Is English The Hardest Language To Learn? 4 Factors to Consider

Is English The Hardest Language To Learn? 4 Factors to Consider

Is English The Hardest Language to Learn? Yes it is! Among the romance languages, English happens to be the most difficult to learn. It has been established by results of surveys conducted that within a year, children learning other languages master the basic elements unlike those who are learning to speak English. It takes longer than 2 years to attain the same level for English learners. 

There are a lot of principles guiding the English language which must be strictly adhered to in spoken or written form. Most of the diction patterns and pronunciations are confusing due to the imbalance underlying the rules of phonetics. 

Now, take a look at the reasons why English language is the hardest to learn:

  • Your Negative Mindset

Steer clear of any discouraging thoughts that may be forming in your mind by imagining a confident version of yourself. The entire process of learning to speak English is in your head. So, it will do you a lot of good if you begin to portray a positive mindset about it. 

Inculcate the habit of speaking with confidence even when you are yet to be perfect. It will help you build a good impression about yourself when you speak in public. Enroll in an English speaking course to further improve on your competence. Online English tuition can provide an avenue for you to speak while you are monitored and corrected instantly. Otherwise, you can send a recorded speech done by yourself to the moderator handling the tutorials. 

At every opportunity you have, speak and expect to be corrected if you make any mistakes. Don’t feel shy to express yourself. Only you can help yourself to be structured in your speech and engage in fun and exciting conversations flawlessly. 

Is English the hardest language to learn
  • Difficult Pronunciation of English Words 

Your native language has a queer way of slowing down your progress in pronouncing certain words in English. To worsen the condition, you may not even be able to tell the difference between the correct pronunciation and yours. The reason for that is, your ears haven’t been trained to know the discrepancies between the wrong and right sound production. There are many words you may never have had the opportunity to even pronounce as a learner. 

The problem can be resolved by constantly learning how to produce sounds of English vocabulary correctly and getting used to them. Sounds like the “sh, th, and ch” that can be tongue twisting should be added to your daily practice. If you are able to get conversant with making such tricky sounds, you will gain more confidence and sound more fluent than you really are. 

A hard copy dictionary or an online dictionary will be helpful to get past the pronunciation challenge. If you can depict the phonetic transcription of words correctly, then a physical dictionary will be great for you. Online copies of dictionaries are designed to read out words in their proper sounds through your PC or mobile phone speaker. These methods of English tuition are quite beneficial to make learning easier for you. 

  • The General Educational System 

You can’t change your current English proficiency but you can improve on it with time. Your background in English is also unchangeable now since there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Even if you studied English in college, chances are that you never had the opportunity to practice speaking the language regularly during your study. 

The school structure is a determining factor in language mastery. The structure of education in our society makes it difficult to achieve learning seamlessly. When you consider the number of students in a class, the short period of learning every subject daily, and the examination structure, you will discover that the school is not designed for language practice. Teachers do not have enough time to practice speaking with the students. School is not the best place for learning a language especially English. 

  • Impatient Native Speakers 

To provide the right response to what someone has said in any conversation, you must first understand what the person is saying. Listen attentively and decipher the point the person is trying to pass across before you respond. For a close friend or partner, choose to associate with a native or fluent English speaker. Especially one that is on an equal level of learning your native language. That will help you achieve your goal of learning English faster because they will tend to be more patient with you since they can relate to the struggle of language learning. 

You will always have to find the appropriate vocabulary to use during every conversation so that you can fully express yourself. The right vocabulary will also help you sound more fluent and confident than you actually are. I recommend you to learn a few emergency words and phrases in case you happen to have difficulty understanding your speaking partner.

But if you know what the topic of discussion will be, prepare yourself in anticipation by learning the fundamental points to discuss. You can’t speak to yourself, else it could have been a wonderful idea to practice speaking alone but you can record your speech and try to have an ardent English speaker listen to it and make necessary corrections to your grammar and pronunciations. 

Final Thoughts 

It can be overwhelming and frustrating trying to learn the English language especially when you have grown past your childhood. The struggle is a great one that requires perseverance and constant practice. Some rules do not just apply to every word spelt the same. For example, if you want to remember that letter “e” comes before letter “i” in words like “conceive” or “receipt” which appear after letter “c”, then how do you classify a word like “science”? 

