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Light up the house!

Is it really the festival of lights if you don’t light up every single corner of the house with diyas, lanterns, bulbs and lights?
Make Diwali a family affair, bring out the jazzy, bright lights and the disco balls, and put Bappi Lahiri to shame with all that bling!

Stir, stir, stir!

Cooking is proven to be not only therapeutic but also is a great way to bond with your children and family.
Make them a part of the cooking process, and see how they become unbeatable celebrity masterchefs.
Remember to make them taste what they cook though…

Time for a shopping spree!

You may not be able to step out of the house to go on a fill-all-the-bags-in-our-house-with-clothes shopping spree, but a little online shopping doesn’t hurt.
Go all out, teach your little one about pocket money, savings, expenditure and shop to your heart’s desire.
Might we bring back the classic ‘shop till you drop’ here?

Beautify your relationships

Do you know what’s fun? Art and craft!
Sit around your door and draw up some fancy rangoli, try your hand at painting, or merge the two for a paper rangoli this year!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to art and our little ones

Sound of laughter > sound of firecrackers

That’s not something your child would like to contribute to, is it?
Explain to them that hospitals, pets, heart patients and so many others suffer tremendously due to the increased decibels of sound during Diwali.
Teach them to be nice to stray animals during this time, make pet-friendly meals for them, and feed these strays. Remember: it’s better to have a Diwali with the sound of laughter rather than the sound of fireworks

Did you wear that last year?

Well, if no one saw me in that outfit, I can wear it again!
Sustainable fashion never goes out of style. Constantly adding to the landfill that fashion contributes to is never good for the environment.
Teach the little one about sustainability and being able to re-wear their clothes.
Plus, it’s easy on your pockets. Win-win!

Hand-Made Greeting Cards

Who doesn’t love a good handmade card?
And no, cards aren’t going out of fashion, and never will.
The beauty that handmade cards possess is seldom recreated. How about experimenting with papier mache, quilling, watercolours and acrylics?
Let them unleash their inner Picasso.

Gather ‘round for a good storytelling session

We all love hearing stories.
And making it a family affair only adds to the joy!
How about you pull up a rug, a warm beverage and gather around in your living room for a day of storytelling and fun!
Be it mythology, fiction or just generational stories, it’s good to indulge in a little family bonding time. What’s even better is that you could bring all the grandparents together for this and make it into a wholesome family affair.

Cleaning the house… is not a nightmare!

Cleaning every nook and cranny is always a dodgy topic in most homes. Look at all that effort, the dust and the wastage!
But it doesn’t have to be tiresome.
Pick one part of the house to clean at a time and think about how you can introduce the concept of rewards for cleaning.
Be it a cupboard or their room or their toys, there’s always something they can win out of it.

The greatest joy in the world is to give

Needless to say, not everyone gets the privilege we do.
Teach your children the concept of charity, donation and being philanthropic with Diwali cleaning.
Instead of throwing out your old toys, clothes, bags, kitchen items, consider donating them to either an orphanage or an old age home.
Let your kids experience the joy of giving this Diwali.

Have a COVID-friendly Diwali

Last but not the least, it is important to stay in touch with everyone.
But given that the pandemic has hampered all those efforts for many of us, it’s great to consider video and voice calls for the whole family to come together.
An old friend, some family members or even work colleagues will definitely appreciate a video call to exchange the joy that Diwali brings.

There you have it, folks!
A wide range of activities you can do to engage with your child beyond just homework this Diwali.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get ready to have lots of fun with your family!

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6 Things You Can Do During Diwali Break to Get Ahead in Studies

Don’t you just love this time of the year? As festivals and celebrations come knocking at our doors, an almost palpable sense of excitement takes over the air. Delicious feasts, leisurely shopping, and quality time with our loved ones are now in the offing, after all!

