Understanding The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Using Guide Books For Exam Study

When it comes to preparing for exams, the use of guide books or kunjis is one of the most popular methods followed by students across India. Although the use of this method of study has faced significant criticism from not only educationists, but also numerous parents, such books continue to be used extensively for exam preparation. This is primarily because of the fact that there some sections of society, including most students and even some teachers, support their use as a part of exam preparation. In fact, most of us would have used guide books while preparing for our own exams irrespective of whether or not we consider them to be the right method of study today.



So what causes this huge divide between the various sections of society regarding the use of guide books? Before answering this question, we first need to understand what these books actually are? This write-up attempts to answer these and other similar question while also highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of their use.

What are Guide books?

Put in simple language, guide book is a general term used for identifying books that educate the readers about various concepts in the easiest possible way. The earliest instances of the use of guide books has been found in the tourism industry, where such texts were used to provide a basic information about the most important places of a tourist destination, to the visitors.

In terms of education, such books are basically contain brief details of the most common topics about which the students have been tested in exams over the past few years. Although, there is no specific reference about the first instances of using such books, it can be said that their frequent use might have begun in the latter half of the 20th century, although they became exceedingly popular only after 1980.

Difference Between Guide Books and Reference Books

It is also quite common for people to confuse guide books with reference books, despite the fact that the two are significantly different not only in terms of content but also their approach towards educating the readers. Generally, guide books comprise the most important topics for a subject that the students are commonly tested for over a period of a few years. The books consist of a short description of a topic and then go on to provide a collection of the most frequently asked questions about the said topic, until all the topics are covered in a similar manner. On the other hand, reference books generally contain a detailed explanation of each topic, irrespective of its importance from exam point of view, along with several practical examples to ensure proper clarity of concepts.

Another significant difference between the two is that guide books are generally composed by publishing houses on their own with the help of exam papers of the past few years. On the other hand, reference books are usually composed by professional experts and often contain the latest information and results of research works conducted in specific areas. Reference books are often known as the extensions of text books, which contain basic details that are often not be found in the text books.

The Advantages Of Using Guide Books

Although many people would like to disagree with this point of view, but it is a fact that using such books do seem to have certain advantages, especially in the current times. With the levels of competition reaching new heights and not only parents but even educational intuitions wanting the students to excel in all subjects, the children are facing tremendous pressure. In the past few years, it has become nearly impossible for students to get admission in good colleges even after scoring A grade in all subjects. In such a scenario guide books provide an easy way to master the topics that are most likely to appear in the exams and hence ensure excellent marks.

Another advantage of using these books is that they can be used in the form of reference books or for gaining additional knowledge about a topic. Most often these books contain many problems along with their solutions, which despite being extremely important in the learning process are often not found in reference or text books. However, this method can work only for students who do not restrict themselves strictly to guide books for studying or even preparing for the exams.

Disadvantages of Guide Books

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of using guide books to prepare for exams is that it encourages students to cram rather than learn by understanding the practical concept of any topic. While this might prove helpful in attaining better marks, it definitely hinders the mental growth of the children and makes them incapable of handling practical problems in their professional lives.

Another major disadvantage of using these books is that, students seem less inclined to learn the entire topic and rather focus on just its few segments which are covered in the guide book. This not only limits the extent of knowledge they gain but can also ruin their prospects of scoring good marks as they would not be able to answer questions about anything they have not read about.

Many people also feel that guide books are largely responsible for curbing the sense of curiosity among students, which is extremely important for their overall growth and learning. The need to ask questions and seek their answers is definitely reduced in students, who rely solely on such books as a means of exam study.

Whether or not Guide books should be banned is beyond the scope of this write-up. But we can surely say that like most other things, the use of these books can also prove beneficial while having certain drawbacks at the same time. It is ultimately the choice of the students and the guidance of parents and teachers, which decides how the guidebooks are to be used.



