What to consider Before Hiring a Tutor?

Advice for Parents/Students

” What to consider before hiring a Tutor” penned by Arundhati Sarkar is an extensive insight into what factors should be checked before hiring tutors as advice for parents/students.

Appointing a private tutor has become quite an essential thing today. With both parents working, children need a mentor who can fill that void and guide and support them with their studies.

The tutor has an important role play in the development and learning process of a child.

Some of the basic things that should be considered before hiring a private tutor: Ask questions that are crucial to you, look carefully at references, and use your instinct as to whether this trainer is a good fit for your child.

The student should be given the chance to interact too. Getting a feedback from the student before making a final hiring decision is important.

After all, the tutor and the student has to work as a team, and hence the opinion of the learner is valuable.

Firstly appointing a private tutor for your child is a complicated task, but we will ease your struggle with MyTrustedTutor.com

One of the major decisions that come on the way of hiring a tutor is which tutor would enhance their child’s learning capabilities and best understand the needs of the student.

This appears to be one of the hardest problems for the parent. MyTrustedTutor.com is an institution who believes in introducing tutors with proper certifications in the hands of the parents who are looking for the best mentor for their children.

The number of people who practice tutoring today is countless, and hence it’s a challenge to meet the right person. Another question that might come to your mind while you are on the lookout for a private tutor for child is, where do you find the right tutor for your child?

We at MyTrustedTutor.com give you the platform to pick the mentor of your choice. Appoint a teacher who is trained and certified in the professional practice of tutoring.

The tutor must be reliable and safe for your child’s needs. Having the required experience, certifications, and skills to offer to your child is something that you should consider before you choose the private tutor.

So how do you know who will be a good fit for your student?

Hiring a private tutor is just like hiring a professional with the right skill set and expertise in the subject that he needs to deal in.

Tutors not only deliver content information, or help solve a problem, they influence, prepare, challenge, and provide feedback to the learner.

The tutor will not just deal with the everyday academic assignment, but also take the responsibility to interact with the learner on a holistic level, meaning, that the tutor and student will work together as a team to meet certain goals.

The parent should see if the tutor holds the capability to communicate ideas and thoughts and explain texts in simplest language.

Also, you are under no obligation to continue with the same tutor if you are not satisfied.  You can always appoint another tutor of your choice. The tutor should guide the student to achieve increased independence as a learner.

A quick look at the basic questions that will help you choose the best tutor for your child.

Question 1: What is your specific goal in hiring a tutor?

Question 2: What is the academic background and tutoring background?

Question 3: How much are you willing to spend?

Question 4: How do you define your role as the tutor?

Question 5: What credentials, certifications, and/or degrees the tutor holds hold?

Question 6: Where will the tutor meet your child?

Arundhati Sarkar


Parenting Advice: What Should Parents Teach Kids?

The Parenting Advice Corner

This article on parenting advice penned by Arundhati Sarkar is an insight into what the kids should be taught by their parents in terms of values and manners.

The role of the parent is of more important in the learning of a kid in his or her toddler days. It is from the family that the kids pick up behaviours and other mannerisms.

Some parents often find it ‘cute’ when their kids don’t abide by certain things told to them and do whatever they feel like, but it is this behaviour that the same parent will question at a later stage.

It is worthy to inculcate certain values in the child and teach him ways of life, keeping in mind, that it is from this bunch of value, he will choose to follow at a later stage.

The role of teacher can be most trying and demanding when children are very young. The parents are the teachers for children at their younger age.

For a parent, the earliest task is to decide upon, and implement, the confines your child needs to live well and securely.

The roles of a parent and child can be compared to those of an educator and a pupil. When it comes to, ‘Who is more important in the child’s upbringing’, it is quite challenging if we want to compare whether mother or father is more important.

Naturally, family is made up of mother, father, and children and the children are supposed to be raised by both parents. When parents take equal responsibility, this effects the child’s development throughout their lives.

The parent creates a confident sense of structure for the child by educating him or her about certain beliefs and values that govern the family.

But having said that, the parents should also teach children to think on their own and this happens in stages. For example: The importance of treating people equally is a necessary value that a child needs to learn at an early age because this will one day help him negotiate the complex world of peer-group interactions.

For parents, bringing up a child and making him or her educated, responsible and self-reliant is a challenge in today’s fast changing world.

For a mother especially as she has the duty to maintain authority in the house and at the same time giving her child knowledge and self-confidence.

Parents have the duty to teach their children to make wise decisions on his or her behalf. Another important value the parents need to promote at home is the value of honesty.

Give your children honest feedbacks.  Teach them to think about others’ feelings and to be generous with affection. Above all, the child must learn to listen.

When the kid learns to listen he will naturally perform a lot other task in a disciplined manner. Now here is a list of things you might want to teach your child:

  1. Apologize when something goes wrong
  2. Distinguish needs from wants
  3. Deal with rejection and disappointment
  4. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide without using a calculator
  5. Accept others for their differences
  6. Manage stress
  7. Speak in front of a group
  8. Say please and thank you
  9. Read newspaper
  10. Treat others with kindness and respect

Arundhati Sarkar


An Insight into the Problems Teachers Face!

Problems Teachers Face

This article penned by Pratyasha Ghosh delves into several problems teachers face while teaching in the contemporary times with inclusion of technology etc.

