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Can We Reduce Educational Costs?

Today, money seems to be everything. In a world of hyperinflation and economic crisis, any and every service or product is more expensive than it has ever been, including educational costs.

In the past few years alone, educational costs have hit the roof, and people have been wondering, “Which is more important, money or education?” On the one hand, we aren’t learning key money lessons in school, and on the other, we are shelling out for what we perceive to be “quality education.”

But, do educational costs need to be exorbitant to give value? Is there a way to reduce this expenditure? Let’s find out. 

Why is education so expensive?

According to the USA’s National Center for Education Statistics, the country has seen a 497% increase (double the inflation rates) in college tuition fees between academic years 1985-86 and 2017-18. This is not something isolated to the USA; In 2019, 84.72% of Australian schools increased their fees by more than the then-current inflation rate (1.8%). 

So, why are educational costs through the roof today? The answer is simple: there is a cost for everything. Today, schools and colleges have so much to offer to students in terms of resources and facilities. While these make the lives of students easier, institutions end up looking at them as a way of making money. 

Given below are some of the factors that affect educational costs and have raised it over time: 

Infrastructure

As mentioned before, schools and colleges are offering more infrastructure, be it audio-visual rooms or cutting-edge research facilities. While these may help improve the educational standards or learning process, it also adds to the overall costs of education. Any tuition fee breakdown will show you specific fees for computers and other facilities. As such, while students find these facilities as a stepping stone to success, institutions see them as cash cow.

Student services

Student services are something that most colleges today are focusing on. These include healthcare facilities and counselling that potentially benefits the students quite a lot, helping them remain physically and mentally healthy. However, these benefits come with the price of employing the right professionals for the job. This becomes yet another factor in increasing tuition fees in schools and colleges. 

Increased students numbers and aid

A basic rule in Economics is, “increased demand results in increased supply.” When it comes to education, the rule remains pretty much the same. In the last few decades, education has become more accessible than it was before. While there remain several communities in the world without access to education, the number of students attending schools and colleges have increased significantly. 

For instance, in Australia, the gross percentage of tertiary school enrollment in 2018 was 107.808 as opposed to 31.5 in 1988. The numbers aren’t very different in other countries. This has led to an increase in the availability of student financial aid. While financial aid has helped hundreds of students to fulfil their academic goals, it has also given universities an excuse to increase tuition fees, as they know the means are available. 

Resources and materials

Yet another factor contributing to the rising educational costs is the resources and materials given to students. If you look at the breakdown of tuition fees, you will find study material included in it. These are textbooks prescribed for a course that cost a hefty sum. While the materials may or may not help students on their learning journey, it certainly fills the pockets of institutions with a commission from the author or publishing house for the recommendation. 

Educators

Teachers are the primary cog in the machinery that education resembles. These are individuals that impart knowledge and turn students into better human beings. However, they are also one of the most expensive assets in a school or university. Universities, especially, spend an exorbitant amount on educators that are established in their fields. 

They don’t do so just to ensure quality education on their campus; a hidden agenda is to brand the university through the influence of the educator. The result of this little marketing gimmick is increased tuition fees, as someone has to pay when public funding is at an all-time low in education.

Inflation

2020 saw the global inflation rates reach 3.18%, which is interesting enough a decrease from 3.51% in 2019. Looking at these numbers, it is needless to say that inflation has been hitting us hard and will continue to do so in the coming years. This has significantly increased the cost of living and education. 

When teachers and other education professionals need a salary hike and resources and utilities cost more, educational costs increase to meet the demands of a society facing inflation.

How can we reduce educational costs?

So far, we have seen a rough breakdown of educational costs and briefly looked at the factors that contribute to expensive tuition fees. Now, we will look into ways to reduce these expenses to make education more accessible and democratic than it is currently. On that note, let us see which of the factors mentioned above can be avoided and how. 

Considering alternatives

For starters, it is time we consider alternatives to many things that bog down the educational costs. These include the way student services and aiding materials are offered. For instance, universities can outsource their student service activities, which can significantly cut down their costs. Furthermore, students themselves must opt for alternatives for a four-year degree through online courses, associate degrees, and community colleges. 

