Should your kids get private tuitions for better grades ?

It is but natural that every parent wants to give the best of education to their children. But, when we consider the Australian scenario, the NAPLAN appears to put undue pressure on the students and parents alike, with many parents feeling the financial pinch to help their wards stay in the race.

Private tuitions – a big business

Ever since the introduction of NAPLAN in 2008, there has been a flurry of online resources, books and needs for tutoring services. A recent bestsellers list figured a workbook for NAPLAN and similar publications are now readily available at supermarkets and stores. This perhaps, also demonstrates how focused students and parents are on NAPLAN. Simultaneously, there has been an increase in demand for NAPLAN based private tuitions.

Teaching for tests

Teaching with the particular objective of scoring in tests can potentially defeat the purpose of education. The student’s focus shifts from the underlying principles or factors relevant to the subject. If we take maths as an example, a problem or a theorem is representative in character, and if the student focuses only on one problem, he/she may fail to solve the same problem when presented from a different perspective.

Anxiety of parents

Today’s parents realise that the job market is fiercely competitive and if children are not adequately prepared to face this competition, they may not be able to pursue rewarding careers in the future. One way parents can still take control of the situation is by gauging the core strengths of the child and determining the extent to which he/she should be pushed. Always remember that there are few winners in a race, though everyone should run. Maybe, someone has a family business and one day the child is expected to take over. Would you then train this child for the B-school, or rather provide an in-house training in your business when the time is right?

Who sets the goals for the child ?

Most parents tend to decide on the future career of their children even if the kids are still in the primary schools. But, is it right to expect your child to become a medical practitioner if he/she has little or inclination towards biology. Maybe, your child’s mind is more tuned to things that are mechanical and therefore, more science and maths education is what could become useful to him/her when they turn into adults. Often, parents aspire to see their children follow the same or similar occupations that they are doing. Thus, an automobile engineer’s child is expected to become another automobile engineer or an attorney’s child blossoming into another attorney. Arguments on whether this is the right approach or not have been raging and individual circumstances can be vastly different.

Deciding if a tutor is right for your child

Tutoring is undoubtedly expensive, and once you start with tutoring, it tends to become an essential component of the child’s education right up to year 12. Again, if your child benefits from tutoring and achieves higher rankings consistently, then you also need to spare a thought to your abilities to find more money for higher education. Therefore, a more comprehensive view of all the factors becomes essential before you decide to jump into finding a tutor for your child. While factoring in your personal financial circumstances, you may also want to consider extending similar educational assistance to all your kids and the options you have before you.

Are there guaranteed outcomes

One question that begs an answer is whether the tuition can guarantee results they are intended to produce. Honestly, the end results are tied to the abilities of the tutor and the student alike. The teacher is expected to identify all the weaknesses and guide the student appropriately to rise the ladder. The student, on the other hand, should develop a positive attitude and put in hard work. This could potentially mean that he/she has little or no time for socialising or other extracurricular activities. What is the mental makeup of your child to a situation like this?

How much time does the family contribute ?

In instances where the financial burden of tutoring is a huge challenge, parents can consider devoting more time assisting their children with their studies and guiding them appropriately. This could be particularly beneficial where both parents are educated and get the necessary help from the digital world to guide their children. Children are also more likely to appreciate their parents getting personally involved with their studies.

Does the child get a conducive environment for learning ?

For some parents, this is perhaps a hard question. How much time do you get to spend at home after work? Do both parents get back home around the same time and be able to create an environment conducive for the children to focus on their studies? Are you able to involve yourself with their education or you limit yourself to looking at the report cards? We have all been children before stepping into the shoes of adults, and it is important that we understand our kids from their perspective. Being an informed and watchful friend is the key to success when it comes to guiding your children.

Private tutors are better equipped for the new era

After considering the above factors, you can determine if your child needs private tuition and also if private tutors are better equipped to cater to the demands of the new era. There has been a significant shift in the way the world does business today, and therefore modern day employers need skill sets that are relevant to their needs. Private tutors can add to the prescribed syllabus, use more efficient modern tools and enhance the confidence level of your child which is significant to carve out a bright future.

Archive Boxes – How To Make The Best Use Of It

archive boxes in a shelf

Archive boxes are simply storage material specifically designed for the office and special products i.e. files, magazines, heavy duty files, etc. another definition would be “documents files and records storage” for any important papers, artworks, collectables, genealogical records that are best suited filed. These different sized archive boxes come in many designs to meet the record and products needs.

Archive boxes are a solution to basic office storage problems. They help small and big businesses find a better and more convenient way to store their files and transfer them. This way, it will be easier to track down a file when it is required.

Archive boxes are quite useful in many ways.

1. Record Specific

For archive boxes, no one size fits all. They are designed for the different documents and files in the office. It is perfectly understood that offices deal with various records at any given time. From cash receipts to legal documents, invoices, inventories and catalogues just to mention a few.

2. Ease of Retrieval

With archiving there is a series of steps one takes to store documents so as to ensure ease of retrieval. Beyond that, the archival boxes help with filing similar documents together using a particular storage box. With this in mind, it will be quite easy to retrieve files falling under a particular category. You will always know where to access the legal files, letters, contracts, etc.

3. Durability

Archive boxes are designed in a way that makes them quite strong and durable.

An ideal archive box should last for up to 7 years when full of documents and also carry up to 15 kilos of paper when fully packed.

This level of durability is quite important to not only office workers but also families who want to keep their family line alive.

With this level of durability, it is quite important as it ensures the safe and quality storage of valuable files for years on end.

4. Appealing

An untidy office is a sight for sore eyes. No client wants to walk into an office with files lying all over. Despite that, archiving makes better use of space since they can be stacked up against each other. This way it frees up space for other office works and makes the office quite appealing.