Notification for Common Management Admission Test (CMAT 2014)

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance exam‚ conducted by AICTE for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admissions in Management programs approved by AICTE. Students can sit for both the exams‚ which will be beneficial for the students because they can choose their best score while taking admission in any B-school throughout the nation.

The AICTE conducts CMAT twice in the months of September and February for admissions in an academic session.
Now‚ the AICTE is all set to conduct CMAT February 2014-15‚ and hence has notified for the same. Details are given below:
Eligibility Criteria for CMAT February 2014-15
Candidate should be a graduate in any discipline.
Final Year students can also apply.
Application Fee for CMAT February 2014-15 (Non-Refundable)
For General/OBC Candidates: Rs. 1200+Bank Charges
For SC/ST/PD Candidates: Rs. 600+ Bank Charges
How to Apply for CMAT February 2014-15
Go to the website www.aicte-cmat.in and start the registration process. It will be open from 01 November 2013 to 02 January 2014.
The candidates have to give a choice of 3 cities for online examination in the order of preference.
Application fee can be paid using both online and offline mode.
Online: Candidates can pay the fee using Net Banking/Credit/Debit Card
Offline: Candidates should generate a challan online and can deposit the Cash in any branch of State Bank of India.
Admission Process through CMAT February 2014-15:
The detailed merit list will be provided to the respective State governments for admissions through central counseling
If‚ in case there is no central counseling‚ then the scores will be used for admission in the AICTE approved Institutes/University Departments.
Important Dates
  • Registration window opens on: 01 November 2013
  • Last Date for Online Registration: 02 January 2014
  • Print out of Hall ticket: From 05 February 2014
  • Computer based test dates: 20 February 2014 to 24 February 2014
  • Declaration of result: 14 March 2014
  • Print out of score card: From 14 March 2014 to 13 April 2014
Information Sources
Mail ID: customercare@aicte-cmat.in
Help Line Numbers: 022-40679404
Fax Number: 022-25814283

MD, MS, MDS Entrance Exam 2014 Notification for Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences Ahmednagar

AdmissionsNotice 2014

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for All India Common Entrance Test (PIMS-AICET-PG 2014) for selection of candidates for admission to Postgraduate Courses in Medicine (MD/MS/DIPLOMA) and Dentistry (MDS) for the academic year 2014-15 in the constituent colleges of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences

