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Global Climate Strikes

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Global Climate Strikes or Global Week for Future, is celebrated from 20-27th September across the globe. Global Climate Strikes is a series of international strikes and protests carried out by activists to force the governments to take much-needed action against the rising decline in climatic conditions.

The first set of Global Climate Strikes was organized in 2019, and the week was chosen in a climate summit hosted by the United Nations. These strikes, conducted by a school, became an international movement insured by Greta Thunberg who is a very well-known climate activist. Around a hundred and fifty nations took part in these strikes. A study revealed that roughly 7.6 million people were part of these protests across the world. These strikes were conducted to raise awareness among the citizens who could further force the governments in taking immediate measures.

For the Global Climate Strikes of 2020, Canada is the important center of action since the Canadian President will be delivering a speech from the throne. On the 25th of September, demonstrations and manifestations will take place demanding the declaration of Climate Emergency. This year’s strikes amidst the global pandemic have forced the activists to come up with new ideas to protest and therefore introduced digital activism over different platforms. The continuous burning of the Californian forests left the activists agitated giving them a stronger reason to take this movement forward.

The climate has been undergoing a rapid decline all around the globe. With each passing second, it is going to worsen creating a need for urgent actions to be taken by the governments and citizens together. Conducting the strikes and protests alone will do no good to the climate. There is a need to tackle this issue from the core in a step-by-step manner.

Being the citizens of today and ancestors of tomorrow, let us promise to take the matter into our hands and contribute as much to the climate as we possibly can.

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The Magic of Communication

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What do lightning and thundering indicate? Isn’t it giving you an indication of the coming of rain soon? That is how nature communicates with us.

Communication is a magical bridge that connects two living beings emotionally. All living beings communicate in some way or the other, which is proof to show that communication needs no language. For speechless creatures, communication is limited to understanding each other’s emotions to survive in this world whereas, for human beings, it is a lot more than that. It’s their bread and butter.

Humans have been communicating ever since the stone-age. That time, it was needed to survive in the world. It started as signs, symbols, lines, and shapes later evolving into a full-fledged language to speak and to calculate.

With this, the concept of Verbal and Non-Verbal communication emerged. Now, let me explain in brief what these are.

Verbal Communication is using language as a medium to communicate while NonVerbal Communication involves sign language, body language, tone of voice, expressions, etc.

What is the scope of communication?

The scope of communication is much wider than one can think. It is very important in our day-to-day life, for both personal and professional purposes. It plays a major role in building and maintaining social relations. 

Careers in Communication

Students looking for a career in the communications field can find these following opportunities in different media sectors:

Radio– Voice over artist, Radio Jockey, Announcer, Script Writer, Production Manager, etc.

Theatre, Television & Film – Script Writer, Screen Writer, Photographer, Art Director, Assistant Director, Film Director, etc.

Journalism – Anchor, Announcer, Correspondent, Reporter, Camera Person, Production Manager, News Writer, Editor, Proof Reader, Web Content Writer, etc. 

Advertising – Story Developer, Content Writer, Creative Writer, Screen Writer, Digital Media & Social media Handler, Marketing and Communications Manager, Media Manager, etc.

Public Relations – Public Relations Officer, PR Advisor, PR Manager, Communication Expert, Information Officer, etc.

Communication exists everywhere. It is just an act of expressing one’s thoughts or emotions to the other, whether it be a person, an animal, or nature itself. To understand more about communication and its scope as a career, click here

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KNOWING YOUR LEARNING STYLES AND ADAPTING TO AN ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

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Ever wondered why some people understand better when they listen than when they read through materials? Or vice verse? A person’s method of capturing, absorbing and processing details may be different from the next.

What Is A Learning Style?

People grasp information differently and the ways or patterns through which a person can easily follow, soak up, assimilate, understand and process any information without getting worn out or weighdownwn quickly, is the person’s LEARNING STYLE.

With the new precautions laid out due to the pandemic, the world at large has readily embraced the idea of Online Learning. At a more speedy rate, the use of internet for virtual learning as increased rapidly, and even developing and under developed countries are not left out in this feat. People are now see the use of virtual learning and try to keep up with using them.

However, the problem emanates when a student finds it hard to understand because of the monotony that may occur in presenting this information. But as a student, eager to learn, you should be willing to know what learning style you possess and how to adapt it to an online learning environment.

Therefore, we at Tutor-Here, as a platform for online education, have perceived these problems and are here to provide some solutions to them. We shall take you through a journey of discovering your learning style and how to cope with online learning with them.

What are the types of Learning Styles? How can they be adapted to an online Learning Environment?

In 1987, Neil Fleming, a teacher, took a look into the different information absorption and came up with four styles of learning, which is called the VARK model. These are the first learning styles as proposed by Fleming. Let’s critically dissect them.

1. Visual (Spatial) Learners

These learners understand better when information is visually presented to them. A diagram, graph, table, photograph, video, etc.—anything that can convey the idea or detail in images for their eyes to comprehend, can be quickly captured by their brain. They keep doodling and sketching ideas of what they have in mind, rather than writing it or saying it.

