5 Ways to Motivate Students to Learn

5 Ways to Motivate Students to Learn

By Annabelle Fee

Getting students to sit down and prepare for class or an exam can be quite difficult. There are thousands of things students would rather do than study. But rather than to simply blame the students for their laziness or disinterest, it is far more productive to assess the methods used and see how to improve the relationship between students and education.

 

  • Interesting material

 

Materials matter. Often, it is hard for students to understand why they need to know certain information and what role could that possibly have in their lives. Learning is much more difficult when you see no point in it. A way to avoid this from happening is to use examples from real life rather than academic ones. This can be especially useful for getting more students understanding the point of science studies.

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  • Praise them

 

Make sure to tell them when do well in class or on a test. Write a positive note on their essay together with constructive criticism, it is important to include both for the best possible future results. Also, when writing words of praise, try to be specific with your praise, concentrating on the work rather than a student characteristic. E.g. ‘You have clear, strong arguments,’ is much better than ‘You are really smart.’ Here are some dos and don’ts.

 

  • Expect them to do well

 

Students can be very sensitive to expectations and if they think you don’t expect much from them, they can easily stop trying. Even worse, they can start believing they will never achieve anything more than their current level. Set up realistic expectations of level of improvement for each and every student and be sure to communicate it to the students. Tell them you know they can and will do better if they try. You can then offer them personalized advice on how to do it.

 

  • Enjoy what you do

 

Students notice when their teacher is not interested in the job they are doing and the teacher’s dislike for the class will be mirrored in the form of the response from students. It is understandable that after a while of teaching the same materials, you can get bored. You should try and mix up the materials for your own sake to keep things interesting. Furthermore, engaging students to actively participate in class should make each class unique and more interesting to all parties involved.

 

  • Make sure you teach for all learning styles

 

Different students have different learning styles. Some learn best by listening, others by reading or even watching videos, and then again some by doing things themselves. Try to incorporate all styles in your classes so that every student can get something useful out of it. For the best results, provide your students with a range of different materials for home study so they can use the ones they find most useful.

Hopefully, this will help with planning your classes, but make sure to keep on investigating because new studies emerge every day. Whether you work at school or offer private tuition, a teacher’s job is never done and a great teacher will keep up with new findings, wanting the best for their students. However, don’t forget to also talk to your students and ask them what could help them improve their performance. They often know the answer but feel it is inappropriate for them to speak on the topic. You can do a questionnaire for them to fulfil, and possibly it would be best to give it as an anonymous homework. It doesn’t hurt to try.

Annabelle is part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond.

First Impressions Count: How Professional Landscaping Can Enhance Your Company’s Image

First Impressions Count: How Professional Landscaping Can Enhance Your Company’s Image

By Sharon Jones

When it comes to making a success of any business, the first thing on your mind should be first impressions when it comes to the exterior of your commercial property. Remember that this is the first thing that potential clients, partners and other individuals bearing business opportunities will see. Not only will it give them a feel for how your company and brand present themselves to the outside world, but it is an image that will last in their memory, while they are making their way to the meeting room, engaging with you, occupying their thoughts as they leave, and coming to mind every time you and your business spring to their mind. So make it positive. Here are just a few ways that professional landscaping can transform your company’s space into an impressive and attractive entity in its own right.

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Walkways

First things first, you need to ensure that anyone entering your commercial property has a clearly visible, unobstructed walkway to enter the building. Any meeting that commences late due to your guest getting lost on your company’s grounds or en route into the building isn’t getting off on the right foot. You will have been kept waiting, and the individual you are engaging with will be flustered or frustrated, having made it to the general area on time only to find themselves lost at the last hurdle. Concrete slabs are preferable, as gravel or other types of loose flooring can pose a trip hazard and be difficult to navigate in certain types of footwear. It can also cast up dust and dirt when dry.

Greenery

Adding some well-kept greenery to your exteriors gives your business a more approachable and natural touch. The key to this, however, is to keep everything prim and proper. Overgrown lawns and out of control foliage is never a good look. So, bring in a professional landscape architect who will be able to design the perfect layout for your professional gardens while suggesting the most appropriate trees and plants that will bloom in your given area. You should also employ a gardener around once a fortnight to give everything a neaten up and keep things in shape.

Statues

Statues are an eye catching statement piece that can be used to exemplify your business’ area of expertise or specialism. Say, for example, you deal in golfing goods. A bronze golfer statue, such as those found at https://atthetee.com/top-10-golf-statues/, will give any visitors comfort that they are in the right place, as well as demonstrating your dedication to the area and adding a touch of luxury and expense to your brand at the same time.

