Time Management + Hard Work = Success in Competitive Exams!

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 15 Dec 2016
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With the board exams as well as other competitive examinations round the corner, students are in full swing for their exam preparations. With a good amount of time still in hand, a lot can be achieved with the right approach and proper time management.

Time Management + Hard work = Success!

"Time and tide wait for none" is a very popular saying. However, with the right approach and technique, both can be tapped efficiently. While electrical energy can be generated by harnessing the tide, positive results in all aspects of life can be generated with the proper time management. All it requires is proper planning, a goal-oriented strategy and a focus to achieve the outcome.

With the board exams as well as other competitive examinations round the corner, students are in full swing for their exam preparations. With a good amount of time still in hand, a lot can be achieved with the right approach and proper time management. Here are some useful tips you can implement to improve and improvise your performance in the examinations:

Time-Table

The first and foremost step is to set a timetable. And not just set it but follow it. Study your daily pattern of a week at least. This pattern will include everything you do right from the time you wake up to the time you sleep. Prepare a sheet of all the activities you do and the amount of time it consumes. At the end of the week, sum up total time you devoted to each individual activity and cut down on the time wastage on activities other than studies.

Most students make the common mistake of setting a timetable with steep goals. This leads to making drastic changes in lifestyle which students can't cope up with. Hence, you must have a more realistic approach while devising the timetable by keeping goals that you can meet. A strict implementation of the timetable will help you structure yourself for the examinations and you can focus more on the preparation.

Prioritise

Prioritising your strengths and weaknesses gives you a major boost in your preparations. While some students have a good grip over conceptual topics, others find the numerical section easier to cover. Some students understand well and learn theoretical portions easily. So it is important for you to understand your preference or style of learning. After this, you should prioritise your strong areas according to the time you require for preparation as well as their weight-age in the examination.

Self-assigned goals

Next up, analyse the total time that is required by different areas of ability to improve in order to obtain optimum results. You should set monthly and weekly goals with respect to each and every area that requires improvement. Mark your calendars with deadlines for all the activities and topics that enhance your performance, i.e. your strength areas. Keep at least a month in hand before the exams for a full revision of the syllabus.

Weekly reviews

Right from the start, maintain a review sheet and track the progress of your weaker areas, revision of stronger areas, time spent on recreational activities, following of timetable and meeting the time-bound goals. You can improvise your time-table making appropriate changes and weekly goals. These reviews can boost your confidence and help you be prepared for the examinations.

Right mindset

Having the right mindset during your preparation is the key to a good result. One of the biggest mistakes a student makes is delaying the preparations thinking that the topics can be easily covered later. While this approach may or may not be beneficial, from the examination perspective, there are various topics that require an in-depth study to better understand the concept. Often students complain that the questions were 'out of syllabus' or the question paper was 'too lengthy' whereas all these questions actually required was the right approach. And this can be achieved only through constant practice and thorough revision. So, even though you would be able to cover the topics later if you delay your schedule, by doing this you would simultaneously reduce your scoring ability in the exams.

Calm Down

Examinations can be very toll taking for students, having obvious psychological effects on their mind. The mind becomes anxious, restless and the concentration is lost. Calming down your brain becomes more essential as there is no point in rigorously studying for six long hours when you cannot retain the information that can be grasped in two hours. You must maintain a good balance, both physically and psychologically. Indulge yourself in physical activities as well as activities the boost your confidence and performance. Meditation and yoga can be very helpful to maintain a calm mind.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times and Aakash Institute)

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