Teaching is a job that has always demanded a lot of time, patience and effort. Over the years however the challenges have intensified resulting in a lot of modifications in the technical aspects of teaching. Our analysis of teaching problems has yielded five basic challenges-

Parents- Absurd as it may sound parents more often than not do become a hindrance to smooth teaching as they are mostly either over anxious or least bothered.

Parents play a substantial part in the child’s wholesome development but for this the right amount of involvement is necessary.

Parents who are too concerned interfere with the teacher’s methods while those who do not bother, give too much burden to the teacher as it is not possible for him/her to give full time guidance.

Child behavior pattern- Gone are the days when teaching only entailed lecturing and delegating homework. Today teachers also need to be child psychologists as contemporary societies have complicated children.

A student in stress (thanks to ever increasing competition and pressure) will never be able to learn and it is a teacher’s responsibility to act as a problem-solving agent as and when required, a job many teachers find difficult to handle.

Assessment- Assessing a students work and judging his/her capabilities based on such assessment has always been a primary problem teacher’s face. The aim is to be as impartial as possible and try to push the average student.

There are many things such as sincerity, intelligence, smartness, confidence, etc. that need to be examined with precision. This becomes increasingly difficult if the teacher has a large number of students to take care of.

Giving individual and cumulative attention simultaneously will definitely solve the problem but this feat is quite difficult to achieve.

Technology- All kids today are techno-savvy, something teachers, especially those who grew up before the 90s, need to catch up with. Back then, what the teacher said was law, today Google is the lawgiver.

The internet has demolished the hierarchical teacher-student relationship and established in its place an environment more conducive to collaborative and interactive growth.

While this result of academic evolution has its pros and cons, the challenge it poses to teaching is eminent, the teacher thus always needs to be doubly sure of every fact or face the attack of confident students who say ‘Google’ before ‘Sir/Madam’.

The solution thus would be to embrace the advent of technology and rather use it as a tool to aid teaching. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. can be used to share information. The fact that it would generate the student’s interest is an added bonus.

Education system- The Indian system of education is not a monolith, it is a fluid institution that constantly discards old and obsolete methods to facilitate new ideas and systems that will globalize the average Indian student and place him at par with international students.

Though this is advantageous as far as the student is concerned, for the teacher it is a cause of worry for he constantly needs to update his teaching methods.

Even academically learned techniques need to be discarded for newer rules. However, a good teacher will have the capacity to change with changing times.

Pratyasha Ghosh


Is Tutoring a Passion or Profession?

Tutoring Profession

This article deliberates on the tutoring profession as to whether it is a passion or a vocation. Read on for more information about this career.

Of course teaching is a professional exercise. Gone are the days of Brahmacharya Ashrama or the Guru – shishya parampara! Now teaching is a lucrative profession. Not only people teaching in Colleges or Universities but even in schools also teachers receive reasonably respectable payment.

As a career option teaching today is quite sought-after. Moreover with the growing trend of disinvestment and decentralization in the education sector, the entire system is focussed on quality education at ANY cost!  Now, who will ensure quality?

Teachers, of course! So, the equation is as simple as a weather wheel! Pay quality teachers and extract the best from them! This is where today’s teachers have ample room to grow typically professional. However, the word ‘professional’ has two- fold implication.

Professionalism is a particular concept that is widely misunderstood and misinterpreted in a country like India. Almost invariably it is taken for granted that professionalism and blatant greed to suck off considerable volume of money from consumers of particular services, synonymous.

This is a gross misconception on a large scale. Of course there are people who hanker after amassing money by hooks or by crooks. But with the contemporary global order at the background, so called professionalism is vastly more reliable. Professionals, in the true sense of the term, are genuine, authentic, thoroughly skilled experts.

We have no valid reason to set them aside simply because they don’t compromise on the question of payment. Payment is a reward of the sincere hard work, honestly and painstakingly put in. It’s a motivating factor that inspires one to deliver better.

Most importantly, it is something that the service – provider deserves to receive. So a true professional can’t be accused of being passionate to amass wealth at any cost. It’s his profession. Thanks to professional expertise that at the end of the day he earns his bread and butter.

A true teacher is one who makes teaching a mission in life. He believes that knowledge expands and enhances when shared. To an ideal teacher a pupil is like a bud that needs to stretch itself out to emerge as a flower in full bloom! Here a true teacher plays the role of a gardener.

Being professional is not a vice if the individual concerned offers quality service. Professionalism is almost always synonymous with efficiency of the best order. A professional sportsperson is far more effective on field than his amateur counterpart.

For instance, we have our footballers and cricketers here in India. Footballers (of course not people like Baichung Bhutia . . . being Professional, they are exceptional!) play to run their insolvent families and that’s why they have to juggle home, office and the game they play!

On the contrary, cricketers like MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli have already turned multi – millionaires! The secret is no secret all! These people are thoroughly professional. They know that they are immensely talented and that’s why they can show the luxury of adopting professionalism!

As far as teaching is concerned, it is taken for granted as a noble profession! This conception has an inherent implication as if teachers are expected to be motivated only by some sort of passion for the practice called teaching and professionalism must not be there in their dictionary!

Of course teachers must be passionate about shaping young minds, showing them the right track to follow, inspire them to excel and achieve. But that doesn’t have any conflict with being professional. This is a new era. Here teachers are vastly more updated with state of the art teaching strategies, ultramodern technical back- ups!

They can deliver better in a concise and precise manner! Their professional approach is more practical, effective, student friendly. They can serve students’ purpose in a better way.

