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Urdu Stories and Novels by Umera Ahmed

Umera Ahmed is a great name of the Urdu popular fiction. Unlike many other writers, she made a choice to write popular fiction instead of the literature. Her motto is to reach as large an audience as possible. She knows that it is possible only through the popular fiction and not through the literature. Actually, in Pakistan the audience of the Urdu literature is very small in number. Therefore, it is not a surprise that a writer with such a large caliber chose the popular fiction over literature.
The Urdu stories and novels of Umera Ahmed are excellent in diction. This has made many people in her audience to wonder that may be her education is relevant to Urdu literature. However, it is not true. In fact, Umera Ahmed has done masters in the English literature.
She lives in Sialkot. She got her education from the Murray College, Sialkot. By profession, Umera Ahmed has also been a teacher along with being a writer. She is a teacher at Army Public School, Sialkot and she teaches English to O level students of grade 9 and 10.
How Umera Ahmed started writing in Urdu is a very interesting story. Umera Ahmed’s handwriting of Urdu was very poor. In her university, she thought of writing diary every day in Urdu to improve her handwriting. Gradually instead of writing diary of her own accounts, she started to write diaries of two imaginary people, Kashaf and Zaroon, who were class fellows with clashing ideas in a Masters class of International relations. Over the time of two years, Umera’s writing improved. Moreover, those two diaries of imaginary people became an interesting Urdu novel. Umera sent that novel for publishing and it was published very soon. Umera Ahmed recalls that since then none of her Urdu stories ever had to wait for publication.
There are some specific areas in which the stories of Umera Ahmed are very powerful. Umera Ahmed is an expert of writing on International affairs and bureaucracy. Her first novel was on international affairs. Then she wrote an excellent novel on the bureaucracy of Pakistan called Amer Bail. The Amer bail is a parasite plant and this is exactly what the bureaucracy of Pakistan is. Initially Umera also tried to write on the lives of the people belonging to Armed forces of Pakistan and their families. However, those stories had research mistakes and they were not very well received.
After the bureaucracy, current affairs, and international relations, Her interest tilted towards producing Urdu novels on religion. She does not preach about the religion in her novels. However, the factor of religious mindedness is very strong in her stories and novels. Some of her stories with very strong religious undertones are Meri Zaat Zara e Benishan, Man o Salwa and Peer e Kamil (s.a.w.)
These days Umera Ahmed is not writing stories and novels for the popular fiction digests. Her focus is to produce stories and scripts for the TV now. Therefore, in her quest to reach a large audience Umera Ahmed is now a script and storywriter for the television.…

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10 Reasons Tutors Can Improve Your Kids Grades

Hiring a private tutor for your child is actually one of the most effective ways to increase their performance in school. Here are the top ten reasons how tutors can help improve your kid’s grades:
1. Private tutors can help improve your child’s performance by making them more focus on their lessons. This is probably because of the one-on-one learning environment that your child could enjoy with their private tutor.
2. Tutors can also be your kid’s best friend. Another benefit of hiring a private tutor for your child is that, you always have the power to pick the one that will work with your child’s attitude.
3. Having a private tutor doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is totally slow in understanding. For most of the time, children are doing great with their classes except for those subjects that might be a little complicated for your kid like science and math. A tutor with specific subject specialty can effectively stimulate the interest of your child to learn these subjects and enhance their performance.
4. Tutors can contribute a different point of view or introduce fresh approach of learning to you child about their covered subject. In this way, your kids can acquire extended knowledge that they can use during their actual classes.
5. It is proven for numbers of times that a person’s attitude is always contentious. Well, specialized tutors are highly passionate about the subject that they are teaching. This could also affect the interest of your kid toward such subject. Through their passion, tutors may share their fascinations with your child and make them embrace the subject they used to hate.
6. Due to many distractions, often time your child misses a lot of points of their lessons during their actual classes. The problem about this is that a classroom-based teacher may not have enough time or ability to attend to your child’s concern. Hiring private tutors gives your child a chance to catch-up. In this way, you can ensure that your child is always on the right track.
7. Your child will surely appreciate the personal learning approach that their private tutor can provide to them. Unlike studying in a crowded classroom environment, your child will not feel any hesitation to ask any question with their tutor. Again, this will help them capture all the key points of their lesson and effectively improve their grades.
8. Experienced tutors are trained to evaluate the learning capacity of a child. They can easily design a lesson plan that will work specifically for your kid in a way that your child can clearly understand and absorb.
9. Let’s face it… Due to the rapid development in most of the school’s curriculum, changes in some subject’s principles or simply because of our weak memory, we cannot provide answers to our kids whenever they ask us something about their homework. This will not happen if you get your child their own private tutor. Professional tutors always keep themselves updated with their area of expertise. They can guide your child throughout their assignments and make them prepared for classes the following day.
10. Aside from providing systematical method of learning, tutors can also point out the student’s mistakes during the process of study without making them loss their self-esteem.…