But out of all these fun things headed our way, students across the nation derive the most joy from one prospect, that of vacation days. The festival of Diwali, for instance, is nearly synonymous with a week-long holiday for Indian students. Free time off from school…now that’s what student dreams are made of! Don’t worry, we aren’t asking our students to not enjoy these vacations. By all means, celebrate to your heart’s content! But who says you can’t also utilize this time to get ahead in academics? It’s all about balance.

Scroll down for a list of 6 things you can do during your Diwali vacation to boost your learning.

1. Solve 1 question paper a day

Mock tests are one of the best tools to prepare yourself for future exams. Even if you don’t spend chunks of time studying during your Diwali vacations, solving 1 question paper a day will work wonders to keep what you have learned intact in your mind. Find a mock test online in your Lido library, set a timer, and get solving! Remember to make a note of questions you struggle with, so you have all your doubts ready to be resolved when your vacations end.

2. Watch animated videos on topics you need some help with

If only there was a fun way to catch up with your studies without feeling drained. Oh wait, there is! Get your syllabus out, and start watching fun concept videos from your Lido library that explain past topics you feel you didn’t quite ace. Educational videos are also a great way to revise concepts you’ve already learned. It doesn’t feel taxing, but leads to effective learning outcomes nonetheless.

3. Ask your siblings or cousins to quiz you

Again, the more you test your knowledge, the more it is ingrained into your long term memory. Asking a family member to quiz you on a topic will help you both brush up on your academics and spend quality family time with them. They don’t necessarily have to find a set of questions, practical-application based problems related to a topic you’ve recently learned is a great hack to identify gaps in your understanding.

4. Prepare short notes on subject chapters

It’s understandable if you don’t feel like studying for long hours in the middle of your Diwali vacation. But why not spend these days getting all study material ready and making your future study sessions easier? Just read through your chapters, and start preparing hand-written notes on the concepts. Use mind maps and diagrams to organize information according to your ease. When exam-preparation time does come along, you will already be more prepared than others.

5. Take up educational DIY projects

What better way to test your conceptual clarity than using the knowledge to build something cool? Especially for the subject of Science, DIY projects are a fantastic tool to test how much you really understand. Learning how to code? Try building your own website on a free platform. Currently learning about electricity? Why not make a circuit!

6. Research topics beyond your curriculum

If you don’t want to spend time studying the topics in your subject syllabus, you can spend your Diwali vacations acquiring new knowledge instead. If there is an area or field that has always interested you, vacation days may be the perfect time to research and read about these topics. From how Cryptocurrency works to lessons in astronomy, you can find free material on the Internet to satisfy your curiosity in a plethora of areas.

There you have it, study tips for your Diwali vacation! The best part is, none of these educational activities feel like a chore, because they’re just so much fun. We’d love to know which ones you got around to, tell us in the comments below? Oh, and a very happy Diwali!

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Why Does Your Child Hate That Subject?

Studying is a complicated process for most children.
Be it rote learning, actually understanding the material, a difficult syllabus, making notes or just simply attending lectures, every child at some point struggles with the pressure of making it through school. But there is always that one subject. That one subject, which ends up being your child’s worst nightmare, and in turn, yours.

But why DOES your child hate that subject? Understanding the answer to this isn’t a difficult task. Here are some quick tips you can use to make sure that your child has an absolutely seamless experience while studying, breezes through their grades, and passes with flying colours.

Target the core

Is your child unable to understand the syllabus? Is there a problem with a particular section/chapter that they can’t cope with? Targeting the problem helps solve 50% of the problem. Next comes the solution. Find a tutor. Try to understand the work yourself and explain it in a simpler way. Try Lido Learning’s practical and interactive methods of learning. There is no subject that’s too difficult to solve.

Mental health for the win

Is there something that gives your child anxiety? Are they being pressured into doing a certain thing they don’t want to? Anxiety and loneliness are 2 major factors that contribute to a child’s mental wellbeing.
Check-in with them from time to time. Is there something that’s bothering them beyond the scope of studies? Taking mental health concerns into account will smoothen the process of improving academics.