Rural Dental College
The respective Colleges are recognized by UGC / MCI/ DCI for both under graduate and post graduate courses
MD/MS/Diploma: General Medicine‚ Paediatrics‚ General Surgery‚ Orthopaedics‚ Ophthalmology‚ Obst and Gynecology‚ ENT‚ Radio Diagnosis‚ Radiotherapy‚ Anesthesiology‚ Preventive and Social Medicine‚ Pathology‚ Pharmacology‚ Forensic Medicine and Toxicology‚ Microbiology‚ Anatomy‚ Physiology (MD)
MDS: Periodontology‚ Orthodontics‚ Conservative Dentistry‚ Prosthodontics‚ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery‚ Paedodontics‚ Oral Medicine and Radiology‚ Oral Pathology
Duration: Three years course
Eligibility Criteria:
Candidate seeking admission to postgraduate Medicine/Dentistry course should hold MBBS /BDS degree of recognized University by MCI/DCI
A candidate who has completed one year compulsory rotating internship or is likely to complete the same on or before 31st Mar 2014 can appear for PIMS-AICET-PG 2014
All such candidates will have to submit the documentary proof‚ from the Principal /Dean of the college regarding the likely date of completion of internship along with the manual application form‚ failing which the application shall be rejected
A candidate should have obtained permanent registration with MCI/DCI (as the case may be) or any state council
If candidate does not have such registration‚ he should obtain the same within one month from the date of his/her admission
Candidates who are previously registered and pursuing/completed the PG degree course or have obtained PG degree‚ are not eligible for appearing at PIMS-AICET-PG 2014
Candidates previously admitted to PG degree course and resigned/left the seat are not eligible for appearing at PIMS-AICET-PG 2014
Candidates who have completed Medicine postgraduate diploma course or would be completing by 31st Mar 2014 will be eligible for PIMS-AICET-PG 2014 for admission to Medicine postgraduate degree in the same subject only
Selection Process:
Candidates who secure minimum 50% marks at PIMS-AICET-PG 2014 and satisfy the eligibility norms laid down by respective councils shall be eligible for admission to Medical/Dental PG Degree/Diploma courses and would be offered admission to these courses on the basis of inter-se-merit at the time of counselling
How to apply:
Download the application form from website http://www.pravara.com and send it to university by desired date
The prospectus can be purchased from university admissions office or by writing to the Competent Authority‚ Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences‚ Loni-413736‚ Tal Rahata‚ Distt Ahmedanagar‚ Maharashtra following address on payment of Rs 1000/- (for by post add Rs 200/- towards postal charges)
The demand draft should be drawn in the name of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences‚ Loni payable at Pune service branch
The prospectus is available at following places in Delhi‚ Mumbai‚ Pune and Loni
Delhi: Pravara Transit Camp‚ C-23‚ Hauz Khas‚ Ground Floor‚ Rear Portion‚ New Delhi-110016‚ Tel-011-26512532
Pune: Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundatation&aposs Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development‚ Near Patrakar Nagar‚ Opp. Senapati Bapat Road‚ Pune-411016‚ Tel-020-25651104
Mumbai: Pravara Medical Trust Office‚ Kamana Housing Society‚ Building No. 2‚ E/4‚ Ground Floor‚ Near Siddhi Vinayak Temple Prabhadevi‚ Mumbai-22. Tel-022-24310066
Loni: Manager Finance‚ Pravara Inst. of Medical Sciences‚ Loni-413736‚ Tal: Rahata Dist: Ahemdnagar (Maharashtra) Tel-02422-271425
The application forms will be accepted only at the Office of the Competent Authority‚ PIMS-AICET-PG 2014 Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences‚ Loni-413736‚ Tal-Rahata‚ Dist-Ahmednagar‚ (Maharashtra)
Candidates should attach photocopy of Internship completion certificate/certificate indicating likely date of completion of internship along with application form
The demand draft for the cost of entrance examination fees should be only drawn on any Nationalised Bank and payable at Pune service branch in favour of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences‚ Loni
Entrance Test Exam Fee: Rs.2000/-. (In case of downloaded application form‚ entrance test fee is Rs.2500/-)
Entrance Centers test:
The PIMS-AICET-PG 2014 will be conducted at centers New Delhi‚ Mumbai‚ Pune and Loni
Important Dates:
Last date for submission of application form: 01st Jan 2014
Last date for submission of application form with late fee (Rs.2000/-): 08th Jan 2014
Distribution of Hall Tickets:
From 07th Dec 2013 to 10th Jan 2014
In case‚ a candidate does not receive hall ticket by 10th Jan 2014‚ he/she should contact competent Authority PIMS-AICET-PG 2014 by phone at 02422-271475
Date of Entrance Test Exam:
18th Jan 2014 (Saturday) from 02.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.
Announcement of Results:
18th Feb 2014 (Result will also be available on http://www.pravara.com at (10.00 a.m. on same date)
Date of Counseling:
  • Medicine (MD/MS/Diploma): 19th Mar 2014
  • Dentistry (MDS): 20th Mar 2014
  • Commencement of Classes MD/MS/Diploma and MDS: 02nd May 2014

How to Teach Children to Read Faster

Today there is simply too much reading that is expected of your child and there is no way your child can avoid it. In schools students are bombarded with textbooks to read, notes to make and take, massive information to remember and recall in examination. The stress level sometimes hits the roof and students and parents both become demotivated.


One of the key to success is studies is to teach your child to read faster. Of course, there is a tendency to think that if I read faster, will I be able to understand what I am reading? Much as it might sound improbable, when you train yourself to read faster you can actually understand better and not only that you will start to think clearer as well.