The learning process is a continuous one even for fluent speakers of English. That is because there are a lot of aspects in English that we cannot finish learning within a particular period. An aspect like placing emphasis on words in a sentence one by one. For example, in the sentence: “I told her a story” if we place an emphasis on “told”, it means that I told her a story but I am not sure she listened. We could change it by placing the emphasis this time on let’s say “her”, then it would mean I told her a story and not anyone else. 

Don’t relent on your oars. Keep practicing how to speak more fluently without any discouragement. You can do it! Nothing is too difficult beyond learning.

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A Principal’s role may vary depending upon the team size/structure of a school. Some startups may not have CFOs, CMOs or CIOs and other similar roles. In such cases a Principal is required to step into additional domains and play his/her role. In principle, a principal has to ensure sold grip in the following areas:

1-      Collaboration with Parents, Teachers and Students to identify areas of improvement

  • Surveys – Many free survey services such as SurveyMonkey, Research.net are available. If the school website is based on WordPress, then several free and paid plugins are available. Please check our polls and opinion section. 
  • Parents teacher meeting – While most of the PTMs are attended by the teachers, yet principal should ensure his/her presence in some of the meetings to hear directly from parents. This will not only give him direct feedback about school policies, teaching quality and general management but also give parents a sense of confidence that their feedback was received by the principal directly. This approach will improve school’s respect in society. 
  • “Reach the Principal” mechanism on website and social forums – A dedicated button on the website may be added that should be linked to a form where user can fill in the information, provide feedback, ask a specific question to the principal. Remember, a disclaimer or a guidance need to be provided on this page so that people should only contact the principal if their concern is related to the principal itself. Else they should fill out another form to contact Administration Department. This will ensure principal does not get bombarded by irrelevant messages.
  • Open door policy for Students and teachers – Once in a while, Principal should offer open-door policy for the students to get the opinions from students.
  • Anonymous Feedback Mechanism – An anonymous feedback mechanism should also be promoted so that students can provide honest feedback without being worried of getting identified.

2-      Stay abreast of new techniques and Educational Trends

  • Membership of forums – There are many focus groups where new ideas, recommendations or brainstorming of different educational philosophies are discussed. It will be a great initiative from the principal to encourage the staff in respective domains to spend 30-60 minutes each week on such forums, pick some of the important points (which may add value to their institute) and discuss in monthly school meetings.  
  • Focus Groups – Focus Groups should only limited to the education aspects, instead it may consider new/different teaching techniques, new technologies’ reviews, better accounts and finance management, improved governance and so on.

3-      Maintaining Financial Targets

  • Revenues – One of the prime goals of a school is to ensure that revenues are maintained and improved. Definitely it is linked with ensuring more admissions in the school, providing additional after-school services to students, providing parenting sessions, additional computer courses and skills, providing transport services for students. The principal need to work with Marketing and Product teams to work on new and better mechanisms for improving the revenues of the school. Also, monthly revenue reports must be reviewed with respective teams. Principal should also introduce rewards for the staff who come up with new ideas for producing more revenues.
  • Expense Control – A principle should have a close eye on the expenses. Since running a school involves a large number of procurement activities and several aspects of operational expenses, hence it is imperative for principal to have a deep dive on the expenses (Fixed as well as running expenses). A strong audit mechanism and procurement process must be in place to avoid mistakes and frauds. Read this article on how to reduce business expenses
  • Important: In the name of increasing revenues and decreasing expenses, a principal must ensure that quality of education, staff, infrastructure is not compromised or else it will be short term gain but long term pain.

4-      Facilities, Maintenance and Support Services

  • While the main focus of school is to ensure top quality study, yet infrastructure related services such as (Play areas, classrooms, halls, shops, uniform and book stores cannot be avoided.
  • Our blog “55 signs of a great school” is a good starting point to identify the week areas and to divert the focus for improvement.
  • Fixed Assets & Write off planning – Quarter and annual reports must be reviewed by principal to see what assets require write off. A visionary process should be in place to recover as much money as possible. The assets can be re-used, re-furbished and/or re-sold to similar niche of businesses

5-      Curriculum Adherence and Enhancements

  • Compliance – Local bodies compliance as well as continuous enhancement as per international standards is one of the key priorities of a principal.
  • Quality – Quality of courses’ contents should be assured through benchmarking mechanism.  
  • Developing and implementing School Programs [Educational as well as extracurricular activities)
  • Once in a while, the principal should demand “market analysis report” from his team. Such reports should be based on comparison against the rest of the schools in the vicinity and global educational institute. A visionary principal believes in continuous improvement which can be attained through persistent audits.  