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Water Features

Water features are, again, an extra addition that can make your exteriors radiate opulence and luxury. This again goes towards making your brand stand out as a serious competitor in its field. These can vary from the small to the grandiose. So choose wisely depending on the space you have available. Bear in mind the running expenses when choosing a design too.

These different additions to your company’s exterior will draw all the right kinds of attention to you, your services and your brand. It will also provide you and your employees or coworkers with a more agreeable and attractive place to work. It’s win-win!


Books That Still Have Relevance For Modern Life

Books That Still Have Relevance For Modern Life

Literature is a wonderful way to enrich your life and have adventures without moving a muscle, except to run a page. However, classic novels can be a turnoff for some. For others, they’re a staple of their reading diet. So many books nowadays have different styles due to times changing and common tropes and writing styles changing with them. However, there are quite a few books from the last couple of centuries that still have some incredible pointers for modern life. Below are a few of these such novels.

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If you want to look further into these authors, their creations can be found both online and in store. All the books in this list can be found in any good bookshop, and you can even find multiple coupons for money off deals at sites such as DontPayFull.com due to the popularity and age of these kind of novels. Metaphorical lessons stand the test of time, and paperbacks never go out of style after all.

1984 - George Orwell

You’ll find this book on any Penguin.com reading list, and for good reason. 1984 is a prime example of dystopian fiction. With the outside world having stronger and stronger elements of surveillance and control, this book is still a contender for modern life. Many TV shows have taken their name from famous quotes, and it comments on the problems of consuming mass produced media. This particularly hits the spot with literature nowadays, whilst not bad or evil, often has examples of quickly published books of poor quality.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte’s world famous novel caused quite a stir in its day. Considering the fact that it’s still relevant today as a piece of feminist fiction, it must have been downright scandalous in the Victorian era. However, it still strikes a cord due to Jane’s rights to her own life and love, and escaping the overbearing control of Thornfield and the infamous Mr Rochester.

The Outsiders - S.E.Hinton

This book is written from the honest point of view of a person in their ripe teen years. S.E.Hinton wrote this at age 16, and it portrays feeling like an outsider with the motif of class struggle between the rich and poor. Similarly, the book details becoming part of a group or clique in high school in a harrowing way. This is as relevant as ever, and is an understanding read for any teen.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a book about how to navigate romance properly. Mr Darcy isn’t your typical brooding bad boy that he’s typically thought of as, and that’s why this book is still so relevant. Austen uses this still common trope and turns it on its head; by allowing both Darcy and Elizabeth to change and overcome their prejudice for each. Most of all, the novel is a learning journey, and still has a place in every reader’s heart because of how it affects us all in a personal way.




Open Your Mind With These Cultural and Educational Activities

Open Your Mind With These Cultural and Educational Activities

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It’s easy to slip into a dull routine. Get up, go to work, come home and watch some TV, eat some dinner and maybe scroll through social media newsfeeds for a few hours. Sadly, this is how most of our day to day lives pan out. But why waste your time like this? Obviously, we can’t all live the high life and head out every single night of the week. But it is important that you get out and about, taking place in mind opening activities every once in awhile. Cultural and educational experiences will enlighten you and boost your mood, so you should try to get out and take a break from your work and home life at least once a week. Here are a few ideas of things to try out.

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Visit a Museum

Almost every major city near you will have a host of museums. You can stroll around of your own accord without being hassled or engage in a guided tour to gain more specialist information and knowledge. You might want to go it alone or muse over exhibits with a family member or friend. Regardless of your tastes and preferences, there will be something out there to engage with. What’s more? Museums are a cheap day out (many even have free access) that will expand your general knowledge, encourage you to engage with others and provide a source of inspiration for further reading and research. You will leave a more rounded, better-educated person after just one trip.

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Engage with Live Music

Check out the listings for your local major music venue and purchase tickets for anything that catches your eye through The Ticket Merchant. Buying tickets to an event in advance means you will have something coming up to look forward to. Purchase an extra ticket when you can and encourage a friend to come along with you. Music events are great opportunities for bonding and creating brilliant memories with your loved ones. If you prefer smaller crowds and less intense atmosphere, go to a small gig instead of a major concert. Engaging with local live music also shows your support for smaller artists, independent music, and local venues.

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Go to an Exhibition

There are two main forms of exhibitions. One is essentially a touring museum. These exhibitions will pop up (often at relatively short notice), and you’ll need to catch them before they move away or send their contents back into storage. They can have a whole manner of subject matter: countercultures, icons, artists, books. So if you see an advertisement for something you’re interested in being displayed in your local area, make sure to prebook. These events generally sell out quickly and you won’t want to be left disappointed or turned away at the door. The second type of exhibition is also known as a trade show. These will generally be a gathering of people will similar interests, buying and exchanging goods from one another. These events are a great opportunity for you to converse with others who have more knowledge in a specialist area.