In today’s world, where education is rife with the influences of technology, employers are considering alternate skill certifications just as much as they would a college degree. Therefore, students must take advantage of this by enrolling on courses that benefit both their resume and bank balance. 

Hybrid education

Continuing from the previous point, students and teachers must consider alternative learning methods and mediums. This can reduce educational costs and make education accessible to all. One way to achieve this is through hybrid education. 

Now, this could mean mixing online and on-campus classes. On the flip side, it can also include allowing students to earn credits through external courses and continuing the college degree through these courses. This can help students save time and money while allowing institutions to cut down their resource costs. 

Sharing resources

We are all familiar with the adage, “Sharing is caring.” A fun fact, according to scale economics, is that sharing can also mean saving. To be more precise, sharing resources and purchasing power can save organizations thousands and millions spent on buying supplies—this is known as consortium purchasing

Educational institutions can take advantage of this and use the opportunity to collaborate with neighbouring schools and universities with the same order from the same vendor. The bigger the order, the more discount you get. In terms of educational costs, this can mean a reduction in tuition fees as resources cost lesser. 

Reduce unnecessary programs

Today, colleges with the most number of courses are top-grade and a messiah of quality and comprehensive education. However, the fact is, most of these courses are obsolete or run at a loss, requiring extra funding. 

While more courses in a university are certainly any learner’s blessing, it can also increase tuition fees unnecessarily. The solution is to cut down on programs that are an extra expense and encourage alternate mediums for those interested in the subject.

Go beyond the stamp

Perhaps the best way to reduce educational costs is to go beyond the stamp. Students, parents, employers, and educational institutions have the tendency to gravitate towards options that come with a stamp of approval. In students and parents, this means choosing institutions that are renowned and well-established even at an exorbitant cost. For educational institutions, it means going for faculty who are at the creamy layer in a particular field. 

In 2021, it is finally time to go for options that offer value instead of a brand. Educational institutions, for starters, can employ volunteers and unsung (yet great) staff to ensure cost savings and quality education. On the other hand, students, parents, and employers can begin prioritizing the value of education over a prestigious name on the resume. 

Education as a social service

Finally, education professionals should see and practice education as a social service over monetary benefits. True change can only begin when education is not treated as a commodity but as a right. This begins with educators going beyond monetary benefits and recognizing the true mission of education—spreading valuable knowledge and skills to society. 

Summing up

To sum up, let’s go back to the question that took us on an exploration of educational costs—can we take money out of education? Yes. How? With a collection shift in the way, we approach education and learning.

This is a change that may take years to reach completion and requires every cog of the machine—educators, students, parents, employers, and society— to contribute and actively work towards. However, when done right, this shift will reduce not only educational costs but also empower human beings as a whole. 

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Why do we need more questioning in classrooms?

How many times have you asked “why?” in your life? This three-lettered question has the power to unlock the true essence of a concept, making questioning in classrooms rather important. However, we do not ask enough questions when it comes to education. So far, in our 3-blog series on exploring education, we have learned the purpose of education and how it has evolved. With this write-up, we are concluding the series by looking into the need for questioning in classrooms.

The crisis of lack of questioning in classrooms

Let’s be honest. When was the last time you, a student, asked a question in class with confidence? When was the last time your teacher or peers didn’t give you an annoyed look when you did ask a question?

Unfortunately enough, answers to these questions would range from a few times to never. As a society, we are facing a crisis in education, perhaps a greater problem than the one posed by Covid-19: Lack of questioning. 

To be fair, we all start as curious beings. As children, we annoy our parents to no end by asking question after question to understand the world around us. Oddly enough, the number of questions we ask during a class dwindles as we grow up. Is it because we are trained to passively accept information and dump it on paper during a test after cramming it in the previous night? This is sadly the reality of our education system today. 