Being passionate is nice but being professional is more important in today’s perspective. After all a passionate lecture on Macbeth as a true tragic hero is nice but focussing on a to the point discussion and then delivering a information – oriented specimen answer will be a better option for students!

The best thing is a perfect balance between passion and professionalism. If that can be ensured, nothing can be more welcome !!!

Arundhati Sarkar


Learning Foreign Language: Ways and Tips

Learning a foreign language is a trend gaining rapid popularity in today’s youth and school children. There are a variety of language options available for those interested.

While European languages such as German, Spanish and French are popular options, Asian languages such as Japanese and Chinese are also being sought after.

Before learning a specific foreign language, it is essential to understand what the associated benefits are. Knowledge of a foreign language usually is recommended and deemed as an additional requirement for admissions in many foreign Universities.

Usually, knowing the basics of a native language of the University’s country helps in official as well as day to day interactions. Secondly, a language is never learnt in isolation. Cultural and religious practices of a land are understood from the regional language.

Moreover, recent scientific evidence points out the fact that knowledge of a foreign language influences our thinking and hence, urges us to take a more rational choice during a decision making process.

Choosing a particular foreign language over others should be given a lot of thought.

In case of higher education or professions in the West, we Indians face stiff competition with our fellow Indians as well as other Asians (including the highly competitive Chinese and Japanese).

Thus, knowing the fundamentals of a non-English European language is an added asset while applying to European and North American Universities or job positions.

German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union (EU). Countries including Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Poland recognise German as an official language.

German is also spoken by a smaller number in the USA, Canada and Australia as well as the erstwhile African colonies of Germany. German is in a way similar to Luxembourgish, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages (spoken in the Netherlands and Germany) and the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian).

This makes learning German easier and also learning other similar languages easy after learning German.

French is the fourth most widely spoken first language in the EU and the third most widely known language in the EU (next to English and German).

With a wide reach, French is an official language in France, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in Europe; and several other countries in Africa, South America, North America and Asia. French is also very close in its form to Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. It is hence, simpler to learn one of these languages to learn the rest of the 3 languages.

Spanish is third language with the most number of speakers in the world. Spanish is spoken by minorities in several countries in the EU.

Nevertheless, Spanish is spoken widely in South and Central Americas, Africa and the USA. As mentioned earlier, Spanish is similar to French, Italian and Portuguese.

German, French and Spanish cover most of the languages spoken in the West and thus, it is a wise choice to select any of these three languages if Europe, North America or Australia is the target for education or profession.

As most of Africa and South America also recognise any of these three languages, there would be no language problems during visits there as well. As they use Latin alphabets, it is also easy for Indians to learn these languages.

The steep competition for education or profession in the West has begun influencing people towards choosing Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan and China as their destinations.

Chinese, with more than 10 dialects, is officially recognised in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Chinese also has some presence in Indonesia and Malaysia. Being the language (Mandarin) with the largest number of speakers in the world, Chinese has a notable presence also in the West.

downloadJapanese, not entirely similar to Chinese, is also a language with notable international presence. Japanese is also spoken in parts of China, Taiwan, Korea and Philippines as well.

As both these languages use scripts that Indians are not exposed to commonly, learning these languages is not very easy for an average Indian. Sometimes, it takes years to reach a good grasp of the language.

Considering the fact that Asian countries like China, Japan and Singapore have in place intensive English teaching programmes, Indians can easily manage life in these countries by learning to use both English and the local language in the initial stages.

Learning a foreign language out of curiosity is a good thing. However, there are no specific advices in this case. The ability of the student, the availability of the study material and the exposure to native speakers are the only parameters to be considered.

While the above-mentioned 5 languages have plenty of resources (online and offline) easily available, it cannot be said to be the same for other languages.

To summarise, choosing German, French or Spanish is best for a future career in the West. Learning Chinese or Japanese is good to an extent in East Asia. However, considering inherent difficulties in the learning process, European languages are easy for Indians to learn quickly.

Abhinav Kadambi

Some good tutors for foreign languages can be contacted below:

Kamal Khatri for Spanish HERE.

Fatema Tarwala for French HERE.


Tutor Advice: How to make Tutoring Fun for Students

Some basic Tutor Advice for teachers!

On the day one of your tutoring, put forth the idea: Learning is fun! To make learning fun for kids, play games, this will help them practice academic skills. Games are always exciting, interactive and colourful which kids may be more willing to do.

“Stop playing and get to work!” often comes out from individuals who believe in old school class room teaching with monologue mode of delivery. For school kids, it is through playing that most of the learning happens.

Students learn best when they involve in fun activities as playing enhances every domain of a child’s development.

Some quick tips:

  1. Be positive and motivate
  2. Let students teach or tutor you or each other
  3. Nurture their freedom to learn
  4. Think out of the box – use different approaches to avoid boredom
  5. Incorporate Technology when available
  6. Educate parents about the power of fun
  7. Play a matching game using index cards!
  8. Incorporate Hands-on activities
  9. Make review time fun
  10. Never forget to smile!

Thought leaders often stress upon the fact that, a speech needs to be scripted differently for different sets of audience and different occasions to make the communication effective.

So, if you have to make the learning effective for your students – You should learn the techniques to repurpose your content and make the approach fun filled for your students and this has to happen differently for different age groups.

Life is a series of experience and if you’re a tutor it becomes your responsibility to make the learning experience fun filled, to make the learning thought-provoking and useful.

