The Central Board of Secondary Education examinations are a few months from now and we will have students queuing up at their examination centres to write their destiny. Today a lot of importance is being laid upon how one performs in these examinations. A lot of his future options are weighed depending on his performance and it is this exam that everything one has learnt from his school sums up. Hence, no student should shy away from giving in his best and not worrying about the final outcome because a good preparation will yield a good result. Good preparations include fine studying techniques, adequate revision, good nutrition and adequate rest. Here are a few cues the students could pick on
Establish a Routine: with so many subjects to study one can definitely confuse himself with the time distribution. While some subjects need time to practice others require time for memorization and vast research. Students should be able to define this time allocation through a time table distributing as per their need for every subject and should consider it their bible till the time of the examination. Self discipline is also very important as it will help you to stick to your routine and build confidence.
Environment: this is another important factor that should not be overlooked. The environment plays an extremely important role in building your concentration power. One should make sure that his environment is free of distractions, free of domestic noises. It should be filled with ample light, positive energy through the use of inspirational messages, plants. One should not resort to studying on his bed but should opt for a comfortable chair and a desk.
Taking Short Breaks: short breaks are always treated as a barrier to studying but this should school of thought should be altered. It has been proved that the human mind is not capable of retaining much after approximately 30 to 40 minutes of studying. Hence, students should be wise and substitute endless hours of studying with short periods of studying which could be followed by revision or a short break. However, students should not get carried away with the term ‘break’, here break would mean a small positive distraction which could be either deep breathing, pacing around your study area or even listening to some soft music for a span of 3 to 7 minutes before again getting back to your studies.
Study: the final advice would definitely be to actually start studying. You can get your things organized, get yourself a room free of disturbances and even for that matter prepare several time tables, however one needs to study for results to show, this is perhaps the most crucial advice above all.
The foremost rule for revision is to keep aside enough time. Studying with revision requires you o start months in advance. People tend to have different methods to revise. Some go for verbal revision, where they recall what they have learnt verbally and then there is the written revision where people revise by writing down. Though the latter is more time consuming however, revision as a whole is a time consuming affair and should be started with enough time in hand to avoid last minute cramming.
Revision helps in boosting confidence. It allows a person to know where he stands in terms of preparation and he can improvise from there. It is also wise to often alternate your revision styles this will help you to keep your brain alert and aware. Many students prefer to study in the day time and revise before hitting bed or revise first thing in the morning. Methods applied could be different but students should remember that revision is important and must be done.
Food and sleep is what keeps the body functioning and these are neglected the most in our study schedule. One must always understand that the time spent on food should not be considered a waste, rather an investment because you are actually fuelling yourself for the study session to follow.
Food: A person’s time table should be punctured with sufficient meal breaks. Adequate time should be kept for a heavy breakfast, a moderate lunch and a light dinner for students. The quantity and variety of food being consumed can also be different depending on the need of the student. It is important to keep your food high on proteins as this helps in keeping the brain alert. Carbohydrates should be avoided post lunch as this may tend to make you feel lethargic. One can also keep food rich in natural sugar to munch as this helps the brain to memories better and stay awake.
Sleep: Adequate amount of sleep is extremely important to be true to our learning skills. We should never neglect sleep and allow our body a full 8 hours of sleep to recover fresh the next day. When we study our brain tends to go through a lot of exercise and eight hours is minimum we should give it to retain back energy and function normally the next day. Hence, sleep is extremely important to avoid any signs of laziness throughout the day sleep should never be compromised upon.
Recreational Activities: During our studying period our mind tends to wander about the results and post result period and we mostly assume a negative outcome. This puts a lot of stress on our minds and this can act as a barrier to our studying. In times like this it is important to opt for a recreational activity that acts as a stress booster and helps us fight stress. A pleasant walk, a cycle ride, hitting the gym, playing on your play station can all act as stress boosters and help you to get rid of the much accumulated stress from all the negative thinking. However, one should practice recreational activities with caution and never get carried away and not devout long hours to it.
There is a lot of value put on the CBSE examinations and students should not shy away from giving in their best and not really worry about the results because the amount of dedication you put in will definitely show at the end.
The entire Jagranjosh team would like to wish all those appearing for their class 10 and class 12 CBSE 2013 examinations, All The Very Best.