Aspiring for success in life
The students need to select a coaching centre, which treats a child as a child and not as an item. Aspire is one.
STUDENTS ARE the pillars of our society. But these pillars, especially the ones between the 15 and 17 age group find it hard to stand strong and tall when it comes to educational performance. The reason: the parents want them to excel because of pure peer pressure. Continuous criticism and undue stress force these children to look for escape routes. Aspire Learning Centre has come to their rescue.
The Academic Support Programme, conducted by Aspire at R S Puram Annapoorna Hotel last week, offered solutions to over 600 such students. Dr Jayanthi Balakrishnan, Reader of English, PSG College of Arts and Science, chief guest for the programme, observed: "Fifteen to seventeen is a beautiful age. It is a time when a child is physically changing.
It is a very crucial age. There are vulnerable moments and a child comes under tremendous pressure, thanks to examinations. Very unfortunate that many of us do not understand this. Instead of petting and patting a child, during exams, there are many parents who brutally assault them. How are we going to solve this?"
Dr Jayanthi suggested ways out: "Finetune yourself to the child's mentality. Parents will have to become their friends. The best parents are those who are able to carry the burden of their children on their shoulders. They will manage the rest."
She appreciated Aspire for helping students overcome examination woes by conducting counselling and coaching camps.
"The students need to select a coaching centre which treats a child as a child and not as an item. Aspire is one."
Coming back to counselling, the centre believes that students could avoid pressure cooker atmosphere if they understand their learning styles and capabilities scientifically.
"Today's students are into mindless rote since their focus is on scoring marks. In the mad race for marks, parents, students and even teachers have forgotten the importance of understanding the fundamentals. There is also tremendous pressure on students in terms of their parents' aspirations and expectations.
Memorising has also caused extreme levels of agony, forcing them to look at options such as dropping out of schools, taking to drugs and even attempting suicide. The case in point is the recent suicides of around eight students in the past few months," pointed out Swaminathan, Director of aspire Centre.
An Aspire classroom is quite different from the conventional one; this is due to adopting `Exploratory Learning' - a unique method developed by aspire R&D, based on international models of teaching. It creates involvement, interactivity and interests among students, thus providing a paradigm shift from teacher centric to learner centric.
Use of learning tools like Personal Learning Profile tool (PLP Tool), QWERLs, Index Cards, Mnemonics not only reinforce fundamentals and concepts but also ensures scoring better marks.
This project - a State level Counselling camp for students entering into Class 10 & 12, aims at helping students identify his/her learning style and preferences and gives a personalised report. " We don't just stop with giving a report, we also offer free counselling to students based on learning profiles and advise them on the strategies & techniques they must adopt to face their board/competitive exams effectively and confidently," observed Madhumati, Head - Academics at Aspire.
Already about 15,000 students across Tamil Nadu have benefited by this project.
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