Education, however, was never passive, to begin with. We have the legacy of learning models like the Socratic method that bases teaching and learning on questioning in classrooms. Today, this method is limited to legal and medical education to encourage a deeper understanding of the concepts. However, it would be in the best interests of teachers, students, and the entire learning community, if we indulged in some effective questioning strategies. 

But, why?

How questioning in classrooms helps

We have established how we aren’t asking enough questions in classrooms. But, how can questioning in classrooms help further the learning process? Let us look at some benefits to understand the same. 

Better learners

In the current education system, we indulge in rote learning, where students memorize concepts without understanding their essence. The learning process (if any) ends in the classroom, as students feel no need to further explore the subject. However, questioning in classrooms can change this, making them curious enough to perform independent research. This makes them better learners. 

Better teachers

More often than not, there is a gap between what teachers wish to convey and what the students interpret from a class. This leaves teachers unaware of how much their students understand a concept. Classroom questioning, however, can help bridge this gap. With effective questions, teachers can gauge the level of understanding and design their classes accordingly. This can ultimately improve the teaching and learning experiences.

Improved retention

A 2016 research on Retrieval Learning shows questions can help in improving the recalling and retention power in students. Even without the stats on this research, it is fairly obvious how questioning in classrooms can help retention. We ask questions when a concept or information interests us. This interest can then become an investment into the answer and understanding a concept. Therefore, students need to be encouraged more to ask questions. 

An engaged class

Lastly, in-class engagement is significantly improved when students and teachers have a meaningful discussion over a concept. When this discussion is fueled by questions from students’ end and effective questioning techniques, lessons become interesting and the learning process is simplified. At the end of the day, education is (or at least should be) understanding concepts through an exchange of ideas. Classroom questioning facilitates this and more.

Asking why in education

So far, we have established the importance of asking questions in the classroom. While there is no dearth of questions that can be asked during a class, there is one that often gets sidelined in the questioning process: “Why? Why are we learning this concept/subject?” Students, today, simply accept information over wondering why they are being fed it in the first place. Part of the problem is the teaching community, as eloquently put by Elon Musk in a 2017 interview. 

As teachers scramble to finish the syllabus set by an education board, students focus on getting grades. This approach to learning is the root of the problem. As a society, we need to move towards a classroom that asks and answers questions, including the whys in education. Teachers can play a great role in making this happen by creating an atmosphere that encourages students to indulge in classroom questioning. 


When enough questions are asked in the classroom, we will see a revolution in the way education works. Don’t take our word for it, look at what Elon Musk has to say about this.

Asking why and the change in education systems

Students, today, simply accept information; education systems are no exception to this. Here’s how classroom questioning and asking the whys will change education forever. 

A deeper understanding of concepts

Most students blindly memorize concepts and formulae without understanding why they are learning them in the first place. This hinders the learning process, as students don’t get the essence of the topic. On the other hand, when they understand the purpose of learning a subject, students are more likely to link it with real-life situations, leading to a deeper understanding of concepts. 

Choosing what to learn

Yet another way classroom questioning and asking ‘why’ can help students is by giving them the freedom of choice. Currently, students have limited options on what they can and cannot learn. The biggest reason is the lack of understanding of the purpose of learning it. 

When students understand why they are being taught a subject, they can make a conscious decision based on their life goals. This can potentially change the way schools and education work. While learning it all is okay for students who are yet to plan out their academic career, for those who have a clear idea of what they want to do in life, the freedom of choosing their subjects can be a great tool.

Increased accountability 

The curriculum that schools follow is set by boards of education, who design the same based on several factors, including the purpose. However, rarely do these curriculums serve the students and the goals they have. This is why a potential art major has to learn physics and math until they finish school. 

When students understand the purpose of learning a subject and make a conscious decision over what and what not to learn, boards will need to change how they design the curriculum. Furthermore, teachers, too, will be held accountable for answering the questions students have and teach topics that help students on their chosen path. 

Summing up

Education, at its current state, requires a major revamp. With a lack of classroom questioning and understanding over the purpose of learning a topic, we are heading towards a generation of learners who have no clue about the real-world applications of what they learn. Teachers, therefore, need to encourage more questions and discussions within the class and intentionally explain the applications of a topic.

