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Learning English: What do words like 'fast-track', 'backtrack', 'back-pedal' mean?

To ‘fast-track’ means to accelerate or speed up the progress of something. The other words that can be used instead of ‘fast-track’ include hasten, quicken, rush and expedite

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11 Jul 2020

You win some, you lose some: Why ending things on a high note matters 

Pro Tip: Setbacks are commas, not full stops. Learn from them, correct mistakes and improve. End on a high, always

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11 Jul 2020
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Why we must change our attitudes to change the way we diss people about their physical appearance

With Fair and Lovely changing its name to Glow and Lovely, The Coach tell us how just changing the name doesn't help but an attitude shift is the only way to stop discrimination based on colour

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11 Jul 2020

Welcome to Reason: Should private and unaided schools be beyond fee control?

The Maharashtra government is not empowered to issue an order interfering with the fee structure of private unaided schools or schools of other boards, the Bombay High Court said

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11 Jul 2020
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The Trainer Brainer: Why technical education is the way forward to create an Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Technical education not only plays a vital role in the human resource development of our country, but more importantly, it enhances the industrial productivity

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11 Jul 2020

Welcome to reason: Should universities follow a uniform syllabus and copy from each other?

According to recent media reports, the state government’s move to introduce a common syllabus for all degree and postgraduate courses offered in state-run universities is being debated intensely

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06 Jul 2020
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Why do we fear the end? How to deal with the fear and anxiety that surrounds death

At a time when life has become unpredictable, The Coach discusses the fear and anxiety that surrounds death and how to deal with it

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06 Jul 2020

Canteen Fundas: For the right answers, ask the right questions

Pro Tip: Questions open up limitless possibilities. It is important to move forward and ask the right questions to succeed in your lives 

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06 Jul 2020
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The trainer brainer: Manage your mindset to succeed

In simple terms, mindset can also be an indicator of the emotional wellbeing or the emotional intelligence quotient of an individual

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06 Jul 2020

What do the words 'lock up', 'lockdown', 'curfew' and 'humane' mean?

The word ‘allegedly’ is used to convey that something is claimed to be the case although there is no concrete proof at the time of talking or writing about the incident

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06 Jul 2020
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Why it is only people who are illiterate about viruses that will call the lockdown useless

The argument that India started the lockdown too late is not valid from a medical perspective and from a social one

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29 Jun 2020

Upgrade your English language skills: What is collocational competence?

Why is it important to develop collocational competence? It is not enough to teach grammar alone but it is also important to raise learners' awareness about collocations

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27 Jun 2020
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The trainer brainer: It’s time to broaden your job search

The traditional job search platforms for the youth in a traditional academic course are campus interviews, job placement notifications and recruitment drives by various corporates

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27 Jun 2020

How words can help you move forward or even hold you back

Pro Tip: The words you habitually use affect your reality. Change words that hold you back, choose words that move you forward

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27 Jun 2020
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Should distance learning be competitive or not?

Now, students admitted to open distance learning courses in conventional universities in the state will be permitted to complete their academic programmes as scheduled

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27 Jun 2020

You’ve gotta love your life: Why we should handle subjects like suicide, depression more sensitively

The Coach tells us exactly why we must learn to be more sensitive and humane in dealing with subjects like depression and suicide

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27 Jun 2020
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Mental health matters: Why Young India is depressed and anxious about life in a post-COVID world

While mental health is still stigmatised in a society like ours, it is important that we address the elephant in the room —anxiety, stress, depression, paranoia that has been on a significant rise

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25 Jun 2020

Digital skills for a great career: Here's why we should pay attention to emerging digital trends

Enhance your skills in content creation, social media promotion, and have a basic idea of analytics

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20 Jun 2020
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We are the world: Why we should learn to love and treat all living beings equally and with respect

The Coach drives home the important message of treating all living beings with respect and why we must never harm animals

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20 Jun 2020

Why can’t we have a sabbatical for students?