6-      Enforcement of Rules and Regulations

  • Attendance system [For staff as well as for students]  – There are many thumb scanning or card based access systems available that may be used to deploy an accurate attendance system. 
  • Parents and Student portal – School Management Websites / Portals are available that can help on this subject.
  • Teachers’ portal – School Management Websites / Portals are available that can help on this subject.

7-      Qualities of Teachers and Teaching

Great education is achieved via Great education system, State of the art tools and techniques and off-course best in class teachers. Hence teaching aspect cannot be overlooked. This can be achieved via:

  • Qualitative Hiring process
  • Teachers’ training and Knowledge Upgrade Audits
  • New soft skills development (Communication skills, presentation skills, IT skills)

8-      Other Skills of a School Principal:

In order to bring excellence in the above mentioned domains, a principal need to develop and improve below personality traits:

  • Analytical Skills – Should be able to propose new Dashboard
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • People Evaluation Skills
  • Financial Audit Skills
  • Process Improvement Skills
  • Customer Experience Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • People Management Skills

·       Reference: LiveCareer       ThoughtCo           TheBalanceCareer

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With continuous increase in population on the planet and high rate of sudden death of young parents, it is imperative that new orphanages are established and operated in our societies. While most of the governments across the world are not economically strong enough to execute and sustain such projects, it is saddening to see that not many rich people pay attention to this critical social cause. 

If you are reading this article and care about this cause, please try inspiring at least one rich person on earth. Even if you do not know any rich person or philanthropist in your social circle, simply share this article on your social media, because you never know who re-share / re-publish it to inspire someone somewhere. Your little effort may result in huge benefit to hundreds (or probably thousands) of orphans. Right?

Let us start the guide on how to run an orphanage

1- Land Purchase for Orphanage

  • If you are planning for a small scale orphan-house, you may need a small piece of land or even using a couple of rooms in an existing home to start this amazing God-pleasing activity.  Tip: Please go through the rest of the activities mentioned below and setup your orphanage. 
  • For a professional orphanage, if practically possible, consider buying a large size land even if you have to purchase on the outskirts of the city. Reason being, you will end up needing more space for accommodating more and more orphans pretty soon because society does not allow orphans to survive alone. If you have limited budget and cannot purchase large area, yet you should not shun your thoughts about working on this project. Just go-ahead and purchase the land whatever size falls in your budgetary range.
  • Before your purchase the land, consider a solid plan on what exactly you are going to have as part of orphanage. Check out “Architecture Planning” section of this article to get more insightful approach on this subject.

2- Budgeting and Financial Planning

  • Explore different Sources of income. Remember the fact that you will need to have enough money for ‘Fixed’ as well as ‘Variable’ Expenses.
    • Fixed expenses are the ones that you need to invest once; such as land purchase, construction, IT setup, fit out, furniture and etcetera
    • Variable costs include bills, staff salaries, food, clothing, education, wear and tear of equipment and so on. Tip: Please read the fund raising section for getting more ideas on how to collect money for your project.
  • An effective orphanage should work to attain the state of self-dependency instead of relying on donations. Following are some of the approaches that may be considered:  
    • Opening commercial shops on the ground floor of orphanage and earning rental money
    • Teaching sewing skills to orphans and then selling the clothes stitched by orphans. 
  • It is better to do the monthly budgeting covering the costs of clothing, food, books, haircuts, washroom accessories which should be based on the number of orphans. This will help ensure better planning for meeting the financial needs of the orphanage.
  • The orphanage should target to keep enough funds for at least 6 months (up to one year) though more is better (to manage unexpected needs of children)

How to establish, operate and sustain an orphanage

3- Funds Raising Activities

  • Use word wide famous portals such as Gofundme (or any other similar ones). Create your account and start marketing it using social media. Read this detailed article about 9 Unique Crowdfunding Platforms for Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Place a donate Button on the Orphanage Website and link it with your bank or PayPal Account. Tip: If you plan to establish an orphanage or if you are already running an orphanage, please contact me to build a website for you Free of Cost.
  • If you can, contact politicians, businessmen or your local government bodies to seek support for the noble cause. Share your detailed plan to convince them.
  • Publish detailed financial report on the website on monthly basis. Providing transparency to the people will enable you winning the trust of people that would result in securing more funds.
  • Muslims across the globe donate millions (if not billions) of dollars under zakat (Islamic mandatory annual tax for poor). So, if you are living in an Islamic country, launch a local campaign and seek help from common people.
  • Search to find websites, NGOs, Facebook pages related to education, charity, orphans and donations.   

