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Logical Reasoning vs. Lateral Thinking

March 25th, 2009 | 12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

LATERAL THINKING

Lateral thinking is an idea generation and problem solving technique in which new concepts are created by looking at things in novel ways. The term was coined by Dr. Edward de Bono in his 1970 book ‘Lateral Thinking.’“You cannot look in a new direction by looking harder in the same direction” – Edward de Bono

Difference between Logical Reasoning and Lateral thinking

Lateral thinking is not a substitute for Logical reasoning. Both are required. During brainstorming meetings, you encourage lateral thinking during the first session to generate as much creative solutions as possible, and logical thinking during the second session to select the feasible ideas.

Logical (vertical) thinking carries a chosen idea forward. Lateral thinking provokes fresh ideas or changes the frame of reference

Vertical thinking tries to overcome problems by meeting them head-on. Lateral thinking tries to bypass them through a radically different approach

Lateral thinking is not a substitute for Logical reasoning. Both are required. During brainstorming meetings, you encourage lateral thinking during the first session to generate as much creative solutions as possible, and logical thinking during the second session to select the feasible ideas.

Parallel thinking espouses the idea that we must organize our thinking and should not allow our thought to wander around. Parallel Thinking ensures we do only one sort of thinking at a time and the six different colored hats of Six Thinking Hats allows us to wear one hat at a time, each representing different modes of thought:

1. White Hat – Gathers needed and known information

2. Red Hat – Expression of feelings, emotions, hunches and intuitive thoughts

3. Yellow Hat – Expresses values, feasibility and the benefits to the situation/idea at hand

4. Green Hat – Generates alternatives and explores creative ideas

5. Black Hat – Focuses on the cautions and difficulties that may arise with an idea

6. Blue Hat – Manages the framework of the thinking process

Media Coverage of FireUp

March 18th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized
COVERAGE FOR E-LEARNING PORTAL:www.Fireup.co.in , an online CAT preparation portal has been designed to help students crack CAT and qualify for admissions to the various IIMs and other top B-schools in India.the details are as follows:
  
   

Launch of E-Learning Portal

Media Coverage of FireUp 2

March 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized
PRESS COVERAGE -Hindi Dailies Jansatta and Prabhat Khabar:
The country’s six Indian Institutes of Management’s Admission Group have decided to make their Common Admission Test (CAT) online from next year, and an alumnus of IIM Indore has already geared up for the challenge with his venture www.fireup.co.in
Here is glimpse of the coverage from Jansatta.

Jansatta press release

Here is a glimpse of the coverage by Prabhat Khabar

Press release of Prabhat Khabar

How to Improve your Reading Speed?

March 16th, 2009 | 4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Increase Your Reading Speed

How Fast You Can Be?

Reading speed or Speed Reading has no known theoretical limit. A speed of between 800 and 1200 words per minute (wpm) can comfortably be reached by permanent speed readers, without any constant practice and drilling. Reading speed varies according to the complexity of the reading material, type, face, print quality, grammar, style etc.

We live in the age of information, and we must read extensively if we intend to be successful in our studies, or careers. Schools and colleges have discovered that courses in reading skills give enormous aid to students struggling under the heavier loads of today’s scholastic programs. Young men and women trained in speed reading show distinct advantages over those who lack this kind of skill.

How Much Time It Will Take?

When you participate in a speed reading courses online, or read the book, you will find your reading skills increasing from the very start. With serious application, you will soon be speed reading with ease, and astonished at how much you comprehend in such little time.

Obstacles to Speed Reading

  • Reading phrases more than once.
  • Wondering mind and straying thoughts
  • Anxiety about missing a critical not or other conjunctive structure
  • Outside anxiety or stress like job, home, family, etc.

www.fireup.co.in provides you a solution to overcome all these problems and helps you to enhance your speed in reading comprehensions.

General Speed Reading Gyan

Concentration: You can learn anything if you pay attention!

Enjoy Reading: No matter whether you are reading technical material fun is the most important ingredient in a successful reading experience.

Preview the chapter: you will organize your mind before you begin to read, build a structure for the thoughts and details to come, you will be able to sort, understand and remember the information better.

Question: Read each section of the chapter with your questions in mind. Look for the answers, and take note of questions you didn’t think of that were answered in that section

Eye Stops: Read in phrases of three or four words – meaning is easier to pull from groups of words rather than from individual words.

Varying Reading Rates: Vary your reading rate to suit the difficulty and type of writing of the text. An efficient reader speeds up for easier material and slows down for the hard.

You can buy FireUp’s complete course on Speed Reading and Reading Comprehension just at Rs. 390. Visit FireUp’s Purchase page to buy now.

Skimming – Important Speed Reading Techinique

Skimming is a high speed reading process and involves visually searching the sentences of a page for clues to meaning.

There are many strategies that can be used when skimming. Some of them are

1. Read the first and last paragraphs

2. Read the title, subtitles, subheading, and illustrations.

3. Read the first sentence of each paragraph. This technique is useful when you’re seeking specific information rather than reading for comprehension.

Skimming on computer is slower

The reading speed and comprehension is the same for the computer screen and paper. However, according to a research skimming on a computer is 41% slower than on paper.

Reading Comprehension section in CAT is one where large chunk of students face problems due to low reading speed. So prepare online to get a better edge for Common Admission Test. You can buy FireUp’s complete course on Speed Reading and Reading Comprehension just at Rs. 390. Visit FireUp’s Purchase page to buy now.

Fireup – Online CAT Preparation 2010

March 10th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

India’s best management institutes Indian Institutes of Management’s Admission Group decided to make their Common Admission Test (CAT 2009) online, and an alumnus of IIM Indore geared up for the challenge with his venture www.fireup.co.in

Vineet Patawari, founder of www.fireup.co.in, a Chartered Accountant and a pass-out of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management, IIM Indore, who rejected a sought after seven figure job from JPMC in 2008 to follow his heart. He is supported in this venture by his partner and creative head, Shreshtha Jha.

www.fireup.co.in, which was formally launched at Oxford book store, Kolkata, on 18th December 2008 provides all the facilities for a CAT taker under one banner and includes features like blog, videos, forum, chat, common room and knowledge management.

www.Fireup.co.in claims to train an individual right from the initial CAT preparation to the ultimate challenge of clearing group discussions and interviews thereby securing a seat in the most coveted institutions through its unique courseware and methodology.

Though www.fireup.co.in is primarily an online education venture, some of its modules are also available in CDs at leading stores.

Asked about what initiated him to start an online CAT Preparation site, Patawari said that the logistics of the admission examination was becoming a nightmare, due to the growing number of aspirants every year. It was soon becoming imperative for the exam to go online some day, he added. The online examination would be much easier to manage than the current system, Jha said.

An IIM-A source confirmed that the online examination would cut down administrative costs, involving people travelling to places, and sending papers all over the country, with risks of leaks. The conventional examination can be conducted from a limited number centers while the online tests can be taken from anywhere.

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