Poor chemistry with a teacher

An incompatible teacher is as much of a problem as a bad subject. Sometimes, not having a good rapport with a teacher just increases the problems you have studying the subject instead of making it easier. Shaming a child for not coping quickly enough, opinion differences, etc. usually end up forming a rift with the educator.
Talk to your child about it, and find out how you can help once you have identified the problem.

Learn to reward good behavior

Positive reinforcement works for everyone. Let your child know that learning to work around their most hated subject is an effort that deserves a treat. A piece of candy, 30 mins of your child’s favourite game, or anything that makes them happy will help form a good, healthy bond between the two of you, and will make it easier to navigate through that dreaded subject.

Don’t neglect the topic

Hating a subject may indicate that your child is going through some sort of dilemma, or some kind of internal issue, thus causing a general sense of frustration. Don’t neglect the problem, don’t brush it under the carpet under the assumption that your child is not trying enough.
Most children don’t hate a subject unless there’s a genuine reason behind it.

Remember, active listening, empathy and a problem-solving approach can help you and your child get through anything. Make learning, understanding concepts and attending class the best part of your child’s day. Make success a regular habit. Joining Lido may just be the first step!

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Debunking 10 Myths About E-Learning

The advent of the Internet has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, and education is no different. The convenience of the world wide web has overpowered and to a large extent, solved, the limitations of traditional tuitions and coaching classes, making education infinitely more accessible. Cue the sweeping rise of e-learning across the globe.

While the preference for practical-learning-based and visual-content-led online tuition classes had been inching forward already, the pandemic has led to an acceleration in both demand and supply. Confined within the four walls of their houses, students and their parents began to seek virtual sources of acquiring new skills and building their knowledge. Schools have shifted base to online classes and coaching is no longer limited to the walls of a center. Universities around the world have casted their courses to the realm of the Internet, allowing students from every nook and corner of the globe to study their material. Suffice it to say, e-learning is here to stay.

But as is the case with every emerging technology, the area of e-learning continues to be riddled with certain misconceptions and myths. In this Lido blog, we’ve set out to clarify some of these falsehoods surrounding the idea of learning online.

1. There’s no interaction with the teacher or peers

One of the most widespread misconceptions towards e-learning is that it’s impersonal and doesn’t offer any opportunities for the students to interact with their teacher or their peers. Well, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking examples from Lido, we have instituted features like instant messaging and break-out rooms, which help students with raising doubts, collaborating with their batchmates, and engaging in discussions. Since we focus on creating small batches with a maximum of 6 students, it’s easier for each student to have a say and put their points forward confidently. Furthermore, since online tuition classes have a wide variety of students, they offer the chance to network with different kinds of people. Most projects are based on collaboration and discussions with your peers, which leads to plenty of social interaction.

2. E-learning is an expensive luxury only a few can afford

Ed-tech platforms around the world are progressively working towards making e-learning both affordable and accessible. The overall expense of learning online is often less than offline education as there are no travel costs or additional expenses like event fees, club enrollment charges etc. At Lido, students get free-of-cost access to a plethora of exciting seminars, leadership sessions, and expert talks, which ordinarily you’d have to pay a high price to attend.

The ROI is both greater and faster, since tech interventions in the case of online tuition classes make regular progress tracking possible. Which means, you don’t need to wait till the end of the course to resolve your concerns, course corrections can be readily available! Platforms like Lido also offer an array of packages that you can choose from and customize according to your needs, as opposed to the one-course option available in traditional education. The only requirements in e-learning are a device and an active internet connection.

3. E-learning is a one-size-fits-all approach to learning

It’s not difficult to see where this myth stems from. Since online education is mostly viewed as impersonal and lacking interaction, it’s only natural to assume that students do not receive any personal attention. But in reality, it’s offline tuition and traditional coaching classes that adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to learning, mostly due to the sheer number of students in one class. E-learning classrooms have fewer students, and thus offer more scope for each student to receive instructions in a way best-suited to their learning needs. Students can pose their questions to the tutor during the class, request for a post-class meeting or even submit them in writing, which ensures no student’s queries remain unanswered.