4- Architecture Planning

  • In order to estimate the size of the orphanage, in line with the available budget, please consider following services for Orphanage. Note: these services may not be mandatory yet good-to-consider; after all you are working on a great cause and want to give your hundred percent J
    • At least one Multipurpose Hall for living (sleeping, resting, cloth keeping etc.)
    • At least one multipurpose hall for Indoor activities (Sports, Dining, TV watching, etc.)
    • At least one multipurpose hall for studies (Library, Study Room and Computer Room, skillset training etc.)
    • One multipurpose store (for keeping food supplies, extra clothing, bed, blankets etc.)
    • Adequate number of washrooms
    • Prayer Room / Religious Education Room
    • Other Areas (Security cabin, kitchen, laundry, store room etc.)
  • Now that you have estimated the size of the orphanage, it’s time to consider other design aspects in order to finalize your planning phase. Following are the general expenses and space requirements you should be considering:
  • Camera’s / CCTV deployment
  • Telecom and IT setup
  • Washing Machines, Cooking Range, etcetera

5- Constructing The Building

  • If you have a Facebook page for your project, publish the details of your requirements on your page and request the building construction contractors to provide you the quote with minimum profit margins.
  • Apart from your own Facebook page, search for the builder’s websites (in your area) or if possible visit their offices to discuss the project. Request them to provide you the best of the best quote for the construction of building. You never know, a kind-hearted developer comes up with the most suitable plan.
  • If you are not construction expert, try outsourcing the project management and supervision to a company who would design the architecture, get it approved by municipality and provide on-site audit reports on weekly basis.
  • Remember the fact that society is full of unethical or corrupt people hence do not get impressed by the fancy talks of the building contractors, instead build a professional detailed plan covering time based deliverables, cost of deployment, number and types of materials and monthly quality compliance reports submission. 

6- Fit out setup of the Orphanage

Do not perform actions on “as you go” basis, instead spend time on planning so that you can avoid any risk of doing mistakes. For the fit-out, you need to focus on the low level details on things, their costs, their usability, warranty, design, capacity and size. Make a list of items that are critically needed, discuss with your colleagues, partners to edit and refine the list. Once finalized start working on purchasing the items. Always start with the most critical ones and avoid the least usable as much as possible. Your time, money and efforts are important so do things right from start. Following are the areas that you should be focusing on:

  • Security and IT Room Setup
  • Bed and Rest Hall Setup
  • Gaming Area Setup
  • Education and Skills Development Hall Setup
  • Kitchen Setup
  • Store Allocation
  • Enough Power Sockets
  • Shops Setup
  • IT Setup
  • CCTV Cameras Development

7- Marketing and Promotion

  • Create a buzz in the vicinity as well as city and even country level. Broadcast pictures and videos on social media even during the planning and construction phase. Use website marketing, Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp etc.)
  • Once operational, organize events such as “A Day in The Orphanage” or “Life of an orphanage” or “Orphanage life cycle” and invite industry icons to attend.
  • Try reaching Media-houses chairmen, TV anchors and journalists, Newspapers writers and bloggers.
  • Write and publish a detailed article on Quora that should link back to your website. Target to divert as much traffic to your website as possible. Remember the fact that the more traffic your website gets, the more respect from Search Engines your website earns which means you get famous soon (which is one the targets for running the orphanage)
  • Maintain a Facebook page and keep publishing every day activities. Request people to share on their social media
  • Hire a dedicated agent (or a permanent staff) who can establish a mailing group to broadcast news related to the orphanage, who can produce encouraging and appealing articles that can be sent to rich people of society, who can work on fund raising activities. Tip: Read social media management section of this article. [This article is about how to run an orphanage]

8- Managing Basic Needs of Orphans

  • Establish a decent-size storeroom in the orphanage and keep ample supply of food, clothing, bedding, sweaters, shoes, caps, socks, pillows, blankets, note books, pencils, general stationary and etc.  
  • Always plan 6 months in advance for keeping the supply. In case of shortage of funds, please engage your IT team to start the campaigns (on social media or local areas) to secure funds for this.
  • Please note that there would be many operational aspects that can be compromised during financial crisis. What cannot be compromised is the basic needs of the orphans (food, clothing etc.) hence careful planning need to be ensured.

