(January – February 2019 ParentEdge)
With the exam season fast approaching, a sense of anxiety is palpable. Parents begin monitoring their children and pushing them to focus on academics, which can lead to additional stress. However, being well prepared for the exams can help alleviate some of this tension. There is a plethora of resources available, other than the textbooks given in schools, and some of these are discussed in this article.
For 10 – 14 years
Byju’s, The Learning App
Byju’s claims to make students “Fall in love with learning”. It is a simple application that anyone can register for and download. The app can be very useful for middle and senior school students. Students can learn difficult concepts and new techniques to study and score better. The most notable feature of the app is that it has numerous videos on different topics. The videos are easy to understand and are very useful. These videos are free for the first 15 days after registration, following which one has to pay in order to continue using the services. Byju’s covers the ICSE and CBSE curricula as well as those for other exams.
Cuemath is an afterschool mathematics programme designed for students from kindergarten to Grade Eight. Cuemath provides an opportunity to learn Math in new and exciting ways so that children fall in love with the subject. The teachers help the students understand the concepts better by making sure they understand the reasoning behind what they are doing instead of jumping straight into solving problems. Children are taught at a centre near their homes through a combination of worksheets, tab-based exercises and mathematical puzzle cards. It is a research-packed curriculum that teaches math in a meaningful way and makes it relevant to students. Cuemath covers the curricula of the CBSE, ICSE and State Boards.
I Discover: A Workbook for ICSE
(Available on Amazon.in and Flipkart)
(Publisher: Cambridge University Press)
I Discover is a series of workbooks based on the latest ICSE curriculum. There are books for each of the three sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) across different grades. The books include Key Features Points to help students remember the important parts of each chapter; this helps in quick revision. There are a wide range of questions to assess skills. Some questions involve developing reasoning and thinking skills, pushing students to go beyond the text. There are different workbooks for each grade from sixth to eighth. All of these books can be used in conjunction with the ‘I Discover: A Textbook for ICSE’ series, but they may also be used independently.
The founders’ mission was to create a programme by seeking out the best practices from great teachers and parents from around the world. This information is then used to make bite-size animations and interactive explanations that provide concept clarification. Therefore, HeyMath! tries to remove the fear of Math from students by explaining abstract concepts visually. This approach has proven to increase student motivation and helps to achieve better results. A student can personalise his or her learning programme on the website, which covers the CBSE curriculum until Grade 10.
For 15-18 years
Khan Academy is an educational non-profit educational organisation. It was founded in 2008 with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. Its website has short lessons in the form of YouTube videos and includes supplementary practice exercises to test what the user has learned. Khan Academy should not be used as the student’s only source of learning. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with school textbooks and workbooks. There are numerous courses to learn from that cover the syllabus of many different curricula, including ICSE, CBSE, and the international boards. Khan Academy has tie-ups with various test making organisations, including CollegeBoard, the makers of the SAT, which enable it to provide official questions and test material.
The Official SAT study Guide, 2018 Edition
(Book by College Board)
The Official SAT Study Guide will help students get ready for the SAT, and it includes eight official practice tests, which are written and processed by the same team of authors who compile the actual exam. The eight practice tests offered are crucial for SAT preparation and they are all available online for free. But it is advisable to write the practice tests on paper instead of on a computer, since the actual SAT is written on paper. The tests are pre-printed for the student in the book, which makes it useful.
Handbook of Series
(Physics, Chemistry, Math and Biology)
(Available on Amazon and Flipkart)
(Publisher: Arihant Publications)
The Handbook Series has been especially designed for students in Grades 11 and 12. The books can be used for multiple curricula. They serve as a revision cum rapid study source. The various concepts are described with clarity, and the books cover all the necessary topics for clearing competitive exams such as CET, JEE Main & Advanced. Arihant publications is one of the most renowned publishing houses for educational books meant for exam preparation. The house hosts a team of expert writers and proof-readers who prepare content after doing a lot Of research and understanding what works best for students.
IGCSE Centre is a website dedicated to the Cambridge curricula (IGCSE, 0 Level and AS & A Levels). It is a great location to download past papers Of any subject. In addition to this, the site offers revision courses that help the students prepare for the board exams. There are numerous examiner’s tips and comments displayed, which help students improve their academic scores. The site is organised year-wise, in an easy-to-access interface.