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As the importance of light is better understood by experiencing darkness; so is the importance of education can be better understood by dwelling into the lack of it. Perhaps, an illiterate person who has never been to school and who has faced the curse of illiteracy could answer the question- “Why is education so important in our life?” better. He knows the importance of schools and what change could it brings to a person’s life.

The answer to the question lies in the pain that he feels, when he couldn’t recognize neither use the opportunities those presents themselves, the pain in knowing that his aspirations and so his desires are clipped, because he was never educated. He realizes that education could be a key to success and a better life.

The greatest sorrow of illiteracy is dependency. Yes! An illiterate person depends on others for his/her survival. Imagine if you were not educated enough to read this article, what would it have been like? Perhaps, the article would have looked like some alien code to you, impossible to decipher.

Without education any human is like a hawk whose wings have been clipped; educations gives you wings to fly and explore, being confident and opportunistic. Education is like a powerful weapon which one uses to face the adversities of life and overcome poverty, fear, status and achieve success.

How it feels like to be in a race you know you can never win? Wouldn’t it be disappointing and disheartening? Without education life becomes a race, which you can never win despite all your efforts and courage; it is only then you realize that education is the only key to success in life. Education is the ladder we need to climb to reach where we aspire to, to make our dreams a reality; today we walk with pride and strive to achieve the impossible only because we are educated.

Education builds individuals, educated individuals build better societies, and better societies build great nations. From the most under developed third world countries (like Togo and Madagascar) to the world’s superpowers (USA, Russia, China); their only hope to success and development lies in education and providing compulsory education to all.

Below we will go through the importance of education in India as well as other developing countries, understanding its implications as well as importance.
Importance of Education in India and other Developing Countries

With a Gross Domestic Product per capita (GDP) of 1963.55 USD (United States Dollar) as recorded in 2017; India is recognized as a developing country. The GDP per capita of a Nation roughly measures the amount of money an individual in that nation makes in a financial year. The GDP per capita of a country is obtained by dividing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP or the amount of money a country makes annually) by its population. Though, there is no fixed criterion to decide on whether a country is under developed, developing or developed; the GDP per capita of a country compared with others can be a reference point.

Apart from the GDP while deciding on the development index of a nation, various other factors are also taken into consideration like- condition of basic public amenities, status of living, poverty, social evils and customs etc. Unfortunately, according to the reports of International Monetary fund (IMF) there are still around 150 plus nations those are still developing; India despite being the world’s fastest growing economy is one of them.
Role of Education in Nation Building

For any developing country, including India, to achieve the goals of development it becomes imperative that it eradicates social evils like- malnutrition, crime against women, child labor, illiteracy, corruption, gender inequality, crime rates, poverty, poor health and hygiene etc. Apart from overcoming these hindrances a developing country also needs to make its youths skilled and well educated so that they contribute constructively in the economical growth. Education is undoubtedly the most potent weapon to fight against all the social evils and is imperative for any nation to achieve development.
Present State of Education in India and Other Developing Countries

Though India has a high enrollment rate at Primary section- 95% according to 2011 census; the dropout rate after the primary education is also alarming with nearly half of those enrolled for primary education, dropping out at the age of 14 and the other half unable to read or write or perform basic mathematical calculations.

The enrollment rate for secondary and tertiary education is 69% and 25% respectively. Girls are a little behind on literacy at 72% than boys at 86%. Despite all its efforts India is still way behind in achieving the goal of ‘compulsory education to all’ and is today home to nearly 287 Million illiterate adults and the numbers add up each year.

Though, with the efforts of respective governments our literacy rate has increased by six folds, post independence; we still have 35% of the world’s illiterate population.

According to a report on global education, nearly 61 Million children don’t get a chance to go to school. A majority of these children are in sub-Saharan Africa -32 Million and 11 Million in south Asia.

Around the globe, 750 Million people are unable to read and write, of which women constitute two thirds and all of them reside in the third world countries or the developing countries.

The only hope of a underdeveloped and developing nation lies in educating its children, youth and adults, irrespective of their caste, religion or gender.

What Education can Change in India and other Developing Nations

(Role of Education in India and Other Developing Countries)

Education has the potential to change the course of a nation; a nation whose pupils are educated and skilled is most likely to achieve its targeted economical growth and be known as a developed nation. An educated nation successfully removes any hindrances to its growth, and constantly strives to achieve sustainable development.

Below, we will go through the barriers in the growth of India as well as other developing nations, and how education could be effective in eliminating them. Though they might seem different from one another, but the factors are closely related to each other; with illiteracy at the apex and the prime factor behind all of them.
Reasons Why Education is So Important for Developing Countries

1) Eradicate Unemployment

The first thing that comes to our mind, as an effect of illiteracy is ‘unemployment’. An illiterate child will grow up to become an illiterate adult who cannot be employed and find it difficult to send his own children to school; let aside providing for other demands of his family. Unemployment is a hindrance to the progress of a nation as it leads to low standards of living and also an increase in the crime rate. Unemployed youths are forced to get involved into petty crimes and other illegal means to fend for the needs of their family; resulting in poor law and order situation.

The situation is more critical in India where 77% families don’t have a regular income and among those who do have regular income, 67% have an annual income of less than 1.2 Lakh per anum. A country which has 58% unemployed graduates cannot take the risk of leaving any child illiterate, as it would push him towards a life of unemployment and misery.

2) Removes Poverty

Poverty is one of the greatest evils of illiteracy. An illiterate youth is unlikely to be employed and is forced to live in poor inhuman condition, living on meager or no supply of resources; having no access to even basic amenities of health and sanitation. Till 2012 India held the distinction of being the home to largest number of poor in the world; it was a distinction which no country would ever want for itself.

Nigeria has overtaken India as a country with largest number of poor, but India is still the second in the list. India’s poverty is a result of illiteracy and one of its major effect- unemployment. In India nearly 70.6 Million people still live in abject poverty while Nigeria has 87 Million. The only hope of getting these people out of the vicious cycle of poverty is, by educating them and their children. More literacy means high employability which means better living conditions and eradication of poverty.

3) Effectiveness of Government Welfare Schemes

The government of developing countries from time to time induces many welfare schemes for its citizens. Schemes like skill development, providing loans for establishing small businesses as well as other employment schemes; can only be availed if the person has the required minimum qualification. Like in India, schemes like ‘Prime Minister Rozgar Yojna’ or ‘Skill Development’ can only be availed if one has passed at least matriculation. Millions are in need but can not avail the benefits of such schemes owing to their illiteracy.

According to a study around 76% of Indian households don’t benefit from schemes like MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme), SJSRY (Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojna), PMEGP (Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program), and SGSY (Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna) owing to their illiteracy. Ensuring education to the youths will make sure that they avail the benefits of such government schemes and help the nation to tread on the path of development.

4) Better Law and Order

Developing countries have poor law and order situation as compared to developed countries. Illiteracy breeds poverty and poverty leads to crime. The statement is supported by facts which reveal that maximum number of jailed inmates in developing or third world countries are illiterate and are not fit to be gainfully employed in a private or government establishment. Situation is alarming in India where there is an increase witnessed in the number of poor and illiterate children taking to crime.

Education will bring back these misguided youths and adults, back to the main stream and will definitely improve the law and order situation. Be it India or any other developing country, it cannot compromise on its law and order if it wants to achieve development, and only education has a potential to bring a positive change in this regard.

5) Eradicates Casteism

Casteism or caste based discrimination is one of the major hindrances that India faces on the path of sustainable development. A society which discriminates among its peers on the basis of their caste, creed, color or religion can never achieve development and will forever remain entangled in the web of poverty, poor resources and hatred. One of the main factors behind the caste based discrimination and practicing orthodox customs is illiteracy.

An illiterate person is unlikely to think rationally and is likely to concede to false practices and orthodox customs. On the contrary, education can change a person’s perspective on caste discrimination and make him more likely caste neutral and having a progressive mind set; willing to contribute productively to the nation.  Therefore, casteism can be effectively eradicated by education; the more people are educated the more the nation becomes caste neutral.

6) Gender Equality

Education infuses gender equality which is very important for a nation’s progress. Any nation cannot achieve progress if it leaves a particular gender behind. Nearly 531 Million women in India are illiterate and to make the situation worst; 53% of girl child in India are illiterate. The girl child who never completes education is unlikely to educate her children, continuing the vicious cycle of illiteracy.

Making every girl child and every woman a literate will successfully reduce the gender based discrimination, resulting in a more balanced and progressive society. If we want to achieve development we must educate our youth especially girls and women, so that they overcome the shackles of gender discrimination and constructively contribute to the progress of the nation.

7) Reducing Crime against Women

According to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, every five minutes a crime against a woman is committed in India, which includes dowry deaths, honor killing, sexual offences, insult to modesty and forced trafficking or prostitution. Illiteracy may not be the driving force behind all of such criminal offences; but is somehow related to a majority of them. An uneducated family is more likely to resort to violence if their demand for dowry is not met, and an uneducated woman is also most likely to concede to such illegal demands.

While it can be said that a well educated person can also resort to violence against women, but he is more unlikely to do so as compared to an illiterate person. Moreover, an educated woman knows her rights and can very well defend herself as well as her family against any threats as compared an illiterate woman. Therefore, it is established beyond doubt that India needs to use education as a weapon to fight back crimes against women, if it wants to achieve development in true sense.

8) Economical Development and Stability

Economical growth and stability is only possible through education. Any developing nation has a pool of talent, which regularly gets wasted due to lack of education and the absence of required educational infrastructure.  Nearly twenty million youths graduate annually in India, in various disciplines and set out to aid to the economical development of nation. If only we were able to educate all of those who lagged behind, what a tremendous change it would have brought to our economy.

