Study Smart and not Hard: Part III
Try out FRT (Fast Revision Technique)
The mind has a tendency to constantly reject all that it considers not important. By revising again and again a message is sent to subconscious mind that it is important. In most cases over 80% of our learned information is lost in just 48 hours! If we don’t revise our mind does not consider it to be important and discards information.
Fast Revision Technique is a very powerful Revision Technique to remember and recall. It s steps are as follows: -
Step 1: Take time between lectures/self study periods to go through what you have just learnt. It can be as early as 1 to 2 hours. This is very crucial to rein-force learning. Step 2: Set aside at least one hour every day from start of year. You must revise as and when new concepts are taught/ learned during day. Step-3: Give special treatment to your revision on Sundays. On each Sunday, you shall revise everything that you have learned in week, though very briefly. You may also write down few lessons/ solve problems from memory with out looking in your notes just to test your memory and understanding. Just skim over your notes very briskly and make sure you plan gaps between two different subjects. Step-4: On last Sunday of month allocate three extra hours for monthly revision. After you have revising what you you’ve finished in week. Go through all that you have learnt in entire month. This revision will be easy and fast as it is fourth revision of month. Step-5: Whenever you learn something new, always take time to refer to what was previously taught/ learned by you. By this you check how well have you grasped matter. By frequent revision we are sending a message to mind that this information is important and are continuously training mind to remember things that you revise. Step-6: Modify plan so that it best suits you but basic strategy of setting aside time everyday should not be compromised. Celebrate success each time and do remember to punish your self if you are not able to stick to your plan. Best Study Strategies
·Preview text ·Read table of contents to understand topics of each chapter and how they relate to each other. ·Read all headings and subheadings. ·Learn all you can from pictures, maps and graphics. ·Read questions or problems at end of chapter. ·Take notes in text ·Write short summaries, questions or comments in margin of text. Helps you to engage with text and gives you a running record of your understanding Or . . . ·Take notes in a separate notebook. Remember – you should synthesize and summarize, and not copy. ·Review your notes within 24 hours. ·In order to transfer what you’ve heard from your short term to long term memory Take a few minutes each day to skim through your notes, fill in information you missed, and identify questions you have. ·Study for an exam with format in mind. You should always refer at least last five year’s question papers. ·Not all exam questions are created equal. Your approach should be different and how much you write should be decided by how many marks it carries and not by how much you know about it. ·Modify your study strategies to reflect type of thinking skills required on exam. ·Have a sense of how many questions will be on exam so that you can allot enough time to each question. ·Study actively. ·Draw diagrams or charts representing relationships between ideas ·Work through practice problems and old exam questions ·Create a study group and quiz each other ·Cover up your notes and talk through a concept as though you were teaching it to someone else. ·Make flash cards or study sheets and review them regularly. ·Form a Study Group: Some facts about study groups.
A word about group: It will provide lot many advantages to you. Few of these are listed here and there can be many more.
·Greater opportunities to question, review, clarify, and discuss various otherwise tricky matters. It may happen that few things, which you have not understood, are completely understood by some one in group and he can make you understand that or vice versa. ·Audiences to read, respond to, and discuss your/their ideas and frank and fair comments. ·Encourage a variety of problem solving strategies. Remember there is always some thing in others that you can learn for your improvement. ·Reduce procrastination left alone you, in probability, will keep on delaying certain important things. At times you may not even know as to how should you start. Group members in such can be of tremendous help and at times they can even go to extent of forcing you to start work you had slated for yourself and at times they will be instrumental in its successful completion. ·Within a group you will, in general, will remain motivated as all problems could be shared thereby reducing burden on you. ·It will help you to ease anxiety that you may be having. Remember anxiety is a big strain on your energies and it is best to steer clearly away from this monster.
Work According To Your Study Style: Some students prefer to work individually; others study better in a group. Match your study style to your personality and study habits. Do not get guided by others blindly after all you know your self best.
Studying By Yourself: Proceed according to a study and revision plan. Start your preparations well in advance so that you don't panic in end. It is ok to study in a group initially to start with but it is better to study alone starting, may be, 1-2 weeks prior to examinations
Studying In A Group: Make sure that your study group has students genuinely interested in studying, else you'll spend all your time criticizing school or latest Shah Rukh Khan film. At least some of your peers should be at your level or better. Brainstorming on possible questions is also a good idea by this you can score out lot of material which may not be asked in examinations..