Time management is the most important aspect of exam preparation. More often than not, many students look at time as their enemy because they start preparing a little too late in a haphazard manner, which causes too much confusion. Without proper time management tips, studying will not benefit you much because you won’t be able to organize your syllabus in sync with the amount of time you have.
Time Management Tips
Now that you have decided to manage your time you should look at ways to do it effectively. Many students get over-enthusiastic when they make a timetable, which is why they end up setting huge goals for themselves. While you think you can do it theoretically, practically it may be difficult. Hence, you should know how to manage your time realistically. To help you out, we have come up with a few useful time management tips for you.
Organization helps clear things up. It removes stress and gives you the control over time. Start at least a couple of months before the exam date and organize your time for the day, for the weeks, and for the month. When you do this, you will have a clear realization of how much time you have and how much you can dedicate to various activities. Take control of time and do not let it control you!
To begin with, assess your time for a few days. How much time do you spend studying? How much time do you spend sleeping? How much time do you dedicate to other activities? This exercise will remove the notion of I study all the time from your head because tracking will make things apparent. You may think you are doing the best you can but when you put it on paper you will realize that you are wasting more time than you should. This will bring another pang of realization and that will motivate you to shift gears.
Time management is all about being wise while using time. Incorporate all your daily activities in your schedule but know which one(s) to prioritize. This/these activity/ies should get the highest amount of time. In your case, of course, it is studying.
Now, in the time you allocate for studies, dig deeper into the subjects and analyze the time required for each chapter or topic or so on. For example, if a topic is complicated, dedicate more time to. Dedicate less time to topics that you are confident about. Do not skip any topic during preparation. Over confidence can get the better of you during the exam.
Now is the time to prepare a detailed timetable based on your findings. You have tracked your activities, realized how much time you have, and you know your priorities. Based on these factors, create a neat timetable with all activities that you plan on doing during the day. Remember to include sleep time, break time, eating time, refreshing time, and so on. The clearer it is, the better it will be for you.
Do not get over ambitious. Always make time for socializing and entertainment because too much studying will make you less efficient. Regardless of how worried you are, take breaks so that your brain is refreshed. It is important to be very logical here.
An excellent way to keep reviewing topics that you have learnt is to use review cards. These review cards will help you when you have to wait for something without an option (think along the lines of waiting in queue at the bank or waiting for your coffee at the cafeteria). You can also post a few in places that you frequently visit so that you keep your brain on its toes. These places include the refrigerator and the mirror.
The biggest time management mistake that students make is that they fail to follow it. All the time and effort you put into making the schedule will be a waste if you do not follow it. Of course, it needs dedication to go back to the timetable and to follow it to the dot but if you squander your time, you will pay for it during the examination. Be honest with yourself and be sincere. Otherwise, all those efforts will go to nothing.
It’s about the balance
Strike a balance between the preparation for boards and entrance exams. Plan your time strategically so that you can give enough time to both. The syllabus for both the exams is based on the NCERT textbook. You can pen down the syllabus for both and start with common topics first. Once you are done with it, dedicate time to other topics. It is advisable though to cover the topics with more weightage first.
Avoid too many books
It is rightly said that too many cooks spoil the broth. Similarly, studying from too many books is not only time consuming but also exhausting and confusing. With barely a month to go, it’s better to channelize your energy and time wisely. Therefore, read from limited books may be just one or two and devote more time to practising quality questions.
Practice hard as nothing comes easy
It is indeed true that practice makes a man perfect. If you want to make a mark, practice hard. Solve as many questions as possible. The more questions you’ll solve the more confident and prepared you’ll be for the exam. Go through previous year papers, solve all the questions and make a note of unsolved ones. Practice them again and again until you succeed.
There would be distractions and there would be time when the pressure to perform might overtake you but don’t lose your focus. It’s your focussed attitude that can turn the tables for you and help you achieve more in less time. A focussed approach leads to better productivity and helps you achieve your goals.
Refer to Video Lectures
In the techno-savvy world we live in, access to internet is easy. Make use of it and look for video lectures which can help clarify your doubts and teach you complex concepts in the most simplified way. Watching video lectures is quite an engaging experience which enhances your learning experience. Moreover, these video lectures can be paused and played end number of times at the sole discretion of the learner.
Talk to the Experts
Preparing for such coveted exams is not a cakewalk. Even after thorough preparation, students tend to face doubts and have problems in understanding concepts. It is advisable to not lament on it and talk to the experts. They can be your teachers, professionals, alumni, or experts who have been in your shoes. Having “been there and done that”, a chat with them can give you a whole new insight and help you know the dos and don’ts of preparing for the exam.
Form a peer group
Surrounding yourself with focussed and goal oriented students can take your preparation up a few more notches. Be a part of a peer group or form one. These can be your classmates, roommates or other aspiring students. Spend time after the class, discuss the concepts, share queries, etc. All this will not only keep you updated with the latest and important questions but will also introduce you to newer ways of solving problems.
Staying hooked to the textbooks all day long can be quite exhausting for the brain. It is, thus, important to unwind yourself. Listen to some good music, go for a walk to get some fresh air or play your favourite sport. It will not only relax your mind but will also improve your concentration and focus.
Proper time management during exam preparation requires organization, logic, and dedication. You know yourself better than anyone else and you know your own speed. That is why you should schedule activities without thinking about what your friends are doing. Manage time accordingly and make sure you follow your schedule. When you master these time management tips, you will definitely be able to study without burnout.