Are You Ready To Sell Your Own Art?

Are You Ready To Sell Your Own Art?

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Artists are always keen to make money from their work if at all possible - and the good news there is, it’s always possible. No matter how experienced or inexperienced you might be, there is always the possibility to sell your art, as long as you know how to go about it. When you are just starting out, this can be one of the more nerve-wracking sides of the whole lifestyle, but with time, you will soon find that it gets considerably easier. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the main elements behind selling your own art. Let’s have a look and see what we can discover.

Audience

First of all, you need to know your audience well if you want to sell your art as well as possible. The better that you know who it is that your art appeals to, the more luck you will have in shifting it. There is really only one way to find out who your own clientele is, and that is to show your work to as many people as possible first, and see what feedback you get and from whom. Exhibitions and online portfolios are a good place to start here – and soon enough, you should find that you have an audience willing to pay real money for your work. Once you have that, you are likely to feel much more confident in your abilities as an artist, and that is a wonderful feeling in itself.

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Mode Of Delivery

There are many ways of actually delivering your art to the customer, and it depends hugely on what form your own artwork takes. It might be, in some cases, that you simply send them an online version of the piece. This can be a particularly easy and sometimes lucrative way of doing business, but it is not always the best way. A more traditional method might involve simply sending them the art through the post. This can be a great solution, but if you do this you do need to think carefully about keeping the piece safe and secure. If you go to www.postaltubeshop.com you will find examples of the kind of packaging you could use to keep your artwork secure. This will give you a greater peace of mind as you being to sell more and more of your work.

Pricing

Something that most artists struggle with for quite a while is how to price their work. It can seem a tricky balance, trying to get a decent amount for what you do, but also not wanting to appear too arrogant or cocky. In general, with art, you can get away with a higher pricing than you might initially think, and either way it is always worth trying to push for this. In time, you will come to understand the pricing of your own work a little better, but at first, you will need to engage in some trial and error to find the right level. See http://theworkingartist.com/how-to-sell-your-art for more on this.




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Skills That Pay The Bills: Utilize Your Talents and Earn Extra Cash!

Skills That Pay The Bills: Utilize Your Talents and Earn Extra Cash!

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One of the best things about the internet being so accessible is that many of us are able to turn our hobbies into fully fledged businesses. If you're bored of your day job and want to try something new or are looking for a new project, it makes sense to start with the things you’re already good at and are passionate about. Here are a few businesses ideas and ways to earn money using your skills!

Art and Design

If you’re talented at art, there are so many awesome ways you can make money with your craft. You don’t have to commit yourself to waiting for commissions to come in which take weeks and weeks to paint. Even quick sketches and doodles can earn you money if you know what to do with them. On sites like Etsy, there’s a big market for clip art, these are purchased by people to make into things like greetings cards, gift wrap, scrapbooking and much more. You could create a variety of clipart pictures based on a theme and sell them as a set. The best thing about it is once it’s done, there’s no additional work from you. When customers purchase, it’s downloaded straight from Etsy, and the money goes into your account. It can be purchased an unlimited amount of times. If you have a big selection of these and they do well, you can earn a significant amount of regular money. You could take it a step further and use your designs to create things like art prints and greetings cards yourself which will sell for more money. You could buy a professional printer which would make light work of getting through them. Although you do have to factor in postage and packaging when you’re selling physical items. Since the cost of these things and setting up can be expensive, you may need to consider a short-term cash advance. If you’re a whizz at design and Photoshop, you could create logos, banners, even full blog designs.

Writing

If you have a way with words, there are tons of ways you can market your skill. You could write, and self-publish an e-book, if you’re passionate and knowledgeable about a topic- what better way to share your wisdom with the world? Sites like Amazon make this really easy. You’ll get money every time someone downloads it, while it’s not a ‘business’ in itself it can certainly contribute towards your income both now and in the future. Blogging is another excellent choice. Many people have turned their blog into a business and now write full time and gain a substantial amount in affiliate links and sponsorships. You could sign up to a freelancing website and earn your income through writing jobs and projects. You could also look into editing and proofreading work, something you will excel at if you’re an excellent writer.

Teaching

It takes a certain kind of person to be a teacher. You will need to be patient and understanding while keeping a good professional boundary. You need to be easy to understand so great written, and verbal communication is a must. If you fit the bill and have a topic you’d like to teach others, why not become an online tutor? It could be anything from teaching a musical instrument to personal training to academic topics. Teaching children or those who speak English as a second language are both ideas to consider. You will generally need to be educated to degree level or higher for academic subjects.




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