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Why Studying Harder Doesn't Always Guarantee Better Grades

There is always that kid in the class who gets excellent grades without ever seemingly working that hard. And there is also another kid in the class who always seems to be working ever so hard without managing decent results. So what is the reason behind this incidental lack of correlation between studies and results?

A Lack of Methodology

The first reason, in my opinion, for working hard and not getting results is a lack of methodology. There is always this smart way of studying. The most important part of the syllabus (with an exam perspective) must be given time accordingly. Judging this is a talent too that not everyone possesses. Some people naturally study smartly which always gives them the edge when producing results. Similarly, if you do not understand some topic, then consulting someone and taking their help is a far better option than sitting and poring over it for hours. It saves time and makes sure you have the time to focus on other topics too.

Test Solving Skills

Showing what you know on the exam day is another rare skill. It is a critical link in the chain to success and it is a skill which is not easy to teach either. There is this perfect way to tackle each question and a smart way to tackle those whose answers you can only guess.

Confidence on Exam Day

Confidence is another important factor in exam performance. A positive mindset on exam day can take you a lot further than you think it can and a confident mind makes sure you do not make silly mistakes. Things like this make sure that you can get the best grades for the same level of hard work. Most of the over-performing students have perfected this art and it sets them apart from other students of the same level of preparation.

These are some of the things that can turn you from an average student into an over-performing one without putting in those extra hours.

How to Look Good on TV: Top Tips

Looking good on TV is not difficult as long as you know a few key things. The difference between real life and the TV screen is that the TV screen fits a three dimensional world into a flat two dimensional picture. As the picture on a TV screen is flat, depths are actually an illusion. Making the depths work in your favor can greatly enhance your TV beauty.

Lighting Effects

The most important single thing which influences TV pictures is light effects. To have the best pictures, the brightest light called the Key Light needs to be in your face. If the shooting is being done outdoors, then the brightest light is the sun. If the bright light is somewhere else, then the focus will not be on you and there will be annoying shadows greatly reducing the attractiveness of the pictures. A second important light is the Back Light which is a lot less bright than the Key Light. It is usually placed behind the main object. Its purpose is to define the outlines and make them clear. It is especially important when the background is dull. Other lights called Fill Lights are also often used to get rid of shadows or to focus on something specific. The better the light effects, the better you will look on TV. So it is really important to get the lights right.

Best Camera Shot

You will also have to work out which camera shot suits you the best. Some people look great with full body shots while others look better with a shoulders-up shot. The 3/4 shot from the head to below the hips is the most unprofessional shot and gives the poorest pictures.

Looking 3D

Another trick for looking good is to use the depth illusion work in your favor. The straight on shots make you look flat. This can be countered by standing at an angle. It is all a simple matter of taking a step forward with one of your feet and keeping the other in its initial position. You will look more dynamic, real and three dimensional using this angle.

Make-Up

Using appropriate make-up is important too. Bright lights used in most TV shootings wear out the skin which makes it look shiny and pale. This can be countered by using suitable make-up. Make-up can also be used to make your facial features more prominent.

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Increasing Trend of Using Smartphones In Restrooms

Smartphones have become a great example of loyal companionship. Most people can't think of stepping out of their houses without their phones. The habit, or more rightly the addiction, is much stronger than you may think. Many people even take phones to their restrooms. This might seem funny but it is true and surveys have found out that more than 75% of the Smartphone users take their phones to their washrooms and even use them while being in there.

As Smartphones are modern day PDAs, they facilitate us in a number of different ways. The kind of applications that are used while being in the toilet greatly depends upon the Smartphone that you own. For example:

Android Users

As the Android OS caters to a wide domain of applications, the Android Smartphone user is more likely to surf the internet, chat and use various gaming applications as well as check the social media and emails.

Blackberry Users

A blackberry user is most likely a serious looking business personnel or a human resources executive. He must use the phone, while in the washroom, for checking his important mails or looking at some important documents or files. He would hardly indulge in a useless game or App.

The Habit of Using Smartphone in the Restroom: Its Pros & Cons

With that being said, most people have claimed of taking phone calls or an affirmation that they would not mind attending a call while sitting on their porcelain throne.

This trending habit could also become dangerous for health. According to a research, 16% of cell phones were found with traces of feces. It also suggests that we should avoid using the Smartphones of our friends as we don't really know what they have been through. Similarly, buying used Smartphone could pose risk to your health.

Some Tips

It is a good idea to wipe your phone off with a good sanitizer. There are plenty of cleaning sprays for this purpose. But never expose your phone to strong and harsh chemicals and window cleaners.

As you read above, mobile phones are increasingly being used in toilets. Do you also use your phone while in your restroom? Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about this act.

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Answering: Why Do We Forget Dreams

Dreams are strange. It is one of those phenomena that are still almost incomprehensible for man even in this age of science. Yet they keep on mesmerizing us each day with the amazing and powerful visions.

The Frequency of Dreaming

Everybody gets dreams at night. Men, women, children and even infants. But many people claim that they don't get dreams; it is not so, they just forget them. Healthy people usually have more than one dream at night; the duration could be roughly 5-20 minutes. Some researchers say that we spend approximately 6 years.

Forgetting the Useless Stuff of our lives while dreaming.

Human brain is an extremely powerful machine. We have millions of thoughts during a day but we remember only a fraction of them. It is because our brain is smart enough to segregate the important material from the useless stuff. The thoughts that are remembered have significance in life, such as an exam, a date or a meeting. Just the same way, our brain tends to delete the unimportant stuff.

Why we Remember Some Dreams

With the general pattern of forgetting the dreams, we still capture the memory of some dreams and they seem very vivid and clear in our memory. It is suggested that a strong or impactful dream would increase the brain activity and hence the memory starts playing the role. That is why we often wake us after a strong dream.

Why We Forget Dreams?

While sleeping, most part of our brain is at rest i.e. not working. Studies have suggested that while sleeping, the hormone nor epinephrine is not present in the cerebral cortex; this hormone is essential for memory, thought, language and consciousness. Due to this reason, we dream and when we wake up, the memory of them is completely wiped off our minds.

Dreams are complex stuff. Many people have studied them with zeal, but each of the theories is still not solid proof of what happens in our brains while we are asleep. This is because brain is the most complex human organ.

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Being Richer Makes You Happier?

At first thought, it seems logical that having more money would make you happier. You could buy more luxuries, a better house, a better car and more vacations. But on deeper analysis, it becomes clear that things are not that simple. So, what makes you happier? Read on to find out...

Suppose that a person wins a lottery worth millions of dollars. He suddenly realizes that he is richer than most people around him and thus he feels proud and happy. After a while he decides to buy himself a bigger house. As he moves to the bigger house, he sees that all the people living around him have houses similar to his. So his feeling of elate slowly fades away. He does have more money but his state of happiness might well be the same as before.

Finding Love

Many people do not judge happiness on the basis of their wealth. To them, other things are more important. For example, a settled and happy family and good friends to spend time with might be more important to many than having a big bank balance. Of course everyone needs money to survive but after a certain level required for a good standard of living, having more money is no longer a priority. Then you would look for other things that are also important for a happy life.

Wealth or Health?

Every one of us would rather be middle class and healthy than be very rich but carry some form of impairment. This means that money might be important, but health means much more to us than having never ending dollar bills.

A study of degrees of happiness shows that countries with more per capita income generally tend to be happier than poorer countries. This might be attributed to the fact that in poor countries, many people are living below the poverty line. To those people, having money is essential and perhaps more important than anything else simply because they are short of it. But once they start earning enough to live with respect and have a reasonable lifestyle then one expects them to look for things beyond money.

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