Educating our youth and adults is like tapping a hidden potential, which would ultimately only lead our nation to the path of development. Moreover we are the world’s fastest growing economy and so we need new and brighter minds that are aware of technological and scientific advancements around the world and are eager to implement the same.

9) Better Health and Hygiene

Countries with high rate of illiteracy have poor health and hygienic conditions. People live in life threatening environment and are also not aware of the threats, resulting in high mortality rate. In the gone decades India was losing millions of lives annually due to diseases like diarrhea and protein deficiency; resulting from poor sanitation and absence of health facilities.

Though, the situation is improving due to the initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram’ etc, still a lot of people need to come safely under fold. A literate person is more aware of the threats to his life and is conscious about the issues regarding health and hygiene. He is also aware of the schemes of government regarding health and sanitation and knows how to benefit from them. A nation cannot be developed until its people reside in non healthy condition, and for that they need to be educated.

10) Lower Child/Mother Mortality Rate

Greater mortality rates of mothers and newborns reflect the poor health amenities of a nation and are a huge obstruction to a nation’s growth. Moreover, developing countries like India should immediately take necessary steps to reduce child – mother mortality as it can never achieve development if its children and mothers are dying due to lack of basic health facilities.

On the other hand a literate mother is more likely to seek the help from a registered medical practitioner rather than going to an illegal practitioner. She is also more aware of the nutritional needs of her new born; thereby, resulting in a decrease in infant mortality.


A nation is nothing but an amalgamation of different societies. The behavior and growth of the individual societies reflects the behavior and growth of the nation. An educated, well cultured and progressive society; therefore, represents a progressive nation whose pupils are happy and content. A society can be happy and progressive only when it overcomes the shackles of poverty, unemployment, inequality, corruption, gender inequality, economical disparity etc, by making all of its citizens literate and by ensuring compulsory education for all.

Today, India is the world’s fastest growing economy and is about to surpass China; and looking forward to achieve sustainable development by the year 2030 with rest of the world. A feat only possible through education and literacy.
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The Disruption of the Supply Landscape

Society is defined as a collection of people living together in an ordered community. A well ordered community share common infrastructure and economy and live in unison displaying unity and integrity, without hatred or remorse. What brings order to a society? Ever wondered that, why do some societies keep a constructive approach towards life and development while some fight among themselves for money, drugs and other trivial issues.

As we dwell deep into the behavior of societies, we realize that, it is the state of literacy and the prevailing educational psychology in a society, those are primarily responsible for its development and success. A society behaves depending on the status of education and literacy of its individuals. A society which realizes the importance of schools for its children and has good schools and educational institutions backed by dedicated faculty; is on the right path towards development.

An educated society can look after the needs of its children, students, youth as well as and elders and strive for development; taking everybody in account. A society which is educated nurtures the younger generation in a much better way than the uneducated society, so that they grow up to become content and happy individuals; contributing to the nation’s growth.

An uneducated society, on the other hand has many odds on its side than the evens. A society that constitutes of uneducated and illiterate people cannot provide basic amenities for itself; neither it has the vision to do so. The individuals in such societies don’t have the perception of development, nor do they strive for it; living a deprived and rather depressed life.

These societies have poor state of health, hygiene, economy and not to mention poor education; latter being the root cause behind all their issues. Such societies are unable to provide necessary education to the individuals and youths, pushing them towards criminal activities to fend for the needs of themselves and their families. The young are malnourished, deprived and forced into labor; sealing their own fate as well as the fate of the society.
Reasons Why Education is So Important in Society

Much more could be said and written about the good that education brings to a society and the perils caused by the lack of it. Below we will go through the advantages of education in a society and its different aspects; at the same time contrasting them with an illiterate society.

1) Illiteracy breeds Illiteracy

An educated society makes sure that its younger generation is also educated while an illiterate society breeds illiterate generations, who struggle in life even to meet their basic needs of food and health. Illiterate parents are least likely to promote education to their wards, so pushing them towards deprivation and labor.

A literate society on the other hand, makes sure that its children too are educated and provides necessary infrastructure and logistics for it.

2) Development of Society

An educated society is either developed or is moving towards development. It moves steadily towards economic, social and infrastructural development; providing all of its members, the financial, social and infrastructural needs. Because its people are educated, they are employed and fearless to adapting to any scientific and technological advancement. They have a vision of development and high levels of per capita income, leading to better living standards and quality of life.

An uneducated society on the other hand is underdeveloped and its per capita income is extremely low, which reflects poor living conditions and hence poor state of basic amenities. The average income earned by the individuals is low due to their low productivity, owing to their illiteracy.

Therefore, the only hope of the development of a society lies in the education of its people.

3) Better Law and Order

An educated society can collectively fend for the needs of its members, resulting in happy and content individuals and hence a happy and content society. An educated society means, its members are gainfully employed and can very well look after the needs of themselves and their families. They don’t have to; neither, they need to break the law in order to fend for their needs. The individuals stay in order and so does the society.

An uneducated society on the other hand breeds a discontent and unhappy individual, who has the power of nothing else but to destroy. An uneducated individual is more likely to take to criminal activities like- theft, robbery etc, in order to meet his and his family’s daily requirements of food and money; ultimately leading to poor law and order condition of the society. This doesn’t mean that every uneducated person is a criminal but it is also true that nearly three quarters of the criminals are uneducated.

4) Wealth and Abundance

An educated society is a wealthy society which provides for the social and financial needs of its members. The members are gainfully employed in business or in profession and are wealthy enough to sustain their needs; living a happy and content life.  They have the access to resources and are skilled enough to use them for their financial and social development. They understand that only the society which is educated can stay together and has an abundance of opportunities, facilities and amenities.

An uneducated society on the other hand is a deprived society, whose members have to struggle even to gain a full square meal each day. A society that is not educated, cannot implement new technology or bring social or political changes; necessary for sustainable development. Poverty breeds in such societies, where not only children but also adults remain deprived and malnourished.

5) High Self Esteem

Self esteem of an individual depends on how he/she looks after his/her family, what they contribute to the society, their social status, standard of living and various other similar factors. It can therefore be said that a literate society is a group of people with high self esteem and access to good facilities and better living environment.

People in an uneducated society; however, don’t enjoy that self esteem and always look down upon themselves and as well as the society. They suffer from a sense of inferiority and insecurity, not to mention a low self esteem.

6) Gender Equality

An educated society does not discriminate between genders and provides equal opportunities to all. Women in an educated society are gainfully employed, sustaining their families and improving their financial and social status. An educated society very well understands the need to be gender neutral and its significance in social and economical development.

An illiterate society lacks any such vision and is completely aloof of the benefits of gender equality. Such societies treat women as domestic workers; whose only job is to cook food and look for petty house hold works. A society that doesn’t take every gender into consideration, has limited economical as well as social development.

7) Health And Hygiene

An educated society has a way better state of health and hygiene than an illiterate society. Educated individuals are well aware of the threats to their lives and know how to tackle them. Literacy is the weapon they use to analyze, understand and finally subdue the threats; ensuring better health and hygiene for themselves as well as their families. They have knowledge of medical advancements across the world and are bold enough to demand the same from authorities.

Contrastingly, an illiterate society lacks the vision to identify the health hazards or sometimes knowingly live in a hazardous and unhygienic environment; as they are left with no option owing to their poverty and poor social status. An uneducated society doesn’t understands the difference between good and bad hygiene, neither it demands better medical facilities.

8) Better Political State

A literate society makes way for a better political setup as they understand what’s good and bad for them and also for the nation’s development. Educated individuals are more likely to take wise and unbiased decisions while choosing their political representatives. They are the most unlikely to believe in false promises and get carried away by unrealistic goals. They know who is real and fake and can clearly visualize the difference An illiterate society on the other hand, finds it difficult to make decisions, especially when it comes to choosing the right political leadership. It is most likely to be carried away on the pretexts of false promises and on the basis of religion, culture, caste or language; rather than development. An illiterate voter doesn’t votes for the society’s development, he rather commits to the petty gains those were promised in return. We published hundreds of education features in 2017 — from breaking news to research analyses in our Big Picture series, memorable educator profiles, eye-opening reports on innovative education practices, state-by-state ESSA coverage, new commentaries on the year’s heated political debates, and, of course, our two daily headline roundups: national news at TopSheet.com and developments from the 12 biggest school districts at EduClips.

So we thought we’d take a moment, before diving into the new year, to share with you the standouts of ’17. These were our 17 most popular, most widely shared, and more influential articles and videos from the year that was:

1. Supreme Court: Unions prepare for thousands of lost members as new case goes to the high court

Will the Supreme Court of the United States overturn mandatory union fees? That’s the question millions of Americans are waiting to find out the answer to after the court accepted the Janus v. AFSCME case. If the court ultimately finds in favor of Mark Janus, it will put an end to the agency fees that union charge nonmembers — and the unions, particularly teachers unions, will have to operate and finance themselves in an entirely new way. Oral arguments should be heard this winter and a ruling issued by June 2018. Mike Antonucci had more on the appeal to the top court — and what the fallout could mean.

Some of Noble’s college-bound seniors. (Photo credit: Richard Whitmire)

2. Exclusive: Data show charter students graduating college at 3–5 times national rate

About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante on their own strategic goals. It wasn’t enough to enroll 100 percent of graduates in colleges, they declared. What mattered was getting students through college. Now, those charter networks’ investment in postsecondary education is bearing fruit. See the data and read the analysis on the “Alumni” microsite, which makes one thing clear — graduating from high school can’t be the end of the story.

3. Profile: Inside BASIS, the acclaimed school network that’s blended together the world’s best education practices

The founders of BASIS decided 20 years ago that they were going to build a better school. How? By finding the best education practices from around the world and bringing them to the U.S. It made for a tough, rigorous atmosphere, which brought the network both criticism and praise. But not only does BASIS outperform top U.S. schools, it routinely beats the countries it borrowed its best practices from. Kate Stringer took an in-depth look at some of these not-so-secret international tools that BASIS’s founders think the U.S. could use more of.

