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How To Prepare For Competitive Exams?
Nowadays, competitive exams have become an essential benchmark to measure one’s capability and intellect. UPSC, SSC, Bank PO, Clerk, JEN, AEN and several other competitive exams become decisive for future of millions. The syllabus offered is too vast to grasp everything. Even If you have read hundreds of books you are never too sure you have gathered sufficient amount of knowledge. Moreover, sifting the vital information can become a nerve wracking task especially for a student. One tends to get lost in the plenitude of information available online today without appropriate guidance. It becomes extremely difficult to pick what to study and what to leave.
Not to worry! Folks!
We at Aglasem have curated a list of must Do’s to help you excel in the competitive exams.
We do not mean that you should stop learning. What we mean by unlearning is that give up all those pre-held conceptions in your mind you have had up until now about the competitive exams that says “No sire you can not top the slot”.
If you have ever come across someone who’s told you that maybe IAS isn’t your thing and all those top notch exams aren’t meant for you. Well! here is the thing put those negative ideas aside.
You need to be positive. Let’s start afresh.
2. A good day to plan hard
No matter how long it takes, pick a day to plan your whole week. Chart it down. Divide your subjects. Assign duration of hours concentrating on subjects you need to practice more.
Here, look at the table for reference purpose.
|General Aptitude||1 hr.||1 hr||2 hrs.||½ hr||1 hr||1 hr||Repeat week|
|Reasoning||2 hrs.||2 hrs.||1 hr||2 hrs.||2 hrs||2 ½
|Quant||2 hrs.||2 hrs.||1 hr||2 ½ hrs.||1 hr||2 hrs.||Repeat week|
|English||1 hr.||1 hr||2 hrs.||1 hr||2 hrs.||½ hr||Repeat week|
* NOTE- Read any English Newspaper for at least ½ hour every day.
3. Stick to it Charlie!
We have often seen students who plan real hard for the week but find it unable to stick to it.
Only a few dedicated ones show the perseverance to continue what they had planned.
It is the most significant step towards your dream. Well! Procrastinating your work isn’t the trait among virtuous people. Do make it a point that you follow the schedule for a few weeks. You will get habitual of it. And you would avoid any distractions falling ahead automatically.
4. Copy Paste
This one idea is what we at Aglasem refer to when we say copy paste. Making several copies of your notes and pasting them on walls.
For instance if a literature student wishes to quickly remember the different ages or eras in English LIterature. Make a note of it with several copies and paste the copies on the walls of each room of your house. The idea for you is to visit those rooms deliberately at any cost and take a look at the notes you have made at least twice in a day. That way you can save your time and consume it for other necessary practices like solving previous years model question papers.
*NOTE- Morning is the best time to memorise. Stick a note on the mirror of your bathroom wall. You can just take a quick peep at the notes while brushing your teeth. It will help you remind things immediately when you notice it mentioned somewhere else.
5. Overloading is Prohibited
Ever wondered how come the guy who sits just next to you in class never studies and still manages to clear his exams by studying one night before the exam. That’s the power of cramming. Although it may work for some of you but its long term effects can prove fatal. It cannot guarantee you a long and a fruitful career.
If you are reading even a single book for the exam then understand it word by word and do it immaculately.
Do not try to stack a bunch of information at one go or else this is what your brain’s gonna look like.
*Funny! I do accept that only this one part is, for sure. But hey you do get our point right.
6. Divide And Rule
No ! we are not talking about the british policy of creating a difference among our own people and reigning over them for decades.
As already mentioned in the last point you should avoid trying to understand your notes in one go. Instead, what you should do is divide your chapters for every day of the week and accordingly run your plan in that direction. If your chapters tend to be long enough and you feel at any point that you might not be able to finish the chapter in one day according to the table, you should carry on by shifting to the next topic.
If you keep on lingering on to the same chapter until you have finally finished it, you are inviting the chances of disturbing the plan for the whole day. Keep the unfinished chapter for the next day or reserve it for weekend repetition. You can always come back to it later.
You will notice that you are getting better each day.
*NOTE- It is absolutely fine if it takes a little time over to finish one chapter than the slot allotted to it.
7. Suit yourself
Some people prefer to study at day time whereas some find solace in the darkness of the night. It is of utmost importance to study your subjects irrespective of the day or night preferences. You can tailor your plan according to your needs.
Any change in the plan is welcomed as long as it is discreetly distributed.
You can also spend half time studying at day time and half at night.
Keep your day time for other activities as we don’t want your mind to feel tired. The ultimate point is to enjoy your study time as much as you enjoy while you are engrossed in activities of your choice.
8. By no unfair means
We have become so addicted to our electronic devices like mobile phones, laptops and tablets that it is impossible to imagine our lives without these devices now. It is recommended that you put your electronic devices aside as to avoid any distraction. It will give you a peaceful surrounding.
Turn your phone off until you feel it is absolutely necessary.
Refrain from using calculators for small calculations.
If your work involves less writing such as solving mathematical problems, then you can first trace your work on a sheet of paper.
9. Catch a breath
Make sure that when you are studying for longer duration, you get small breaks in between your studies. Never sit erect for long time. You can either exercise, have food or play puzzle. Be as productive as you can. You can even watch video lessons from internet. The more examples you get to solve one query the more time you will get to attend your questions applying multiple formulas. You can practice shortcuts to solve mathematical problems.
*NOTE – Keep some light food items beside you when you study for unexpectedly longer time. It will help you stay energetic and save you distraction of hunger pangs that occur late night.
10. Say no to stress
As the examination day approaches closer, students on many occasions become apprehensive and they try to imbibe everything that they have learned within one hour or so. This however may lead to some unexplored facts and leave us into the land of confusion mania as a result of which we often perform less effective in our exams than we expect.
- In fact you should revise your notes calmly instead of reading new material.
- Do not search any non-authentic source from internet.
- Children often commit the mistake of supporting their answers without any credible source.
- Be absolutely sure of what you are going to write.
- Avoid marking your answers randomly just because there is no negative marking.
- Think it out.
- Try to insert a valid logic behind it and then proceed.
- Refer to your prescribed books for note making. This will help you a great deal.