The Therapeutic Elements of Fiction

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A good work of fiction has the power to heal your soul

Everyone seems to be busy in today’s world. There’s rarely time to ‘stop and stare’ at the small pleasures scattered randomly throughout this journey called life. Reading fiction is one of those little things one often forgoes in the name of a hectic lifestyle (you’ll want to find time, however, to check out HeyKiki for reading and writing tutors ready to help you sharpen your skills). What if the effects of fiction stretch beyond that of just offering pleasure and reach out into the realms of therapy?

A well written book has the ability to transport us out of this world and into the mind of the author. We see what he sees, hear what he hears and feel what he feels through his words. It is an effective way to escape the hardships of reality albeit temporarily, for a few moments each day. When we read such a book, we forget our own problems and bask in the warmth of the sunshine created by the author and his fictional world.

Fiction is a channel to express our emotions. What is therapy but the exploring of the human psyche to unleash the deepest of our emotions? A book helps us identify with its characters. We root for the protagonist, hate the antagonist and fall in love with one or few of the characters along the way. When we read, an emotional bridge is created between our mind and that of the people in the book. Though they may be fictional, we can generate and feel real emotional responses according to their successes and hardships. The book becomes a door at the threshold of reality and fiction.

An article in the New Yorker entitled “The Therapeutic Novel” proposes that not only reading books, but writing your own as well can be an immense source of therapy. Research shows that turning your tragic experiences into a novel of sorts can bring genuine healing and relief from your hurt and brokenness. In fact, many famed classic novelists got their inspiration from the tragedies of their own lives.

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How Much Time Should You Study Math Each Day?

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Understanding Math Takes Time!

The study of any subject requires a considerable amount of time and dedication. On any given weekday, students have approximately sixteen waking hours for their daily activities. Approximately an hour must be spent in each class, and ideally two to three hours should be set aside for self-study for a complex subject like math. Although it is a matter of personal choice, it is always advisable to devote a significant amount of time each day in the form of practice sessions. If you or someone you know is in the market for a math tutor (say in Algebra 1 or Statistics), HeyKiki will set you up with a tutor that’s perfect for your needs.

Students can ensure they are utilizing their time efficiently by practicing good habits like writing math problems with pencil and paper. The larger math problems should be broken into smaller ones, to ensure full understanding. Students can also use their weekends for studying math by sparing a few hours for the subject. The more time spent, the better off students will be. Education.com gives their tips for math success in an article from November of 2010. They encourage students to attend class as often as possible, to not be afraid to ask questions, and to pay close attention to their mistakes. They also mention that students should always be sure to do all the homework and should form a strong relationship with their teacher. If these simple principles – along with a few others – are followed, students are sure to see success.

It is rightly said that practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to mathematics!

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Best Motivators to Increase Your SAT Score

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The stronger your efforts, the better your results.

Preparing for the SAT while simultaneously dealing with regular schoolwork can be quite a handful. At such times, staying on top of things can be a challenge. HeyKiki has tons of reliable SAT and ACT tutors ready to help you through the process.

In addition, you can follow these simple steps to motivate yourself:

Setting a goal is the best motivator to increase your SAT score. Once you decide what your SAT score should be, your preparation will feel more real. Based on the scores you obtain in your practice tests, you can measure your progress quantitatively and motivate yourself to work harder to get an even higher score.

Deciding your ultimate target score is only the first step towards reaching success on the SAT. Now, you have to break this goal into smaller chunks. For example, tell yourself that by this weekend, you will attempt five essay prompts and complete two math exercises. Once you finish these tasks, reward yourself. Rewards are one of the best motivators known to mankind.

If you find yourself under too much stress, you will not be motivated. At such times, letting it go is the best way to move forward. Take a short break and rid your mind of anxiety. Once you feel yourself relax, figure out if you have been too hard on yourself. If the answer is yes, then you have earned this break. If the answer is no, keep the break short and go back to your prep as soon as possible.

The Huffington Post gives 10 Stress-Reducing Strategies For Acing Your Next Exam that can be applied here as well. Some of these tips include drinking plenty of water, meditating, and avoiding last-minute cramming the night before.

Keep your study area free from all sorts of distractions. This includes staying away from things such as your smartphone or gameboy and friends who might keep you from focusing.

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How Text Messages Can Help Students Learn Math?

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Texting – just like other forms of communication – helps us learn!

In today’s technological and educational world, text messages refer to written messages sent to each other through the mode of mobile phones. Since mobile phones are easily available to all now-a-days, the use of text messages is increasing at an exponential rate.

Amidst the countless benefits text messaging offers, text messages can actually help students to learn a subject such as math. Through the exchange of text messages between tutors and students or even within groups of students, students can get almost instant solutions to their math problems and dilemmas. It can also help student remain updated about recent changes or updates in the subject matter and curriculum. Check out HeyKiki to find a math tutor in subjects like geometry and statistics.

Tutors can also inform their students about the topics/concepts that are generally harder to grasp by giving them small pieces of information and advice via text message. It captures the attention of students like no other method can, and will allow them to excel through constant reminders and practice.

One of the major advantages of using text messages in learning math is that it’s not restricted to a specific time or place. Students can remain in contact with their tutors and/or classmates to ask for help at any time and in any place.

So we have seen that there are multiple ways by which students may learn math well with the aid of modern technology. Related to this is an entirely new method of tutoring – online tutoring. The Wall Street Journal tells of websites and apps where tutors use online chalkboards and text chats to teach their students. This gives both students and tutors more flexibility and more opportunity to learn. Some limitations, however, include the lack of face-to-face communication and the possibility of technological glitches. Read more from the Wall Street Journal article here.

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English Teachers’ Favorite Books (And Why They’re Great)

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A book is a friend for life, and teachers play a major role in introducing them to kids.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
This book was written two centuries ago but it still remains a favorite among English teachers. How has it stood the test of time? What makes this book so loved is that even though the story is set in an 18th century English countryside, you can transfer it to any setting in any period of time and still it makes sense. After all, who doesn’t love hearing of a strong woman standing up for herself? (Looking for a reliable tutor to help you read novels like this or write ones of your own? HeyKiki has got you covered!)

The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
If you are a teen struggling to make sense of the world around you, chances are you will find a cracker of a character in Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of this book. You can love him or you can hate him, but the one thing you cannot do is ignore him. The language and theme of the book makes it unsuitable for younger students but given the social exposure that kids are subjected to nowadays, introducing this book to them as early as possible seems like the right thing to do.

The Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling
This might sound like a surprising addition to the list, but teachers are people too and people like it when a group of young students rise against all odds, defeat the bad guys and save the future of the world. Though it might not have much educational value, English teachers love it even if only for its role in rekindling youngsters to pick up books again at an age when the future of print and paper material was struggling. Some – like Mackenzie Patel in her Huffington Post article – actually argue that the series should be required reading in high school curricula. They base their argument on the important themes demonstrated throughout the series, such as imagination, curiosity, friendship, honesty, travel, language, and culture.

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