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4. Analysis: When The New York Times’s reporting on DeVos and Detroit charters looks like ‘alternative facts’

One of the seminal talking points surrounding the intense criticism of Education Secretary–designate Betsy DeVos was that half the charter schools in Detroit perform the same as or worse than the city’s traditional public schools. That’s a grim statistic, given that Detroit’s public schools are the worst in the nation and DeVos is closely associated with the expansion of Detroit charters. Problem is, Detroit charters actually outperform district schools — maybe not prodigiously, but they do. Max Eden dug down to reveal the wrongheaded statistical comparison made by The New York Times’s national education correspondent to reach the opposite conclusion, and how that damaging distortion became part of the narrative.

5. New York: Teachers union sows confusion as it delivers raises, double dips on dues

The United Federation of Teachers’ complicated system for calculating dues goes mostly unnoticed by members, but a deduction on back pay for 2009 and 2010 — years when members already paid dues, which don’t vary by salary — hasn’t been explained coherently. The dues amount is small, which makes the confusion, and the union’s failure to clarify, particularly curious. But multiplied over tens of thousands of New York City teachers and five years of retroactive payments, those additional dues numbers add up. David Cantor detailed the complicated situation that has some asking about the murky move by the union.

Photo credit: Mark Keierleber

6. South Carolina: Deep in the ‘Corridor of Shame,’ teachers at New Tech Network strive for a big turnaround

For decades, South Carolina schools along Interstate 95 have struggled with inadequate funding and poor academic performance. At a dozen schools across the state, however, change is afloat. Among them is Colleton County High School in Walterboro, home to the Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy. The business-focused school-within-a-school is an outpost of the New Tech Network, a national nonprofit that has partnerships with nearly 200 schools across the country. Mark Keierleber traveled to South Carolina to profile the school, which puts a laptop in the hands of every student and trains teachers to build their classrooms around critical thinking and collaboration.

7. Indiana: How one of Indianapolis’s ‘Innovation School’ principals is using language of love — and Spanish immersion program — to achieve dramatic student growth

It bothered Principal Mariama Carson to watch her students say goodbye to their parents in Spanish as they headed into class and then not speak their native language again for the rest of the day. So she opened a new “Innovation School” in Indianapolis featuring not only a dual-language immersion program but a culture of love, where staff and parents call each other familia. Kate Stringer showed how this new model is doubling student scores and turning around a school where more than 90 percent of students failed state tests.

Photo credit: Jimmy Abraham, courtesy of Miami-Dade schools

8. Florida: Why Miami’s superintendent, once an undocumented immigrant, is banning ICE from his schools

Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools — where 50 percent of students were born outside the United States — was himself once an undocumented immigrant. Although he says he’s been assured by federal officials that they have no intention of entering public schools or making immigration arrests on school campuses, the school leader has concerns about the number of families now coping with an extraordinary degree of deportation stress on a daily basis. As Carvalho said to reporter Mark Keierleber, “Over my dead body will any federal entity enter our schools to take immigration actions against our kids.”

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9. 74 Interview: Condoleezza Rice talks education, national security, and Donald Trump

The 2016 election was divisive, in part because it brought to the surface a fundamental disagreement about what had happened to the country’s most cherished idea: that no matter where you’re born or who you’re born to, you are given a chance to rise through hard work and perseverance. Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice returned to that theme often in an interview with Carolyn Phenicie, noting that she believes only education can heal the country’s divisions: “I think what may be breaking us apart is lack of confidence about whether that narrative is actually any longer available to most people.”

10. Teacher Effectiveness: Even after Colorado’s teacher evaluation ‘revolution,’ fewer than 1 in 1,000 rated ineffective

In 2010, when Colorado passed a novel teacher-evaluation law — linking test scores to teacher performance, and to ratings, tenure, and firing decisions — proponents deemed it groundbreaking and revolutionary. But now, several years later, some advocates of the law have soured on it, pointing out that the new system rated a tiny share (0.09%, or fewer than 1 in 1,000) of teachers ineffective, much like the old system. Matt Barnum took a closer look at how the state measures its teaching corps.

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11. Washington, D.C.: Monument Academy tries a new model to help kids in foster care — a charter boarding school

Students in the foster care system are twice as likely to drop out of high school as other kids, and only 2 percent earn a four-year college degree. So at Monument Academy, a charter school in its third year serving mostly students who have come in contact with the Washington, D.C., foster care system, teachers set high expectations for their students, emphasizing that they believe they can do the work. It’s a message many of them haven’t experienced before. Carolyn Phenicie went inside Monument Academy, illustrating how providing essential life skills and forming bonds with caring adults has become key to students’ long-term success.

12. Chronic Absenteeism: Study finds 1 in 4 teachers misses more than 10 days of school a year — and the problem is three times as bad in traditional schools

What happens when teachers miss more than 10 days of school? A Fordham Institute report found that 28.3 percent of teachers in traditional public schools are chronically absent — meaning missing more than 10 days during the school year. But in charter schools, that number applies to 10.3 percent of teachers. Although the rates vary, chronic absenteeism is more frequent on average in traditional schools across the nation’s 10 largest cities and in all but one state. David Cantor took a closer look at Fordham’s findings.

Students at Denver School of Science and Technology celebrate college acceptances. (Photo credit: DSST)

13. Colorado: 10 years, 100% college acceptance: Inside a most remarkable decade at the Denver School of Science and Technology

The Denver School of Science and Technology — better known by its acronym, DSST — celebrated its 10th year of every senior in the graduating class being accepted into a four-year college. That’s no small feat for a network in which nearly three-quarters of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, a proxy for poverty, and 56 percent of students are Hispanic, numbers that largely mirror the district writ large. Carolyn Phenicie went inside the school as it focuses on its expansion, by taking a hard look at how it can improve.

People wait in line to get a flight at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on Sept. 25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria inflicted widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island left without power. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

14. Puerto Rico: Teachers fleeing Hurricane Maria arrived at Orlando’s airport with nothing. They left with jobs

As more and more students fled Puerto Rico for the mainland U.S. after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, districts across the East Coast saw an influx of new students. Orange County Public Schools, which includes Orlando, quickly became a hub for arriving students — and the district, realizing it was going to need more teachers, went to the source, setting up a recruitment station at the airport and hiring educators right off the plane from Puerto Rico. Mark Keierleber followed the unprecedented surge of students and the measures schools were taking to help them.

One teacher is using the Harry Potter books to teach her students literary devices. (Photo credit: Ms_SHamilton Twitter)

15. First Day of School: 19 years later … teachers are still bringing Harry Potter magic to their classrooms for the start of the school year

The final Harry Potter book closed Sept. 1, 2017, as the Hogwarts Express rolled out of Platform 9 3/4 for the beginning of a new school year. But for the Muggle students left behind, teachers across the country have found inspiration in the Harry Potter books for every detail in their classrooms, from classroom management to teaching literary devices. Kate Stringer reported on how a generation of teachers who grew up with Harry are bringing his magic to their students.

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16. Personalized Learning: Richard Culatta on how to do personalized learning well — and why it could be the key to narrowing a school’s equity gap

Personalized learning is a hard term for people to define — is it technology? is it a statewide system overhaul? — but Richard Culatta does so succinctly, and speaks from experience. Culatta, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, helped lead Rhode Island’s statewide personalized learning initiative in 2016. He spoke with Kate Stringer about digital citizenship, parent engagement, and what schools need to focus on if they’re going to successfully implement a personalized learning approach.

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17. Investigation: Texas AFT email reveals ‘dirty tricks’ campaign to sabotage district/charter partnership, oust superintendent

Over the past eight years, the El Paso Independent School District has clawed its way back from an academic cheating scandal, the arrest and imprisonment of a superintendent who steered a no-bid contract to his mistress, and a state takeover. Juan Cabrera was tapped to turn around the 60,000-student district, where two-thirds of students are economically disadvantaged. He’s made steady gains, but after announcing a possible partnership with charter school networks to open new programs within the district, El Paso Federation of Teachers President Ross Moore asked the state and national American Federation of Teachers organizations to “begin interfering with” the superintendent’s relationship with the universities training El Paso’s most in-demand teachers, to cause problems in the bond market for the nonprofit IDEA Public Schools charter network, and to “turn members and other EPISD employees against Cabrera.” Beth Hawkins dug in deep to find out why. Read her full investigation here.
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The underappreciated health benefits of being a weekend warrior

Our nephew Christopher died of a heroin overdose in October 2013. It had started with pain pills and experimentation, and was fueled by deep grief. He was charismatic, lovable, a favorite uncle, and a hero to all the children in his life. His death too young was a huge loss to our family. I have always felt that I didn’t do enough to help prevent it, and perhaps, in a way, even contributed.
Good intentions with unintended consequences

My medical training took me through several big-city hospitals where addiction and its consequences were commonplace. Throughout all of it, great emphasis was placed on recognizing “the fifth vital sign,” i.e., pain, and treating it.

I distinctly remember as a medical student wearing a little pin with the word “PAIN” and a line across it. One was considered a bad doctor if they didn’t ask about and treat pain. And so, treat we did. This medical movement, combined with the mass marketing of OxyContin and a swelling heroin trade, has created the current opioid epidemic.

It generally starts with pain pills: Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycodone or OxyContin, either prescribed or given or bought. Quickly, a person finds that she or he needs more and more of the drug to get the same effect. Almost overnight, they need the drug just to feel normal, to stave off the horror of withdrawal. Street heroin is cheaper and easier to come by than pills, and so, people move on to the next level. Just like Christopher.