Reading faster is a not a soft skill. It is more like a hard skill and can be compared to the analogy of riding a bicycle. If you know how to ride a bicycle think a minute on the time when you first attempted to ride a bicycle. Was it easy? Were you able to balance yourself the first time you sat on the bicycle? Probably not! However you persevered and sooner or later your body simply aligned itself and next thing you know you are able to balance and riding the bicycle becomes a piece of cake. The interesting thing about your ability to ride a bicycle is that once you have learnt this skill it stays with you for the rest of your life. It’s almost like a new software program been installed in your brain and you never can erase this program.

Reading faster is very much akin to the skill of riding a bicycle. You have to know the techniques involved in getting your eyes to capture words faster and convincing your brain to process this information effectively. Is it easy? Well it depends on your level of commitment and whether you do have the positive mental attitude to put to practice the technique until you reach a level of unconscious competency.

So as a parent what can you do to help your child to read faster?

First, you need to understand that our eyes are motivated by movement. Try to stare at an inanimate object for an extended period of time and see what happens. You will notice that your vision will start to blur and you may see a double. The thing about the human eyes is that it is a direct extension of our brain. So whatever you see with your eyes travel through the optic nerves and eventually the information is processed in the brain. The good news here is that our human eyes has the ability to process an image in roughly one quarter of a second. Further the eye has a wide peripheral vision that allows it to capture information within an arc of 170 degrees. This means that instead of looking at one word by one word, you can actually see up to 4 words in a single glance by exercising your peripheral vision. Therefore if you want to read faster what you got to do is to try to get your eyes to move across the words in double quick time. The most effective way for you to do this is to use your fingers to glide along the words as you read.

The second thing is that when you are gliding your fingers along the page try to sync your eyes with the finger movement and visualize the words that you are reading. Initially this may look impossible and frustrating, but actually lots of things are happening in your brain when you do this. One of it being that your brain is now trying as hard as possible to process the information as quickly as you can.

This happens because, just like any other creature in the animal kingdom, our body is configured to survive. The senses that we possess are intended to keep us on high alert against predators and to capture or find for food. As such it would be impossible for your eyes not to be able to follow the movement of the fingers when you glide through what you are reading as this is very much a survival instinct.

Once your brain get used to the faster than normal movement of your fingers on the texts or articles that you are reading the brain will enhance its ability to process the information quicker. In fact impossible as it may sound now, when you start doing this you will realize that you can actually understand better by reading faster.

So as a parent if you want to motivate your child to read faster, what you got to do is to inculcate the habit in your child to use his or her fingers to glide through any text that he or she is reading. As this habit becomes entrenched, the child will slowly but surely develop the habit to process the information faster and learn to develop higher concentration when reading.

The earlier you get your child started in this simple and rewarding habit the longer the benefit that you and your child will reap. Not only that as the child becomes comfortable with this method of reading, they will become more enthusiastic and may want to experiment with different text and articles which will improve their knowledge base.


Merits of being a team player


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Teamwork is almost always advantageous. It makes you perform well and produce better result. In a team each and every one is responsible for success. It is a combination of strengths, which can also lead to minimizing individual weaknesses. In this case, the strengths and weaknesses of team members can enhance and complement each other.

Before selecting any team for the work, you should be careful because you are dealing with a team and not just with a single person. Normally with the good team, you should look at good range of abilities, expertise and personality. Teamwork motivates you to perform well rather doing everything by yourself. In a team a single person’s decision is not final, you will be having a range of opinions and take every opinion into consideration and select the best one. A group meeting is always useful for fixing the plan, executing it and finding errors if any.

In a team, responsibility is divided among each member equally according to expertise and time available. The biggest responsibility, of course, rests with the team leader. A team always allows you to perform well in the area which you have expertise. A good team always creates faithfulness in its members.

