Thursday 2 July 2015

MBA - An Investment into Future

My personal story proves how a MBA program has inculcated in me the key skills to deal with difficult customers, to make sound business decisions and to create long lasting customer relationships. It is the best investment I made in my career, the results of which I am enjoying in my day to day work and will continue to enjoy them in my future.

My story is of year 2013, during my early days at Swasthya Consulting LLP. when I was assigned to convert one of the most reputed institute “RV College of Engineering, Bangalore”, into buying our pedagogy training program. The institute had set high standards for their teachers training program. The project required great deal of coordination and right communication between the institute and the customer relationship team. I approached the Training and Placement officer of the institute and presented him our product. He asked me to give a demo to the Deans within 10 minutes, for which I was not prepared. I used the crisis management and stress management skills from my MBA program to swiftly come up with a short demo and impressed the team of Deans.

In another instance, when I went to Shree Vidhya Niketan Engineering College, Tirupati for a 6 days pedagogy program, wherein due to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh disputes we were asked to reduce our 6 days program to 2 days program without reducing the topics. It required us to work overnight, reconfigure the whole presentation and start seminar early in the morning. I used the skills of working as a team which I learnt during my MBA, and was able to finish the job successfully. Knowing qualities of my team, I knew there were some who liked to get up early and some who liked to work till late at night, accordingly I assigned work to all. We were very well prepared and delivered excellent training on time. The resource management skills I learnt during my MBA came in very handy during this hour of crisis.

By using another skill of Market Segmentation (Niche Marketing), I first approached colleges having TEQIP II, as they had brand name and funds to invest for trainings. So, we started marketing aggressively these 190 colleges across India and even took appointment for our field team to visit the colleges. By following this approach, we got excellent responses from numerous colleges.

In Swaasthya and MVJ college of Engineering, one common assignment was lead generation and I had to handle a team in both organizations for the same. I learned during my MBA marketing classes that “Every No gets us closer to a yes ”. By this I mean that “No” is not a defeat, and if we work hard, it is an opportunity which gets us closer to “Yes”. With this thought we were able to successfully invite recruiters like Brillio, Saint Gobain, Bloomberg for the first time in college history.

In yet another instance, I was main coordinator to conduct bulk, marriage like campus drive of TCS with 40 recruiters and 2000 students appearing in a written test. I planned to decentralize the work at various levels between placement department, faculty placement coordinators, student placement coordinators and bright student from junior batch for assisting us. The skills I learnt during team based approach in a MBA program in a real life work environment helped me conduct this big task very successfully.

MBA, because of its versatility and practicality in business environment is the ultimate tool, a person can invest in. One of the most crucial skill that MBA students learn over the course of their studies is how to manage people. MBA students learn about how to manage conflict between individuals and organizations. I continue to use and further hone my management skills, which I learnt during my MBA and if anyone asks me, what is my most valuable asset, I proudly say “My two year skill development program – MBA”.

Thanks !!!

Wednesday 19 June 2013

My Daily Prayer is Teaching Kids

Hi All,

Since my childhood I never understood why people go to temple and pray? Why they even sit in front of God's idol in home and spend hours just in praying, in a real sense is it praying or begging..... is that idol or photograph or the whole setup called Temple going to help the society - the needy, the poor, the hungry, the orphan, the old, the exploited bride or the girls who were raped or misused or anyone? People say that Beggars are the biggest problem in India but if they analyse, aren't they beggars?

How can those people who just sit in front of temple and pray to god, read rosary can claim that they are the believers of God and those who don't even look at the temple are Atheist, is it logical? Is praying or singing for 2 or 3 or 4 hours in morning and 2 or 3 or 4 hours in evening by just sitting in front of temple a certification of being Theist? Are they certified of being theist? Who has given them this certification? Is there any legal authority?

What is God....? Who is he? Where do you find him..... In Temple... really?

I  pity on those who say we believe in god and still they go to temple and offer flowers, ghee, cotton, candle to God and then they beg for themselves and their family. In India there are many orphan kids who don't even get daily bread.

I have pity on those who starve and beg God to fulfill their wishes, It is required to be practical. I don't say there is no God, I Respect that amazing power and energy who has created human beings, animals, plants, the earth. He/ She has created the whole world perfectly and beautifully, each day I know more about  the world, I love him more. I love this power so much that I believe I can and I should offer every year and devote every second in his prayer.

