Monday, August 12, 2019

Common household DIY projects that will require high quality tools

There are many DIY projects that you can handle at home. Projects such as making furniture, fence and doing repairs on your kitchen cabinets do not require you to hire professionals. You can just handle the job yourself. However, it is important to note that you need power tools in order to complete these projects successfully. 

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Although power tools are expensive to purchase when compared to hand tools, they last longer and have better results on woodworking projects - if you need help in choosing them then read here. Below, we will look at some of the home projects that will require you to use power tools. 

Installing block boards

Block board installation is very common in modern homes as it is has many applications.  First, block boards can be used to make ceiling or partitioning rooms. One of the most important tools to use in this project is a circular saw. Circular saws play many roles in this type of DIY project for they make sharp and accurate cuts on partition boards. To make things even better, they are able to create angled cuts on both wood and boards.  However, if you need to make special cuts and patterns on the board, you may require a jigsaw. 

Drilling holes on sinks, faucets and door knobs

There are many projects that require you to put screws on hard surfaces such as dense wood and plastic. However, these screws cannot run into wood by themselves and instead, you need to create pilot holes to guide the screws.  For such projects, you need to have a cordless drill at hand. A drill comes with different bits on the head that can allow you to not only pilot screws through wood but also drill holes for fixing door knobs. Also, a drill can come handy when you want to install bolts into brick or concrete. 

Installing beautiful fixtures

When beautifying your home, you may want to install some attractive fixtures. Such fixtures include ceiling boards that come with attractive patterns and shapes. To be able to make those patterns, you will need a high quality tool such as a jigsaw. Jigsaws are good for making patterns on the boards. Jigsaws are easy to use, especially since they come with an orbital action. This is because they are able to eliminate vibrations and therefore result in accurate cuts. The best jigsaws on the market should have quality blades, splinter guards and proper dust collection.  

Building the roof and ceiling structure

Building the roof and ceiling requires precisely sized pieces of wood. This is to enable the structure to come out perfectly while at the same time be able to hold either the roof and ceiling fixtures. Therefore, there is a need to have a table saw which cuts pieces of wood with a high degree of accuracy.


High quality power tools are very important in different household projects for they produce accurate and sharp results. With them, you can be able to finish your DIY home projects faster. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Filipino and Panitikan excluded as core subjects in college: Aye or Nay

The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality that the Filipino and Panitikan or Philippine Literature can be excluded as core subjects in college. “No further pleadings or motions shall be entertained in this case. Let entry of final judgment be issued immediately,” said SC clerk of court Edgar Aricheta.

The SC en banc stood by its ruling last Oct. 9 in a five-page resolution after petitioners failed to present substantive new arguments that would have swayed the justices to change their opinion.

This decision has been criticized by those who believe that it is a necessity to include the country’s native language in core curricula.

In a statement, CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III said promoting Filipino language is not limited to teaching it in schools.

Moreover, De Vera said -

"The accusation of critics that CHED is anti-Filipino is wrong,"

"The Commission believes in the fundamental role played by language in education. To be properly cultivated, Filipino cannot merely be taught as a subject, but must be used in oral and written forms, across academic domains."

"CHED did not abolish Filipino and Panitikan in the General Education Curriculum. Instead, these were transferred to the Senior High School level since these are important building blocks in the preparation of senior high students to be university-ready when they graduate,"

He also called on colleges and universities to exercise their academic freedom "to include innovative reforms in their various curricula that may include language proficiency not just in Filipino but also other Philippine languages such as Ilocano, Waray, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Pangasinan, Bicolano, and Asian languages that will make graduates regionally and globally competitive."

De Vera likewise assured the public that “CHED will support colleges and universities that will pursue language innovation while providing scholarship and professional education assistance to affected Filipino and Panitikan teachers through the K to 12 Transition Program Fund.”

Upon the implementation of the K-12 program in 2011 which have added two more years of senior high school, I think it is just right to exclude Filipino and Panitikan in college core subjects. However, it should depend also on the college course. Some courses in college like BSEd, ABCommunications and the likes still have the need to include it in their core curricula.

It is public knowledge that Filipino and Philippine Literature were already taught in the basic education curriculum: elementary, junior and senior high school level. Instead of teaching other foreign language, in my opinion, it is best to focus on these two subjects to engrave Patriotism and knowledge in our own culture.

Since Filipino and Panitikan were delisted as mandatory subjects in some college courses, it does not mean that we already have forgotten our native language. College subjects should focus on exposing students to different channels of knowledge to develop intellectual competencies and capabilities to prepare them to actual realities of life after graduation.

Now, my take on this matter is definitely Aye!  What about you?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

5 Things That Will Boost Your Productivity While Studying

In life, there are two ways to study: the one where you spend 90% of the time rearranging your desk, surfing the internet and reorganising your iTunes collection, and the productive type where you knuckle down to get maximum information bang for your study buck. If you’ve stumbled upon this article, chances are you’re looking for some tips to achieve the latter. If you want to maximise your study time, here are five tips to boost your productivity.