9- Cleaning and Maintaining The Orphanage

  • You need to hire facilities management professional who will not only take care of the premises but also ensure timely bill payment for Electricity, Internet, telephony etc.
  • Maintenance, if carefully done, enhances the life of things. If washroom tiles are washed frequently, windows are cleaned frequently, refrigerators and all electrical appliances are taken care of properly, will help reducing the wear and tear. Else, you may end of replacing the stuff that would be costlier.
  • Store cleaning once in a while will help avoiding loss of stuff (termites’ issues, food expiry issues, insects’ issues, odor issues and so on)

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10- Addressing Educational Needs of Orphans

  • Ideally speaking orphanage should sign a deal with any good schooling system to provide education to orphans either free of cost or at very nominal fee
  • Orphanage should arrange the transportation for pick-up and drop of kids to/from the school. Cost for this can be saved if a nearby school is chosen.
  • Kids van may be painted using meaningful messages for the society to contribute for the orphans’ education.
  • Run a campaign on the orphanage website and request the community to provide their old books so that orphans can get benefit from those books. These can be curriculum books or any general knowledge ones.
  • If there are computers available in the orphanage, dedicate one to two hours every day during which children should visits the mathematics and online kids’ learning websites. Remember there are wide variety of websites where kids can learn, play and collaborate.

11- Future Planning of Orphans

  • Work with mainstream colleges and universities and request them to offer scholarships for the bright students.  
  • Request the institutes to allocate quota for the orphans
  • Ask the orphans to support the orphanage when they become professionals.
  • Check out the “Campaign” section of this article on how you can work on prosperous future of the orphans through community support.
  • Visit local markets and shops and request the business owners to hire their staff from the orphanage. Note: Consider age restriction laws of your country.

12- Engaging Orphans in Sports and Physical Activities

  • Indoor Games such as Chess, scrabble, checkers, carom-board, table tennis, etc. do not require a lot of investments. Consider these games for the kids.
  • Brain games should also be planned. With the advancement of technology, several games on logic, town trivia, planning and strategy are available on Windows platform, IOS and Google Play Store.
  • In order to keep orphans abreast of latest enhancement educational games should also be promoted. To make the learning process more interesting and worthwhile, frequent competitions to be held across different groups of students.
  • Nothing can beat the effectiveness of outdoor activities as it builds confidence, enhances patience, promotes mental and physical heal and improves inter-personal relationships. So, if enough space is available within the orphanage area or if play grounds are nearby, it is highly recommended to take the orphans to such places frequently.  

13- Website Establishment and Professional Email address

  • Website development typically involves following:
    • Domain Name Finalization – [example: orphansfuture.com]. Domains can be purchased from any registrar such as Godaddy or namecheap
    • Hosting – Online computer (aka ‘cloud’) where the website contents will be placed. Usually hosting is available from $3 to $10 per month from many service providers.
    • Website development – The process of website creation is called website development. Typically, it involves design (look and feel), contents, picture, videos etc. As I mentioned above, if you intend to work on an orphanage project please contact me and I will be happy to create a website for you free of cost.

14- Social Media Management

  • In order to run an effective Orphanage, it is recommended that you hire a person who takes care of IT needs of the orphanage. This includes Social Media Accounts management such as posting picture and articles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. More and more updates on social media helps attract more audience which will be beneficial for the orphanage in terms of getting more funds and local support.
  • The IT staff should also be working to create mailing groups and establishing Email Listing in order to broadcast the orphanage pictures so that more and more people are engaged and encouraged to provide financial support.