I Love this power so much that I would offer my service by helping people, my prayer is not by sitting and Singing in front of an Idol but by TEACHING it makes me feel I helped someone in need, its my passion.

Dedicated to:
"Abha chaitanya women welfare society"

Love you God
Wish I do something to pay Tribute to you before I die!!!

HappY Tutoring!!!

Friday 29 March 2013

WoRkshOp - fRactioN fiEsta!!!

Dear Parents,

Allow your child to attend an Exciting and cool "Math 
workshop", ideal for summer holidays.

Put maths into action in fun context, bring real MAGIC to 

the classroom!!!

Maths Workshop!!!

Show your children that maths is magic!

There are more workshops planned for different age groups & different topics.... do keep in touch

Thursday 20 December 2012

My perspective on tutoring

I am tutoring online since 3 years and i have worked on wiziq, elluminate, twiddla, etc...
My aim while tutoring is that student should master the concept. I believe that math needs more and more practice so i give my student questions ranging from very simple to most difficult.
Online tutoring is different than F2F tutoring; the reason is students are new to technology. Conventionally we use pen and paper but when it comes to digital board, it becomes difficult to teach and learn. one option is using digital pen and tablet but not every student have that moreover sometimes there are problems like internet speed is low at either end or student have lost microphone etc., so they lose interest in those sessions. But if a session is fully planned and a targeted session for a particular student, I have seen that student is indulge fully in session and grasp hold on concept. 
We should give our students time to get used to the technology. We should include pictures and graphics in session, so that they don’t get a monotonous session, include variety of questions, for eg if we teach fractions we can take sessions on:

1.    Addition of fractions,
2.    Subtraction of fractions,
3.    Multiplication of fractions,
4.    Division of fractions,
5.    Addition of fractions with unlike denominators,
6.    Subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators,
7.    Multiplication of fractions with unlike denominators,
8.    Division of fractions with unlike denominators,
9.    Addition of mixed fractions,
10. Subtraction of mixed  fractions,
11. Multiplication of mixed  fractions,
12. Division of mixed fractions,
13. Addition of mixed fractions with unlike denominators,
14. Subtraction of mixed  fractions with unlike denominators,
15. Multiplication of mixed  fractions with unlike denominators,
16. Division of mixed fractions with unlike denominators.

It depends on grade we are tutoring and level of student how much we should teach them.
So while tutoring we should keep in mind that we have to add value to them, they should understand completely what we am tutoring, and they should not lose interest. Teaching is not and easy task, it requires much devotion towards willing to understand students requirement, their grey areas and deciding about the method which will suit them.

Dedicated to:
"Abha chaitanya women welfare society"

HappY Tutoring!!! 

"I would love to hear more about the international perspective on tutoring"

Saturday 1 December 2012

What is online tutoring?

Hi Friends,

After Writing so many articles my students and friends oftenly ask me how do i describe online tutoring? what online tutoring is in actual sense?

online tutoring refers to the techniques used for managing students’ learning in an online environment.  This can include a range of activities such as guiding students through their given tasks, managing their online communication or overseeing collaborative work.

Online tutoring offers the potential for connection in a flexible, creative manner.  It affords the possibility of time for reflection in discussions, brings flexibility to participation and location, increased possibilities for peer support, collaboration and interactivity and a permanent record of discussions which have taken place.  Yet, there are issues to be aware of too.  For example, because there is no face to face contact you will have to find alternative ways of bringing the group together in their virtual learning space. You will need to check on students periodically to ensure that they are not being prevented from participating because of technical challenges or other hidden issues.

Online tutoring skills and abilities

  • Engage students with the course from the very beginning
  • Provide clear direction and support
  • Create effective online activities
  • Develop a good online relationship with students
  • Be enthusiastic and encourage enthusiasm
  • Communicate in an effective and accessible manner
  •  Design engaging well-structured activities
  •   Monitor and evaluate students’ progress

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Reading is Important

The main reason we forget something is because we never really learned it in the first place.