Often people think of play as the opposite of work. But at work, individuals involve themselves in small games to come up with ideas. Abstract thinking is play, when a student reaches higher classes and has to deal with serious subjects, it the fun activities while tutoring that help them refresh their minds and take their lessons.

For instance, while tutoring science to a primary school kid by taking imageries, ideas, and concepts through an engaging activity will help them think in new ways.  If you are a tutor who believes in fun tutoring and you do it already while your classes try and make them more creative.

Number games, role-playing, word games, and other methods bring out the emotional and reasoning challenge with fun.  When students are allowed to play, they will challenge, coordinate and negotiate with each other, which help them learn social skills.

Even if it’s a maths class, make learning math a fun experience for the students. Online learning has gained immense popularity today.

This enables the student to chat with their tutors live and receive assistance regarding their problems in math. The online tutoring can happen through pictorial representations, number-games, and this provide easy and fun techniques that makes problems simple and easy.

For example, if a group has to be taught the importance of group activities, it is better the lesson takes place with outdoor activities that has fun with it. A fun activity compared to a mere class room session of the same topic will have a lot of difference and the effect will be last longing helping the student learn better.

Arundhati Sarkar


How to Learn English Effectively

There are a few basic methods or practices, when followed regularly, are sure to produce positive results in the long run. The methods mentioned below are non-exhaustive:

  • Read and review more books in English outside the syllabus. Review both vocally and in written forms as a group. (Library membership subscriptions make great birthday gifts)
  • Read newspapers – Start from favourite sections (such as sports or cinema) and eventually to cover the entire newspaper. Discuss the news in English within a group.
  • Learn a new word/phrase from the dictionary and use it during the day’s conversation. One can learn the meaning and usage of about 360 words/phrases within a year and even more when in a group.
  • Speak in English or try to do so in schools/professional environments.
  • Learn through fun:
    • “Word-builder” – played by a group where each player says the word starting with the last letter of the word said by the previous player
    • “Name-Place-Animal-Thing” – group game where every player has to write down nouns starting with the letter selected by each player
    • Scrabble – played with small tiles printed with individual letters of the English alphabet on a tabulated board. Each tile has a specific point and a player has to build a word (usually non-nouns from an accepted dictionary) on the board using the tiles.
    • ”Boggle” – The letters of the English alphabet are printed on the six faces of a cube and several of these cubes are shaken in a box. After shaking, the cubes fall into a square and the player with the most number of word combinations from the letters seen is the winner.
  • Solve crosswords. Cryptic crosswords, commonly found in leading newspapers, are unlike regular crosswords. They require a creative approach to solving and can help understand several phrases and words.
  • ‘Just A Minute’ (JAM) – players speak on a given topic in flawless English while other players try to point out the speaker’s mistakes correctly if they want to speak. The speakers can also argue based on the rules of the language to defend themselves. All this with a time limited to a minute. Each player is awarded points based on the total time spoken or the number of mistakes found correctly.
  • Watch English movies or television programmes – Most movies and TV series now display subtitles (or ‘subs’) learn englishat the bottom of the display. Instead of reading the subs, listen to what the characters are saying and glance at the subs only when the sound quality is low. This helps understand the accent and context of the words used. Most of the visual media in India originate in the USA. To understand the British accent and context, listen to British TV channels such as the BBC News. Watch videos with subs on PCs or laptops at slower speeds in the beginning.
  • Learn a non-English European language – French, German, etc. have contributed many words to English.
  • Being moderately active in online social media seems to help learn some new words though it is largely not beneficial for learning spellings and grammar.
  • Use mobile dictionaries and other smart ‘apps’ – some apps lock the smart-phone’s display. To unlock the display, the user has to answer a question. This is an interesting way to learn a lot more than just meanings and etymologies.

learn-englishThese different methods and practices can be useful for learning other languages also. Several methods, when followed together in combination, can increase fluency.

To summarise, reading, listening, speaking and writing more in English is sufficient to learn English better. But this can be done via means such as games to make it more enjoyable. Furthermore, as English is a language of foreign origin, a student must not be shy to make mistakes and learn from them. This is all that will make learning English easy.

Written by Abhinav Kadambi, a freelance content writer with MyTrustedTutor.com

How Promising is the Teaching Profession in Mumbai?

Could any words or phrases ever justify the immense importance of teachers in framing our little lives?

Teaching is more of a duty than professionalism. Teaching is a noble profession and teachers are noble people. In the times of Aristotle or Chanakya, teachers were sovereign beings because of their art of shaping people’s lives. Furthermore, this article is about finding the right fit and the right tutors in Mumbai.

Now-a-days it’s unfortunate to see that teaching profession is criticised as a mere petty job. People forget that even the greatest of professionals had once been guided by their teachers.

But there are others too especially females who find it as a lucrative career option in which they can handle their own professional lives and household blended together.

In this time of advancement and with a huge increase in crime rate, women find it very difficult to go for jobs that consist of working late hours. Every woman wants to work meanwhile nurturing their families.

But to claim teaching as a women-oriented job is highly wrong. Teaching has grown it deep roots and branches in every corner. In metropolitan cities such as Mumbai, tutoring jobs have shown a significant increase, skyrocketing the demand for teachers.

The mind-set of the people declares teaching as a career for woman. It’s not just about teaching. Teaching requires a lot of commitment, diligence and planning. From a role model, a teacher, a parent to a kid, you become everything in a class-room.

A good teacher can always be a good leader. Statistics show a significant increase in the demand for teachers for private tutoring, public tutoring, schools and private organisations. Various sites such as naukri.com, teachforindia.com, study.com, portfoliogen.com have spread its root throughout.

