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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Five easy ways to prepare for your exams


Now that Delhi University’s semester examinations are on, many of you must be burning the midnight oil, swotting away... Here are five quickfire ways to ensure you do not get bogged down by the work overload and actually revise your lessons really well

1 What’s the right
time for you to start ticking? All of us have our ‘timings’, when we’re at our most active and alert modes. Find out the time in which you tick and schedule most of your study routine around these hours. You’ll be surprised to know how much you can absorb, assimilate and take in. Most of what you have learnt in this time can be revised later at leisure, when you are calm and relaxed

2 Take one subject or paper at a time. Do not focus on the exam as a whole and start preparing for everything at the same time. If it’s English paper-I, clear your desk of all other books and notes, put them away and focus on just that one paper. When that paper is over, focus on the next one

3 Where are those notes? Make short notes while going through a huge chapter. Read it once more, and then go through the short notes. Once that is done, make shorter notes from the short notes. Carry these with you for last-minute preparations

4 What’s on your mind? Most of us complain of short attention spans and distractions while studying. Ensure you keep a check on yourself. Set a 15-minute alarm. Has your attention wandered? Your cellphone can beep in 15 minutes to let you know if you’re focused on your studies or not

5 Deadlines work. Set deadlines. Four chapters have to be finished over the weekend, revised, and short notes taken. Try to beat that deadline and cram in another chapter

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