College life is the most happening phase of everyone’s life. It is that time when everything is seen from the eyes of fun and enjoyment. However, one must not forget the crux of college life and that is to gain proper education and grow in life. Often college students get so engrossed in co-curricular activities that they are left with less time during exam.
So, being a college student how should one manage his/her study without compromising on the fun part of college life? Here are a few ways through which you can create a perfect study plan and get good grades in college exam:
Identify Your Learning Style
You will have to know what works best for you when it comes to learning new things. Depending on whether you learn best by reading, speaking, listening or making a mind map and index card, you can choose to make your study plan. Make sure it accommodates your inherent learning habits in the best way possible.
Make Your Study Goals Realistic
Planning without execution is as useless as execution without planning. To make sure that none of these things happen, you need to make your goals realistic and achievable. For making that possible, you must know what does the word 'realistic' actually mean. If you go overboard and are not able to achieve what you planned to on any particular day, it will only demotivate you and stop you from doing things in the future. So, it is advisable that you set smaller goals for at least initial days and keep increasing your workload when you think you can handle it. Make a list of all the baby steps you need to take to reach your destination.
We know it is difficult but make studying a part of your daily routine. This habit will give you a considerable edge over your peers who are waiting for the last day to memorize everything. Studying everyday is advisable even more for students who get anxious under pressure as the exam time will anyway stress them out and if they are not prepared, the result is bound to be unsatisfactory. Figure out what time is ideal for you to study. Depending on whether you are a night owl or a morning person, you can accommodate studying hours to your daily schedule.
Breaks Are an Important Part of Your Schedule
Studying for 6-7 hours are of no use if your concentration level is really low and you also compromise on your rest and basic well being. It this suggested that you start slow. Set a timer for 25 minutes and then rest for 5 minutes. In these five minutes do nothing related to studying so that monotony is broken. After these five minutes are over you can go back to studying for another 25 minutes. Alternatively, you can also try the 52-17 algorithm, where you study for 52 minutes and rest for 17 minutes. Do this only if your concentration is exceptional, otherwise 52 minutes will prove to be long time to keep your attention on studies.
Create Your Study Zone
Your study zone should be the one which suits your learning style. If you are a visual learner, you will need a place which is well lit, has good source of electricity and as less noise as possible. Avoid studying a door from which people enter and leave all the time. Also, keep this study area non cluttered and free from distractions. Keep you mobile and other electronic items away while you are studying to make the best use of the time.
Track Your Growth
Take time to look back and reflect at all the hard work you have done and whether the time-table you have made with such dedication is working for you. If something is not working for you, you can choose to take a closer look and analyze why it is not. Depending upon your deduction, you can either go for revision of the step or total exclusion. For example, if the five minutes break is not enough for you, or 25 minutes of studying seem too long, you can make revisions according to your capabilities and level of concentration.
Making a study schedule is integral part of your academics and if you work hard enough on it, you will be less stressful and resultantly increase your productivity.
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