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that deaths from overdose of opioids have been rising every year since 1999. (OxyContin came to market in 1996). Deaths from heroin overdose have recently spiked: a 20% increase from 2014 to 2015. And most recently we’re seeing fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, where even a few small grains can kill.

So, if we doctors helped everyone get into this mess, we should help them get out of it, no?
Needed: Treatment that works

As the opioid epidemic has exploded, so has the demand for treatment. But treatment is almost impossible to come by. The U.S. is short almost 1 million treatment slots for opioid addiction treatment. And not all treatments offered are that effective.

The “traditional” treatment of detoxification, followed by referrals to individual therapy or group support (think Narcotics Anonymous), may work well for some, but the data suggest that there are more effective approaches. In fact, a growing body of evidence very strongly supports medication, combined with therapy and group support, as the most effective treatment currently available.

“Detox” followed by therapy has consistently shown poor results, with more than 80% of patients relapsing, compared to treatment with medications, with only 15% relapsing. Medications, specifically methadone and buprenorphine, can help prevent withdrawal symptoms and control cravings, and can help patients to function in society. Suboxone (a combination of the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone) has many advantages over methadone. It not only prevents withdrawal and controls cravings, but also blocks the effects from any illicit drug use, making it more difficult for patients to relapse or overdose. In addition, while methadone can only be prescribed through certified clinics, any primary care provider who completes a training course can prescribe Suboxone. That means treatment for opioid use disorders could be much more widely available.

Basically, treatment with medications, and especially Suboxone, is effective, and safer than anything else we have to offer. Yes, relapses can occur, but far less frequently than with traditional treatment. And death from heroin overdose? Far, far less.
Biases against treating opioid use disorder with medications

Despite their effectiveness, there is stigma associated with treating substance use disorders with medication. I admit that I had my own doubts as well. People say, as I did, “Oh, you’re just replacing one drug with another.” But a lot of hard science has accumulated since 2002, when the FDA approved Suboxone for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Think about it. Is shooting street heroin that’s cut with God knows what, using needles infected with worse, really the same as using a well-studied, safe, and effective daily oral medication? Some may claim “Oh, you’re just creating another addiction.” Would you tell someone with diabetes who depends on insulin that they’re “addicted”? Then why say that to someone with opioid use disorder who depends on Suboxone? This is literally the reasoning that played out in my head as I have learned about treating opioid addiction, or, more correctly stated, opioid use disorder.
Stepping up

I’ve decided that it’s time to do something. There’s a great need for doctors willing and able to treat opioid use disorder. In 2016, surgeon general Vivek Murthy issued a strident call to action to all U.S. healthcare providers, asking them to get involved.

This issue has been on my mind and soul since Christopher’s death, so I started educating myself, and contacted our hospital’s substance use disorders specialist with my motivation and concerns. In the few months since then, I’ve taken the training course to become a licensed prescriber, and am working with the team to begin treating a small group of patients.

In my 16 years of clinical training and practice, I have witnessed all of this firsthand: the blatant, medically rationalized over-prescription of pain meds, the stigma and undertreatment of opioid use disorder, and the unnecessary, premature death of a really good kid. I’m just starting off on this, and I’m still learning, but my hope is to keep another family from experiencing unnecessary loss. (For more information see Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction)

Register for the free online course OpioidX: The Opioid Crisis in America. This course challenges common beliefs about addiction and the people who become addicted to opioids. Through an increased understanding of the biology of addiction, the course aims to reduce the stigma around addiction in general, and help people discover the multiple pathways to evidenced-based treatment. A variety of Harvard Medical School clinicians and health policy experts explain these topics and you’ll hear stories first-hand from those who have experienced addiction, or whose lives have been touched by this the opioid epidemic.
Men who have high levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in their blood face troubling uncertainties. While it’s true that prostate cancer can elevate PSA, so can other conditions, including the benign prostate enlargement that afflicts many men as they get older. PSA levels also vary normally from one man to the next, and some men have unusually high levels even when they’re perfectly healthy. To rule out cancer, doctors might recommend a biopsy. Yet prostate biopsies pose risks of infection, and they can also miss cancer in men who truly have the disease. Most prostate biopsies are guided by transrectal ultrasound, an imaging technology that allows doctors to see the gland while taking tissue samples (called cores) with specialized needles. Tumors may not show up on ultrasound, however, so the biopsy needles might never hit a cancerous target.
A more precise way to investigate elevated PSA results

In January, British researchers reported results from the multi-center PROMIS study showing that a different imaging technology, called multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (MP-MRI), could allow some men with high PSA levels to safely avoid a prostate biopsy altogether. “If my MP-MRI was negative, I would not have a biopsy,” said Mark Emberton, M.D., director of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at University College London, and a co-author on the study. “And I would do that confidently.”

An MRI machine uses a very large magnet, a radio-wave transmitter, and a computer to construct detailed pictures of structures inside the body. MP-MRI is an advanced form of the technology that allows specially trained radiologists to detect prostate tumors. They can also gauge how aggressive the tumor is by looking at how tightly the cells are packed and how blood and water molecules flow through them.
Here’s how the study worked

During the study, researchers looked at how well MP-MRI performs at detecting prostate cancer compared to two different kinds of biopsies: a standard biopsy guided by transrectal ultrasound (TRUS-biopsy), and a “template prostate mapping” (TPM) biopsy that samples the entire gland at 5-millimeter intervals. TPM biopsy is the “gold standard” for diagnosing prostate cancer, but doctors rarely use it because it’s so invasive. If MP-MRI had failed to detect a prostate cancer identified with TPM biopsy, then the result would be recorded as a false negative.

The study enrolled 576 men with PSA levels ranging up to 15 nanograms per milliliter. MP-MRI correctly identified prostate cancers that were confirmed with TPM biopsies 93% of the time. That’s a significant improvement over TRUS-biopsy, which only picked up about half the prostate cancers detected with TPM biopsy. MP-MRI was also effective at identifying men who did not have clinically significant prostate cancers, recognizing them correctly 89% of the time. The results helped to confirm that MP-MRI is better at picking up aggressive tumors than it is at detecting low-grade cancers that might never be harmful during a man’s lifetime. Dr. Emberton emphasized that the cancers missed by MP-MRI were nearly all low-grade. “MP-MRI missed none of the high-grade, dangerous cancers and TRUS-biopsy missed many of them,” he said.
Promising, but proceed with caution

Dr. Marc Garnick, the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and editor in chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org said the new study helps to show that MP-MRI provides important diagnostic information in a non-invasive way that protects men from infection and other biopsy-related complications. But he cautioned that all diagnostic methods employed today carry some risk of missing prostate cancers that are truly present. “Moreover, the radiological skills needed to interpret MP-MRIs correctly are in short supply,” he said. “And the technology’s cost must also be considered as its use becomes more widespread.” What do you think of when you hear the term “weekend warrior”? Maybe it’s a person who exercises intensely on the weekend but is otherwise sedentary. I tend to think of an overweight, middle-aged guy resolving for the 100th time to get in shape. But because he only has time to work out over the weekend, that’s when he does it — or overdoes it.
Woe betide the weekend warrior

Weekend warriors with back pain, a pulled muscle, or other “overuse” injuries are a common sight in doctors’ waiting rooms after they’ve tried to do too much in too little time. That’s why most experts recommend regular exercise most days of the week rather than just on weekends.
A new study’s new take

Despite the injuries commonly associated with the weekend warrior, a new study finds that weekend warriors may be on to something. As published in JAMA Internal Medicine, weekend warriors who met recommended exercise guidelines (including those who exercised just once or twice a week but did so vigorously for at least 75 minutes, or at moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes) had a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other causes.

Here’s some more specific information about this study:

    More than 63,000 adults in England and Scotland were surveyed about their health and physical activity between 1994 and 2012.
    Nearly two-thirds of study subjects were considered inactive — 11% were regularly active and about 4% were “weekend warriors.” The rest were “insufficiently active,” meaning they were not inactive but did not meet recommended activity guidelines.
    Data regarding their deaths from any cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer were also collected over this time period.

Compared to less active adults, weekend warriors had a 30% lower risk of death from any cause, a 40% lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, and an 18% lower risk of death due to cancer. While regular exercisers had lower death rates than weekend warriors, the differences were quite small.
Some caveats

Of course, a study of this sort can only describe an association between exercise and death rates, but it cannot prove that the exercise actually caused the health benefits. It’s possible that something other than exercise — perhaps a difference in diet not captured by the surveys — accounted for the lower death rates among the weekend warriors. Activity levels were self-reported and could be inaccurate. In addition, 90% of the study population was white. If other ethnic groups were included, the results might have been different. Other information not included in this study would be of interest, including the type of sedentary activities (such as sitting), effects on other health outcomes (such as mental health, arthritis, or diabetes), and rates of injuries related to physical activity.

Still, this study is among the first to suggest that weekend warriors may get a similar benefit from their schedule of exercise as those working out more regularly. This study also supports current exercise guidelines that recommend 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week or 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.
So, what does this mean for you?

In my view, this study is important. In the past, weekend warriors were encouraged to change their ways lest they wind up injured. And it has long been assumed that you can’t get much benefit by exercising just once or twice a week rather than daily or most days of the week. This new study should make us rethink that assumption.
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How to manage injuries at home and when you need to go to the doctor

What if I need a sleep study? If you are one of the approximately 35% of Americans who snore, perhaps this has crossed your mind. You have read on the internet or watched a newscast about sleep apnea, a condition associated with an increase in heart attack and stroke risk. Loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and observed pauses in breathing at night are the most frequent symptoms. A sleep study is necessary to make the diagnosis.

