today, I would like to define FIVE FUN HOBBIES which not only entertain us but also sharpen our Brain as it is an important part of our body and to keep it working actively and efficiently we have to do something for it.

Coding

As today’s world is full of gadgets and programming and if someone has the curiosity to learn the mystery behind them, then he/she should try to work on coding. It is a great hobby that can lead to a lucrative and very fulfilling career. Anyone can start learning it from basics like c and web designing. 

 If you love programming, then working on coding is extremely fun and rewarding.

Playing Video Games

Each and everyone loves to play Video Games , it gives us joy with this it also helps to encourage focus , determination , fighting spirit to keep trying, cooperation and teamwork. There are roles and rules inherent in video games which makes players driven and productive. Even there are so many mind Video games which are based on reasoning and logic.

Playing Musical Instruments

Playing an instrument makes you smarter, relieves stress, improves patience, memory and social life, builds confidence, increases discipline and time management skills and gives you a sense of achievement. 

Anyone can learn any type of musical instruments like keyboard, guitar, saxophone, drums, etc.

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Gardening & Organic Farming

It is a fun hobby that is good for your mind and body and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Plus you are going to eat the vegetables and fruits which are grown by you that will give you an overjoyed happiness. So grab your tools and get in the dirt.

Collection

Collection of items which is an interest of the collector helps him to explore different information based on it as it includes seeking, locating, acquiring and organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing and maintaining items of his interest.

Collection can be made of:

Stamps: One of the most popular collectibles in the world thanks to their long history and huge variety.

Coins and Currencies: These come with their own idiosyncrasies, history and ties to different nations making them fascinating for the collectors. While making a collection you get knowledge of the history behind them like which metals are used, how they are made, and of different patterns from around the world and how to store them.

Rocks-Stones & Marbles: There are different varieties of stones, rocks, semi precious crystals, precious crystals and marbles present in the world. By exploring these and collecting, you will get a good knowledge of their existence, formation and even initiates your interest in geology.

Sea shells: As they have different design and shape and some are even so valuable.

Cards, Comic books, toys : If someone has interest in these things he/she can collect these too.

I hope you would like these ideas to start as a hobby to strengthen your mind. So, All the best!!

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Helping Your Child Deal with Pressure

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein

In the present age, where competition has spread its tentacles in every walk of life, it is crucial to teach our kids to be grounded. And comparing them at each step will just not help, rather it will make them very confused and inferior, they will get irritable which will be very hindering their further development. They should be taught to better themselves with each day, not to be better than their counterparts. Sometimes when we are disappointed with our child’s results, we use such sentences like “Look at him/her, he/she is so much better than you” or “Why can’t you be more like him/her?”  As much as we want to refrain from it, we end up doing it. Well, “comparison” is counter-productive for anyone. But it is all the more debasing for children.

We should also consider its side effects. We should understand that every child is different, the way of thinking and working is different/unique for every individual. It is natural to want to know where our children stand amidst others, in this world of ranks and percentages and where everyone is bidding for that coveted seat in a top school or university. But to constantly harangue them about how much better others are will do nothing but lay the foundation for an inferiority complex, which leads to:-

  • Self-doubt
  • Jealousy will take root
  • It will damage the parent-child relationship
  • It will breed negativity
  • They will grow into jittery and nervous adults

Before we see the way to avoid this, we should understand a word, which is actually a phase of the life of any child and that is Adolescence.

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15-year-old Vaibhav was coming home late from school almost every day. He also seemed moody and distracted at home. He grew his hair long, was doing poorly at school, and ate little. His mother found a cigarette in his jacket; she knew there was a problem. ‘Does this seem to be natural behavior of the child, don’t you find anything wrong with Vaibhav’. Definitely, there’s something different. now, what’s that? 

This is characteristic of adolescent age. And what it means is described in the next Para:-   

Adolescence is the age of change. It is a vulnerable time when kids can develop unhealthy habits that grow into problems in their adult life. Behavior issues of adolescence, which are quite common, also crop up during this time, making it impossible for parents to reach out to their teenagers. It also brings with it a lot of problems that parents should understand and solve like:-

  • Physical changes
  • Emotional changes
  • Behavioral changes
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Health problems
  • Psychological problems
  • Educational challenges
  • Addiction to cyberspace
  • Aggression and violence

You may have been a teenager yourself. Think about it – your adolescent is at an age that you have already been through. Be empathetic and try to understand what your child is going through. That makes dealing with their problems easier.

How to deal with it?

  • Be there for your teen
  • Find common ground to discuss
  • Listen without judging or giving advice.
  • Expect a child’s failure/rejection.

Some other ways to handle their peer pressure and support them:-

  • Give Unconditional Love and Support
  • Give Unconditional Love and Support
  • Appreciate the Strengths
  • Help Your Child to Cope With His Weakness
  • Do not Compare, Rather Set Benchmarks
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