When students and teachers become a team, a revolution in education is not far behind.

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5 ways online learning has changed our lives

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When the pandemic hit us last year, the world was turned upside down. People were left scrambling to adjust to the new reality: virtual workspace and online learning. The transition was anything but smooth. However, it brought upon a wave of change that was unforeseen for at least a few years. Today, we see most of the workforce embracing remote working and millions of students engaging in remote learning platforms. 

This leaves one question to be answered, how is online learning changing our lives and education?

The wave of upcoming EdTech

Before the advent of the pandemic, the EdTech industry was on the rise, with more students opting for online learning platforms over traditional classrooms. However, 2020 has seen a sudden surge in demand for remote learning options. Catering to these needs were several tech companies like BYJU’s, Tencent Classroom, Lark, DingTalk, and more, with new features and services provided to students and parents. 

Wave of online learning platforms
Source/ A wave of online learning platforms

For instance, the collaboration suite Lark offered teachers and students unlimited video conferencing time and other features like smart calendar scheduling, auto-translation, and many more. Similarly, broadcasting giant BBC indulged in online learning through its newly launched series Bitesize Daily, where renowned teachers and celebrities teach students concepts. 

Needless to say, students had quite a lot to say about the efforts taken to ensure a successful online learning process. This wave of EdTech has accelerated the much-needed change in the education and learning process, but not without its challenges.

Challenges and effectiveness of online learning

Online learning may be the future of education. However, the challenges in reaching the true potential of this learning system are plenty. Similarly, the questions over the effectiveness of online learning are very much prevalent today. Three facets are to be considered when looking at the problems of remote learning. 

  • Firstly, many students lack the resources needed to adopt online learning completely. Those from low-income families and backgrounds do not own computers or systems that online classes demand. This is only furthering the gap between the haves and have nots. 
  • Lastly, the variation of the effectiveness of online learning is a matter of concern. While studies show 25-60% more retention in students engaging in remote learning, the numbers vary depending on the age. This is especially true in the case of younger students, who require a more structured approach to learning. 
Online learning challenges
Source/ Lack of resources is the biggest challenge of online learning

These three facets show that refinement is required in the current approach to online learning. Above all, education, as a whole, requires a change, a revolution. 

Rise of a hybrid learning system

The current shift to online learning was unplanned, messy, and insufficient. Students today are facing several issues with the jarring change in the way they learn. However, once things have settled down, the way we perceive education is about to change. 

Currently, with the rise in preference for remote working, the future of a hybrid workforce is brighter than ever. In education, the rise of a hybrid learning system can be slowly but steadily observed throughout the world.

Hybrid learning
Source/ Hybrid learning is the future

So, what is a hybrid learning system? This is a concept that has been around for decades now and received a boost since the pandemic. Hybrid learning combines offline and online learning, alternating between face-to-face classes and online activities. Some of the advantages of this form of education include, 

  • Personalised education
  • Flexibility in learning
  • Instant feedback
  • Improved assessment
  • Saves time and money

From all aspects, the hybrid learning system seems like the education revolution we have all been waiting for. That said, the changes online learning brought into the world of education and our lives go way beyond hybrid learning. 

Online learning bringing a change

Education is in need of a revolution; this much we know. From rote learning and chasing grades to hyper monetization of education, much needs to change in the way we approach learning. The pandemic-induced shift to online learning has shown us exactly where we lack and what changes we need. 

Democracy of education

One of the first changes that the internet, has brought in our lives is the democratization of education. In the modern world, education is not a privilege but a right of every individual. Online learning makes this a reality with increased accessibility. 

Anyone from anywhere can be a learner today. With the increased availability of online learning platforms and courses, one need not be associated with an educational institution to have access to quality education. Similarly, one need not jump the hoops of certification to impart knowledge today. To put it simply, Freedom in Education is no longer a concept but is slowly becoming a reality.

In short, anyone can be a learner and a teacher; this is what motivates us at Tutor Here. With the creative simplification of learning, we wish to build a community that is inspired to learn and share the knowledge they possess. 

