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Planning A Calendar: Studying according to a calendar plan is most important and also most difficult thing to do. Don't study more than two subjects in a day, other wise you are going to mix up things for similar courses that you don't spend a lot of time switching between subjects. If you lose a day due to any unforeseen circumstances just pick up from place you had left previous day. Don't move your entire schedule forward. Remember to leave little margins of time for such days during your planning of calendar.
Prepare From Old Question Papers: Just reading from your text-books is never enough - very little of it actually sinks in. You need to sweat it out with pen and paper, trying to actually solve problems from your books and old test papers. Go over as many different problems as you can.
Don't Give Up: Don't leave a problem till you are convinced that you can solve it by yourself. Depending on explanation given by your teacher or book is only a temporary solution. You need to solve problem yourself to make sure that it doesn't leave you puzzled in examination hall.
Recreation: It is important to remain fresh so that material that you are studying gets absorbed by your mind. If mind is already tired it will not be in a condition to do so. If you feel yourself mentally tired, take a break. Taking a short walk in park or your lawn may be good idea. It refreshes mind as well as body. Chatting to family or taking your pet out for a stroll or taking a small nap are other healthy options. You can try a quick shower for that added freshness.
Revision Plan: Work out a smart revision plan as discussed already all have limited hours in a day, same books, similar sources of guidance and similar circumstances. To crack competition, we need to have an edge over others. Revising is a very effective way for that. Concentration: Concentration is one’s ability to fix his thought upon one thing at a time. Mostly during studies our mind drifts to several unrelated things and at end we may find you wasting lot of time. The key is to put your 100% in task that you are currently doing. Studying actively will help to a great extent in this regard. We will discuss separately in one of chapters.
Using planned Intervals to Enhance memory: A lengthy learning session results in unnecessary stress for your memory. It is very necessary that you take a break after say every 50 minutes. The break could be of 10-15 minutes. Just remember a break is for your mind so be careful not to load it with additional information through watching TV or doing a puzzle. Complete rest of mind and body is required before one starts learning again.
Use Memory Route: To reduce revision time, we need to condense whole theory of 5 to 10 pages into, may be, one diagram. By doing so, only a glance will be sufficient to make you recall whole theory. You should make an attempt to make memory routes for whatever you read so that it comes handy later. acronym is a technique used to further condense theory into just a few words to enhance memory power.
Do not discuss subject with your classmates just before exams: it is likely that you will discover what you haven’t studied. It will make you nervous and loose confidence.
The commonest fault in any written work is a failure to keep to point and not to answer question Completely. When you write an answer you are engaged in an assessment of what is relevant. What does examiner expect as an answer.? Most people do not think about this seriously enough and believe that more verbiage is better than less - opposite is case. The shorter a piece of written work is, more critical thought has been applied to writing it and sharper it is. Moreover examiner or tutor can read it more easily and with less effort. Here are some points to remember ·Do you write for yourself ? your script must be legible to be understood. ·As you plan and draft your answer, think about what you should leave out as much as what you should put in. ·Make things visible for him. Draw a diagram if possible. ·Use key words always and every time. Any examiner is looking for these key words always and your marks depend on that to quite an extent. Do not forget to underline these. ·Use mathematical equations/ formulas to support your answer if possible. ·Give space between answers to different questions/ sections. ·Do not make your mistakes conspicuous by trying to hide it.
·Write what he wants you to write and not what you want to write. You only get credit and marks for what is asked.W ·Work out a overall time plan and review it at regular interval. ·Attempt question you know well first and limit your time for that failing which you will be tempted to write all you know about irrespective of fact that it is not asked. ·Be sure that you are writing right thing in beginning. Read question twice before you jump to answer that ·Attempt number of questions stipulated even if you do not know it fully. Remember no body wants to fail you. ·Do not write stories. Write point wise. ·If possible, make points as headings and underline these.
·Plan a margin of 10% time for final revision and changes if any.
·Do not appeal for more marks in text any where, it will result only in you getting less marks.
·Try to answer all parts of a question in same order. It is very irritating to find different parts at different places and not even marked properly at times.
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