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Ask About Them – Don’t Talk About You

Joe, an engineer with one of my clients, was promoted to department head. Marketing was now a major responsibility-and Joe was not having much success. I was asked to help by spending two days with Joe and possibly do some tutoring and teaching.
We met early the first day. Joe was obviously smart and enthusiastic. How could he not succeed? Later that day he gave a project status report to the staff at the client’s office. I went along. He was an effective speaker. How could he not succeed?
Near the end of the first day, Joe showed me a request for proposal, indicated that he was scheduled to meet with the potential client the next day, and asked if I would like to accompany him. I said “yes” and he said “let’s prepare for the meeting.” This guy was right on, he wanted to be prepared. How could he not succeed?
We then focused on meeting planning. Joe took out a pad of paper, laid it on his desk, and said “let’s list all the things we want to tell them about our company.” That’s when the light went on. His comment clashed with my marketing model. Accordingly, I suggested that we instead list all the things we want to ask the potential client. Joe somewhat reluctantly agreed. So we created a list of questions to ask about the client and their project.
The next day, as we drove to the potential client’s office, I offered one more suggestion: “Let’s set the goal of having them talk at least 75% of the time.” We met, we asked questions, and they talked at least 75% of the time. We learned much and Joe’s firm subsequently won the project.…

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Do I Need a Tutor?

You may be struggling in school and feel like a failure. You may have big academic goals and feel like you need help in reaching them. Could a tutor help? Would it be worth the cost in time and money?
Since ancient times, skills and knowledge have been passed on through one-on-one instruction, and this kind of education is as effective today as it has always been. Much of what we learn best is learned from individual instruction, whether it be from parents, grandparents, mentors, friends, co-workers, or teachers. We each have unique needs and ways of learning, and tutoring taps into this effective method of teaching and learning. As a high school teacher and owner of a tutor referral service, I have seen it: the more individualized the instruction, the better.
Tutoring can always improve learning, but this does not mean every student should have a tutor. Hiring a tutor is an investment, and like any investment, the costs must be weighed against the benefits. There are at least three important questions to consider when deciding whether to get a tutor.
The first is obvious: How well you are currently performing in school? A tutor can make the difference between passing and failing, graduating and not graduating, and of course, tutoring is an important option in such cases. If you are already doing well, you may not need a tutor. But that depends on what level of performance is acceptable to you. A tutor can help make the difference between a B and an A, and this can also be a good reason to get a tutor.
The second consideration is your motivational level. Are you really trying? Are you willing to put real effort into learning? Is improvement really important to you? No matter what your reason for seeking a tutor, it is unlikely to help if you are not motivated or not really trying. Before you call for a tutor, look inside yourself and ask whether you really want to do better, and how badly you want it. If you are having trouble with motivation, a tutor may be able to help, but he or she will need to start by working on your motivation and goals, rather than math, English, or other subjects. Before you can improve your grades, you have to want to do so. Tutoring is not a magic pill. The tutor cannot upload the understandings and skills into your mind. He or she is there to help you acquire your own skills and understanding. That requires your action.
I believe that every person is a powerful individual with tremendous potential for personal fulfillment. But if you don’t believe that about yourself, or you don’t believe you can or should do anything about it, you will struggle with motivation. This is what psychologist Nathaniel Branden calls self-esteem, and it is a good place to start if you are struggling with motivation. You have the power and the right to improve your life.
But what if you have healthy self-esteem and yet remain unmotivated? This is possible, because the question of motivation is closely tied to the next one: What are your goals? If you are not motivated to perform in school, it may be because you simply value something else more highly. What are your goals and priorities in life? If you have never answered these questions, now is the time to start. You may find that answering this question solves the rest of the problems automatically.
The tutor cannot answer this for you. Only you know what you want out of life. For many people, fogginess about goals and priorities automatically leads to struggles with motivation. So, set some goals. Read Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (or Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens), and do some real soul-searching. “Know thyself,” as Socrates put it. A tutor or mentor can help you sort it out.
Setting goals will help answer the question of how well you need to do in school. For many colleges and universities, C’s and B’s may not be acceptable, and straight A’s may help you stand out. If college is not in your plans, you will still want to do well in school, but you may want to balance schoolwork with other preparations: starting a business, learning a trade, or building your own vocation. And even if college is your goal, you may need to balance schoolwork with other important tasks like a job, family responsibilities or college scholarship applications. Tutoring takes time, and the more work you put into it, the more you will get out. You may need to reevaluate your priorities and reassess your whole schedule. A tutor or mentor can help you to sort out these issues, set goals and clear …

