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India, January 2015. Here are certain tips to crack intermediate exams that intermediate colleges do not provide. Even top intermediate colleges in India are guilty of concentrating more intensively on the curriculum than on holistic learning. I do not imply that educationists have erred here, but have left the students with incomplete learning.

The idea behind current methodologies in intermediate education is more focussed on training students to get admissions in graduate courses, engineering colleges, and medical colleges. Now, that is a very skewed approach since creation of employable talent is the current need of the hour.

More and more students come out of graduate and engineering colleges with little or no work skills. Of course, this might be to the benefit of the corporates as the training period or the probation period would increase. But, on the national level, this is leading to a huge number of unskilled graduates who find it very tough to get employed.


Do we need a shift in approach?

As a shift in approach from the point of intermediate college bodies is very time consuming, it is better for students to adapt to a different approach to have the skills to procure a job.

There is a dire need to take a different approach due to the fact that the intermediate syllabus and the time period is so jampacked that one cannot imagine to excel in all fronts.

Private coachings, college, homework, and all the other digital distractions make intermediate a horrible phase for students to make any sense. Intermediate vocational courses are bogged by different issues like the lack of proper certification, lack of practical exposure, and the lack of vision to devise courses that are the needed at present.

If you take a look at the intermediate vocational colleges list, you will realise that most of the courses are already outdated and have little scope for getting into good jobs.

Then again, there are premier institutes that offer very good vocational courses, provide latest and updated courses and give placements.

The onus is on the students and their parents to look at information regarding various intermediate colleges and intermediate vocational colleges to opt for the best. There are a lot of online educational portals that offer this service.

Finally, 5 cutting edge learning tips

  1. Focus more on what you are good at rather than what you dream of: Students at this age are more inclined to be carried away by aspirations and tend to neglect immediate objectives. Please concentrate on immediate objectives. This approach tends to add up on a daily basis the knowledge and the skillset required to crack intermediate exams and also a good job later on.
  2. Get a bird’s eye view: If you look at the textbooks and their volumes, you are bound to be depressed. Instead take a bird’s eye view at the whole course then those things that looked very huge would look small. That means, every concept, every subject, and every chapter is easily understood when you understand its structure. With an understanding of the structure you can memorize the details better. 3. You can’t read textbooks like newspapers. A single read is never enough. This might be tough at the beginning but the rewards are very visible when you attend exams.
  3. You have all your life to explore digital gadgets: Please do not get into the digital distractions. It is better if you spend some time outside indulging in some sport. The problem with internet, smartphones, and other electronic gadgets is that they also provide some knowledge. But, only 10%!
  4. What sort of a learner are you? If you learn better when you see them then you are a visual learner. It you learn better when you listen then you are a listening learner. Identify how you learn better as that gives the cutting edge to spend less time and learn more.
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