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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014
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Bridge School, Northwestern University tie up for courses

Bridge School, Northwestern University
Bridge School of Management, a part of HT Media Ltd, has entered into a joint venture with the US-based Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies to deliver innovative blended online and in-person professional certificate programmes in India.

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Eligibility: Students with a ­bachelor’s degree in science with at least one of the subject botany, chemistry, geology, ­mathematics, physics, zoology are eligible to apply. Those with a bachelor’s degree in ­agriculture or forestry may also apply. Candidates who are in the final year of their BSc/MSc are also eligible.

KC Mahindra Scholarships 2014

KC Mahindra Education Trust will offer interest-free loan ­scholarships to Indian nationals for postgraduate studies abroad in various fields. The maximum amount for the scholarship will be Rs. 2 lakh per scholar, except for the three KC Mahindra fellow scholarships for which the ­maximum amount will be Rs. 8 lakhs per scholar.
 
Q.
I am a 16-year-old boy who wants to be a cricketer. My parents, however, are not very supportive as they want me to pursue studies more seriously. They expect me to continue with cricket as a hobby. I have been playing cricket at various levels and have bagged many prizes. Since these two years are crucial for me, they want me to focus more on my studies, but I want to prepare for the selection of the under-19 cricket team. Please guide me. -Confused
-4/2/2014 11:50:00 AM
A.
Your achievement in cricket is quite commendable. And I would suggest you to go for your dreams. Remember, however, that your education is at stake here. Make a schedule where you dedicate enough time to your studies and sports and make sure you follow it. You might find it stressful if you try to focus on too many things at a time. Try having a focussed study routine and devote more time to topics that need attention.

Do not spend hours together studying, as it might result in monotony, making you lose interest. Set daily targets and ensure you reach them. Always remember to treat yourself after completing each goal. This way you will not lose interest and it will motivate you to work harder.

Always communicate with your parents, grandparents or older people in the family as they are your most experienced guides. They tend to play it safe and expect you to have a strong backup plan. You may join a training centre for cricket but you need to be able to manage your schedule wisely. I would advise you to complete your studies and play cricket at the same time. Be patient with these setbacks and remember that they are not permanent. Eat healthy and be planned in your approach. --- Jitendra Nagpal
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I am a teacher and deal with higher classes. As the Board exams are underway, most of my students are coming with last-minute queries and a quick revision. I have noticed that with so much of competition, children are worried about their performance. This is stressing them and worrying me about their results. Please guide me on how I should help them achieve a balance between their tasks. -Concerned
-4/2/2014 11:49:00 AM
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As a teacher, you need to make sure that you are able to help your students strike a right balance between their roles and goals. It is very important to prepare a right strategy to prepare for entrance exams and Boards simultaneously and also be a teenager at the same time. As the Board exams are underway right now you must help them focus on these first. Assure them the importance of finishing one task at hand with complete dedication. Give them prep test as this would help them build confidence and motivation to study further. Identify their weak areas, practise regularly and help them monitor their progress. You could guide them accordingly about the benefits of studying the Class 12 subjects thoroughly for competitive exams also. Help them learn some relaxation exercises like deep breathing and meditation to calm their anxiety. A disciplined lifestyle is very important to achieve one’s goal smoothly in which a six to seven hour sleep pattern with 20 minutes of rest in the afternoon would help providing good outputs. A healthy diet is must while giving time for outdoor activities. --- Jitendra Nagpal
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How should the language papers be prepared so that I don’t lose marks for incorrect grammar and sentence structuring? —Anubhav
-2/26/2014 1:01:00 PM
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Grammar and language sections are integral to the examination scheme for English language. Your grammar skills are tested in the sections with a specific view to encourage the use of correct grammar and sentence structuring. Students should practise from the work books prescribed by CBSE to hone their grammar skills. Otherwise, grammatical errors and incorrect use of words which affect clear communication of ideas will naturally result in students losing marks.
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