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Featured member - Mehul Arora

We will be featuring different members of the Brilliant community, so that you can get to know them better. For the fifteenth issue, we are featuring Mehul Arora, who despite wanting to do well in the various exams, hates the fact that he has to memorize facts for them.


Tell us more about yourself
Hi! I’m Mehul Arora. I live in Delhi, India. I’m a regular school going chap who loves to solve Math problems. It’s nearly one year that I’ve joined brilliant and that one year has helped me to improve my math skills immensely.
Besides Math, I love sleeping and listening to music. I also read novels. I hate school exams and I love trolls. As far as sports are concerned, I’m a little too lazy to play although I do play Basketball in my free time.

Tell us something that most people do not know about you
I’m a quizzer. I love quizzing. It’s curious to know uncommon things about people we see or hear about in our daily lives. I do all sorts of quizzing from General to Technology.
Also, I play scrabble, at the National level in India. Playing scrabble is fun! :D

What are your plans for the future? Frankly, I’d just like to spend my next few years in studying well, and getting into a good college. I will also aim for cracking the NTSE, NSEJS and The Indian RMO.

What do you hate about exams?
It encourages unnecessary competition between friends. While I agree that there should be friendly competition, I think it's at a level which creates differences between friends.
Also, it encourages Mugging things up. People cram like crazy for exams, and then forget everything after that. If they fail to do well in the exam, they are disappointed and do not know why. Exams should be set in a way that they encourage participation and learning, as opposed to just learning the tricks and shortcuts to doing well on the exam.
Exams are always the most fearful thing in a student’s life, because the short hour can have such an impact on their future.

Why do you think we have exams?
Well, exams exist to check the talent/ potential in a student. They offer a way for a child to judge what field he/she is good in, and also to bring out the best in them. On a national scale, exams are needed to help provide understanding about the relative strengths of each individual.
To a certain extent, exams are necessary. Without exams, most would not bother to learn and study. If conducted appropriately, exams are a rather helpful tool. I don't think we would get rid of exams. Instead, the focus should be for schooling/ studying should be done in such a way so as to help build interest of students in studying and exploring different horizons.

How do you prepare for your exams? Preparation for exams is inevitable. For me, school exams require negligible preparation if attention is paid in the class, and you read chapters on a regular basis.
For competitive exams, well, that’s a thing to bother about. For me, competitive math has never been much of a hindrance, thanks to Brilliant for that. I usually focus on Physics and Chemistry, more of the focus being on Chemistry. While I love studying Chemistry, it's either you know the fact of not. You are unable to work your way through the problem, and brute force and answer out of the setup.

What do you wish for Brilliant?
Brilliant is a wonderful platform for expressing yourself and interacting with many geniuses, and encouraging you to learn more about math and science. I’m simply addicted to Brilliant and wish only that the staff stop changing the interface too frequently and that the wikis get filled up real soon, so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of mathematics!

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8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats @Mehul Arora! I like the fact that you hate the fact that you have to memorize facts for your exams, because it happens with me too(only in social studies though!)! Sravanth Chebrolu · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Sravanth Chebrolu Education system in India today is mostly about cramming

Good to know I have company xD Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats @Mehul Arora .

I also hate exams! Aareyan Manzoor · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Aareyan Manzoor Yay! Hi5 :P Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora Hi5! Aareyan Manzoor · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Exams, including IQ tests, can be a great ego booster. But that's about all, as far as your ability to realize your potential. Many of the great physicists denigrate IQ tests and "studying to pass exams"---nobody ever does their best work that way.

How can schools foster creative, independent study, without the necessity of grades and tracking? I don't know. The balance between both always seems destined to be an unhappy one. Michael Mendrin · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Michael Mendrin Well, that is certainly a question yet to be answered.

I think someone of us comes up with a great idea in the near future to encourage independent and productive study.

Till then, Happy Cramming to all students :3 Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora Happy Cramming :3 Abdur Rehman Zahid · 4 months ago

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You are not alone, dude. I also hate to memorize facts in exam.

Sometimes, it kills the creativity. Evan Huynh · 8 months ago

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@Evan Huynh Wow I didn't expect that much support :P

Yeah, true that. Mehul Arora · 8 months ago

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Congrats @Mehul Arora for being featured Surya Prakash · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Surya Prakash Thanks SP :)

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Thanks for being active :P Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Surya Prakash Thanks for being active :) Nihar Mahajan · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats on being featured buddy ;) . Rohit Ner · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Rohit Ner Thanks! :D Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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First of all, congrats for being featured @Mehul Arora :claps: :whistles: Second yeah I agree with you that these exams create differences among friends. Ashish Siva · 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Sorry to sound like a noob, but what is scrabble? Ashish Siva · 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Excellent @Mehul Arora Atanu Ghosh · 5 months, 3 weeks ago

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@Atanu Ghosh Thank you! @Atanu Ghosh Mehul Arora · 5 months, 3 weeks ago

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congratulations Mehul Arora for being featured!!! :-) :-) Atul Shivam · 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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@Atul Shivam Thanks! :) Mehul Arora · 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congrats @Mehul Arora on being featured. Lakshya Sinha · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Lakshya Sinha Thanks Lakshya :) Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congratulations @Mehul Arora . No talk since long time .... I am curious , why did you deactivate/delete your facebook acc. ? and did you appear for RMO this year , if yes ; were you selected for INMO ? Chinmay Sangawadekar · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Chinmay Sangawadekar Hey

I have deactivated my fb account, to focus more on studies

Yeah I did appear for RMO, I didn't get selected :( Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora I know more about you than this note :3 Anyways , Congrats for being featured! :) :3 Nihar Mahajan · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Nihar Mahajan Thanks :3 Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats for being featured, @Mehul Arora. Swapnil Das · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Swapnil Das Thanks Swapnil Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats @Mehul Arora!! Looks like we both like quizzes Abdur Rehman Zahid · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Abdur Rehman Zahid Which quizzes have you been part of? Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora Sometimes my school conducts them. Abdur Rehman Zahid · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Congrats, @Mehul Arora ! Love your problems and solutions. :D Anish Harsha · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Anish Harsha Oh, first time I ever heard someone say that :P

Anyway Thanks mate :) Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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HMMM... congrats @Mehul Arora. You forgot to mention that you love sst :P Aditya Kumar · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Aditya Kumar Thanks :)

Oops yeah :P Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora \[\Large \boxed{\boxed{\boxed{\boxed{\boxed{:3}}}}}\] Nihar Mahajan · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Nihar Mahajan Nice :-p Abdur Rehman Zahid · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora I'm surprised you study chemistry at this age :P Aditya Kumar · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Aditya Kumar I'm surprised about that too :P

Btw, you do study chemistry too, right? Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Mehul Arora You forgot I Love Chemistry Aditya Kumar · 8 months, 1 week ago

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Hi Mehul!Firstly congratulations on being featured :P Looks like we both are quizzing geeks.Yes knowing uncommon things is fun.What do you want to become?What is your passion? Rohit Udaiwal · 8 months, 1 week ago

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@Rohit Udaiwal Hi! It'll be great to meet you at some quiz :)

As I mentioned earlier, My first target is to clear some exams and get into a good engineering college :) Mehul Arora · 8 months, 1 week ago

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I am a COMMERCE student. Please help me to refer me some books. That will help me to be master means that will help me very much to understand the depth of COMMERCE(Accounts, Business studies & Economics) and MATHEMATICS also. PLEASE HELP ME! I will very grateful to those people who will help me. Atanu Ghosh · 5 months, 3 weeks ago

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