To many people, the thought of a sleep study raises visions of being restrained in a bed with wires attached everywhere and complete strangers watching you, in other words, “Big Brother on steroids.” They frequently tell their doctors that they never will be able to sleep under such circumstances, and sometimes they are correct. A number of studies have shown that the first night of sleep in a laboratory may not be representative of a person’s usual sleep pattern. Fortunately, there is a solution: a home sleep study.

Increasingly, driven by the necessity to reduce health care costs, health insurance companies have been requiring that limited home sleep studies be done to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea. In addition to being less expensive, these studies allow the patient to sleep in his or her familiar home environment. A major disadvantage is that brain wave activity is not recorded, which means that important sleep information isn’t captured. In addition, because the study is not directly observed by a technician, the quality of the signals may be inadequate. So it’s been unclear whether the treatment outcomes of those studied with a home test are the same as those who are studied in a sleep laboratory.

In a recent large study of patients suspected of having sleep apnea, effectiveness of treatment for patients who were diagnosed using information from replicated home sleep studies was compared to those diagnosed with data from a sleep laboratory. The investigators found that improvements in sleepiness and quality of life were the same. These results are reassuring, and add to the increasing amount of information indicating that home sleep studies may be used to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea in most patients.

Although a home sleep study can be used to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea in the majority of patients, some really should be studied in a sleep laboratory — these include persons with underlying heart or lung disease and certain chronic medical conditions, as well as those who are suspected of having sleep disorders other than sleep apnea. Most importantly, home sleep studies can be incorrect and miss the diagnosis of sleep apnea, or underestimate its severity. If a home sleep study suggests the presence of sleep apnea, then it makes sense to go ahead and treat it. However, if the home sleep study is negative, a laboratory sleep study should be performed.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most heavily utilized and underappreciated joints in the human body. Mechanically, the TMJ is what allows you to open and close your mouth, and to a lesser extent, extend and move your jaw from side to side. Functionally, it facilitates eating, talking, and facial expressions. Without a TMJ, McGruff the crime dog would not be able to “Take a bite out of crime,” and Jaws would have never become a savage predatory superstar of the deep blue sea.  Just kidding. We all know from “Shark Week” that sharks do not actually have a TMJ, but you get the idea.

Structurally, the TMJ is a complex joint that involves multiple muscles working in concert with uniquely shaped cartilage to allow for the powerful actions of chewing, as well as the fine movements involved with speech. Like so many parts of the human body, the TMJ usually only receives attention when something goes wrong.
The grind of grinding

Grinding of the teeth, also known as bruxism, is a very common problem. For many people this occurs at night during sleep (nocturnal bruxism).  Since it occurs during sleep, many people are unaware that they’re even doing it, but the noise generated can be unbearable for a sleep partner. People with nocturnal bruxism often wake up the next morning with tightness and soreness of the jaw muscles.  Bruxism over time can cause destruction of tooth enamel, the formation of gaps between teeth as teeth start to shift, and damage to the TMJ joint. Some people who suffer from bruxism are first diagnosed during routine dental visits when enamel destruction is noted.
Snap, crackle, pop

A number of studies have shown that TMJ dysfunction can exacerbate headache disorders, and that successful treatment of TMJ dysfunction can improve the headache disorder. As a headache specialist, I routinely evaluate the TMJ. During the examination, I palpate the joint, while the patient makes different jaw movements. I can often feel, and at times hear, the dysfunction in the joint. These problems are usually due to the misalignment or damage that has occurred to the tendons, ligaments, and/or cartilage involved with jaw movements. When severe, the TMJ can painfully “lock,” and the person is unable to move their jaw until the joint is realigned, which can at times require surgery. These issues can occur in association with bruxism, excessive jaw clenching, jaw trauma, and at times without any clear cause.
My night…guard in shining armor

A very common treatment for TMJ dysfunction is the use of a nightguard, which is a plastic mouthpiece that covers the teeth, and prevents enamel on enamel contact. A nightguard is usually fitted to the upper (maxillary) teeth. In general, a dentist fabricates custom nightguards.  Although usually more expensive, custom nightguards are a better choice than over-the-counter versions for a number of reasons. Custom night guards tend to be thinner and more comfortable. In addition, custom night guards are molded specifically to a person’s teeth and bite. If a nightguard doesn’t fit well, it can actually cause shifting of teeth and worsen TMJ symptoms. Although bruxism has never been a significant problem for me, I wear a nightguard to prevent enamel wear and shifting of teeth. After using a nightguard for a number of years, I tell patients that not wearing my nightguard is like not putting on my seatbelt after I get in the car. It is a disruption in my routine, which can at times leave me feeling restless.
Injecting conversation

Other treatments for TMJ dysfunction include injections directly into the joint and jaw surgery. One of the less invasive and less painful treatments is the use of botulinum toxin (Botox). Cosmetically, Botox works by relaxing the muscles that, when overactive, can cause wrinkles. Similarly, when injected into jaw muscles, they relieve tightness, pain, and wear on the TMJ. Two of my patients had very large jaw muscles from constant clenching over the years, and with Botox injections the contour of their faces changed. One of these patients said, “I hated having these big jowls. My jaw line is much smoother now, and my pain is essentially gone.” Regarding side effects, another one of my patients asked, “Dr. Mathew, does injecting Botox in the jaw muscles cause any side effects?” I advised her, “Injecting too much Botox can cause jaw weakness when chewing something tough like steak, which can be a good thing.” She responded, “How can jaw weakness be a good thing?” I replied, “If you are experiencing jaw weakness, it will be difficult for you to complain about me.”
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Start A Digital Marketing Business In 2019

Yo, what’s up guys welcome to the blog. So I’m currently writing my goals for the day the tasks I want to achieve for the day I’ve realized that if I don’t do this, and the days I haven’t written this, my productivity goes down. So this is really happening. So I’ll share today’s goals with you guys. So the goal is to just complete each task list.

One by one and try to minimize any procrastination between each goal and basically have a solid productive day

breakfast check whatever guys what’s up its various peanut butter flax and chia seeds. And

one thing that I really want to change about myself and that is my habit of checking my phone every 10 minutes. It’s literally the main cause of all the procrastination that happens between my tasks that I am working on. And I’m trying to keep my phone away from me as much as I can. But the thing is, my work is on my phone. And you know, I am very responsive at the phone if it’s ever a client, or if it’s you know, to blind anyone on Instagram or anything like that, but I need to set a time schedule for these things.

So and you’re like keep time for blind time for the blind comments and you do keep time away from my phone because it really really slows me down. So if this is something that you

went through in the past or go to let me know in the comment section down below how you were able to get over this phone procrastination habit, I would love to get some tips today.

So I’m all desktop right now. I’m supposed to be going for a meeting in some time regarding my online coaching business and Yep, that’s what I’m going to be wearing. I pretty much live in gym clothes all the time. Guys talks about being self employed, right? I started my online coaching business in July and honestly, it’s been the best decision I ever took in my life. I feel so grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to train so many people from all over the world and basically make fitness a lot more enjoyable and sustainable part of their life. Show them how good health can impact every area of their life and

judicial and what their bodies are capable of. So that’s been a blessing and this meeting that I’m going for right now I can’t share all the details with you all but and basically stepping my online coaching game up one notch

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some grabbing a quick meal before I head out. This might just be my pre workout meal as well keeping it very simple doll lentils, veggies give me a very light because I want to enjoy this vegan burger neither I’m having a craving for so I’m adjusting my calories in the day so that I can enjoy more calories at night. basic basic nutrition tape use it if you plan to go out you want us to stick with your nutrition goals. just adjust your calories earlier in the day so you don’t mess up

Good evening.

Done with that meeting now off to go get a crazy back and biceps session. So that’s my knowledge and I never want to have to feel

There’s good so the movement I just did was the snatch grip deadlift, so it’s different from a regular deadlift because my hand if you saw my hand placement was much wider is going to make your exercise so much tougher and target your back a lot more try let me know if you like it smash that workout but I am starving guys real quick what

Doing post workout today to optimize recovery. Alright, so first things first I’m gonna have half a piece of this vegan brownie. So I’m adding this because post your workout you are gonna optimize recovery if you spike insulin levels so this is a fast digesting carbohydrates, a simple sugar based carbohydrate.

So it’s very beneficial to have immediately post workout. Now this isn’t the best choice I would have something like a banana or something that was really creating this brownie and more better than have a post workout and I’m also going to have a blue red is right now by hand micronutrients, antioxidants great post workout.

Once this is done, I’m going to move on to the proteins so I’m using lean as a ball plant based protein powders got 25 grams of protein per scoop immediately I’m going to have this after I finished my carbohydrate portion of the post workout shake and I’m also gonna throw in five grams of creating more hydrate in this to basically restore

ATP levels you guys could get this protein on alibaba.in and save 5% on your total order if you use the code Rowan five already REMAX mean I was super super hungry so what I’ve got here I have some

tofu vegetables I’ve used Holly and Chipotle, a sauce and a bunch of things to make this super interesting and not blank.

Alright so let’s get into it. What are some of the things I wish I knew when I started my fitness journey when I began my fitness journey like

Most male teenagers, I wanted to have an awesome physique. I wanted to be ripped. I wanted to be muscular. And obviously I wanted to be very active and fit. But the looks, we’re a big priority to me. Now, one of the biggest mistakes I made when I started my fitness journey was trying to look to rip too fast. So if you try to look to rip when you’ve not actually built any muscle mass, you’re going to look skinny and the beginning phase the starting phase of your lifting journey in the gym is actually the most crucial journey when you put on the most amount of muscle so you’re trying to eat last and look to shredded is counterproductive to you and the local you desire. So the first thing I would say is if you’re just starting out in your fitness journey, don’t be afraid to eat more food, eat healthy food, of course, but eat more food, put on a little strength a little bit of size, build your foundation and then worry about going on.

