What is a Group Discussion? | Group Discussion Tips

What is a group discussion? A group discussion is a formal and systematic method of discussing a topic within a group.   A group discussion helps members discuss points, thoughts, views and opinions after ample research.  It helps bring about a more enhanced and broader understanding of the topic under discussion.    This can help in directing the course of action the group takes and also helps a group arrive at a consensus or a more enhanced decision.  A group discussion usually consists of approximately 8 to 10 members and may last 30 to 40 minutes.  In the first round, one of the members of the group may volunteer to be the opening speaker.  This may be followed by one round robin session where each member puts forward their points on the topic.  This may then be followed by the discussion moving … Continue reading

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Debate Tips | Example of Points and Counterpoints of a Debate

Debate Tips The following are a few debate tips. Be passionate and convincing in your arguments: It is important to argue in a passionate and convincing manner.  Tone of voice and body language should also express how strongly you feel in a firm and composed manner.  In a school debate, it is important to practice voice modulation and gestures which can add weight to an argument.  Firmness and passion are two attributes that will help in making the argument sound more convincing. Make sure you prepare well and cover all points that need to be discussed: Careful research on why you support a motion is important in order to make the argument very convincing.  Make sure that you look at an issue from all angles and have very good supporting statements.   Examples will further add to the supporting statements.  If … Continue reading

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How to Debate | The Process of Debate

What is a debate? Debate is an argumentation process between two teams or individuals.  One side puts forward and argues in favor of a motion.   Another side puts forward points and argues against a motion. How to debate | The Process of Debate Formal debates are conducted in schools to help students learn the art of argumentation, to improve communication and assertiveness skills and also to look at how to argue in favor of or against a topic or measure.  It helps students to improve their assertiveness skills when they need to stand up for something they believe in.  It also helps students to look at both sides of a debate topic. A formal debate usually incorporates two teams, a chairperson and judges.  The chairperson usually signals for the debate to start and may also act as a moderator. A … Continue reading

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Famous Proverbs in English with Meanings

What are proverbs? Proverbs are statements that express a general truth or a piece of advice based on the experience of humanity.   Some proverbs are idiomatic and their meanings cannot be inferred in a direct manner. Famous Proverbs in English with Meanings and Usage Honesty is the best policy is a famous English proverb.  This proverb could also be a topic for discussion or an essay topic.  Perhaps, you can jot down your own experiences on why you think “Honesty is the best policy.”  Are you always honest?  What happens in society when honesty or one’s integrity is compromised? Empty vessels make the most noise is another famous English proverb which you may have heard a teacher say.  It is idiomatic.  In your experience, note down why you think Empty vessels make the most noise.  This proverb means that those … Continue reading

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Idioms and Phrases in English with Meanings and Examples

What are Idioms? Idioms are phrases used in English in which the actual meaning of the phrase is different from what is literally expressed in the words of the phrase.  Idioms add color to the English language.  They also enhance any piece of literature as well as conversations. Meanings and Examples of Idioms and Phrases Read the following sentences.  Can you identify the idioms? She passed the entrance exam with flying colors.  She had prepared well and found that it was a piece of cake. Yes, “with flying colors” and “a piece of cake” are two common examples of idioms used in English.  Of course, you cannot take the literal meaning seriously! “With flying colors” means with great success and “a piece of cake” means very easy. Can you identify the idioms in the following sentences? The people of the … Continue reading

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Redox Reactions | ICSE Science Class 8

Rust is one example of a chemical reaction that is visible to us in real life.  So, why does iron become reddish-brown and also get “eaten” away?  You may have observed rusting in old iron gates or iron latches and some other materials with iron as a crucial component.  Let us review in brief Redox Reactions which is a topic studied by ICSE and other Science Class 8 students and also review the phenomenon of rusting. Oxidation and Reduction Reactions An oxidation reaction is defined as a reaction in which a reactant loses electrons.  A reduction reaction is a reaction in which a reactant gains electrons. Oxidation and reduction reactions can be remembered using the neat little mnemonic, OILRIG.  Here, Oxidation Is Loss of Electrons and Reduction Is Gain of Electrons.  With the vast amount of information to be studied, … Continue reading

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