Learning beyond borders

Yet another change that online learning brought into education is dissolving the geographical borders that once bound education. Today, a learner from Africa can easily access quality courses from top ivy league universities in the US. Similarly, a teacher from China can easily teach students from halfway across the world in Spain. This increased accessibility is the magic of online learning. 

Personalized online learning

We live in a world of hyper-personalisation borne out of fierce competition in the market. One of the reasons this is a trend in the marketing sector is the love we humans have over personalised services. This applies to education, as well. 

Each student is different, and having a lesson plan tailored to their individual levels can do wonders in retaining knowledge. This is where online learning platforms play a pivotal role in customizing the lesson plans. Not only does personalization allow students to take things at their pace, but it also boosts their confidence as they are no longer being compared to their peers. 

Emancipation of students

In a traditional learning setting, students played the passive role of listening to lectures and taking down relevant notes. Their only source of information was either their professors or books. With the advent of the internet, students are free to look for information they need independently. 

Students are free to learn more
Source/ Students are free to update their knowledge without dependence

This emancipation of students is furthered by the approach online learning takes. Most courses require students to take the lead and do their research. This makes them self-sufficient. Lastly, with several specialization and training courses on digital platforms, students further improve their learning process. 

Taking money out of education

Education is an expensive affair. With the slacking global economy, the gap between people who can afford education and those who can’t is increasing. This is where online learning becomes a saviour. Online courses are significantly less expensive than traditional ones due to the lack of infrastructure costs that colleges and schools add. This makes education affordable. 

However, the highlight of remote learning is free courses that take money out of education. At Tutor Here, we aim to ensure education is accessible to all, regardless of income groups, by curating free courses through a thoughtful compilation of effective learning material.

Summing it up

The global pandemic has affected our lives on all fronts, including education. With students forced to embrace remote learning, the education is seeing an accelerated change. From allowing students to be more self-sufficient and personalizing education to making education accessible to all, online learning brings about a revolution in the world. How ready are we to embrace this change? Time shall tell.

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7 Reasons and Ways to Learn German Online

German is certainly not the first choice for a language learner. The complex grammar rules and their exceptions, not to mention the pronunciations, are the last thing most people want to handle. However, if you can look past these, you have a language that is easier to learn if you have mastered your English skills. In this article, we will explore reasons to learn German and how you can learn it online.

Why should you learn German?

So why learn German at all? Aside from facing the challenges of learning a new, complex language, taking up German classes brings advantages that will help you boost your job game. If you still aren’t convinced, here are 7 reasons to learn German.

1. It’s easy to learn German

Many believe that learning German is hard. However, English speakers can quickly master their language due to the shared Germanic roots the two languages share. German and English have words that sound pretty similar. For instance, water in English becomes ‘wasser’ in German. You can make this process easier and quicker with FluentU’s smart tips.

2. Language of inventors

Germany has been home to many inventors in the past and remains to be one today. This is a country that has been the breeding ground for some of the world’s impressive achievements. Furthermore, over 100 German speakers were awarded Nobel Prize and other recognitions for excellence. So, if you have grand plans of being an innovator, Germany is the place to be and Taking up German classes is the way to go.

Nobel Prize
Source/ Over 100 German speakers have won the Nobel Prize

3. Common scientific language

When you have over 100 Nobel prize winners at your disposal, you are bound to become valuable to the academic world. Germany is no different. Therefore, German is the second most common language in the scientific fields. It is so due to the significant share of the book market that the language dominates. So, you will need to learn German to get access to specific texts. 

4. Stepping stone to an excellent education

When you learn German, you open yourself to a world of a great education; two reasons are justifying this. Firstly, Germany is known for its world-class higher education, causing numerous international students to flock to its universities every year. Secondly, German universities are famous for their lack of or lower tuition fees. To conclude, learning this language is an investment into your academic goals. 

5. Haven to businesses

Germany is the world’s 4th-largest economy and home to some of the biggest players across industries. This means you probably have a German business partner or employee in your company. Therefore, learning German can allow you to communicate with a colleague effectively. Furthermore, it is a great way to enhance your career opportunities. 