A second thing I would like to talk about. is being afraid of carbohydrates. Now, this doesn’t just apply to people who are just starting out their fitness journey. In fact, a lot of people who have been who have some experience in the gym or who have been on this fitness lifestyle for a while, are afraid of carbs and you don’t need to be afraid of carbs and your enemy carbs, our main source of energy. Yes, too much carbs equals too many calories.

So that is not required, but carbs on its own is not your enemy. So don’t be afraid of carbs. carbs are literally your best friend in the gym. When it comes to performance, making you feel better than the gym and giving you the energy you need to really maximize your workouts which will help you get a better physique in the long run. Also, carbohydrates have a protein sparing effect, which basically means that it helps protein do its job better. So if you’re done with your workout and just suddenly start having protein powder or any other protein source without actually giving it carbohydrates, you’re missing out and put

recovery. So carbs are awesome. Just be wise about how much how many carbohydrates you eat, but don’t be afraid. Another thing that I was over concerned about was supplements. So the way the supplement industry markets itself is like you need supplements in order to build a great physique and that is just not true. So one of the mistakes I made while when I when I began my fitness journey was doing too much research research on what’s the best supplement and what’s the best next best supplement by when in reality you need to focus on what is the best way I can feed my body what is the right kind of nutrition what is the right way to train so if there’s a pyramid I would say focus on your training and nutrition first, then your sleep your recovery your habits and then supplements so supplements definitely do help supplement your lifestyle and make your lifestyle they make fitness and easier part of a lifestyle like let’s say a protein powder is very convenient post workout so nothing wrong with it. But this

nothing magical about it. You need to make sure you’re focusing on nutrition, whole food sources, proper training, recovery, rest, and all that stuff before you even think about worrying about what’s the best supplement. But another thing I would recommend, if you’re just starting out a fitness journey is to either invest in a good coach, there are plenty of good coaches out there. So either invest in a good coach who has a good understanding of macro nutrient requirements, calories and proper effective training. And let’s say hiring a coach is something that doesn’t work out for you because you probably can’t afford it or you don’t have the time for it.

Do your own research. If you’re watching this video, you have access to the internet, you probably have a phone or a laptop. So take some time off in the week in a month. Whenever you’re free and do some research it’s gonna take you a long way. You don’t have to be a fitness freak to know the basic principles of nutrition. Regardless if you’re a banker, if you’re a lawyer. If you work in a call center, whatever your respective field is, you need to know how to take care of your health.

Health is wealth, respect your temple. And it’s going to take you a really long way. How you feel your body day in and day out how much movement and exercise you perform in the entire week. How effective is the exercise you’re doing? All these things play a very, very big role in your overall health, your immunity, your performance, everything. And if you ever feel like there’s something you’re not sure about something you’re confused about related to nutrition or training. I do a fitness q&a every Monday on my Instagram and I answered 99% of the questions I get.

So feel free to send me a question. I would love to share my views on on this and basically clear your doubt and make fitness a lot more easy for you to understand and to really enjoy. So since I’m talking about effective workouts, something that I wish I knew when I started training was to not go to the gym and just go and train chest or just go and train back or just go in

Train your bicep that is an effective way to train. For most of us. Let’s say you have just three days to go to the gym in the week you want to do something like an upper lower full body workout or push pull legs or something like that. You want to basically train multiple muscle groups at once and hit your muscles more often. That is what’s going to help you build the physique you want in combination with proper nutrition.

If you’re just going to the gym and training one muscle you’re either probably overtraining that muscle or you’re not making the most of your time recovery and the potential gains you can make. That’s why I’m stressing so much and telling you guys to get the right kind of guidance whether it’s with someone else or whether it’s through your own research. It’s so important because you can waste so many months and years of you know, and money and resources on ineffective ways to eat and train which is not serving the purpose of your fitness goals.

Some of us just want to be fit don’t really want to put on muscle mass and things like that, which is fine. You can just eat really healthy in moderation, exercise, and you will be fit. But for those of you who have these crazy physique goals, who want to put on muscle mass and want to be lean and ripped, and you know, we’re want to look really aesthetic for you guys. proper training, proper nutrition is super crucial. Otherwise, it is going to be wasting a lot of your time, money, resources, energy and effort. And I don’t want y’all to do that because I did that when I began my lifting. I didn’t have the right guidance, I didn’t have

an effective training or nutrition protocol. Another thing you want to avoid is going on these over restrictive diets because it’s only going to lead you to binge and cheat as soon as possible. And it’s not what fitness is about. Fitness should be about enriching your life and becoming a part of your lifestyle, not something that’s taking over your lifestyle. It shouldn’t be something that you despise, it should be something that you look forward to. It should be something we cherish it should be something that impacts your life positively in every possible way.

So No bro dieting no pro splits. What I mean by bro dieting and bros let’s means non science based non science back information regarding training and nutrition that is really, really not helping you take advantage of the benefits of this lifestyle. Another thing I want to mention is making sure you don’t compare yourself to others. So a lot of us enter this lifestyle and see people who have been doing it for a while with amazing physiques and you can feel demotivated and intimidated at times, don’t fall under that crap.

Whoever you see was an amazing physique, respectable physique and who’s done, it naturally has taken time to build our physique. This stuff takes time. And that’s something you need to understand anything great, anything that’s worth achieving takes time, right? So anyone you see with an awesome physique has been training for a minimum of five to 10 years. So it’s very important for you to not be motivated by that and to not compare yourself to others. Understand your body understand that this is going to take time.

Love the process if you were able to build an amazing physique in just one year you would not respect your physique and if you would not

you would take it for granted and you would not understand life the hard work the patience to consistency the hustle the grind all these things that you learned from this lifestyle literally apply to every other aspect of your life so Don’t be in a hurry don’t confess that to others be patient stay consistent with the nutrition your training your sleep be happy and you’re going to be an awesome to see was babe say what’s up to the blog. Hey everyone, this is ruin. And throughout this week I’m going to be covering how to start a digital marketing agency from scratch and build it up to $25,000 per month, which is my current agency. Right now I have a small office in Connecticut and I’m really going to explain to you some of the things that I really had to consider. And then anybody should consider throughout this whole week going through this and actually going through starting out the agency.

Now before I actually get into the video. Throughout the whole week, I’ll be giving away consultation calls. So if there’s a topic that you want me to cover in terms of digital marketing, please comment down below with the topic that you want me to cover for a chance to win a 30 minute consultation call. If you have a digital marketing agency, I can certainly help you out by getting on the phone with you.

Now let’s go ahead and begin by just starting out and asking and saying actually what actually is a digital marketing agency. I think everybody on my channel is pretty familiar with what it is. But basically what you’re doing is you’re taking clients in you’re providing a service to that client and then you’re letting that client see results through time with the expectation of paying each and every month or paying for a one time service etc as like

That and it’s really important to understand that agency has a ton of different services that you can provide. So I think that’s the number one important thing is to start off with an agency is to really understand the product or the service that you have. But a lot of people don’t really understand this. A lot of people don’t understand that all the digital marketing agency really is is it’s a bridge from customer to freelancer, right? A lot of the times, including my digital agency, although we have four people in house working our agency utilizes freelancers a lot. So really, the difference is the difference between a freelancer and an agency is that the agency finds freelancers for the client, so it’s just a bridge.

A lot of the times the digital agencies aren’t actually doing the work inside the house, they’re basically just finding the customer finding the freelancers and bridging the gap. And once they do that, they get paid a percentage or a dividend or monthly retainer, whatever it may be in the middle of that transaction. So once you really start to understand that that’s your overall goal with a digital marketing agency is it really starts to shape your mindset and in this video, your mindsets really going to be shaped that’s

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So how you should act, how you should perform what daily activities or tasks should you complete day by day, if you own a digital marketing agency, I get that question a lot. And sometimes I’m gonna be real, I’m gonna, I don’t even fucking know, right? A lot of the times I come in, and there’s just a whole new thing to explore.

I come into work every single day and we’re running 25 clients per month, whatever it may be, I come into work and there’s just like completely different things that I’ve never done before my life just coming up every single day.

So in this video, I’m going to give you my past years experience as to what I’ve been doing day by day to kind of grow my agency to make sure that I keep my clients retained and to make sure that I keep my reputation up because one thing that you’ve really got to make sure you look out for with digital agency is if you’re younger, if you’re like myself, 24 years old, then you’ll know that you know, you’ve may have never owned a business before and this may be your first business that you’re running.

But we were you’ve got to remember that even though this is a digital business, you’ve still got to remember that you can’t just keep aside all of the other things that make a business great, such as customer service, such as customer loyalty, such as communication, such as

Training employees etc. We tend to forget that although this stuff is really digital, and it’s really easy to make money with, we tend to forget this is at is an actual business. So you’ve got to treat it that way before you ever start your agency. You know, keep the mindset as if you’re investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to open a franchise because if this stuff on the internet wasn’t around, opening up a business is extremely expensive, and it’s very cost for the is very risky. And you should take the same practical approach when starting your digital agency, but don’t make that hinder you from actually growing into your success. So in this video, I’m going to cover with you what I’ve been doing day to day in the past year or so, while being in the agency. And I think it’s really important that people see this just because a lot of people may think that, you know, daily tasks and activities are what it’s probably completely not. And it’s not a lot about, you know, prospecting for me, to be very honest with you. Like my first year I wasn’t going after customers because I knew for sure that in the year of 2018, I would fuck up everything.

would just completely Fuck off. I would shit on people, you know, I get bad reviews, whatever it may be, I wanted to flush all this bad shit out on the first year. So the second year when I come across, you know, growing my agency and stuff like that, when I actually have a digital marketing strategy in place to actually start growing and revenue, I can have a system in place that takes a customer from point A to point B and ruin is completely out of the scene. He’s home playing Fallout 76, he’s not at the office. He’s not fucking around. He’s not touching clients. And that’s the goal.

