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How Cambridge IGCSE schools are changing education system in India?

Do you want to think differently about your children's schooling? Do you want to see them studying abroad with vast global opportunities waiting for them?

India officially became the highest populous country, surpassing China in 2023. Well, that's huge, and this brings us to a debatable question – "Which career path is good for my children"? While parents struggle to find the right career choice for their children, we suggest they think out of the box here.

That brings us to the fact that each child is unique in their ways – possessing a unique set of talents and skills. If we can recognise these and channel their interests in the right career direction, it will give us compounding returns.

This will happen when parents step out of the conventional ways of studying offered by boards such as CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), and other state boards and adopt Cambridge-regulated IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Read through the article to understand what IGCSE is and how they are changing India's education system.

What is IGCSE?

IGCSE, the acronym for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), is an English language-based examination that the University of Cambridge International Examinations develops. It offers excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced stage and provides learner-centric approaches to learning and other progression routes. It kindles the learners' skills by encouraging innovation, creative thinking, problem-solving, and rational decision-making attributes in 16 to 18-year-olds.

How are Cambridge IGCSE schools changing the education system in India?

IGCSE has blended India's local culture and economies to help students acquire a global perspective while comprehending local customs. IGCSE offers students an alternative to choosing between core and optional classes. As each child is blessed with a distinguished skillset, the IGCSE curriculum polishes these skills of theirs to help them pursue a career in their passion.

The curriculum also allows them to relocate and study abroad in the future. The Association of Indian Universities has recognised the Cambridge International A Levels, Cambridge IGCSE, and Cambridge O Levels, and they have been given to foreign degrees in India. This guarantees that Cambridge students who wish to study in Indian universities will have a smooth transition.

Do you wonder how IGCSE is creating an impact on the education system in India?

Students are drawn to the practical approach to learning
The main focal point of IGCSE programmes is to identify and nurture the hidden talent of learners by developing and polishing their problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills. This programme kindles the curiosity of young teenagers, and they are provoked to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and discuss possibilities of different topics. As the curriculum is application-based, they also learn to implement the ideas in real life.

Students are given a choice of subjects
IGCSE board provides learning across a plethora of subjects. This also provides an opportunity for the learners to step out of their conventional ways of learning, choose subjects of their choice, and develop knowledge in that subject of interest. The free hand to select their choice subjects motivates them to study with more passion and vigour.

Students are not threatened or pressurised by its assessment environment
The IGCSE programme offers a fearless platform to explore one's interests and skills. The continuous assessment helps the students cope with their academic difficulties regularly without imposing any anxiety or stress. Here, the students and teachers work collaboratively to improve the student's grey areas daily. This builds confidence and imparts motivation to the young students.  

Students are catered to as per their strengths
The IGCSE board allows students to select their core and extended papers on the subject. They can choose the basic or specialised level based on their ability level. This flexible curriculum pattern offers a fair chance to all students, even those with academic difficulties.

Wrapping it up

Many parents are opting for the Cambridge-facilitated IGCSE curriculum because it is important to stand out from the crowd amidst the competition around the world. As the IGSCE board is uniform across the world, it paves the gateway for students to pursue their future education from abroad. The curriculum boosts their self-esteem and prepares them to face life's challenging situations easily. It sharpens their skills and instils the value of collaborative learning, which is needed to ignite their global career pathway.

Are you also looking for schools that offer an IGCSE board? If you are in Bangalore and want your children to match the face of India's Silicon Valley, you are most welcome to apply to Jain International Residential School (JIRS). As one of the international residential schools in Bengaluru, JIRS offers top-notch facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the needs of the students with equal importance.

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How Do I Score Good Marks in Exams?

We all want to excel in our lives, and the primary step is to score good marks in our examinations. This has always haunted many of us as students, especially when a test is around and we are not sure about our preparation.

So, how can I score good marks in exams? What are how can I prepare myself for it?

Well, the gateway to scoring well is hidden in small yet effective steps. You need to direct your energy and focus in the correct direction to reap the best results. Come, let’s find out these simple steps that can help you bring success to your exams!

Create a Preparation Schedule

When you create a schedule of checklists stating the subjects, topics, and grey areas of the study, it helps you cover the syllabus and gives you room to revise it before the finale.

You can prepare a timetable for different subjects and customize the learning sessions per your capacity and comfort. You can wrap up your syllabus on time and invest the extra time at hand in solving mock test papers, assessments, etc. This will also allow you to realize your strengths and weaknesses in academics.

Prepare your Own Notes

Ever wonder why the topper never takes notes from other students, but it is vice versa? The answer lies in the question itself.

