Self-study is the time you spend on your studies on your own without the help of a teacher. It becomes increasingly important as you get to te class 11 and 12 when you are preparing for board exams as well as aiming to crack the entrance exams for higher studies.
Many of you would be enrolled in tuition classes or coaching programs for board exams as well as entrance exams. You may not be left with any time for self-study but it is very important to devote some time daily.
Some benefits of doing Self-Study
Self-study at home gives you a lot of edge in your preparation. Here are some important benefits:
- You keep your studies on track with your regular school or coaching classes
- You are able to finish homework and assignments as and when they are given in class on time
- You are also able to revise whatever is taught in class the very same day.
- You come up with doubts in concepts which you can clarify with your teacher timely. This is very important
- During breaks from your school or coaching classes, you can actually go back and revise previous syllabus instead of using that time to prepare the chapters you missed out.
Right method for doing self-study
First you should have a timetable for your study and you should follow it regularly. The timetable should include your daily schedule and the time you can spare for self-study.
Once you have self-study time decided, make sure the chapters you revise are the same as those you are studying in school. While studying at home, you are not only revising the concepts but also solving entrance level questions.
During break or holidays, make sure to practice more entrance level questions from already done chapters.
Collect doubts and get them resolved from your teacher immediately. Not doing that will make you forget the doubts and make them useless.
Unable to find time for self-study?
If you are unable to find any time for self-study then you can consider waking up one hour earlier in the morning. Morning time is the best time to do studies as your brain is fresh and can absorb more knowledge at that time.
If you spend a lot of time in travel, you can use that time to do some revision using notes or flash cards. Make sure the time is used for revision and not learning any new concept. Learning any new concept on the go is not a good idea. If you take your own transport, consider using public transport to allow you to study.
How to be regular in self-study
Following your timetable on a daily basis will help you do regular self-study. But even that is sometimes a challenge when you are not motivated enough.
Some of the suggestions to keep you motivated to do daily self-study are as follows
- Ask your friends and family to regularly motivate you to study
- Make your study area nice and attractive and make changes to it regularly so that you want to use it for your study daily.
- Keep yourself fit and fine with good diet and exercise. Sickness demotivates one to study
If you want to really get good marks both in board exam and entrance exams as well, regular self-study is a must. We hope these suggestions will help you in doing it.
Author Name: Yogita Bhalla
Description: Yogita Bhalla is Founder and CEO of Simplylearnt.com and has a passion for helping students excel in their lives. She has appeared for 6 different competitive exams (including NTSE, IIT-JEE, GRE) and has gone through the toiling preparation process. She believes that study material can be made more engaging for the students and hence they can fall in love with test preparation.