Technology has spread its roots in every sector making it convenient to spread education. People find teaching as an easy job and the last career option. Is it easy to teach forty kids in a class with each possessing their own mental state of mind?

The recent changes in lifestyle and living conditions have forced people to think of some job which could provide stability in their lives and support their family needs too.

Mumbai is all drowned in the haze of a very hectic and busy life. People don’t have time for themselves. Peer pressure and competition makes people strive for so called “good jobs” which when they fail to achieve are left with nothing.

Catering to the specific needs of getting your children educated, various NGOs such as Teach for India Make a difference, Pratham, and Cry have stepped forward to take the initiative. Teachers create the most promising leaders.

It’s not an easy job but it’s true it’s the most creative job of shaping and moulding children’s lives. In the hustle and bustle of the town people are seeking awareness for their own good. Opting for teaching is the most secure thing a person could ever find in the field of education.

Mumbai is all set to teach brilliant minds, it requires teachers who could help them in their ventures. In learning you teach and in teaching you learn. Those who educate children are more to be honoured than those who produce them.

Vandana Chawla


Advice for Students: How Does One Learn to Learn?

“They know enough who know how to learn”- Henry Brooks Adams (American journalist and author)

Rightly so, those who know the secret to learn can master pretty much everything. To do so one must begin with self reflection. Knowing yourself can help a great deal in charting out a process to enhance your learning capabilities.

Without delving into the reasons and benefits of learning which are quite obvious let us come straightaway to the point of this article, i.e., how to learn? Here is a list of practical steps that any individual can follow: -

  1. Self reflection- As mentioned in the beginning, the first step always has to be an assessment of the self. To become a perfect learner or at least try and become one you must first know where you stand. Grade yourself as a learner on a scale of 1-10 objectively. If you find that too difficult ask someone else, maybe a teacher, to do it for you.
  2. Measure your strengths- The second step would be to figure out areas that come to you naturally, i.e., places where you learn with interest. This will help you analyze your strategy which is the next point.
  3. Analyze your strategy- Once you know what you are good at, go over how you learn that subject, be it anything from mathematics to golf. There must be a procedure that you follow when you learn stuff you enjoy. Think carefully and the method you follow might even be the reason for your merit in those fields.
  4. Application- Modify your learning formula to suit the need of the subject you find difficult to cope with. This is a little tricky as surely dance methods can’t be applied to science! But think about is, how do you learn your dance steps? You look (i.e. read), Imagine how you will look doing it (i.e. process it in your brain and link it with yourself), practice (write) and remember. There, your perfect performance is ready and so is your science test.
  5. Testing- now that you have formulated your learning method use it everywhere and as frequently as possible. The more you do so the better you will get at learning and more importantly it will develop into a habit thus becoming effortless.
  6. Detect problems- Most people don’t make a conscious effort to understand that the reason behind their struggle to learn might be problems in certain areas of their study and blame their own incapability. Clearing confusions are a very important requirement of learning.
  7. Set targets- Have achievable expectations from yourself. Aiming too high will only disappoint you and discourage further learning while setting the bar too low will lead to over confidence that will again restrict your growth.
  8. Tried and tested- Hard work and diligence never fail. If you can study smart, well and good, if you can’t, do it the hard way. The easiest way to learn is to try tirelessly. It might require a lot of patience and be time consuming but it works when all else fails.

Pratyasha Ghosh


How Can You improve English Language Skills: A Basic Guide

How Does One Improve English Language Skills

As a language, English probably has become the most commonly spoken one in India in addition to being the administrative language.

Thus, it becomes imperative to have a stronghold over English, something which comes naturally to some while others have to hone their skills till they master the language.

So, here is a list of things one can do to strengthen their English language skills and add that extra brownie point to their personality.

Have frequent conversations

Speaking is key to learning any language and so you need to converse with people (preferably people who have a better command over the language than you) in English as much as possible.

Don’t worry if you make mistakes, it means you can correct yourself. If you find that too hard, start by standing in front of the mirror and practicing.


This is a great way of familiarizing yourself with the language. Watch English shows on TV, listen to English music, ask your better friend for suggestions if you are at sea about which shows to opt for.

Preferably, go for the ones with subtitles as this will help you repeat the sentences if you cannot make them out by simply listening.


improve-englishWriting skills are as important as speaking as a lot of official work is done through the written word. Use your free time to write about anything that interests you.

In addition to honing your composition skills, it will act as a better stress buster than TV. Start keeping a journal of daily event if you are not the creative type where you can cover your life events. This is sure to help.

Think in English

A very effective method to make any foreign language your own is to think in that language. What most students don’t understand is that converting any text into your own and then understanding it will definitely clear your concepts but the ultimate presentation has to be done in English no matter what.

In such a situation one usually wastes time in reconverting the concept into English. Thus it is better to try and understand in English rather than carry out a series of translations and re-translations.

Seek help

improve-englishThis is the last and most practical step to take if one is serious about improving English speaking as well as writing capabilities and wants to do so quickly.

A genuine English class will cover every aspect of learning the language. It will cover technical knowledge thus improving your grammar; a group of learners like you will ensure a healthy development with constant discussions and interactions.

Such programs usually include personality development sessions thus enabling you to enhance your public speaking skills and pronunciations.

In conclusion, it would not be wrong to say that most of us require a push and a formal institution will encourage a more focused approach to bettering your English language skill, a basic requirement for any job today. My Trusted Tutor can help you find such a credible English class with ease.