Yes, you are right! When you make your notes, it helps you keep track of your concepts in a better way, and you can grasp the topics efficiently. Jotting down things also helps your brain remember them for a longer period.

Focus on Proper Time Management

The points mentioned above are useless unless you can manage your time effectively. The key to scoring good marks in exams is to manage your time properly through a well-structured study plan. This should help you balance your academic schedule well with your lifestyle and must not lead to the accumulation of stress.

Explore Your Weak Areas

One of the reasons one cannot score well in their exams is because they are focusing most of their time on something they are already good at. Unless you challenge yourself to work on your weak topics or subjects, you cannot improve or contribute toward academic success.

When you start exploring your weak areas and work on improving them, you gain a good sense of confidence. It helps you execute your preparation plan without any roadblocks.

Explain the Lessons to Someone Else

An engaging and interactive study plan often helps you score good marks in exams. This can be done by explaining the lesson to someone else. You can teach a topic to your friends, siblings, family members, your toy, or a wall.

When you explain the topics, you also revise them you. You strengthen the concept, identify the areas where improvement is still needed, and fit it right inside your memory for a long time.

Identify and tap the Scoring Sections

There is a great trick hidden behind scoring well in your exams. That is to identify and tap the scoring sections of each subject. Sometimes, a student is provided with an exam blueprint stating the areas of questionnaires and the marks they carry. For every subject, there will always be a section that can be highly scored. If you focus on those areas, you can score well on the overall percentage.

Someone good at the subjective type of answers can divert their energy in those sets of questionnaires and increase the probability of scoring more on the total weightage of the paper.

There are more ways to prepare well for an exam, but there is no shortcut. Only a proper plan and a dedicated execution can aid you in your mission of academic success. However, even when the tension rises, one must stay positive, meditate, take breaks and avoid any form of distraction that may prove detrimental to their study schedule.

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Creative Ways to Promote Physical Activity in School

The declining levels of physical activity in children are resulting in many chronic diseases including obesity and diabetes. Physical activity must be promoted in every school and should not be limited to just the specific physical education class time. Instead, schools must try to inculcate physical activities throughout school time and encourage parents for after-school physical activities too. Even, there are adequate proven records that clearly demonstrate better academic performance by students who are physically active. Sports and physical activity ensure good health and fitness in children and almost, all of us are well aware of the popular saying “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”!

Schools can introduce age-appropriate physical activities and motivate students to participate. So, what are some creative ways to promote physical activity in school? Read below and discover yourself!

Creative & Efficient Ways to Promote Physical Activity in School

Introduce warm-ups
Be it simple aerobics, yoga sessions, or basic physical exercises, every school must introduce some sort of physical warm-up for students. The most suitable time for the same will be right after the assembly.

Integrate content with physical activity
Ask teachers to try and integrate content with physical activities. This is particularly helpful for pre-primary and primary students. For instance, teachers or mentors can ask students to do some action instead of simply explaining a poem or chapter. Let them jump, clap or squat. Tiny inputs and tricks like doing five jumps after every two lines will help kids stay active and happy while they read and learn.

Organize walking clubs
Schools can also organize walking clubs and involve and encourage students, teachers, and parents to join the same. Pedometers can also be distributed for step count records. Community walking activity is indeed a great way to encourage physical activity in students as well as in adults.

Ensure physical activity breaks after every period
Even a two or three-minute break for physical activity after every period can keep students physically active. Teachers can motivate students to stretch in the classroom or take a walk in the corridor during such breaks.

Give tangible rewards & freebies
Offering rewards to physically active students is a tried-and-tested way to boost sports and physical activity interest in students. Schools can give tangible rewards and distribute freebies to students who are members of games clubs or participate regularly in any physical activity. Also, organizing frequent outdoor games and sports contests helps stimulate interest in students to stay physically active.

Write holiday celebration letters to parents
It’s a nice gesture and a wonderful step to send letters to parents while the holiday celebration is about to begin. School authorities can brief and guide parents to motivate their children to stay physically active during the holidays.

Conclusion - Go DEAP from DEAR
Being adults, all of us understand the value of physical fitness. The next generation which is highly inclined towards technology and spends much time before screens must be made aware of the fact that health is the foremost priority and should not be compromised in any condition. We must encourage our upcoming generation to stay physically fit and active. We should transform our thinking from DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) to DEAP (Drop Everything And Play).

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How Does Athletics Make You a Better Student

Do you wonder how sports can help you boost your academic performance? In short, athletics can help you in diverse ways so that you can succeed in your exams with flying colors. Sports have always been considered a way to keep students fit and active. Moreover, it is an excellent way to keep up a healthy lifestyle amidst the stressful schedule of students.