6. Most-spoken native language

If you have a dream of settling in Europe, you should probably learn German. The reason for this being the number of German speakers on the continent. It is the second most spoken language and the most spoken native language in Europe. Above all, German is also among the top 10 major languages in the world. Thus, mastering your German gives you access to so many people out there.

German is most-spoken native language in EU
Source/ German is the most-spoken native language in the EU

7. Gateway to your artistic soul

German is not just for scientists and people in business. Language plays a vital role in the world’s heritage and art. Some of the most excellent musical compositions stem from German musicians. Germany also has a great legacy of literary, artistic, philosophical, and musical brilliance. Thus, when you learn German, you are nurturing your art-loving soul. 

Why learn German online?

Now that I’ve convinced you into learning German, it is time to tell you how you can learn it. Given the condition of the world, it is best to learn German online. If the worsening Covid-19 situation didn’t convince you, here are a few things that might: 

1. A lot to choose from

Given the way online classes have picked up since 2020, you will find plenty of online German language courses today taught by language experts, professors, or native speakers. When it comes to traditional methods, the options are often restricted. However, e-learning will allow you to choose among several varieties. 

2. Learn German from anywhere

Next on the list is the flexibility of online learning. You can learn German from anywhere in the world when you take up an online course. Without having to step a foot outside, you get the skills to communicate with millions and access great published works. If that didn’t convince you, I don’t know what would. 

Learn German from anywhere
Source/ Learn German from anywhere

3. Learning in budget

How many times have you given up a course because it was too expensive? I know the pain, believe me. Education today is costly, but it doesn’t have to be, and that’s what drives us here at Tutor Here. Learning German the traditional way can burn a hole in the pocket. However, when you shift your German journey online, you can learn German on a budget or at no cost. 

4. Learn from native speakers

The biggest goal of learning any language is to absorb its minute details from accents or pronunciations. For this, you need a native speaker on your side. As mentioned earlier, online classes give you a lot more variety on who teaches you German. Several courses allow you to have a native speaker as your language trainer who can teach you the minutest of details. 

5. Repeat it as much as you want

One of the most significant advantages of taking up online German language courses is, again, the flexibility it offers. For instance, you can repeat the modules as many times as you want or need until you master a concept. Now, traditional learning methods may allow you this but at a price. However, with online courses, you can revisit the modules and concepts without any limitations.

Source/ Online classes help you revisit lessons

6. Customize your learning journey

Ever wanted to pause your course? Well, when you learn German online, you can do this and more. Many online learning platforms allow you to customize your learning journey and pace as per your requirements. 

7. You learn it faster on your own

Finally, when you can set your own pace and repeat lessons as much as you like, you pick up a language faster. In addition to this, learning German online allows you the room to practice your speaking skills in private, reducing your embarrassment. Therefore, if you know how to manage your time, taking up online German language courses is the best decision you could make. 

Ways to learn German online

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So, you are all set to learn German online. Now, what? Well, I’ve you covered on that end as well. Here are some options to check out: 

  • Firstly, you could check out Tutor Here’s online session on the German language. Our 30-minute session is curated for beginners and a perfect jumpstart for your language learning path. Register your spot here
  • Your next option is to check out various online learning platforms like Duolingo and FluentU. These platforms help you learn German at your pace with no pressure.
  • Finally, you can look at language exchange platforms like MyLanguageExchange and italki. Here, you can find language partners with whom you can have a barter learning system.  

Conclusion

Learning German is a great way to open up opportunities for yourself, academically and otherwise. You get access to some of the best literary, scientific, and artistic works in the world. Furthermore, you will be able to speak to millions, including business partners and associates, freely. But what seals the deal is the ability to learn German online through workshops, learning platforms, and language exchanges. 

So, bist du bereit?