Pratyasha Ghosh


How Does One Crack CAT: Decoding the Structure

With increased scramble for jobs and a rising demand for technical knowledge, a simple graduation is no longer enough. An MBA (Masters of business Management) course thus facilitates both job expectancy and additional qualification gives an edge to your personality, but you already know that.

What you need to know is how to get into such a course as the bar for admission in Indian colleges is rising by the day. Well, to begin with there are different examinations to choose from like CAT, MAT, CMAT.

The CAT (Common Aptitude Test) is an all India computer based examination. Clearing this test will give you an opportunity for an MBA from the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), the top institutes of management in the country.

Eligibility for appearing the test includes 50% marks in any undergraduate course. In case the institute awards grades i.e. the CGPA system, this needs to be converted. Website is HERE.

The MAT or Management Aptitude Test is a test that provides admission to over 600 B-schools in India apart from the IIMs which have their own test.

It has been conducted every year since 1988 by the All India Management Association (AIMA).  Registrations for MAT 2015 begin from 1st July, 2015 and are open to all graduate students including those in their final year of graduation.  Website is HERE.

The CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is held twice a year by the All India Council for Technical Education for admission to AICTE affiliated institutions.

Graduate students of any discipline can apply and the better of the two tests is considered for evaluation. Website is HERE.

To give you an idea of the examination pattern, following is a general course structure of MBA entrance exams held in India. The syllabi can be divided into four broad sections:


Further categorization includes-

Quantitative Ability: Number Systems, LCM & HCF, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound interest, Speed, Time and Distance, Time and work, Average, Ratio & Proportion, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm, Arithmetic & Geometric Progressions, Binomial theorem, Surds & Indices, Inequalities, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Functions, Set Theory, Mixtures and Alligations, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Geometry.

Data interpretation: This section basically tests the candidate’s analytical ability via graphs, tables and charts. This includes Tables, Column graphs, Line charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Chart & Bar Graphs.

Logical Reasoning: the topics included under this is the same as that of data interpretation the only difference being that evaluation is based in logic and reasoning.


This includes verbal ability, vocabulary and grammar. The pattern of tests that are taken under the verbal ability sub-section could be sentence correction, synonyms & antonyms, jumbled paragraph, fill in the blanks to test usage of prepositions, articles and verbs, reading comprehension, analogies or reverse analogies, etc.

The vocabulary test will examine your knowledge of words and their usage in idioms and phrase, antonyms and synonyms, homonyms, primary and secondary shades of meanings, a thorough understanding and capability of expression through the language.

High school level grammar is tested and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parallel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.

This will ensure that the student has problem solving capacity when it comes to language. Also the test is designed to check whether the candidate can establish relationships between word and sentences.

General Knowledge

This is a section included in select institutes like IIFT and SYMBOISIS where they test the candidate’s knowledge of current developments in the business world as it is imperative to know of contemporary affairs to facilitate further developments.

Public speaking skills

This is usually tested during group discussions conducted after the qualifying test.

Although there is absolutely no shortcut to hard work, there is definitely a procedure to it. For those students aspiring to crack the considerably difficult but highly desirable entrance exams to good MBA institutes in India a well protracted plan is required. The following points will give you an idea how to go about it:

  1. Begin preparing well in advance as last moment studying will get you nowhere.
  1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Know what you are good at and where you will need to work more and begin will the difficult portion, which is not to say that you neglect the easy part.
  1. Isolate yourself for the time period except for relevant associations; trust me, the end results will be worth it.
  1. If you are from an engineering background or mathematics or science graduate you probably don’t need to worry about the math section but if you are not, better get some help. Thus, it necessary to decide on an MBA course well before hand. It will enable you to take decisions like private coaching and optionals.
  1. On the other hand, students of professional course usually neglect their language skills which are limited to viva exams. Do not forget that language is a substantial portion of your syllabus and if you have ignored it for long its time you saddle up.
  1. Read newspapers, magazines and journals to polish your grammar and if possible even practice writing for the comprehension part. Practice makes a man perfect remember?
  1. For the spoken English portion which you will require during the GD sessions watch TV shows and converse in English as much as possible, preferably with your betters as they can correct your mistakes.
  1. Increase your awareness via contacts, try and connect with as many MBA students as you can those who have made it, others who are still trying, and learn from their experience.
  1. Take as many tests as you can be it online or otherwise to asses yourself.
  1. The best option probably is to join a coaching institute for a full time course. Make sure you attend the classed physically and avail all resource kits and test sessions they have to offer you.

Pratyasha Ghosh


Which Board is Better? CBSE | ICSE | State Board | IB/IGCSE??

A common question which plagues everyone’s mind today: Which Board is Better?

Today’s age offers us a choice in every aspect of life including the education system.

Thus we have a number of education boards to choose from which is rather a headache when it comes to choosing one for your child. This article is an endeavor to give you a synopsis of the basic facts pertaining to all the usual educational bodies that schools are affiliated to.

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)

It is the largest exam conducting body in the world. Examinations include the All India Secondary School Examination (also known as AISSE), All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE), All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), AIEEE(Engineering entrance Exam) and the NET (National Eligibility Test).

As far as the quality of education up to the 12th standard is concerned, the CBSE has undergone quite a few changes in its curriculum and syllabi over the 52 yrs of its operation.