Reading is probably the most important activity we can do to "get ahead" in life. However, many of us take reading for granted. We feel we are too busy to read, or maybe we don't enjoy reading. Not only is it important to read effectively when you study, but reading for pleasure at least 20 minutes a day will improve your life and your ability to read. Read whatever interests you - just read, be flexible, and remember to keep reading every day.
Flexibility in what you read is extremely important. Being flexible means reading different types of materials. Reading novels, newspapers, magazines, periodicals, or poetry will enable you to adopt different approaches to the different materials. Words may be words, but you read the daily newspaper differently than you read a novel and much differently than you read your textbook. An effective approach to reading is in the development of a successful strategy.

One successful strategy for textbook reading is: SQ4R

  • Step 1:   Survey
  • Step 2:   Question
  • Step 3:   Read
  • Step 4:   Record
  • Step 5:   Recite
  • Step 6:   Reflect

S = Survey / Preview


To become familiar with the material before you read, and to activate any prior knowledge you have of the subject.
Make the book your friend; look at the cover; review the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index, and back cover to become familiar with the format and the material.
Survey the assigned chapter. Look at the chapter title and topic headings. See how the chapter is organized and how many pages are in the chapter.
Quickly read the chapter introduction, the first sentence of each paragraph and the chapter summary to see what material will be discussed in the chapter and how it is presented.

Q = Question


To make the reading process a critical thinking exercise and to focus your attention on what information you need to get from the reading.
Reading with a purpose (to answer questions) increases concentration, comprehension, retention, and interest in the subject matter.
Questions to have in mind to answer as you read may come from:
  • your instructor;
  • worksheets, take home tests, quizzes;
  • questions throughout and at the end of the chapter;
Change the main headings into questions, e.g., "Reduce Study Stress" to "How can I reduce study stress?" Then as you read the section write down the answers to your questions or make a notation in the margin. Get engaged with the material.

R = Read


The information is necessary in order to master the course material.
Read one section at a time to understand the material and answer your questions. Do not read to memorize the information. On paper write down chapter headings and titles to use as outline notes later in this process.
Keep focused on your reading. Helpful hints include:
  • write down problems on paper to be handled later;
  • schedule reading breaks every hour or half-hour if it is a difficult subject;
  • make associations or visualize the information to make it more meaningful;
  • do not take notes while reading;
  • read aggressively, with the intent of getting answers, noting supporting details, and remembering major points;
  • As you read, use a pencil to put check marks in the margin by important ideas. Be sure all your questions have been answered.
  • Reread sections as needed. Be an active reader.

R = Record


By incorporating the motor activity of writing information down, you will have review notes and you will better establish the information into your long-term memory.
After reading each section and page, reflect and summarize the information in your notes. Put ideas into your own words to reinforce your understanding of what you have read. Taking notes at this point in time will almost ensure that you are noting the important parts of the section. Go back over the paragraph and highlight or underline only the main ideas and supporting details with no more than 10-15% of the page highlighted. Use marginal notations as a way to separate main ideas from examples and each of those from new terminology.
Write brief study notes under your chapter headings and titles, which will help encode the information in your long-term memory for easier retrieval and recall.

R = Recite


Activating long-term memory storage is aided tremendously by hearing and verbalizing the material. If you can explain the concepts to another, you have mastered the material.
Recite out loud the information you have read. Tell yourself the major concepts of the section using your own words. Ask yourself questions on your reading and answer those questions out loud.
Study with a friend or in a group to discuss and reinforce the material. Studies show that students who recite forget only 20% of learned material within a two-week period. Those who do not recite or discuss the material forget 80% of the information in the same time period.

R = Reflect / Review


This is a metacognitive activity to make you a more self-aware learner. It also enhances long-term memory storage for successful retrieval at a later date.
Reflection weaves new ideas into old, by comparing the new ideas with ones you already know. By asking yourself, "Upon what evidence are these new ideas and information based?" and "How can I use this new material?" you should increase your creativity, your knowledge, and critical thinking skills.
Review the material within 24 hours. This moves the information from short-term to long-term memory. Review often. Revise study notes as needed. The more you review, the more information you will learn and retain. This avoids last minute "cramming" for a test.
Practice the SQ4R technique with one subject over a two-week period to become familiar with the process and to begin realizing the benefits.
There are many textbook reading strategies available, SQ4R being just one, which can aid you in mastering the volumes of content found in college texts. The importance of adopting a strategy, which is comfortable for you, cannot be underscored enough. Use a strategy to tackle those textbooks before they tackle you!

Dedicated to:
"Abha chaitanya women welfare society"