With exams just round the corner, you may have set out on completing the onerous task of revision. You are expected to revise heaps of information, in a matter of few weeks or months. At a speed that has to impress the bullet train drivers. Whereas you took months or maybe years to even complete reading the book. At a speed that a snail felt pity for you.
Here’s the ultimate cheat-sheet on how to revise perfectly.
* Each of us have specific study patterns. Some are audio learners, some are visual learners, and some unfortunate ones are audio-visual learners. Another category is formed on the basis of the time of the day during which you study. Morning, afternoon, evening, and most commonly, night. In order to take the maximum benefit of your strengths, schedule revision of difficult topics during your ‘favourite’ study time.
Another query that most of us have is: How much time should I allot as a ‘break-time’?
Some people prefer this pattern: In one hour, study for fifty minutes, and take a break for ten minutes. You can adjust this to maybe hundred minutes of study time and twenty minutes for leisure. It depends on your ability to sit in one place and concentrate. But you have to take breaks frequently.
A problem that you may have felt while studying is: Once you take a break, it’s hard to get back into the study routine. This happens when you take a longer break, or if you notice that your favourite TV show is on during your break. And I’ve got a solution for this problem too.
You could probably watch TV after dinner, or at that time of the day when you cannot concentrate at all on studies. (This is just a suggestion. Do not murder me if the above statement means you are going to miss a TV show or a sports match.)
Eating the right food is specially important during exam days. These are a few key points to remember about food.
For more information, read this e-article by Education Times.
I do hope that I have covered most of the doubts that you may have about the perfect revision plan. However, as most plans are never perfect, here are some tips on what you could do if your perfect plan goes down the drain.
- If you fall sick weeks or days before the exam, don’t fret. Keep your books aside till you recover completely. Don’t even bother to revise the easier concepts or easier subjects. Get well first, and then double your efforts. At least it’s better than wasting time revising half-heartedly and not remembering anything. Because then you will have to re-read the topics again. Plus, you may not get better soon enough if you strain yourself too much.
- If your relatives drop in for a festival, or if you have guests at home, it’s okay. Consider spending time with them as a break. Allow yourself ten minutes with them, and excuse yourself politely. Let them know that you have exams coming up, and that you would not like to be disturbed. Then shut the door, bolt it tight, keep a cupboard against it, wear your headphones, and continue studying as if nothing happened.
- If you forget to add a particular topic to your study schedule, chill. Assess whether the topic is easy/moderate/difficult. If it’s easy, finish it off before you sleep, or during a break time. If it’s moderate, read through your highlighted points/notes. If it’s difficult, ask a friend to explain it to you (preferably someone who thinks that that particular topic is easy for them) or watch a video explaining it.
- If you feel particularly demotivated about the exam and your future, speak to your parents. Trust me, they may shout at you for not paying more attention to your studies, or may launch into a tirade about how hopeless you are. But in the end, they will figure out a solution for you. If it’s a particular subject you are worried about, speak to the concerned teacher and ask him/her which topics are easily understandable. Get your study schedule approved by them, if possible.
- If you feel like you’re going to fail the exam, ask a friend to prepare a question bank for you. Don’t write the paper, just read through the questions and check how much you know from the questions asked. But this can be a two-edged sword. If your friend is like me, he/she will probably set the toughest paper in the history of examinations. And the opposite is equally fatal. The best bet is to give the task to a younger sibling. The downside of this would be the apparent randomness of questions, but they will give you the perfect measure of how well you have read and understood the text. (Sorry, younger siblings)
For any other queries, feel free to comment below, or tweet to me @fabulus1710.
All the best, and be assured that you will rock your examinations! 🙂
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