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9 Ways Mental Health and Well-being Lessons Help Students

2021 came with great hopes. As a race, we were hoping for things to get better and life to achieve normalcy this year. However, with the second wave of the coronavirus gripping most parts of the country, COVID 19 is very much a reality. It is an understatement to say, the global pandemic affected the mental health of pretty much everyone. Among the group that dealt with most mental health issues is the student body. 

Why do students struggle with mental health issues?

A November 2020 study conducted by Californian ed-tech company Chegg showed 56% of undergraduate students were struggling with mental well-being due to COVID 19. The survey included 21 countries, including Australia, India, and the US. In Australia, the US, and the UK, the stats reach 67%, 75%, and 70%, respectively. 

Chegg's study on student mental health
Chegg’s study on student mental health during COVID 19 period Source: Chegg.org

These numbers bring up concerns regarding student health and well-being. However, the only way to find an effective solution is to find the reasons for this ever-growing problem among students. As per this Psychology Today article, mental health in students can be a problem due to reasons including 

  • A failing education system
  • Information overload, 
  • Drastic transition from school to universities, 
  • Financial pressures, 
  • Academic pressures, 
  • Lack of awareness, outlets for stress, and communication, 
  • Coddling from family and teachers, and many more. 

How learning about mental health can help

When it comes to dealing with mental health issues, simply developing emotional intelligence won’t do the job. Time plays an important role as well. This is why early intervention is critical to prevent the long-term and profound effects of mental health issues. Students, especially, need adequate awareness about mental health issues and how to cope with them. Given below are some ways how mental well-being lessons can help students. 

1. Improved academics

One of the first positive effects of learning about mental well-being is improvement in academics. When the woes of the mind are being dealt with healthily, students can better focus on their studies and work towards a fruitful academic career. This will improve not only their grades but also their level of understanding of the concepts taught in school. 

2. A happier human

This one’s fairly obvious. Depression and other mental health issues are often cobwebs in our minds that drastically affect our mood. When students take up mental well-being lessons in their schools and universities, they evolve and develop into happier human beings. Learning the necessary skills like emotional intelligence at the developmental stages can turn them into happy and healthy human beings. 

3. Better interpersonal relationships

When you master emotional intelligence and well-being, you can treat and understand people better. Students who take up well-being courses can experience this improvement in their developmental stages, allowing them to have better interpersonal relationships. 

Happy mind, happier relationships
Source Well-being lessons can help students have better relationships
4. Healthier boundaries

One of the biggest reasons adults find themselves unhappy with their life, work, or relationships is a lack of boundaries. Boundaries here refer to the ones between two people, work and life, and within oneself. When you know the right time to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to things, offers, and yourself, you lead a better life. This is a quality that every student needs to develop to avoid getting into messes they would rather avoid.

5. Enhanced stress management

Education boards across the world focus on academics a lot more than soft skills and life skills. Learning to manage stress and problems are treated as something intuitive that people learn with experience. However, the truth is, students, more than anyone else, need stress management courses that teach them techniques to clear their minds when facing problems. 

6. Better communication

Communication is key to a healthy human being and relationships. A lack of open communication can result in people missing the signs of behavioral disorders in children and students. With mental well-being classes, students, as well as parents, can communicate better. Students, especially, can form open communication as they transition into adult life. 

7. Increased productivity

Productivity is always an issue when your mind is not in the right space. Students struggling with mental health issues often find themselves unable to perform academically at their peak level due to a lack of motivation. Mental well-being courses can help students center themselves and regain their lost productivity and even increase it. 

8. Change in mindset

How we view, life is dependant on how we feel within. On days you feel ill inside, the entire day seems bleak, even the positive parts. Similarly, on our happy days, everything seems extra bright. For students, mindset can be the difference between achieving academic and personal goals and losing hope. Well-being workshops, therefore, can help them view the world differently, affecting their lives positively. 

9. Better professionals
Mental wellbeing lessons help change mindset
Source Mental well-being lessons help students view life differently

Lastly, mental well-being lessons teach students to be better professionals when they enter adulthood. Being a professional requires one to have healthy boundaries, a matured outlook in life, patience with others and self, efficient stress management, and much more. These are skills and traits that well-being workshops can help inculcate in students.