Needless to say, sports benefit students in not only physiological but also psychological manner. Since the academic curriculum is about the capability of a student’s brain to acquire, hold, and process knowledge, leveraging the power of sports can help a lot in this regard.

How can sports improve your Academic Performance?
In short, the contribution of sports to a student’s academic career is boundless. Educational institutions keep encouraging and motivating their students to take part in diverse sports activities.

Nonetheless, many students are still not aware of the striking benefits of athletics in their academic careers. Hence, it is time to talk about the advantages of sports for the betterment of your academic career:

Enables students to learn Time Management:
Sports teach or improve your time management skills. In other words, you need to learn to adjust your day-to-day schedules between your practices and assignments.

You must know that you have to keep up with your excellent academic performance to keep your position intact in your school’s sports team. That is how you would automatically learn how to manage your time in 24 hours to stay as competent and motivated as possible.

Helps to boost concentration:
One of the striking benefits of athletics is boosting students’ concentration levels. In other words, physical activities have always been known to take the concentration of students to the next level.

That is why the regular practice of sports helps to improve the memory, concentration, and mental sharpness of students by enabling their brains to discharge chemicals. That is how participating in sports can help you manage your academic career and boost your exam performance.

Boosts Decision-Making Skills:
Active sports students need to make informed decisions from time to time to keep up their athletic performance. In other words, as a competitive athlete, you need to make strategies for your game and top-class performance.

Needless to say, captains of a sports team ought to know how to make the best decision as fast as possible to ensure victory. That is how sports activities can make you an outstanding decision-maker not only in your games but also in your academic curriculum.

Moreover, athletics helps you learn to trust and work according to your instincts. Needless to say, a good decision-maker can find out the most effective ways of studying and completing assignments that would help them ensure stellar performance in exams.

Do you have opportunities to participate in sports activities at your school? If yes, it is high time to show your competence and talent in your sports team and prepare to take your academic performance to the next level.

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How to Choose the Right Sport for You Based on Characteristics

Be it physical health, mental health, or emotional well-being, sports play a vital role in our lives. They are crucial for small kids, students, and everyone else. Be it about learning discipline, teamwork, coordination, diverse skills, or important lessons of life, sports create the best learning environment for children. Most importantly, sports make you learn and understand that life’s goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance. While the significance of sports can’t be described in just a few words, one can definitely choose the right sport based on personal skills and characteristics. While grown-up students can decide to select a sport based on the following tips, parents can glance through the same and help & encourage their children to choose the right sport.

Choosing the Right Sport Based on Characteristics
Involving feats of skills, strength, and agility, sports offer a wide range of choices comprising rigorous physical activities and mental abilities. The wide inclusivity is the most amazing fact about sports and thus, anyone can choose a sport based on characteristics that gel well with the spirit of a particular sport.

Individual performance or team performance
Check and analyse whether you perform well as an individual or a team. Parents can help their children discover the same. Remember, many sports require great coordination and teamwork, for instance, field hockey, football, etc. On the other hand, gymnastics, swimming, or wrestling are a few examples of sports that depend completely on individual performance. Moreover, there are sports that require individual performance as well as perfect sync among team members.

Take your child to sports events
Attend as many sports events as you can. Take your kids to sports events. Let them join the local sports leagues. Regular participation and good exposure to different sports activities will help you identify the right sport serving as the best choice for you or for your children.

Identify interest in a particular sport
Are you interested in a particular sport? Do you often notice your child playing the same game again and again with absolute interest? If so, lend full support to your child and encourage him or her to constantly practice that specific sport of their choice. It’s worth mentioning that passion plays a great role in choosing any sport. Anyone who is already interested in a certain sport must be encouraged for the same!

Consider fitness level
Do not pick any random sport. Every sport requires a certain level of stamina. The stamina level of an individual must match the requirement of the particular sport. For example, if you see that your child gets tired easily, do not force him or her to participate in races or other athletic activities that demand great stamina and strength. Observe your children carefully and let your child pick a sport that matches their physical strength as well as interest.

Give importance to focus
Many individuals are not good at sports that require significant physical stamina. Yet there are more choices in sports and games where focus and mental abilities play a very important role. Chess is an apt example of the same!

Value your child’s abilities, check their fitness levels, and give value to their interests and passion. Never force them into something. Every individual has his or her own special talents and skills and as time flies, those hidden talents will show up!

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Reasons Why JIRS is the Best International School in Bangalore

Promoting education in an international framework while celebrating diverse cultures, countries and personalities, an International School not only follows a global curriculum but ensures that the students get the right environment to emerge as future global leaders. Rooted in tradition and yet making the students learn to prosper in the constantly changing world through top education and the best personality development, Jain International Residential School (JIRS) located in Bangalore is definitely the best international school in Bangalore.

