Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?

Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, I become a part of a discussion, or rather an argument, at my workplace. The topic of our debate was does working in silence would help to complete the assigned task more effectively rather than working with some sound or music. Well, the discussion ended with no conclusion, but this discourse reminded me of my class of 2015 where one student always wears earphones whenever she was given classwork or an activity task. At first that behaviour irritates me, but upon asking, she said ‘Sir, wearing earphones and listening music helps me concentrate on the task’. So the question is, does study with Sound is more effective than Study in Silence? Read More …

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

Nowadays, more teenagers are facing anxiety issues rather any other age group. Majority of the reasons are related to their transitional period from adolescence to teenage. It is then teens start having their mood swings and feeling pressured (Previous article: Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after ten years? Causes and Preventive Measures). First of all, parents and teenagers, it important to know that all teens experience some amount of anxiety at times. It is, in fact, a normal response to stress, and sometimes it helps teens to deal with tense or devastating situations. Things like public speaking, final exams, significant athletic competitions, or even going out on a date might cause feelings of uneasiness among teens. Anxiety attack may include from elevating heartbeat to the intense urge of crying-, depends upon the severity of the situation. However, for some teens, these episodic restless events might become a lifelong disability which later affects their relationship and social order of their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 25% of 13- to 18-year-olds have an anxiety disorder, and just under 6% have a severe anxiety disorder. Read More …

Stress Reducers for School and College Going Students

Stress Reducers for School and College-Going Students
By Ahmad Amirali

These days students are much coping with the stress and anxiety due to their yearly finals. Apart of exams, students’ lives are much more complicated than adults, because students have to deal with their day to day to maters as well as they also have to work hard, regardless of whatever emotional situation they are, to reach their desired grades milestone. High school students face a similar kind of stressful, challenging situations as soon as they got admission to any college. They start involving in a process where they need to deal with the challenging workload and also have to sustain their friendship goals. As students intellectual level grows, the stress of independent living and decision making also grow tremendously. Most of the time, students ask me how to relieve stress that helps us to concentrate on our daily educational and social goals. However, one may ask, how students take out time even to practice any stress relievers when their schedule is jam-packed with all the school, college and friendship responsibilities. Read More …

Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?

Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?
By Ahmad Amirali

Students, these days, are too engaged in their daily study schedules that they hardly get any time to relax or even do something that reduces their exam or test anxiety. Studies suggest that to minimise stress during studies; one need to engage in an activity that helps them to concentrate on their task. One such activity is listening to music during studying. Since decades music played a substantial role in students’ study life. There are many types of researches that revealed a relatively ambiguous picture of listening study music. However, these researches do provide a useful understanding for students who are, maybe, looking for ways to enhance their exam performance by listening to music. Read More …

Why Students Get Bored in the Classroom – Reasons and Remedies

Why Students Get Bored in the Classroom – Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

‘Sir, may go to the toilet? Sir, may I go to drink water? Sir, my head is aching. I am not feeling well; can I go outside for a bit?’ These are the excuses which normally students give you when they unable to concentrate on the lesson or, to be specific, get bored. There are multiple reasons why children get bored in school, such as not being sufficiently challenged or simply not feeling motivated by the subject matter being discussed in the classroom. While asking reasons from parents about their children’s boredom in the classroom, some responded that the content is way too easy for their children; therefore, they get bored. Others believe that teacher might not be presented the material in a way that student would get engaged. Both reasons are, no doubt, possible but these are not the only reasons.

Following are some of the possible reasons which might be responsible for children’s boredom in the classroom Read More …

Student Goals: How I Plan My Future? | Let’s Draw your Future

Student Goals: How I Plan My Future? |Let’s Draw your Future
By Ahmad Amirali

Today I asked my students (14 to 15 years), what are your plans? What you guys want to become? One student replied, ‘I want to become a doctor, maybe a surgeon’, another replied ‘I want to become an aviator or aircraft pilot, but I don’t know whether I achieve my goals or not’. Usually, at this age, students find it difficult to plan their future goals due to external factors such as family pressure, financial constraints, friend circle or peer pressure etc. I believe students at this level dangled between two scenarios; what I want to become in my future and what others want me to become in my future. Let’s concentrate on ‘what I want to become in my future?’, again there are two scenarios of this question; am I passionate enough about my dream or not? Both the situations are challenging to decide, and therefore, mostly, students go for the second option: what others want me to become in my future? Read More …

Finals Stress | 6 Ways to Reduce Anxiety During Final Exams

Finals Stress | 6 Ways to Reduce Anxiety During Final Exams
By Ahmad Amirali

Once upon a time when I was a student, even still I am, I remember a place called Examination Hall and once in every year, a ritual called ‘Final Exams’ were practised in that hall. Students were mandatory to take participation in that ritual. The ceremony was so sacred that only the righteous and courageous who passed the ritual were able to promote to the next level, just to appear again next year and become the part of that sacredness. Ok, I confess that it was a poor attempt to start this article in a narrative style. My apologies ;-).

Nowadays, students are so engrossed in preparing their finals that they hardly even looking after their health. Read More …

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

As children grow and move to teenage level, they become at the significant stage of their growth and development. Therefore, at this stage, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about eight to nine hours of sleep each night to feel attentive and refreshed. Many factors keep teens from getting enough sleep and one of the reasons is – early schooling. Read More …

How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance

How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I experimented an activity with students that include dancing. Usually, I start my class session with the recap from the previous session, and for that, I use PowerPoint and animated games and review videos. Use of tech and animations in lesson activities is one of my strength as I use it heavily in my classrooms. From animated maps to the 3d paper model of the globe. However, my students now easily predict that they will be going to witness or experience new animation or related activity. Read More …

Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular – Robin Williams

Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular – Robin Williams
By Ahmad Amirali

Nowadays, students are in the height of school exam pressure and most of them are wondering the same question, which I use to wondered during my school days ‘what am I going to do, where am I going to be in 10 years?’ When I hear that students concern about their future, I reflect what makes them worry so much about their career at the age of 14 or 15 years? I believe, the answer is right hidden in the question itself. Society, parents, relatives, teachers even a coach – every single person is expecting something from you, Students. Read More …