Ways to promote sound mental health in students

We have now established how important a role mental health and mental well-being lessons play in a student’s life. It is time to see how educational institutions and service providers can promote mental health among students and teachers alike. 

1. Conduct well-being workshops

One of the best ways to promote mental health among students is through workshops and sessions. Schools and universities can attempt at conducting these regularly to keep their students motivated in their academic and personal pursuits. Tutoring firms can also adopt this for their students and even the tutors. This helps both sides of the learning process remain efficient and productive. 

At TutorHere, we give more importance to mental well-being and regularly conduct workshops on the same, covering topics like self-love. These sessions not only help the internal team remain motivated but also the learners learn to be healthier mentally. 

2. Promote clubs

Being part of the community is key to finding inner happiness. Club activities help forge communities through fun sessions and bonding between the members. Therefore, more schools and universities should have and promote lunch clubs that help students take their minds off of academic and personal pressures. 

Being a community of curious learners, TutorHere occasionally has fun sessions for the internal team and the learner community that allows them to just unwind after a tough week and catch up with peers. 

Community of learners
Source Community of learners
3. Be approachable

Students are more likely to work towards dealing with their mental health issues when they have someone they can talk to. Not every child can communicate with his/her parents effectively. This is where the faculty of educational institutions play a key role by being a person they can come up to and talk about their problems. 

Being an organization that consists of students of the average age of 23 years, TutorHere always has an open-door policy where the internal team and learners can reach out to anyone for any help.

4. Increase social interaction

As mentioned earlier, social interaction is necessary for sound mental health. Therefore, a great way to inculcate emotional intelligence is to allow more social time. Schedule specific time in a week where students get to interact with one another and not worry about studies. When they communicate and solve problems together, they form a healthy social life. 

One thing that TutorHere is absolutely proud of is the Circlespace, a private social media network for learners and the internal team. The platform allows everyone to share their thoughts and have fruitful discussions with one another.

5. Relaxing lounges

Sometimes all one needs is some quiet time to centre themselves and relax. Give students this option by providing them with a place where they can relax and lounge. This allows them time and space to unwind, contributing towards improved student health and the development of emotional intelligence.

6. Offer outlets for stress
Chegg's analysis on student anxiety and stress levels
Stress and anxiety levels in students since the Pandemic Source: Chegg

The Chegg study showed a whopping 81% of students finding an increase in their stress and anxiety levels during the COVID 19 period. However, even without a global pandemic straining our well-being, stress and anxiety have always been factors that affected student health greatly. Therefore, it is important to give different outlets for stress in students like music and dance therapy and art sessions.

At TutorHere, we regularly conduct art workshops to build the creative side of our internal team and to give them an outlet for artistic expression. This keeps them motivated and going on tough days. 

7. Inculcate necessary skills

The best way a teacher or an educational institution can promote mental health among students is by teaching and providing them with the necessary skills and tools. Yes, it is possible to learn how to cope with stress and mental health problems through workshops, sessions, and one-on-one guidance. It is during such classes that students get the right tools they can use to lead a better life. 

8. Promote physical wellness

Physical and mental health are closely related and mutually inclusive. Therefore, one of the best ways to promote mental health in schools is through physical wellness workshops. Activities like yoga and meditation, especially, help reduce stress levels in students, allowing them to have a better mind space. 

Physical activities for mental health
Source Activities like yoga can help keep the body and mind healthy

At TutorHere, we conduct weekly yoga sessions for the team and learners associated with us. This not only has helped forge better relationships within our team but also with the learners. 

9. Provide a healthy environment

Lastly, educational institutions need to offer students an environment conducive to attaining and maintaining sound mental health. This means focusing on policies on student well-being. Doing so will encourage students to be more compassionate and open to one another.

Summing it up

The world has been grappling with mental health crises since the pandemic hit us. Students were among the most affected during this period. Therefore, educational institutions, teachers, and parents must work towards increasing awareness about mental health and well-being. They must focus on inculcating emotional intelligence through activities that promote sound mental health in students.