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A Reading Tutor For A Solid Foundation

Reading is without a doubt the single most important skill when it comes to learning. It is the most basic foundational element upon which all other learning is based. In the distant past an oral tradition existed, all knowledge was passed on through word of mouth because very few people knew how to read and write, and learning took place for the most part by listening. Today it is just the opposite, almost everyone knows how to read and write and the written word has become the normal method of passing on knowledge and learning. A reading tutor can help provide this solid foundation upon which a lifetime of learning can be built.
A firm grasp on being able to read and to comprehend what is read is at the heart of learning. The introduction of the internet and of electronic forms of books has many educators worried that writing may become a thing of the past and that instead of learning to write when you start school you will be taught how to type, but the need to know how to read well will not be going the same way anytime soon and reading will remain the most important tool in learning. A reading tutor can help a student to improve this tool and learn to use it in better ways to improve the learning process.
Comprehending what you read and being able to retain that information is almost as important as being able to read the information in the first place. Learning is in essence nothing more that consuming information, understanding what that information means, and being able to remember that information and correctly apply it when the situation arises that requires that information. It takes the total package in order to successfully learn. Without all three steps taking place there is no learning, leaving any one of them out will cause a short circuit leading to confusion rather than to learning. A reading tutor can teach your child methods for increasing his reading comprehension.
Reading, however, can be about more than just learning. Reading can be a wonderfully relaxing leisure time activity where a person can become immersed in other worlds and other people’s lives and explore subjects that they find fascinating. Imaginations can be stimulated and the thirst for adventure slaked without ever having to leave your house. All of the collected knowledge of mankind can be found and experienced in a book somewhere.
Unfortunately, the older a person gets the less likely it is that he will reach out and seek help for any difficulties that he may have with reading. As a person ages the fear of ridicule for a problem that should have been corrected when they were a child increases and that fear keeps many people who could benefit from a reading tutor from seeking assistance. As soon as you suspect that your child may be having problems with reading it is important for you to get him the help that he needs to overcome those problems. A reading tutor should be a consideration for every child.…

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HSC Tutoring – Tips for Success in Your HSC Trial Exams