15- Skills and Training of Orphans

  • This is one of the most critical points in my opinion. An orphanage should not be limited to taking care of shelter and food for orphans, instead there has to be a solid vision followed by proper planning to transform an orphan into a useful society member.  This means, there should be focus on Technical, Educational, futuristic aspects for each orphan. Based on orphans’ age, they should be taught different skills (electricity, plumbing, blogging, sewing and so on). Some skills can be taught in-house (cognitive skills, internet exposure, English speaking, sewing etc. whereas advanced skills (wiring, plumbing, garage) can be taught through professional schools.   
  • There are many free online learning tools (trainings, detailed videos, certifications etc.) Orphans should be encouraged to learn and polish their skills.
  • Orphanage team should work with Government entities, Schools and local NGOs who can sponsor orphans for their skills development 

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16- Integration with NGOs

  • Plan to work closely with other NGOs.
    • Check what other services other NGOs are offering that you should be adding to your portfolio.
    • Offer services to other NGOs that you are good at.
    • Plan day-out events with different orphanages
    • Collaborate on the fund-raising activities
    • Promote each other’s events on the respective websites and increase the foot-print on internet.
    • If you have received extra donations in your store, share with them
    • Arrange staff meetings on both sides and see what skills can be learnt and taught to each other
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17- Orphan Adoption System

  • There are thousands of people who would like to adopt orphans. Your website should help them on this matter. As explained in the “Campaigns’ and “Orphans Specific Record Management” sections of this article, the website should have detailed information about the orphans. This will encourage people to adopt orphans.
  • With you love and care, an orphan becomes more ‘attractive’ (in terms of manners, outlook and speech) consequently it is high likely that he/she will be adopted by a decent family.
  • Before handing over of an orphan, you need to demand certain documentation from the new ‘parents’. This should include local police clearance certificate, identity cards of the parents and their home address. This is for your record management that the orphan was handed over with preliminary checks.
  • At the time of handover, you need to get sign-off on a formal paper that the orphan was in good health at the time of handover.  This paper should have general instructions on what need to be taken care of after the adoption is completed. (this does not have to be complex, yet precise)

18- Registration Process with Respective Authorities

  • In order to avoid any tax conflict or any audit by municipality, consult the right people in your community. Acquire the right information about registration process and initiate the process at early stage.
  • You may visit any existing orphanage to gather information and to seek guidance.

19- Staff Hiring Consideration

  • Some of the vital staffs that you need are Security Guard, IT person, Facility Management person, Cook, Cleaning worker and driver (optional). 
  • While a staff is supposed to be professional with a proof of specific skillset and work experience, it is recommended that certain qualities such as kindheartedness, high EQ, good empathy levels are considered since interaction with orphans is a job that requires cleanliness of heart & soul and a lot of patience and persistence. People with soft-heart are the best ones for such roles. Remember the fact that orphans are less fortunate members of society and may have not learnt the ethics and manners so, they need to be treated softly permanently. Hence a hard-nature person may not fit well in the orphanage.

20- Donation Boxes Installation

  • If it requires permission from your local town authority, get the necessary approvals done and place a donation box in front of Orphanage and if possible, try installing at multiple locations within your vicinity. You will be surprised to receive a lot clothes, toys, gifts and books from your local community.
  • Clearly mention on the donation box about what is expected from the community in terms of donations (books, toys, shoes, clothes etc.) and what is prohibited (under garments, food items, liquid products etc.)

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21- Campaigns Management

  • Adopt an orphan – From an orphan’s perspective, nothing can replace the benefits of a proper home. It will be a great achievement if you are able to find a caring family for an orphan. Hence, as much as possible, strive to find a good home for each of your orphans. On your website, publish full records and pictures of your orphans that will help people adopt the orphans. Proper social media campaigns, print media campaigns, local new paper advertisement and possible ways to promote such campaigns should be considered.
  • Feed an orphan – There could be many people who cannot take an orphan to their home, yet they have a big heart to take the ownership of orphan’s food. Create and Run a campaign on the website where full details of the food requirements for an orphan is published (example: x liters of milk, 10-15 meals a week each costing 1$ etc.) Encourage people to opt in monthly contribution through Patreon or any similar service through which you are able to receive monthly donations.
  • Educate an orphan – Similar to the “Feed and orphan” campaign, publish the educational needs of different categories of orphans and seek support from Educating an Orphan Campaign. One of the most important visions you should have is to secure the future of orphans through best-in-class education support.

22- Orphan Specific Record Management

Maintaining orphan’s record should be done with care.