Founded by Dr.Chenraj Roychand in 1999, JIRS does not only ensure immersive learning but also the holistic development of the students. Let us quickly take a look at the reasons why JIRS is considered the best international school in Bangalore.

Curriculum and Pedagogy
Ensuring global exposure to the students, JIRS offers three globally recognized curricula providing an encouraging and challenging environment for students as well as mentors. The rigorous course structures stimulate deep thinking skills and other competencies promising a better perspective in the candidates.

Well-facilitated Classroom with smart technology
From scientifically designed furniture, a sufficient storage facility, and smart screens to hi-tech projectors, and an overall motivating environment, the JIRS classrooms trigger curiosity and learning in students.

Spacious Library
The well-equipped and spacious two-floor library offers a wealth of information to students. The comprehensive and rich study materials give wide exposure to students and help revolutionize young minds.

Enriching Computer, Science, Math & Language Labs
The purpose-built computer labs at JIRS have best-in-class workstations with the most updated software so that students can hone their programming, reasoning, and design abilities. The Science, Math and language labs at JIRS are equipped with the most advanced tools and offer an amazing ambiance to satisfy the inquisitive nature of students.

Clubs & Activities to Develop Original Thinking & Leadership
Nurturing leadership qualities, important life skills, and various other abilities, the thoughtfully designed clubs and activities at JIRS help students improve their skills and learn the significance of responsibility through creative participation.  Students can be part of the following while being at JIRS.

  • Recreational & Hobby Club
  • Science Club
  • Harvard Model Congress
  • Model United Nations

Committees & Cells for the Wellbeing & Welfare of Students
Taking care of students’ well-being and welfare, JIRS runs various committees and cells like the Infirmary and Counselling, Safeguard, Grievance, and Redressal Committee, Wellness Committee and more that ensure good health and hygiene of students and provides complete support in solving students’ problems.

Best Sports Amenities
JIRS considers sports as an integral part of education. Emphasizing the strong connection between sports and academic success, JIRS offers world-class sports facilities to students along with experienced coaches and high-quality sports gear and equipment. The SportsPro Program and SportsFit Program help students get sport-specific training and maintain overall health and fitness, respectively.

Nestled in the beautiful and vast JGI Global Campus, Jain International Residential School (JIRS) has become the epitome of top-quality educational and holistic growth for students. Offering state-of-the-art infrastructure, well-designed international curricula, and an exhaustive range of facilities to students, JIRS is indeed the best international school in Bangalore.

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Future of Education

In 1951, Isaac Asimov wrote a science fiction set in 2157, in which the teaching-learning process took place between a student and a mechanical teacher at home. Computerised home-schooling seemed a far-fetched fantasy half a century ago, but during the recent pandemic, it became a reality that some felt would soon become the new norm. In the story, Asimov incorporated the modern concepts of the flipped classroom and personalised learning. However, the story itself was titled ‘The Fun They Had’ because the author seemed to feel that although the traditional education system had its drawbacks, the brick-and-mortar school and the real student-teacher interaction were so much more interesting and enjoyable.

The future of any discipline, including education, cannot be predicted but can only be speculated. In the past, many specialists have philosophised the importance of individuality and originality and how the system of education can impair both. Currently, research in the field of psychology and neuroscience has thrown insights into the process of learning and how it differs from person to person. Moreover, the values of modern society have moved individuality to the forefront.

Taking into consideration the philosophical, scientific, and social aspects of education in vogue today, one can surmise that the following five concepts and ideas may dominate the education system in the future:

1. Personalised Learning: Individual differences in learning will soon become a matter of high priority. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be created for each student so that education matches the needs, interests, and skills of the student.

2. Technological Integration: With the advent of portable computers and the internet, technology has become an ineliminable part of life. Technology will no longer be an aid to education but rather an integral part of it.

3. Changing roles: The role of the teacher as a facilitator and mentor rather than an instructor will be put into practice. The students will be given an active role in choosing and forming not only their curricula but also assessment.

4. Hands-on Approach: Hands-on learning and training techniques have become an integral part of teaching strategy. In the future, hands-on learning will begin right from the initial years of schooling. Field experience and project-based learning will replace rote-learning methods.

5. Flexible Time and Place: Currently, education is limited to the four walls of the institution. Modern concepts such as flipped learning have challenged this idea. In future, the time and place where the teaching and learning happens will be flexible, especially with the help of eLearning tools which will take pedagogy beyond the classroom.

The overall growth of the student has been the goal of education for a long time. Unfortunately, it has always remained a theoretical ideology rather than a practical reality. Schools have always prioritised academics and undervalued arts and sports. In the future, a holistic model of education will replace the academic one.

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