But the concept of a sabbatical is not dead in the academic world. According to Wikipedia, it is based on the Biblical practise of Shmita, which is related to agriculture

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20 Jun 2020
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Are you a 'snowflake'? What the words 'snowflake generation', 'male chauvinists' mean

Do we know the exact meaning of the words snowflakes, feminism, sexist, MCPs and the likes? Read on to find out what they mean and how to use them

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20 Jun 2020

Canteen Fundas: Shun what doesn’t energise your soul and choose what empowers you

Pro Tip: Always choose in favour of what empowers you. Drop all that that saps your spirit and that can help you achieve success, reach your goal

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20 Jun 2020
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What is your locus of control? Here's how it is useful for the youth of today

The term ‘locus of control’ was first used by American psychologist Julian B Rotter in the 1960s to throw light on how the behaviour and attitude of a person affect the outcome of their life

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13 Jun 2020

Canteen Fundas: Hush the critic within you to perform better

Pro Tip: You have two selves within you, the judge and the executor. Quieten the former for the latter to perform to its potential

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13 Jun 2020
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Are private schools now our whipping targets? Let's find out!

While compulsory admission under the Right to Education Act deprives private schools of intake of paying students, the present demand noted above seems overbearing

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13 Jun 2020

How to avoid racial discrimination and treat people equally

As the world revolts against widespread racial discrimination, The Coach draws from his experiences on how to treat people equally

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13 Jun 2020
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Ready to be scienced? How to know more and then write about the Coronavirus

Without knowing anything about COVID-19 you are talking about the viral disease. First, get scienced and then write about the Coronavirus

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13 Jun 2020

I took a flight from Bengaluru to Chennai during COVID. This is what I went through

From steps to ensure social distancing to willingly giving away personal information, the new normal of flying is a whole lot different. Here's everything you need to know

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08 Jun 2020
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Here's when to use direct or indirect speech while conversing

Great storytellers and conversationalists use direct speech when they narrate stories or experiences and interact with others

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06 Jun 2020

The trainer brainer: Youth should know their self-worth, avoid comparison with others

Avoid comparison with others. Focus on what it is that you have within yourself and work with that

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06 Jun 2020
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Canteen Fundas: What you believe in becomes your reality

Pro Tip: Your beliefs subconsciously influence your reality. Become aware of them and change them to change your results

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06 Jun 2020

Is Corona a jewel for our education system? Let's find out!

This is a subject about action forced under Corona damage and threat and puts an end to our tendency to procrastinate

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06 Jun 2020
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Safety after the lockdown: How you can follow basic hygiene measures post-COVID

The Coach speaks about staying locked down even after the state-sanctioned lockdown, by following a few basic hygiene measures

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06 Jun 2020

Setting the Synchronous Stage: What will be the ‘New Normal’ in learning?

The following article has been prepared based on a collection of white papers written on the best practices in the usage of videoconferencing applications for teaching

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03 Jun 2020
Video conferencing applications are being viewed as the ultimate solution by many educational institutions
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Can this big dream actually come true? How dreams can be sometimes fulfilling or become a disappointment

While dreams are what tend to propel a large number of successful people to achieve great things in life, sometimes they can be quite depressing, can be seen as a sign of good (or bad) things to come

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01 Jun 2020

On your mark, get set and prepare! How to focus on opportunities when they show up

Pro Tip: Use your off time to focus on skills, physical and mental aspects. When you’re prepared, opportunities show up. If you’re not succeeding despite your efforts, examine your mental preparation

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01 Jun 2020
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How to make your own luck: The perfect balance between karma and our self-confidence

The Coach speaks about how we can balance our own destinies by finding the perfect balance between karma and our self-confidence. Here are a few excerpts from his personal journey

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01 Jun 2020

Focus on what you want in life: How to keep distractions and laziness at bay

When you focus and choose a course that you like the most, then you will work towards achieving it

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01 Jun 2020
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An observation of concord mistakes: Reasons why learners of English face problems in concord

If the subject is singular and is separated by words such as along with, as well as, besides, etc, it is followed by a singular verb

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01 Jun 2020

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal: Encourage India's institutions to take research further to turn COVID crisis into an opportunity

From the IITs to the smallest institutions, almost everyone has innovated in some way to help the fight against COVID. This is why we need to foster research and use it indigenously for development

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28 May 2020
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