  • Basic Records
    • Date on which orphan joined
    • Fresh Picture (and annual pictures)
    • Prepare a detailed document about the orphan (who brought him/her to the orphanage, what was his condition, any health test was done, any vaccination was done, any abnormality observed)
  • Registration of Orphan with Government
    • Check local laws on how to register the orphans. Do whatever is needful
    • Apply for national identity card
  • Detailed Records Management
    • Try to update the records on monthly basis (preferably in digital file) for everything related to each orphan. Make proper excel files about what a specific orphan likes or dislikes, what are his personality traits etc. This records will you plan for his future. Also will help you to finding a good family for adoption.

23- Expense Check List for Orphan

Try to create a dedicated page on your website where you can publish monthly charges per orphan. Please note that there are many wealthy people who would love to provide monthly donations based on per-orphan-expenses. There could be many kind hearted people who cannot adopt an orphan but they can sponsor a specific number of orphans. The more detailed information you are able to provide on your website, the more confidence and trust you develop with philanthropists. If possible, publish monthly reports on the website and try to send these reports to all the sponsors to let them feel great about what they are doing. This will encourage them as well as others to contribute more towards this noble cause.

24- Sustaining an Orphanage

Great projects must be sustained for longer. Sustaining an orphanage is all about availability of enough cash (for at least one year) and commitment of the orphanage owner or executive committee.  Following are some recommendations on this subject.

  • Monthly cash flow report must be reviewed. This includes detailed analysis as well as audit of expenses
  • Always find better ways to control the expenses (buying stuff in bulk, finding cheap but qualitative suppliers), signing yearly contracts with suppliers.
  • Keep searching for sponsors for different categories of expenses. For example: search of a company that has Corporate Social Responsibility Policy to support noble causes. Contact them and ask them to sponsor the food expenses for one year. Find another company that can take care of clothes requirements of the orphans. Contact a mattress company and request them to sponsor 10-20 mattresses and so on.
  • Keep on finding ways on how to establish a self-sustaining orphanage. How the orphanage can produce revenue (such as renting out space for shop, sewing clothes and selling, making footballs, Online teaching, website development and so on.

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Always Late Comer: Such student is usually non-serious in the study. If given choice, will prefer not to come to the class at all. If asked by teacher the reason of being late, he/she will have weired reasoning

The Deep Sleeper: Usually takes the last bench and completes his/her sleep cycle in the class. Usually the reason for being sleepy is that he/she had been watching TV or playing games last night.

The Supplier (of stationary): Keeps extra pen, pencils, ruler, rubber, pages, white marker, socks(kidding) and so on. Always have redundant materials and assists his/her fellow beings

Business Kid: Comes on formal suiting which he/she has probably learnt from parents. Try to stay formal as if they own the school and after graduation, they will simply take the place of principal.

Sports Kid: Keeps his sports kit in the car, wears joggers, and ready for the gym all the times. Tries to impress others by his/her atheletic outfits.

Drummer Kid: keeps drumming on the desk while the class is running. A non-serious soul, disturbs the class mostly

Heavy Back Kid: – Brings heavey bag full of stuff whether related or non-related (books, make-up stuff, mobile, charger, cables, multiple notebooks and so on.

Movie Kid: Eats pop corns and usually get cuaght of heavy smell of it.

The Day Dreamer: This student keeps thinking something else and doing something else in his/her imagination during the span of class

The Notes Writer: Writes everything the teacher has said. Whether he/she understands or not, always try to make notes even if teacher is reading from the book!

Notes Passer And Receiver: Another non-serious category of students. This kind of student, writes short messages on paper and keeps passing here and there.

Absent Student: Mentally not in the class sometimes due to stress or family reasons. Needs a little attention and ethical support

Doodler: Keeps drawing something on his/her copy and doesnt pay attention to the teacher. If you see his/her notebook you will be astonished to see such an artist!

The Drama Kid: This student has all the stories and dialogues of the world and keeps amusing his/her peers.

The Snack Trader: The fasto Keeps exchanging his food with classfellows. The food lover, keeps tasting food from most if not all class fellows

Secret snack Eater: Eats others’ snacks while they are away. Sometimes tell them out of ethics and sometimes simply loves to hide!

The Neverous Presenter: Lacks in confidence of presentations. Even if knows the stuff, does not have the courage to speak when asked by teacher.

“Dont Pick Me” kid: Tries to ‘hide’ himself/herself by bowing the head when teacher asks a question. This is either due to lack in confidence or simply doesnt know the answer.