These are some of the advantages of teamwork:

• Gives better end result with high quality performance from each team member. 
• Normally more input results in better thoughts and judgments and the overall process is improved. 
• Team involves every person, his expertise and his responsibilities. 
• Execution of new ideas can be more effective and efficient. 
• It increases ownership with wider communication. 
• Shares information and increases learning in the team and in the whole organization. 
• Provides more security and develops personal relationship in the context of business operations. 
• A particular problem can be easily solved with more ideas at the same time. 
• Gives probability of solutions and can select the best one from those possibilities. 
• It increases willingness of every member to take more risk. 
• Better understanding of the decision-making process. 
• People can share common goals and interests among others. 
• In a group, it is easier to examine the problems and identify various solutions. 
• A team can handle more difficult and complex problems in the workplace. 
• A group increases the accuracy of problem solving. 
• For single problem you get many solutions and they can be solved rapidly.

Teamwork is a lot of fun. If team is good then you can expect good results and better profits. It increases the success rate of the organization and helps to achieve the common goals. That is perhaps the greatest advantage of teamwork.



Article Source:EzineArticles.com



Make Learning Easier and longer by these Accelerated Learning techniques

Science suggests that the human mind has an almost infinite potential for learning and processing information.

So why do you forget someone’s name when you run into him at the store?

And why do you:

Misplace your car keys?

Read an entire book and remember only pieces of it?

Totally forget about a meeting you scheduled?



There is an answer.

The problem is – and has always been – how to access the incredible power of your mind. 
Here are some techniques you could use to focus when doing accelerated learning:

1. Teach someone else what you are learning. 
Practice the accelerated learning system in short bursts of 30 minutes of study. Take frequent rests. To really soak up the knowledge, plan to teach what you are learning to someone else. Having to be accountable for someone else’s learning will make you pay more attention and really learn the material.

2. Ask questions. 
Intelligence grows through curiosity. By formulating questions about the subjects you are studying, you become very focused on getting the answers. You zero in on the information, sifting through it to pick up the important points that answer the questions you set.

3. What’s in it for me? 
Motivate yourself to concentrate and absorb the info by asking, “What will I get out out of it? How will learning this information benefit me in the long run?” By focusing on all the ways it will benefit you, you give yourself more and more reasons to learn and studying becomes easier.

4. Describe aloud in your own words. 
Center yourself, focus on your program of learning and begin describing aloud the information that you have been researching. Paraphrasing aloud, particularly at speed, causes you to dredge up and make conscious what you have learnt, and exposes the gaps in your knowledge that you can re-cover until it is part of you.

5. Draw a picture and write in your own words. 
Speed learning involves 8 multiple intelligences, including visual and linguistic. You harness your right brain visual abilities by drawing pictures that help illuminate your notes and which stick in your mind. Mind-mapping is especially recommended. Also draw on your linguistic intelligence by re-writing the information you are studying in your own words. This all helps change the information from something that is alien and foreign to something that is familiar and comfortable and accessible.

When you master Accelerated Learning Techniques, your entire life improves.

You’ll learn to:

Read much faster than you can now – discover the perks of speed reading

Improve memory and sharpen concentration

Process information at least 3 times faster than you can right now

Propel yourself to new levels of personal performance



PGDM, PGDM-IB Admission Notification 2014 for Fore School Of Management, Delhi

Admission Notice-2014

 Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) (2 years) Full Time (23rd batch)
Post Graduate Diploma in Management-International Business (PGDM-IB) (2 years) Full Time (8th batch)
Fore School Of Management‚ Delhi invites applications for full time PGDM and PGDM –IB Programmes are approved by AICTE‚ Ministry of HRD‚ Govt. of India and Accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA)
 A recognized bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate
Candidates appearing in the final examination of graduation are also eligible to apply subject to furnishing the proof of graduation by 01st Oct 2014 with minimum 50% marks
How to Apply:
 Apply online at www.fsm.ac.in
Candidates can use credit card/debit card/net banking or can send demand draft in favour of FORE School of Management‚ payable at New Delhi
Application form can be purchased from FORE School of Management‚ New Delhi on cash payment of Rs 1650/-
Last date for submission of application form is 06th Jan‚ 2014 (Monday)
 Fore School of Management
New Delhi-110016‚