How To Plan Or Schedule Your Studies For Competitive Exams
Preparing for any competitive exams like JEE is a daunting task, but a little strategising and time management can go a long way. For example, make a schedule of all the chapters/assignments to be done for the day and then stick to that schedule no matter what. This hack gives you a small achievable target which definitely looks less daunting than the entire set of books that you have to finish by the month-end.
Did you know that you learn as much in one-hour sessions spread across four days as you learn in one longish six-hour session? This means that you could cut your study time by at least 30% by using a well-planned study schedule or time table. Remember, smart work pays better than hard work. The key here is to chalk out a plan and then to follow it religiously.
Here are some tips that will help you create a personalised time table for yourself.
Make a Timetable 2-3 Months before the Exams
To get into the groove of things, make sure to prepare your timetable or schedule at least 8-10 weeks before the exam. From daily targets, revision time and even the finishing date, everything needs to be there on that paper. Stick that paper right on top of your board or the study table. Make sure that your goals are realistic and your timetable should have ample relaxing time so that your body is ready for the next day’s session.
Early To Bed And Early To Rise Mantra
This time-tested mantra has been a blessing for many students. Though, we know with the present-day lifestyle, many people prefer late-night sessions in complete silence, early morning study has its own benefits. It is scientifically proven to enhance concentration and focus. Plus, this habit always helps when you have a good night sleep a day before the exam.
Eat the Frog
It means do the hardest task first. Study the most difficult topics well in advance, and don’t procrastinate them for later days. In fact, you shouldn’t study any new chapters in the last few days. That time should only be for revision and brushing up.
Diversity is healthy
Oh, no getting into philosophy here. What we mean by diversity is diversified subjects. Schedule your study sessions in such a way that no two similar subjects should fall one after the another. Simply saying, it means a simpler subject should follow one hardcore physics session that your brain can grasp easily.
Take small breaks but keep distractions minimal
Human brain’s capacity to process information is limited in more ways than one. Thus, taking short breaks in between hectic study sessions is a must to allow your body and mind to relax. Take a short walk in the park with your pet or maybe an outdoor game. Also, avoid using phones and Playstations during such breaks as they can distract you and small breaks usually end up into long wasted hours.