And I think in the first year of business when you’re doing this is to not get discouraged. I know that there’s programs out there that really they, they, you know, they,

they swear that you’re going to get this high number of sales, they swear that you’re going to get a lot of revenue coming in all of this other stuff. And although that’s like really doable, and it’s really scalable. And I think a lot of people have done that, you know, in my first year, I’m at $25,000 per month, which isn’t bad. It’s about 300 k per year plus, but with that being said, I envisioned myself when I started doing this to make like 70 grand a

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month my first year because all the programs online we’re saying that but really your first year you should be looking to just completely Eat shit. Learn everything that you can about digital marketing and learn how to get results, learn a system, document everything. So in the next year when you have all that all that stuff set up when you have your payroll setup when you have your advertising budget setup, when you haven’t, you know, employee setup and you stop clients. We have all of this stuff on the second year, that’s when you hit the pavement running you know, your first year of business really look at it as a learning experience. Because the person that you are on the second year of business is going to be completely different than the first year and you’re going to wish that you waited to get a ton of customers for the second year. Look, I cannot fucking tell you how many times I say no a day to certain business opportunities. And it’s a shame because there’s a lot of revenue being left on the table. But at the end of the day, I don’t feel comfortable taking on 100 clients. I don’t feel comfortable making 100 grand a month and it’s the only reason being is because I don’t have that system in place where I can just come back

be out of the office and let the business run. Unfortunately, that’s just how the way works. I don’t really care. I’m growing into that. But I really wanted to make sure that you really understand that the first year of business, you really got to be getting some customers. Not too many, though, because you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Because with this stuff, it does take a lot of project management actually get done. So you really got to figure out in your first year, what are you going to do day to day to make sure that you’re delivering an exceptional service so in this video I’m going to cover you know exactly what I did kind of like my first year and I’m going to show you right here throughout the whiteboard. So my first year right, I was basically just doing basic things, right.

I’ll show you some of the things that I was doing that I liked and some of the things that I was doing that I disliked and I’m just going to create a little pros and cons list here. So you can really start to see exactly what I’m talking about here. And you can start to really try to see what’s important for you to do in your first month. And what’s not important because I wish somebody showed me this as well. Right. I was tricked unfortunately.

into a lot of the programs online. One of the programs that I was not tricked by that really helped me in my first year was Joe Soto’s LCA Academy. He did a great job with that and teaching you sales and stuff like that my first year, one of the pros is I focus on service. Now a lot of people will say, Well, hey, you should be focusing on getting customers, you should be focusing on all this and that you should be focusing on really trying to scale your business.

And although that’s real, although that’s true, I firmly believe that if you’re just the best at what you do, if you’re just the best at getting results, your clients will actually refer you to other customers and your name will start to build a reputation within the industry. A lot of people what they’ll do is they’ll focus so much on sales, but they completely forget that they have kinds of service once they don’t service the client and once they keep in bad communication with the client then they start to see bad reviews online then they start to see clients firing them and when you start getting clients that fire you what starts to happen is your revenue just completely drops because your revenue is based off how many clients you can retain per month. Alright, so one of the main things that I did was as I focused

On service. Now, in the beginning of year of 2018, I had a really bad problem with service because I was focusing too much on paid ads. And I think you guys have heard me talked about this before, and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just I found my core competency to be SEO core competency, meaning, what exactly does your agency niche in and for me, it was SEO, I really learned the skill of actually getting a website to rank on top of Google. And I found that that skill generally lasts much longer that skill generally last better results and clients seem to be more satisfied when you’re running an SEO campaign. alongside with Facebook ads, it really just depends how you’re doing it.

Once I’ve really found my core competency once I found out the exact product exact service that I wanted to sell every single month. Well, then when I started to do when I focused on services, I really got niche down and when I was pitching down, I was looking at a few different industries and I know that there’s a lot of companies that you can market out there but I really started to look into Injury Lawyers I really started to look into Home Services I really started to look into medical just because when somebody

Makes a Google search or when somebody looks season out of this online, not only does that doctor or dentist or injury attorney have the money to pay for the service, but they’re also getting a higher return on investment when they’re getting for the service. So I also looked at realtors and stuff like that. And I stopped working with restaurants, I stopped working with all of this other stuff. So I stopped working with niche niches with low return on investment.

Because if you’re working with niches that have low return on investment, what you’re going to see is that you’re gonna have to get somebody a client 1000 new customers in order for you to just get them a return on investment. For example, a restaurant is that makes an average of $35 per table, meaning every person that eats there, every couple that eats there makes you know, they make $35 well now you’re gonna have to get them 300 something sales just to get you your $1,000 back. So if our retainer is $1,000 per month, let’s say which is very low, and we’re going to talk about pricing and stuff like that in a later video this week, but if your pricing is that $1,000 per month and you get a restaurant

You’re gonna have to get a restaurant 28 clients at 57 cents just to make you your money back, which actually isn’t that bad at all. Now, if your client is paying you 1000 a month, and they make $10,000 off of a client, well, now you’re going to have a much happier clients simply because they’re getting a positive equity of $9,000. So they’re making $9,000 off of your actual search engine optimization service, whatever it may be. So I stopped focusing on niches with low return on investment. One of the definite pros that I did throughout the year is I focused more on networking with higher end people, not just like networking with the chamber events and stuff like that.

And I will say that in my first year, that was definitely something that I did well is I networked a lot and I started networking with not only places like chamber,

you know, not only places like this, where you can actually go to your local town or city and getting to a networking event, but I also started networking with other entrepreneurs, right, and these are people inside of Facebook groups. These are people inside of all of these cool communities online.

And these people are I wanted to make sure that these people were people that I was talking to that were my end user. So let me show you an example. So if an entrepreneur is a web designer, okay, let’s say I knew a web designer. Well, that web designer is selling websites, right? At the end of the day, they’re selling websites. And if I can connect with these with this web designer, and have this web design and refer me to their clients, I get direct access to the client’s website. And then you can sell them search engine optimization service granted that that web designer wasn’t selling that but this is just a case, an example just to show you exactly what I’m talking about.

So I focused in on networking. And one of the cons that I did last year is I bought office space too soon. Okay, so I bought office space way too soon. And the reason why I say that is because when I think when I bought my office space, I was at like, I want to say, like $4,000 a month or something like that. And that was a big problem because my office space was at the time of splitting it with somebody so

Is 550 per month. And that’s kind of a lot when you’re just starting out. So when you’re just starting out, you’re going to have to test, you’re going to have to make failures, you’re going to have to eat shit, you’re going to have to literally not do well for such a long period of time that I highly recommend you save your money. If you save your money, because you’re gonna have to buy software, you’re gonna have to run ads. If you’re a person that’s using Google PPC, if you’re a person that’s may want to specialize.

If your core competency may want to be in let’s say, web design. Well, you’re going to have to, you’re gonna have to ditch out money for graphics, you’re gonna have to ditch out money for development. And a lot of the times throughout your first year you’re going to fail a lot of this stuff because your second year you your second month you your second day, you even tomorrow after you watch this video and you’re gonna be completely different.

You’re going to see that you’ve made mistakes that you’re not going to do in the future. So you really got to signify your process within the first year. That’s why I recommend not getting overhead mean I went out bought office space, which is really stupid. The office space that I’m sitting in right now right now. I don’t I don’t rent it out with anybody. It’s just completely myself.

space, I think it’s like 1500 square feet, whatever it may be. I don’t know how big it is. But basically, I bought this. And it was real big mistake when I started because I learned and tested so much. When I was starting, I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dollars on my own Google PPC ads, my own Facebook ads, my own search engine search engine optimization services, sometimes they completely flop sometimes they don’t. But that’s really your goal within the first year is to figure out exactly what you’re going to use and what you’re going to test on. So you can really start refining your offer. So you can really start refining your processes. So let’s get back into it.

So that was another con that I had, and the first year now the third pro that I had in the first year is I hired people, right? I think that a lot of times, digital agencies are like scared to hire people because they don’t want to act like grown adults, and they don’t want to pay for payroll. But at the end of the day, I mean, you can’t just freelance all of this stuff, it’s going to be very hard for you to do that. Now I’m going to talk about this in a future video as to who you should hire, etc. and stuff like that. But you’ve really got to make sure that you’re hiring people.

That have a common goal is you and have a common Morales you, you know, you can’t hire somebody that you don’t get along with. And one thing that you can’t do is you can’t hire entrepreneurs that are already entrepreneurs, because they’re just going to want to work on their own business, they’re not going to give a fuck about yours. So you’ve got to really be careful with that, when you’re hiring.

I recommend that you hire people that are younger than it just getting into this stuff. Or that you hire people that are older who have already made based been through their entrepreneurship or, you know, they may have been a good writer, you know, they’re they’re delegate, you know, they’re good at project management, those are the types of people that you want to hire. You don’t want to hire somebody who’s trying to start their own company. That’s a terrible idea.

Because what they’re going to do is they’re going to come in, they’re going to learn everything that you know, and then they’re going to run off with it, and then they’re going to start their own business and compete with you directly. So that’s the definitely the pro I can make. Now, you can also say that this is a con You can also say that this was a con right here because I could have saved a lot of money while hiring that person. But now I have somebody who’s trained and skilled and knows exactly what I’ve been doing for a whole year. So when I do want to step away from my business when I do actually want to get away from clients.

I actually do want to just run the agency and just kind of like grow my own blog or something like that. I have somebody that has extreme knowledge in terms of hiring in terms of web design, in terms of SEO in terms of my market in terms of the people that I collaborate with.