The Pencil kid: – Another time wasting catory of student. Keeps playing with pencils and pens.

The Class Clown: The non-serious one thinks he is heart of the class and sometimes he becomes so but totally a time waster!

In-trouble kid: Disorganized, confused, shy kid

The Provoker: Provokes others to fight, creates conflicts and disconnects

Music kid: Wasting time in music while the class is on

Laptop kid: Tries to type as much as possible, behaves as if he is going to rule the world 🙂

Gum Chewer: The over confident one. Creates non-serious environment by offerng chewing gums to class fellows

Game Player: Least interest in study but always up to date on what is latest in PlayStation and XBOX

Phone watcher: Deceives teachers and keeps checking out his/her mobile every now and then

The Secret: He remembers all the important stuff and thinks he/she has to share this secret with the rest of class

The Neat kid: Gentleman of the class, the sober one

Organized kid: Brings his/her stuff, does not rely on others, follows the time table and up-to-date with the class activities

Getting pranked by someone: – The extrovert gets picked up by the bully

Have to Pee student: – Every other class he/she needs to go to restrooms (some cases being sick, are genuine, not to make fun of such students)

The Crying Baby: Sir, he has taken my pen; miss, page number 39, second paragraph will come in the exam?

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This article provides 12 Study tips and tricks from top students.

There are different types of students when it comes to studying approach:

–          Responsible and Active Students: Students who revise the course material every day and keep themselves synchronized with the class

–          Hardworking but Distracted Students: Students who try to keep the pace of class but cannot keep the momentum due to multiple reasons such as not clearly understanding what teacher had taught, having distractions at home, lack of interest, poor supervision and guidance from parents and so on)

–          Sharp but Carefree Students: Students who possess sharper minds to apprehend things quickly. Such students postpone the study to exam period and quickly refresh the course material to the bare minimum level for passing the exam.

 

 

 

Tops Students Study Tips – Stressful Student

12 Tips – How Top Students Study

1.       Top students do not study just to pass the exam. They study for the sake of learning.

2.       Top students have curious mind. They do not memorize stuff, instead they understand the logic behind any piece of information.

3.       Top students do not hesitate to ask questions. If they are unclear about anything, they raise questions and get their doubts clarified by teachers.

4.       Top students do not over-stress study. If they do not understand something, they seek guidance from class fellows, parents and internet. They are open to different options for satisfying their queries.

5.       Top students do not limit themselves to the academics which are taught in the school, instead they spend some time for reading blogs, subscribe to college bulletins, perform practice exams and download respective apps for learning the same subject from different perspectives. 

6.       Top student maintain balance between study, fun and physical activities. They study for 45 minutes and then take a mental break of 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Student Studying – Study tips

7.       They review the school-work contents every day.

8.       Top students are usually punctual and organized. They allocate specific time for revision every day. Even if it takes 10 minutes for reviewing an easy subject, they do not skip it, instead they refresh the course contents to satisfy their conscience / internal compliance.

9.       Most of the times, top students do not believe in joint studying sessions. Instead they are responsible enough to study alone and take full ownership of their education, yet, they consult their friends and have Zoom or MS Teams sessions for unclear contents.

10.   Top students, keep the distracting components away from them before they start their study. This includes but not limited to putting the mobile phone on silent mode, switching off TV screens, eating adequate food to avoid hunger attacks, keeping the pets out of their study place and staying away from naughty siblings. 

11.   They do not just read the books, instead they practice the learned knowledge by writing it. Writing gives them the opportunity for self-assessment.

12.   They believe in SMART approach for studying:

o   S: Specific study – not just hopping on to one page and then to other page

o   M: Measureable – plan to study something which can be ‘measured’ (whether they learnt it or not) at the end of study

o   A: Achievable – choosing the articles/chapters that can be achieved during specific time

o   R: Realistic – decision on whether an article, chapter, question paper can be understood by them by reading or do they need coaching or mentoring

o   T: Time bound – setting target on what should be achieved, learned, practiced or refreshed for stipulated timeline.

 

 

Further Study:

Bonus Study Tips

  • Keep your study area organized. Scattered stuff is one of the major distractions
  • Practice what you study. Explain to a friend, write it on a piece of paper or become a shadow teacher.
  • If you doubt at first, doubt again. Do not leave your doubtful thoughts unattended. Discuss with someone and seek support until you are satisfied.

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