The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation or CCE system that was introduced from 2011 aims at reducing undue pressure on the students by breaking up the annual examinations to a series of tests, namely,  four formative and two summative assessments each carrying 40% and 60% weightage respectively.

At the end of each session these are used to calculate the student’s CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). This system has received mixed responses.

While some believe the continuous assessment through project and assignments in addition to the tests make all students work equally hard and give a greater number of students a chance to better their performance, others who were too used to the old system disagree saying that the CCE does not give scope for actual learning as extracurricular work is hardly done by the student himself thanks to the internet.


Unlike the CBSE which is a government body, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination is a private non-government board of education which conducts examinations at the national level. The class 10 exams are called ICSE while the 12th standard exams are ISC.

The pattern of examination followed by them is annual and marks are calculated by the best of four system whereby the percentage of four subjects in which the student has scored best including English is calculated. The ICSE syllabus is more comprehensive and detailed giving your child complete knowledge of the subject.

For example, the social studies paper is divided into three parts i.e. history& civics, geography and economics, examinations for which are held separately unlike CBSE.

Thus the student has to study a much wider content and will know more facts by virtue of the examination that he has to appear in. The only drawback is that at times the amount of studying becomes too much for the student to handle.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

This is an international board of education with headquarters at Geneva, Switzerland. This organization offers four programmes for students aged 3-19 namely the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum outline, Career-related Programme (CP) curriculum outline, Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum outline, Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum outline.

PYP is followed from KG-5, MYP from 6-10 while the DP is undertaken by students of 11 & 12. Being a system based on international standards the syllabi of IB schools are basically application and experiment based.

Moreover students passing out from an IB institution will have a better chance at getting into global universities as compared to students of national boards partly because o the board’s international status and partly due to its course structure that is accepted worldwide.

However, the average Indian parent might not be able to afford such a school as the fees for these are considerably high which in a way is required to maintain the world class infrastructure in the schools. Also there are only 119 IB schools in India making them a purely urban phenomenon thus having poor access to books and guidance from tutors.

The IGCSE prepares students for IB and is a highly comprehensive system of study sub divided into the Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge Secondary 2 and the Cambridge Advanced (for students aged 3-19). It offers a very practical and technical approach to studying though scarce availability of schools teachers and resources is a persistent problem.

State Boards

All states have their own recognized board of education that holds two exams at the 10th and 12th level i.e. Secondary School Certificate(SSC) and the Higher School Certificate Examinations(HSSC). There is no general assessment for all the state boards as quality of education for each state board varies depending on the government.

For example U.P. Board attracts much less students as compared to say the Kerala or Tamil Nadu Board.

However if you are educated as a parent and know the board in your state to be effective and the schools under it to be organized, enrolling your child in a school affiliated to a state board at least till the secondary level would not be a bad choice.

Higher secondary students if brilliant can avail seats in professional courses from the state Quota if they excel. Availability of teachers and resources in state boards is also generally higher.

Type National governmental educational organization National non-governmental educational organization International board of education State controlled educational bodies
Exams conducted Conducts the SSC (10th), HSSC(12th), AIEEE, AIPMT exams amongst others. Conducts only the ICSE,10th & ISC,12th exams Four exams include DP, CP, PYP and MYP  conducts the 10th and 12th level exams
Education policy Follows the Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation system Annual Exams Periodic tests Depends on the state. Annual more common
Syllabi Compact and brief Detailed and comprehensive Application and experiment based Usually follows the National model
No. of Schools Over 16000 Over 700 119 Number variable
Resources CBSE books are most easily available Fair availability Books and teachers are very hard to find If the board is popular resources are not a big problem
Evaluation 60-40 structure where 40% weightage is given to assignments and projects. Scores given in the form of CGPA. Scores depend on the annual examination and the best of four system is followed. Grades Similar to the ICSE system.
Popularity Most popular Popular enough Not very popular Again, depends on the state
Cost effectiveness Government schools allow for free education. Some schools do offer free education but these are less in comparison to CBSE schools. Very expensive and not meant for the middle class population. Fairly effective cost wise.
Future opportunities National entrance exams follow a CBSE pattern so good for students aspiring for professional courses in India. Will give deep knowledge and is good for students to can get admissions via cutoff though even here CBSE scores more. If the student has the finance, IB will help expose him at a global level. If the board offers quality education, studying till 10th standard is not a bad option.

To integrate the entire article it would be proper to say that all educational boards have their own pros and cons and school selection at least till the secondary level should be based on the infrastructure, faculty and organizational skills of the school administration and not so much on the board.

Affordability should also be checked as higher education would require you to spend a lot more money for your child and thus savings for the future are important.

When it comes to the higher secondary level however the board is of much importance, for the average student must choose a board that will give him more opportunities thus a national board is a wise decision.

If your child has higher dreams however, IB schools are the ones for him. And yet there is another group which hopes of grabbing the limited number of seats allotted to the state government in the best undergraduate institutes in the country, especially those like engineering and medical colleges.

Pratyasha Ghosh


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Not only is time lost, but a considerable amount of energy is lost. As tutors face a time and energy crunch, their teaching quality takes a blow. Thus, the tutor ends up in a vicious cycle where resources are ever-shortening and stress is ever-increasing.

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Thanks to our comfortable online environment, the tutors need not keep wasting any of their precious time for marketing and can focus more on their teaching.

Most tutors, students and their parents prefer classes to be in their own locality. This makes it easier to commute to and fro the class for all the people involved. Parents find it easier to drop and pick up their children while students find it less tiring.