Archive boxes come in different designs and sizes to meet the different record specifications.

archive shelf

1. Document boxes

This is a method of vertically organising letter and legal size paper documents.

The document box is a piece product with a flip top. It incorporates an undercut front panel for safe insertion and removal of files. With this flip top, it makes quite easy, fast, and convenient to insert and remove files. It also incorporates a pull cord to ease withdrawal from tightly stacked shelves.

The document boxes are acid and lignin free to ensure the long-term storage and protection of records. The document box is a bit oversized to allow for internal document spacers and expansion folders. It is also suitable for slim books, periodicals, and pamphlets.

2. Record storage boxes

These are the most popular archival boxes. It is a basic box with an interlocking bottom, a hand grip on each side, and a lid.
These record storage boxes are ideal for easy transportation and storage of records. With the hand grip, it has never been easier to transfer records. They are made of acid neutral cardboard ensuring the long term safety of your documents.

3. Half sized record storage carton

These are record storage boxes that are smaller than the standard storage containers. They are mostly used to store the remaining files i.e. if you cannot fill an entire record storage box. These are also ideal if you want to have a lower weight per carton.

Despite being smaller, they are ideal and still well sized to hold letters and legal documents.

4. Shelf ready boxes

In a nutshell, these are the boxes you see in retail store for displaying a range of different products for sale. Ideally, this box serves two purposes; to display your product and branding attractively and get your products into stores safely.

It is designed in a way that customers will have an easy time accessing your products.

Documents are not meant for offices only. They can be used in homes to store family records properly. However, before you settle on any one design, ensure that it meets all your requirements.

Things That You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy

Alternative and renewable energies are the much-debated topics world over. Sun, wave, shale gas, biogas, biomass, bio-diesel, wind, and hybrid are few of the sources now under hot pursuit to bridge the supply-demand scenario.

Poor efficiency of PV cells

The inherent problem of tapping the solar energy efficiently is the prohibitive cost, at least as of now. The manufacturing of break-proof and flexible photovoltaic cells has still not reached a commercial and viable level. The energy conversion efficiency of solar light to useful electric power was pathetically inadequate as of now. The Pyranometer and Albedometer measurement have shown the low conversion efficiency very clearly. The sun tracking system to maximise the light intensity level, of course, is a welcome sign. The challenge of improving the efficiency of conversion was always there among the scientists.

The break-through

Image of Solar Panels

In this context, the technique which enhances the efficiency of the photovoltaic cell by around 70% is nothing but exciting. By this advancement, tapping of the solar power to a higher level and thereby solving the global energy crisis to a very great extent is in the offing. This dramatic development is the result of extensive research conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The hitherto untapped or under-tapped Thermodynamic properties of the solar cells are the basis of this path-breaking enhanced efficiency. The advancement in Nanotechnology and carbon fibre technology further made this possible.

The study was conducted at the Excitonics Lab, headed by Professor Carmel Rothschild, in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering under Technion-Israel Institute of Technology proved the feasibility beyond the drawing board. The programme was supported by the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute and the European Research Council (ERC) project on new thermodynamic tools for solar cells.

The limitation that was

Image of a girl holding solar panel

The limited utilisation of the solar energy is attributed to the poor deployment of only a very narrow range of the solar spectrum. Solar spectrum in a layman language is the sunlight falling onto the earth. The percentage of utilisation of this solar radiation (measurable by a pyranometer) is just sufficient to warm up the photovoltaic cells, leaving aside any incidence of energy conversion of light to electricity. That when translated to the present conversion efficiency – just in the range of 30%.

Technion researchers introduced a sort of intermediate booster between the path of sunlight and the photovoltaic cells. They developed a photoluminescence material that can absorb the solar radiation better than before.

Marriage of light and heat

The process of utilising the heat and light from the sun to illuminate the photovoltaic cell was the next. The dramatic increase in the conversion efficiency was shot up to 50%, which was thought to be impossible so far. It is identical to the thermoelectric principle (Peltier effect) to generate heat to electricity. Here a seamless converging technique of solar energy- heat and light- to produce electricity is employed.

As one of the researchers puts it “Solar radiation, on its way to the photovoltaic cells, hits a dedicated material that we developed for this purpose, and the material is heated by the remaining part of the spectrum. Also, the solar radiation in the optimal spectrum is absorbed and re-emitted at a blue-shifted spectrum. This radiation is then harvested by the solar cell, and both the heat and the light are converted to electricity.”

Solar energy and photovoltaic technology

For a single stage photovoltaic cell, the efficiency touched a new high of 41%. It is mainly due to better photon absorption and heat sinking. The new Solar-Thermophotovoltaic technology demands a higher temperature (say up to 2000 degree Kelvin) environment.

If the light is absorbed by photoluminescent materials, that can cause both photonic and thermal excitations. This excitation, in turn, paves the way higher efficiency enhancement compared to the single technology so far employed. This excitation can take place at a temperature around 1500 degrees. The Photo Luminescence (PL) is as per the Planck’s law.

The Thermoelectric photo-luminance

The Thermo-Electric photo-luminance (TEPL) conversion dynamics can enhance the present conversion efficiency by almost double. The traditional STPV concept requiring extremely high working temperatures, a TEPL converter can ideally achieve efficiencies of up to 70% at moderate temperatures of 1,000–1,500 K. The wafer and Nanotechnology and fluorescence intensity ratio thermometry is set for a revolution in energy.

For Australia and other countries that are abundant in solar energy, the new technology has already been proven to be a blessing according to the reports of leading Solar Retailers such as Eurosolar Global. Especially since the depletion of fossil fuel and conventional energy sources are at alarmingly high levels.