4. Students have to self-learn the material

In online tuition classes, teachers explain the concepts just as clearly, as they would in your traditional coaching center. To top it off, e-learning platforms make use of practical projects, real-time quizzes and fun assignments that ensure deep understanding of the subject matter. There are groups or forums where students can get their queries resolved, and they have constant access to a variety of learning materials which makes revision of the topic remarkably convenient. At Lido, particularly, personalized attention from the tutors supports student learning and understanding every step of the way. There’s a focus on social learning, not self-learning.

5. Online learning is all lecture, and hence, monotonous

At Lido, didactic or one-sided lectures are just one of the several mediums used to explain concepts. And these lectures are infused with chances to answer questions, interact, and discuss ideas. On the other hand, offline tuitions with a large set of students are mostly based on tutor lectures. Again, the large number of students in traditional tuition classes has a significant role to play. Online learning is considerably more dynamic. Methodologically it offers more variations, like assignments, projects, discussions, quizzes, and surveys. The learning material comes in various formats, including videos, animations and graphical data, as opposed to the paragraphs of text frequently found in traditional offline learning.

6. E-learning doesn’t build other life skills like offline classes do

Online learning puts emphasis on practically the same life skills and values as an offline tuition class. In fact, with the inclusion of technology, it becomes far easier to encourage and ensure the adoption of life values like punctuality, discipline, cooperation and hard work. Lido is also keen on broadening the extra-curricular scope offered to students. For instance, we host a gamut of events, sessions and leadership talks through the 2 days of the weekend.

7. Technology and the Internet distract students

In e-learning, technology is the friend that helps you learn better, not the enemy who distracts you. Online learning platforms employ several means to keep the students engaged throughout classes, along with many checks that prevent them from opening other tabs, watching videos, accessing social media etc. The curriculum at Lido, for instance, is visually-rich and highly engaging, which actually broadens the students’ attention span. Moreover, since we focus on small batches of 6 members or less, students cannot stay distracted without the tutor realizing and steering their attention back to class! Also, distractions are an inevitable part of learning as a student, but by using technology to their advantage, e-learning platforms like Lido manage these distractions for the students to a large extent!

8. Parents can’t keep track of their children’s progress online

In contrast to this belief, online learning platforms like Lido offer more comprehensive progress tracking features to parents. In traditional tuition classes, monthly or quarterly PTMs are the only time parents and teachers interact with each other to discuss the students’ learning journey. On the other hand, we at Lido offer consistent real-time tracking for the parents. We also have an easy-to-use Super Parent app, which makes the process of keeping tabs on your child’s progress, assignment scores, homework and tutor feedback, all the more convenient. The Lido Connect chat functionality gives parents the liberty to connect with their child’s tutor and get an update whenever they wish to!

9. Online tutors don’t need to take accountability

Lido begs to differ! First of all, every tutor we hire goes through multiple rounds of screening including written tests, interviews and discussions. What’s more is that we use AI to map the progress of every tutor, to that of each student in their class. This means that if the students in a tutor’s class aren’t doing well, it’s impossible for the tutor to further their career at Lido. We’ve also built multiple channels to facilitate interaction between the tutors, the parents, and the students!

10. You must be a tech whizz to learn online

The only tech knowledge you need to be able to study online effectively is to switch on your device, access the Internet, and open the platform’s URL. It doesn’t involve any other technical skill. In fact, e-learning platforms continue to work towards making the education process more seamless for both the student and the parents by instituting easy, visual features and simplified processes.

To sum it up, online learning is, in a lot of different ways, more effective than traditional tuition classes for deeper learning. While it’s easy to see where such a long list of misconceptions comes from, most of them can be clarified in a jiffy, as we have tried to do in this Lido blog!