Moreover, the tutors find it less stressful to be in a neighbourhood close to their house. But finding students in the same locality is very difficult. With our innovative strategy, tutors can easily find and interact with potential students in their own locality. This snowballs their student audience and increases their demand in their vicinity.

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Are You sure You have the Right Private Tutor for Your Child?

Private Tutor and Education

It has nevertheless been easier to handle the great responsibility of nurturing your children in the hands of a tutor. When it comes to tutoring every child has his own needs and requirements. Some are too diligent to grasp the whole subject while some are fragile enough to be taught over and over again.

But you would never want to see your child astray in a hazy rush of competition and its rules. Every family like every child caters unique need. Parents find it extremely difficult to search an efficient and effective tutor for their children.

One can never be sure of the forthcoming changes in life. Necessary precautions must be sought before risking your children in the hands of a tutor. Parents are the only ones who can tell about what kind of behaviour the child should be dealt with.

Whether a child needs intensive care in specific subjects or just a little bit of homework help, every parent tries to make the best out of everything for their children.

Parents ought to check out the personality and motivational skills of tutor. Along with experience, they need to watch them to be sure of whether they are as much adept at work as they mention.

670px-Be-a-Good-Teacher-Step-3The basic credentials such as educational background and experience should also be kept in mind while making any decision. Such references help parents to understand the insight of a tutor in a coherent manner. Because a tutor is the one who can make or mar your child’s life.

A good tutor will always do more than teaching. He would work on child’s weaknesses and enhance his capabilities; also he would create a positive impact on child’s mind. Regular standardised tests, school results and practice programs also help parents to secure the children’s future.

Tests are the direct outcome of a children’s knowledge into the subject. If a child is doing well, parent’s anxiety and worries are released up to some extent. You cannot totally depend upon a tutor’s work. A good parents needs to find out if his child is also equally satisfied with the tutoring process.

Therefore, feedback from both the tutor and the child is eminent. Tutoring can become a glitch if it goes on for a long period of time. This should be made sure that the child learns within the specified time and develops confidence so as to pursue education with his own will power and self-study.

One of the most important factors for tutoring is its price. It’s a psychological fact that heavy prices lure us. But there are many factors that are beyond the cost. It’s important to pay attention to prices because a better tutor can make your child a better person.

Tutoring provides enrichment to the child. Parents undergo the same pangs of fear as the child does in his mental process of teaching. Every parent tries to secure the best of education for his child no matter how difficult it is to find him a right tutor. But isn’t your child worth all the pains you suffer?

Vandana Chawla


Which is More Effective: Coaching Classes or Private Tuitions?

A common question gnawing at the minds of parents of all school going children is regarding the best choice for private education – Private Tuitions or Coaching classes? This particular dilemma is very new and was virtually non-existent a few years ago.

The inability of school teachers to either complete the syllabus or help every student to understand the concepts, has forced the parents to look for alternative sources of teaching.

But as more and more teachers, under the pressure from the school management to perform or face the axe, are unable to teach to their maximal potential, private tutors slowly find increasing number of students ready to be taught by them.

A few enterprising individuals, usually teachers or tutors themselves, eventually notice this ideal business opportunity and set up a local coaching centre.

The coaching centre may have been established with honourable intentions in mind. As the institution begins to face success, the reputation builds up.

But with increasing number of students and profit motives at stake, the student – teacher ratio begins to increase again. This begins the vicious cycle all over again.

Hence, there are two important factors to keep in mind while deciding to send the child to a coaching class or a private tutor:

  1. Student – Teacher ratio:
    • This is defined as the number of students per teacher. As the ratio decreases, the amount of attention paid by the teachers towards the child increases. It usually translates to the effectiveness of the class. This is the most important factor to be considered. The lower the ratio, the better.
    • Coaching Class can have more than 50 students in a class or could have less than 10 students in a class. Choose wisely.
  2. Comfort level of the student:
    • Not all children are comfortable in a classroom situation or with the teachers. That is why their grades may have dipped in the first place. Admitting a student in a coaching class with a relatively low student – teacher ratio may not guarantee good grades.
      A student’s comfort levels with the teacher should also be given importance. To focus and guide the student based on the student’s attitude and approach is important for any teacher.
  3. Tuition Fee:

Coaching centres may seem to be a one-stop solution where all subjects are taught. This is exactly why in most of the coaching classes of high repute, the above-said ratio is higher and not much importance may be laid upon the students’ comfort level.

private-tuitionsSome students may easily understand in whatever surroundings they are in. But many students may find it difficult to adapt to the teaching in packed classrooms. For such students, private tuitions may be the best choice.

Private tutors usually teach a handful of students. Hence, the student – teacher ratio is very low, meaning a lot of attention can be paid to each individual student.

Moreover, as some tutors may even come to teach the student in the student’s home, the student may feel comfortable with the teacher and eventually learn faster than expected.

However, there is a catch in case of private tuitions. Finding a coaching centre in the neighbourhood is very easy. But finding the right tutor for the child is extremely difficult and requires careful judgement based on several parameters.

In short, choosing between a coaching class and private tuition is not easy. It requires careful consideration of the student’s mentality and student – teacher ratio before choosing the best option.

Abhinav Kadambi


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At MyTrustedTutor.com, we believe in promoting the culture of learning and are excited to help students connect with potential private tutors for guaranteed high quality tuitions. Our sincere efforts are towards making the process simple not only for students but also for private tutors.

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