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1. Environment

The biggest distraction to studying is your study zone. The key is to find a quiet, conducive space, free from distractions, and get straight to the task at hand. And it doesn't have to be one single space.

It's a great idea to spread your study across a number of areas – a park on an appropriate day, then the library or your room on another or your room.

Ideally, at least one study zone should be a private space where you can spread out papers, set up your laptop and get to it, knowing that should you need a break, you can leave your work and return to it, untouched.This space should be set up with all the required items: stationery, internet access and enough heat or cooling to make the environment comfortable.

Organisations like Iglu, which provides student accommodation in Sydney and Brisbane, typically offer an array of study zones, from meeting rooms to quiet bedrooms where you can be guaranteed a reprieve from the social life of uni.

2. Time

If you're planning to study, set aside the proper time to do it. That may mean setting yourself a timetable to complete an assignment or ensuring you sit down for two hours each day to work.

If you're a procrastinator, factor in that extra time for making yourself a last cup of coffee, ringing a friend or glancing at Facebook, then settle down to work.

3. Healthy Snacks

It's a well-known fact that a healthy diet increases your ability to retain information, so ensure you have healthy snacks in the fridge and a good wholesome meal in your belly.

A student's budget may be tight, but the most affordable foods are fruit and vegetables, so make sure they are your go-to snacks instead of sugar-laden quick bites like chocolate and candy.

4. Exercise

Study should never be a case of all work and no play. To ensure you have enough energy for both, factor regular exercise into your routine. Exercise is renowned for ramping up your neurone production, meaning more brain power to absorb new information.

5. Sleep

You cannot retain or process information without sufficient sleep, so set yourself up in a comfortable room that is conducive to resting well.Then try to get enough regular sleep to keep you healthy, resilient and functioning.

While study is a major part of any university experience, it's not the only factor. When you sit down to study, commit to it and do it well. Then you can enjoy all the other lifestyle benefits that being a student has to offer.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Importance of Reading to Children

There are many important benefits of reading to children, and encouraging reading in children. Not only does reading spark imagination that will stay with your children for the rest of their life, but reading creates the basis of the learning and academic abilities that will be taken into adulthood. This post with highlight the main benefits of reading, and will also discuss some interesting findings that In The Book found when researching the importance of reading to children.

Benefits of Reading to Children

Reading is Fun
A fantastic quote from Dr Seuss states: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. By reading books, your child is almost guaranteed to explore their imagination, learn about emotion, character and morals. Through reading, kids begin to love learning new things. One of the most important things that reading to children introduces is the idea that reading isn’t a task, it is a fun activity for them to enjoy throughout their life.

Skill Development
From fiction to nonfiction through many different genres, reading to children will introduce them to many different environments and characters. Using books to explain situations that children may face or to explain something they don’t quite understand can aid development of communication and learning skills. Books give children the opportunity to explore different cultures, ethics and emotions.

Because children learn languages during infancy, reading to a child from a young age can greatly improve speech skills. Listening to parents or teachers read and practising word and sentence pronunciation themselves, their language skills will come on leaps and bounds.

Everyone remembers the fear of standing up and reading in class. This can be reduced and completely removed through reading practice and familiarity with books and words. Building up their reading ability at home will also build up their confidence in school and social environments.

Reading to your child is an incredible way to spend time with them and bond. Routinely spending time with your little one, perhaps every evening at bedtime or before dinner every night, is a great way to build stability in your relationship with your kid. At the end of the day, watching your child learn and grow while spending time with them often will bring you both closer together.

Academic Achievement
This is where the research kicks in. Incredibly, research has been conducted that shows that 77% of children who can read at second-eighth grade level at the beginning of third grade will graduate from high school. Only 27% of children reading below this level will graduate (Lynn Fielding, The 90% Reading Goal, 1998).

Even more interesting, studies have concluded that reading to a child for 20 minutes a day from birth can increase their chance of a high reading level in third grade, and ultimately high school graduation. However, additional findings showed that when that chance increases by two thirds, the child’s estimated lifetime earnings also increase - some by up to $220,000. If you adjust these findings that were taken in 1998 to 2018 with inflation, this number rises to $500,000.

Researchers at In The Book recently conducted a survey to see how many parents were actually reading to their children for this suggested time of 20 minutes per day. Shockingly the results showed that only 18% of new parents were.

Crucially, the take home point of this post is: read! Read to your children to improve academic potential, social and communication skills, confidence and your bond with them as they grow. Reading is a phenomenal way to help your child develop and learn and could provide them with the inspiration and imagination they need and they will utilise for the rest of their life. If you are hesitant about reading with your child, see my previous post on tips to develop children’s love for books.
This is a Guest post by In The Book.

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