At the time of writing this article, we’re in the middle of term 2. Most year 12 students have their HSC trial exams in early term 3, which means while there’s still (almost) an entire term left, it’s about time students begin to prepare specifically for their trial exams.
Learn to use the HSC Standards Packages
For almost all HSC subjects, the Board of Studies has standards packages publicly available for students to read We recommend students look at the standards packages for their subjects – they will give you an idea of the quality required for a band 6 response. Standards packages are particularly useful for humanities subjects like HSC English where your expression and writing style also come into play. Get a feeling of what’s acceptable expression, and details like general paragraph length, the way literary techniques are referenced, how often a text is quoted and the length of quotes etc. Even if technically your knowledge is as good as anyone’s, a poorly structured essay (where you use poor expression, or reference the text in superficial ways or spend too much time on insignificant points etc) will mean the difference between a band 4/5 and a band 6.
Familiarity with the standards packages will also help with subjects like HSC Chemistry, Physics, Biology and the social sciences (Economics, Business Studies etc). In the case of the HSC Sciences, they give you fresh ideas of novel, acceptable ways of structuring your answer. Some questions can be fully answered in terms of a table or as a dot-point list (e.g. identify / outline questions). Also note the details featured in diagrams / graphs – full marks are given to students that remember details such as labelling the axes, or drawing a line / curve of best fit properly (ignoring outliers in appropriate situations) and being able to justify the choices made.
HSC sciences – always refer to the syllabus
HSC sciences like Chemistry, Physics and Biology, are prescriptive by nature. This means the syllabus tells you exactly what you need to know, content wise, and does a great job at that. While studying for these subjects, it’s always a good idea to have the syllabus in front of you, printed or on your computer screen. The dot-points give you a clear picture of what you need to know, and the scope to which you need to know each aspect of the course. For example, if a dot-point requires you to merely identify the qualitative aspects, this means you only need to be able to name the aspects it’s referring to, and qualitative means you won’t be required to do calculations on them.
Another reason is some syllabus dot-points are worded as if they are paraphrased exam questions. This is particularly true for dot-points requiring you to ‘Discuss the impacts on society of…” or “Assess the environmental impact of…”. You very well might get an exam question, worth around 7 marks, that basically asks you to demonstrate your entire understanding of one of those dot-points if they ask you in a general way.
Be careful for internal assessments however, as school teachers are known to set exam questions that are dubious in terms of whether they fit within the scope of the syllabus, so you must also cross reference your own materials with the notes given by your school teacher to make sure all gaps are covered.
HSC Maths – only do exam questions
When it comes to maths, exam questions and textbook questions aren’t the same. The former type are often are structured as a compound question with several subparts. Exam question are often designed with deeper consideration, and incorporates more unique aspects of mathematics (e.g. in Maths Extension 2 question 7 and 8). In contrast, textbook questions can get repetitive and give you a false sense of security. Because textbook questions lack variation in style, once you master the several types of questions it contains and are able to do its exercises, this does not mean you’ve experienced all types of questions an exam can throw at you, particularly if you go to a school that has a talented maths department.
There’s a limitation on the types of questions for each topic an exam can throw at you. If you do Maths Extension 1 and 2, it also takes great effort and skill to design a truly novel and unique maths question at that level. As an industry insider (yes I’m a teacher) I can tell you that many schools simply take exam questions from past papers of other schools. When I did my HSC Maths Extension 2, I actively sought out past trial papers from top private and selective schools for practice before my HSC trials. What I noticed was in one year, say 2002, there would be …

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How to Make Money Tutoring Students

No matter if you are still holding a regular teaching job in a school or have already retired from an active teaching profession, you can make money by tutoring students. Sometimes, this type of calling is more fruitful than teaching in a school. Tutoring students is your chance to apply your teaching technique to it fullest. And because personal treatment is considerably more enhanced in the interaction between a private tutor and a student, students often tend to learn better from tutoring than in the classroom.
There are many ways for you to make money and announce yourself as a tutor in the community you live in. One way is to identify children in your community who are not achievers. If you taught at the community school, this should not be difficult to do. In case you know the parents of the children in question, you can nicely open up the topic on one of the occasions that you meet with one another in a social gathering, whether during Sunday worship or at school programs.
When you start to make money tutoring, you will discover the subjects you are really good at teaching. Little by little, enhance your techniques and methods for improving student comprehension. Remember the success of your tutorial program will determine if you are going to continue to make money and more money at that from your tutorials.
Very often too, tutors learn as they make money. In fact, some tutors claim that they learn more than their students. This is because with every school year, new knowledge is cropping up for subjects, new techniques are discovered and old methods are improved in teaching. To make money on tutoring involves constantly updating yourself on the subjects you cover. This ensures that your methods and your knowledge do not fall behind and below the level of the school’s.
In the matter of tutorial fees, you need to make money using the current rates among people engaged in the same thing. Try to keep your rates at the safe median or average level. You have to be competitive but never astute. Your rates should not give people the idea that you are making a business instead of a living of tutoring. The fees you charge should make money but not be an issue. People will want to send their children to you because of the effectiveness of your tutorial methods, not because of your prices.
Additionally you can conduct tutorials over the web. You might even organize classes via a video conference facility that can be installed on your computer and the computers of your students. This is an excellent alternative to house-to-house tutorials which only allow you to work with one student at a time. In this arrangement, you can deal with four or five students at the same time, thus giving you more time to devote to personal matters the rest of the day. However, to reinforce the learning of the students, you should have personal consultations once a week.
On that last note, you might even say that to make money tutoring on the web is a better alternative to teaching in school and could develop to a full blown business for you.…