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Exam Tips for Academic Success

As indicated by the overflowing student-stress levels, exam season is officially upon us. Every student strives to ace their exams, but the process can be made remarkably easier by adopting certain smart study methods. The mantra of studying, revising, and practicing as much as can, will always be a constant. But by following these study tips outlined by Lido’s Chief Delivery Officer, Kanchan Shine, you can reach your academic goals more efficiently and effectively!

For Maths

1. Identify the topics you’re struggling with

Try to spend more time on topics that you aren’t very clear about. Make use of reference books and study material to brush up the topics you find hard to understand.

2. Start attempting mock tests

This is a great way to revise your syllabus and to assess your understanding of a topic. Mock tests give you the feel of an actual exam and will help you in reducing pre-exam nervousness.

3. Try finishing tests with time to spare

While attempting mock tests, try to finish tests before your allotted time. For eg: if the paper duration is 1 hour, try to solve it in 50 minutes, so that you will have time to check your answers.

4. Make a sheet of important formulae & concepts

The most important preparation tip is to revise all formulae and concepts beforehand. Prepare a sheet with all formulae and use it as a quick reference during revision.

5. Maths is all about practice!

Maths questions can’t be solved if you mug up answers! Practice as many questions as possible and understand concepts thoroughly before you attempt questions on your own.

6. Avoid overwriting

Don’t overwrite or add superscripts or subscripts. It will lead to a greater chance of making errors. Neatly strike out the erroneous working and rewrite them below or on a fresh sheet.

7. Go through previous years’ question papers!

Doing this will help you figure out the best way of answering questions. You will also get a good idea about the paper pattern being followed. This in turn will help you to plan accordingly.

For English

1. For literature, read out chapters aloud

This will help you remember important points and help in answering all questions given at the end of each chapter.

2. To practice writing skills, try to write about trending topics

Read newspapers and articles. Trying to write about trending topics will help you improve your writing style and allow it to flow naturally.

3. Form a story tree

To help you write unseen passages or composition, formulate a story tree. This will stop you from rambling or from starting too far from the topic.

4. Make use of flashcards to remember author names and characters

We tend to memorize faster when we see something repeatedly. Flashcards help by making it easier! Ask a member of your family or a friend to help you with this if you like.

5. Read! Read!

The more you read, the better you will understand the correct usage of words. Reading helps you with forming the right sentence structure and improves vocabulary when you begin to write! So, get into the habit of reading!

6. Memorise 5 – 10 words everyday

Try to add at least 5-10 new words to your vocabulary everyday. Use them in a sentence to bring out the meaning. It’ll help with retention.

For Science

1. Understand the derivation and application of formulae

It’s as important to know the application of a formula, as it is to memorize it. You should know why you are using a particular formula and when to apply it. Also, learn all the important definitions!

2. Numericals are as important as the diagrams!

You’d be able to solve numericals only if you know your formulae and definitions! Brush up your concepts and then practice as many numericals as possible!

3. Make a list of important functions/reactions

When memorising answers, make sure you make a note of the essential functions and reactions. Note down important points or key words. This will help you during revision, as well as ensure that you are well prepared for the exam.

4. Keep a ready reckoner of all formulae

Make a note of all your formulae in your syllabus according to the subject. While doing so, try to make sure you can derive all the values in the formula. For eg: if F= m x a, then, a= F/m and m= F/a. That way, you know when to apply the same formula for different values.

5. Have a conversion table handy – and memorise values

Know the conversion for distances, mass and other common values.

6. Textbook diagrams – Practice them all!

Go through all diagrams and labellings in the textbook. Practicing diagrams is a good way to recap a particular process. Practice each diagram until you master a diagram. This will help you

7. Go through all examples and questions in the textbooks

Your textbook is your Bible. It covers the entire syllabus! Solving the examples and questions for each chapter will help you to revise topics and make you feel confident about the exam.

8. Don’t skip science lab lectures!

There are some very important concepts you learn through science experiments done in the labs. Try not to miss out on important lectures, not just for science but all subjects!

Armed with these useful exam tips, students can reduce some of the stress encountered during the period of preparation. And remember, spaced studying is always more effective than cramming at one go!