Pre-school education in kindergartens is carried out by public and / or private kindergartens. In most countries children at the age of at least 12 months are eligible to go to kindergarten, although pre-school education is not mandatory. Parents choose whether to send their children to kindergarten or not.
Results from PISA 2009 study couldn’t be clearer: in nearly all OECD countries, 15-year-olds who had attended pre-primary school performed better in reading than those who had not. And the benefits accrue to all students, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
The basic tasks of kindergartens are:
-assist parents in the overall care for children (parents have jobs that they need to attend to),
-improve the quality of life for families and children,
-create opportunities for the child’s personal development.
Public versus private kindergartens
Although public kindergartens are in no way a bad thing for your child these institutions usually lacks innovation when it comes to education methods and education as a whole.
The good thing is that they are cheaper than private kindergartens as usually the government will cover a certain percentage of your monthly fee (depending on how many children you have, what is you material status and so on).
Private kindergartens on the other side are usually quite a bit more expensive than public one’s. But there is added value to that. Professionals employed in such kindergartens will focus on your child and help him (or her) to spend their time most effectively. This is where private kindergartens excel!
A good example of such kindergarten is Montessori School, a small preschool and kindergarten located in Arizona. They focus on every children alone that is why they only accept 19 children at any time to be member of a class.
Their goal is to create and maintain an environment that is challenging and interesting at the same time to allow children to exercise their full potential.
Preparation of the thesis
The thesis is an original, independent and professional work of a student.
When writing a thesis students need to make use of their own obtained knowledge but also refer to and cite other authors when needed (for example summarizing the facts from work of others and using concepts and theories as well as cite and write other people’s thoughts in one’s own words).
It is important to notice that there are special rules and guidelines that needs to be followed when making use of and citing already published data. If these rules are not followed accordingly proposed thesis will be rejected and sometimes marked as plagiarized!
In some cases research and writing for a thesis is based on specific data that is already published somewhere, or was already obtained using polls, research, analysis. When summarizing existing data this data needs to be re-classified, enriched, expanded and fortified with authors own opinion and therefore provide added-value.
Simply rewriting and republishing same data over and over again adds no special value to it and is considered plagiarism.
Not sure how to approach your thesis?
Follow the steps below if you are unsure how to properly approach and start working on your thesis.
- Brainstorming – thesis title proposal,
- examine and review the rules and instructions for writing a thesis,
- once you pick a topic and title for your thesis check required and available resources on that specific topic (availability of possible literature and other resources – for example will you need a laboratory to do experiments to obtain raw data on which you will work on?),
- consult with your appointed (or chosen) mentor(s) about the suitability of the proposed title and content.
- Disposition proposition in collaboration with your supervisor / mentor,
- approval for disposition of the thesis,
- obtaining confirmation for your thesis theme, disposition and selected / appointed mentor(s).
Writing and analysing
- Start writing a thesis (chapters structure, mind mapping),
- carry out research work (eg. poll, data analysis, possible laboratory work),
- content writing and thorough data analysis,
- cooperation with your supervisor / mentor (1st draft revision, 2nd draft revision …)
- final data analysis, assumptions validation, writing conclusion and closure with a help of a supervisior / mentor),
- writing a “thank you note”, writing a summary and key words in your own language and in one foreign language (usually it is English),
- final review of your supervisor / mentor.
- Proofreading and correction of possible grammar mistakes,
- thesis layout review / proper formatting,
- and finally publishing your work!
After all these tasks are done you need to defend your thesis on a public hearing and present your work to public. Ceremony presentation of diplomas.
About plagiarism and unknowing plagiarism
Thesis / diploma is an original and unique work. Plagiarizing others work and publish it as your own is not considered unique and is also against the law. Plagiarizing is considered cheating as it is basically stealing someone else’s work and not cite them or give them credit.
What is considered plagiarism?
Make sure you are not doing any of the following:
- Presenting work or assumptions of someone else as your own,
- copying text or ideas of someone else without giving them credit or attribution,
- not using quotes when citing someone or a statement,
- incorrectly sourcing references,
- copying thoughts, sentences or words and rewriting them as your own,
In some cases students might unknowingly plagiarize someone else’s work. For example preforming a research on a subject that was already researched and presenting very similar findings. While this is considered unique work (as it was done by a student alone and not copied) it might fail on plagiarism check.
In such cases this website I recently stumbled upon might come in handy. Scribbr.com is a website offering a service for proofreading of your thesis and plagiarism check in order for you to avoid unintentional plagiarism. What they can do for you is to proofread your thesis (or any other professional work) and ensure that is grammatically correct. On top of that they can also check your work for possible plagiarism. Pay them a visit at www.scribbr.com
Do you think that most of what you have learnt at math in school is useless? That might be the case for some, but for majority of people math is something they need ever day.
Maths is hard
The problem is that math requires a lot of studying and many of us were pretty lazy in primary school when everything else was more interesting than the math itself. The fact is also that not everyone likes math. I know I didn’t!
For some, math is a very difficult subject. These students need help with studying. Of course, studying mathematics is somewhat different than studying for other subjects. You cannot learn mathematics by heart – only mathematics rules can and must be learnt by heart. You need to utilize your logic in order to understand math problem and find a solution for it. Some people need more exercise to achieve this, some less.
Interactive learning vs classic learning
Classic learning by doing exercises and studying from books has always been and still is very effective. It is somehow boring though.
With the development of Internet and interactive learning, studying maths can now be more exciting and better yet – more effective. At caddellpreponline.com they have developed a tool that does just that – makes studying math more interesting.
They offer over 150 free math lessons, interactive quizzes where you can challenge yourself and your skills as well as test preps for SAT, SHSAT and TACHS.
The best thing with this service is that you are able to track your progress over time and find out where your excel and what are your weak spots on which your should work on. A free trial offer is available for you to test out this tool and then sign up for premium membership if you are satisfied with the service. I suggest you pay a visit to the site and try it out yourself.
Classic method of learning through books and notes will always be effective, no doubt about that. It has been like that for centuries.
But with the invention and widespread of Internet things have changed. Interactive learning has become and integral part of education nowadays.
How can modern technology improve learning process?
Computers, smart phones and tables improve learning process by automating unnecessary routine tasks, help us organize better, allow us to access the information much faster and store large amounts of data.
One of the main advantages is also the ability to customize learning process according to our needs.
Apps to speed up learning process
Smartphones users nowadays simply cannot imagine the world without an app for almost everything. Education apps are very popular, too.
There are apps to help you do proper push-ups, apps to teach you how to tie a tie and there are also apps to teach you how to pick up girls. Besides being fun such apps can really teach you stuff. You basically learn trough play.
There are fun apps and there are professional apps. Maxschoolar’s mobile application named MaxPhonics for learning and improving reading level for children is an example of a user friendly and engaging application that offers plenty of interaction opportunites.
In my opinion this is the best reading software that you can download from Google Play or Appstore.
The app includes:
- 4 different modules with over 15 chapters and a variety of practice drills
- Easy download and user interface
- Over 500 hours of learning with the full version ($0.99 per chapter)
- More than 10 comprehensive exercises on the different modules for FREE!
Students that have used Maxschoolar’s reading and phonics programs have improved their reading level by up to 2 levels in 90 days, which is a very good result. I suggest you search for application on Google Play or AppStore (search for application named MaxPhonics) and install it yourself.
They offer a free trial to test out the app. After that you can buy or simply un-install it.