If you are a student with such learning style, online learning should definitely not be based on only words. So, in trying to adapt, it is advisable to:

  • Look out for diagrams displayed about the information to get a grasp of it.
  • If there’s little or no visuals in the lesson, take out your time to surf the internet for images and/or videos of the idea relayed to you.

2. Aural (Audio) Learners

These category of learners are more susceptible to sound and voice and understand more when they listen to information. They would rather have a conversational lesson than read and write. They want to be told an information. They can easily detect a change of tone, volume, pitch and anything related to voice and sound.

In an online learning scheme, unless it is in the form of a video, a written knowledge may be tough for these learners to assimilate. If you fall in this category, it is advisable to:

  • Read with music online, to enable you get an emotional connection with the piece of information.
  • Read aloud/to yourself what is written allowed to come in terms with the idea.
  • Download audio apps that help in voicing words as commanded by you.

3. Read and Write (Verbal or Linguistic) Learners.

These learners as students who enjoy and understand the subject of discussion when they engage in reading and writing. Their attention span is held once the lesson enables to to take part by reading and exercising their strengths by writing down.

As a student of this learning style, online learning can become engaging for you when you:

  • Write down the lesson presentations and exercises.
  • Take up role plays that explain the lesson.
  • Reading more materials that explain the subject.

4. Kinesthetic (Physical/Tactile) Learners.

These learners prefer a real “hands-on experience”. They learn by doing and engaging in activities that explain the information. They want to have a physical interaction with the subject of learning, rather than merely hearing or reading about it. Being actively involved makes them take in every process and help them understand the procedures better. They are the “doers”, hence the name “kinesthetic”.

If you are of this category, it is not all about reading, listening and hearing to you, you long to be a part of the experience. In online learning, this may seem difficult to achieve, but these are ways to adapt:

  • Get involved in the learning process by following up the procedures that are being talked about by yourself.
  • Get the exercises given to you and work on them.
  • Experiment on your own as per what has been explained to you.

In trying to decipher your learning style, you might have a hard time assessing which style works best for you. The fact is that sometimes, or even most times, one may have 2 or 3 learning styles that work for them. For example, a person can understand when reading and when diagrams are used to illustrate the subject.

Online learning is gradually becoming a norm and to be a part of the revolution and not be lost in the trend, it is important to note what your learning style is and be sure to incorporate it when studying online.

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Physical Education: A Course for Physical Fitness

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Physical education is often termed as a bookless subject but is very important for personal development.

Physical education or physical training (PT) has been made a compulsory subject for school kids. In this blog, I am going to unfold the need and requirements of this subject. So, let’s dig in.

Physical training plays a very important role in a child’s overall development. It is simply an exercise session to activate the children’s body and brain through various body stimulations.

Physical education basically comprises of body fitness, muscle strength, muscle endurance, body flexibility, and the composition. Just like any other exercise, physical training only aims at keeping the body fit and fresh all the time. PT has been included as a part of regular education for kids with a view to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle among them.

As children tend to learn things quickly when they are young, and due to the growing need for Physical Education in everyday life, PT has been added as a mandatory subject in their studies.

What role does Physical Training play in a child’s development? It:

  • Promotes good health
  • Activates cells and body organs
  • Helps achieve a fit and flexible body
  • Sharpens the mind
  • Increases muscle power
  • Helps in mental development

Benefits of physical education

  • Boosts our level of confidence
  • Makes us capable, skilful and competent
  • Helps in career growth
  • Helps in personality development
  • Helps in maintaining a balanced lifestyle

Physical education may not be a scoring subject but helps to score in life. For a completely healthy body and mind, Physical Training is considered the most important activity which not only promotes body care and fitness but also develops the ability to deal with everyday struggles.

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Hindi Diwas

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14th September is quite significant in the history of India. In the year of 1949, Hindi in Devanagri script was adopted as the official language of the Republic of India. This day was selected to commemorate the efforts of Beohar Rajendra Simha who led the movement for the betterment of the language of Hindi. 

During the British rule in India, Hindi was suppressed by the Britishers. They viewed Hindi as the language of the backward. But once the British rule had come to an end, Rajendra Simha along with Hazari Prasad Diwedi, Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupt and Seth Govind Das, led the movement to uplift the condition of Hindi since it was spoken by around 40% of the population at that time. It was the connecting language for the large Indian diaspora.

On the 50th birthday of Rajendra Simha i.e., the 14th of September, Hindi along with English was given this status to show respect towards his efforts. The decision was supported by the Constitution of India that came into effect on 26th January 1950. In the later stages, Mahatma Gandhi called Hindi as the “Language of Unity”. Hindi was also accepted as the national language by the people of South India after many conflicts. Realizing the importance of Hindi, former President of the United States of America – George Bush allocated $114 million for the inclusion of Hindi in the school curriculum.

Hindi is now the pride of nearly 322 million speakers from all around the world, and is one of the 22 recognized languages as listed in the Constitution of India. Hindi connects Indian people by heart. 14th September is celebrated as Hindi Diwas every year to unite Indians across the world, and to mark the victory of freedom over slavery.