And that’s kind of that level and you can kind of call it an executive assistant at the time now, it’s turned more into project management and business development. But at the time, it was kind of like an executive assistant because when I was making like, $4,000 a month, I didn’t really know what I was doing, you know, I kind of had clients was coming in, I was getting fired all the time, I wasn’t doing a great job and I was just getting fired. And that person really saw that and that allowed me to make changes into my business. So if there’s one thing that I can tell you about a person that’s hired is that they’ll have a completely different set of eyes on your business that you won’t even notice and it allows you to make better changes because of that right. So that’s definitely could be a con as well. And one of the other cons that I did when I started out my business is I really liked

Okay, this, let me get this right here. When I started my business, I really lacked client communications. Okay, now this right here is probably when I say the easiest way to go out of business, it is the easiest way to go out of business, right? If you’re lacking client communications, that’s the most important part of a digital marketing agency, right? One Agency could perform could get extraordinary results. Another agency could not not perform maybe like 25%, let’s say this agency doesn’t do as well as this agency. Well, what happens is, is the agency that’s in contact communication with the client the most as long as the work is efficient. I mean, it can’t be like terrible work. But as long as the work is comparable, the person’s going to have a better experience with the agency that’s been in communication much longer. The simple lying reason for that is although we’re looking for these digital results, although we’re looking to actually provide results for clients. We also want to make sure that we are

in constant communication with our clients, because then it’s going to give them the reasonable doubt that you’re actually doing what you’re saying you’re doing. So let me know if you’ve enjoyed this video. I’m excited for the next video tomorrow. And today, we really talked about the pros and cons that I’ve really saw inside of my first year in business, you know, my pros, I focused on service, I really became a core competency, which I recommend for everybody to do. And then I really started looking into hiring people, right, the cons, I got office space too low I was working with niches with law investments such as restaurants. If you go on my Facebook profile, you’ll see that I’ve worked with a ton of restaurants and I really lacked client communications which then turned into really bad service for the clients which then turned into damage ratings as well as you know, this client communications and just not really building the relationship well so if you’ve enjoyed this video, let me know the comment down below on a topic or suggestion that you would like me to cover in terms of digital marketing agency and I’ll see you guys in the next one.
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Skills That You Need To Learn and Master in 2019

You struggling to study the medical school or maybe you just want to study better. In this video I’m going to give you my five tips on how to study better with proven strategies and techniques that you can use to study better get better grades, but spend less time doing it for and get to all those tips after this chat.

Alright guys what is going on last year for them to journey helping you succeed on your medical journey with a little bit less stressed this video I’m going to teach you all the hottest study better and in particular, if you are a student, whether you’re a pre med, a first year med student, and you feel like either you are not doing well or you are doing just fine, but you’re spending an excessive amount of time doing it. This is the video for you.

I totally get. I used to be in your shoes. I was spending eight to 10 hours of med school studying and not getting the results I wanted. And then I found these techniques I discovered them now give them to not only you guys but also my coaching students and the results have been

Amazing for all of us. So I want to just make a video about these are my five top tips on study methods for medical school. Tip number one. And this is by far my favorite technique. And you’ve probably seen in my other videos, which is called my brain dump.

So it is not the best use of a name. But the brain dump is amazing to identify gaps, your knowledge, the worst thing that we can do as many students as pre meds is study excessively and then when the test comes around, we realize oh crap, I actually don’t know this information you want to minimize as many of those occurrences as possible in the brain dump is amazing for it. So this is how it works.

Usually when we go through like Jeremy read the syllabus we review after a couple of iterations of that learning phase we start to understand the structure of the lecture we know kind of how it started, how it what the middle topics were and how we may not understand all the topics but we know that the flow was so the brain dump is a great technique because all you do is you grab a blank piece of paper you may grab you know just a blank piece of paper and nothing Britain it and use the

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That memorization of the flow you know, you may have started with stats you may have then went on to the diagnosis of the patient the treatment and then you know future direction of how that disease will be treated you kind of remember those directions so now as you know the flow act like you have to teach that lecture to somebody for years younger so if you’re in med school teach it to somebody in college if you’re in college you just somebody high school to forced to simplify it and I just regurgitate info does right out as quickly as possible everything you can remember through the flow of the lecture. And you’ll realize that Moses things you may do pretty well on depending on how well you’re viewed, but there’s going to be things that you’re going to struggle from going from point A to point C, you’re going to know Okay, I know it starts here and in here, but I have no idea what that connecting thought is.

And this is amazing use of the brain dump because it helps you identify your gap in your knowledge. That’s the thing that’s going to get you on a task to you in cash right now using this technique. So as you’re writing, you know, you’ll realize okay, I don’t know how to go from here to here. I know there’s a piece of detail here about totally missing.

It to start it underlined and highlighted whatever you want to do and finish the rest of the lecture. When you’re done with the page, you’re going to have loads of marks on your first time around, go back to your lecture, go back to your review material and fill in those blanks. You know, I’m trying to understand the material better, and then do it again.

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Now, the one thing that I want to tell you about the brain dump is you want to be as quick as possible so it’s not perfect and writing you don’t need to make it look like an outline you can scribble, you can read abbreviations, you can, you know, just write as quickly as you want misspelling is totally fine.

You’re just trying to identify your gaps you want it you want to tell yourself, okay, I really don’t understand this, I need to go back and review it.

So I try to spend anywhere 510 minutes on a brand up and spend more time reviewing and then come back and do the practice again. So the brain dumps amazing technique, guys, I totally encourage you guys to check it out. So tip number two is what I like to call my review container. So again, going on to the worst case scenario when we hit the test actually a couple days before the test.

There’s usually some topics that start to Give us some difficulty and we tell ourselves either we don’t have time or this is probably not going to show up in the test and if it doesn’t show up on the test I’m scared you know if that’s usually the conversation we have in our heads so the review containers amazing to solve all those problems. Basically what it does is as you’re going through the lecture for the first time or during the review cycle, make a list on a Word doc or Google Doc the topics that can be travel or you can take it to a more physical level you can just take scratch piece of paper you know you can have a long piece of paper to shred it in write the name of the topic or the question basically after you have your list of topics from electric just put in a plastic bag printer you container or if you’re using a digital copy you can keep it in your Word doc every night just grab two or three randomly forum your you know your bag or you container and try to do the brain dump on them.

Try to answer and dry out a diagram whatever may be basically what you are working on your weaknesses from the very start so versus waiting since you know day to day.

Two or day t minus one from the exam you’re working on your weaknesses day in and day out. But there’s something for the container that you starting to get you’re trying to master because you’ve seen it multiple times.

Now you can take it out but there’s something that you take out and you struggle still put it back in and you know, give it another day or another repetition and see how do you improved over time what you’ll find is that I really container will get smaller and smaller because you’re working on those weaknesses more and more and buy a test comes around there’s less and less that is going to give you difficulty so I’ll other container especially for somebody that’s has that test anxiety like, oh, shoot, I actually don’t understand this over time, you’re going to work on those weaknesses, which is super important for you to study. So tip number three, and this is for all of you guys.

I love studying and as what I like to call strategic group study. So instead of doing the typical format of group setting, which is you just show up in a room he said today we’re going to go over lecture two and we’re just going to read and maybe ask some questions here in their strategic group setting is where you do the learning first. You come up with the questions.



So, for example, you go through your lecture, you think maybe five questions that you think the professor to ask about a topic. It may be something very difficult, maybe specific or maybe more broad and like, such as draw a diagram of this had an Excel sheet or some type of collective place where all of your group members can enter questions.

Excel sheet is amazing because it all the members can just type in their questions for each of the lectures, then meet a couple of times a week, maybe two times a week, maybe three times a week and just do those questions.

You know, your classmates are going to ask you their questions, you’re going to ask them yours and see who gets dumped by what help each other, again, identify their gaps, but this is a great way to assess what everyone thinks is going to be important on the test and start to learn from it.

But first, you’re doing the learning first you’re not doing that thing where you’re using group studying as you’re learning because sometimes each group works differently and you may not have gathered some info that you would have by yourself so gathered and fill yourself come over the questions and have your group members quiz with your classic question. Back to you. skills that you need to master. Now, before it’s too late to the contrary, you may come up with the proverbial phrase or the statement that it’s never too late to start something new.

True. But I find this phrase must have been created by either the procrastinator or philosopher of medieval time. But we are living in a modern era because I find world is becoming more and more competitive every day slipping out of our life, every passing generation find said, Really exasperating to compete in this ever changing market.

So do you think that we have free time for realization or enough years in our life for contemplation? No way, which is why I don’t truly anymore believe in the proverbial statement that I said at the beginning.

That it is a times too late to learn some skills so learn it in the time not wait for the time so without much further ado as I find both of us being on the same page now let’s get started talking about the skill set that you optimizer now or never or let’s make it your new year agenda resolutions so the very first skill that I have to tell you today is communication skills.

I know this is ringing some bell here you are thinking that I’m talking about being in the master of English language no I’m not talking about that I’m talking about just simply plainly being a pleasing conversationalist I’m talking about relation what you create on the basis on the foundation of being a pleasing conversation list. Yep, it starts it starts with your family, the way you get started talking to them are your words pleasing to the ear.

Off the listener being it in your personal life or professional life it does give you guarantee to create better and better relation every year every passing day in your life Trust me. So the second in the list is confident public speaking well whenever I talk about public speaking I find myself in the seven seven probably because I understood the importance of public speaking in this world specially in today’s time in this era what we are living in as I mentioned at the beginning every single day it’s being more and more competitive.

So the third that I’m going to talk about is develop some unique personality traits among which I suggest one every single time I talk to people develop a great influence over others people skills for that you have an entire video I mean, that is an article which you can get at the end of this video created by rocky Sagal your shopping list can wait for some time your birthday bash can certainly Wait, who was here? But what cannot wait is the set of skills that I talked about.

If you don’t do it now, it’s actually actually late. It’s still thousand 19. What the heck are you waiting for? learn and develop those three skills and be the master of your craft this year. 2019
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