Ten Traps of Studying

When we hear anyone taking the BOARD EXAM, we tend to visualize a student under a lot of stress and frantically studying under a heap of books. We all at some point of time have given exams and we realize exams are very much a part and parcel of life. But still exams scare us and our fear gives rise to a number of excuses. Here are a few solutions mentioned to combat those excuses.

1."Thers’s so many subjects to learn, I don’t know which one to start with”

Okay so you’ve got a lot to learn…but so do the other thousands of students appearing with you. Not to mention the millions who have already appeared before you. Remember to PRIORITIZE. Take up a subject you feel is important and needs immediate attention. Go with your gut feeling at least that will get you started.

2. "I feel so sleepy just reading this subject"

So the subject bores you. Remember there are bound to be some subjects that are not of your interest. Accept it as you don’t have a choice but to learn it. Be CREATIVE. Take notes or underline key concepts. Discuss the material with others in your class. Study together. Find ways to make it interesting like treating yourself to a movie or friends if you finish a couple of chapters. This will motivate you to finish the subject quickly.

3. "I’ve understood the topic, but I can’t mug it”

You don’t need to be a mugger to be a topper. Try to INTEGRATE what you're studying with what you already know. You will be able to remember new material better if you can link it to something that's already meaningful to you. Eg: If you love music, sing a poem to the tune of your favorite song.

4. "Hmmm… I guess I understand it but I’m not too sure"

The best way to keep you from guessing is to TEST yourself. Go through a few test series or explain what you understood to a friend. Have confidence in yourself and keep practicing till your perfect.

5. "There's Too Much To Remember"

The keyword here is to ORGANIZE. The use of acronyms cannot be under-ruled. Remember pointers with words that are familiar to you or the question. And then elaborate in your own words. Grouping information into categories or hierarchies also helps. You could try drawing MAPS OF INFORMATION and make your study creative and easy to remember. Eg: In geography, draw a map of the country you wish to study and visualize or draw what it exports or imports, the type of weather it has, its topography etc.. a picture is worth a thousand words.

6. "I've got so little time and so much to study "

You cannot change the number of hours in a day, week or term but you can decide how to best use them. PREVIEW your syllabus, reading material, and notes. Identify the most important topics emphasized, and areas still not understood. Previewing saves time by helping you organize and focus in on the main topics.

7. "I just learnt it… and now I can’t remember it"

The keyword here is REVISION. It’s okay to forget things learnt, we are not all born brilliantly. Some of us need a re-vision of data. The more you re-read, the better your chances of remembering for longer.

8. "I like to study in bed"

Studying is bed is okay if the subject is interesting and quick reading. But if the subject bores you, you are more likely to fall asleep faster on the bed than on the table. Each of us is unique and hence comfortable study places differ from person to person. Find your
IDEAL PLACE to suit your learning style.

9. "I study best under pressure and at the last moment"

Okay so you are the procrastinator. You thing if you cram up all the studies at the last moment, you will remember better. Chances are you might do well but if everything is in order. What if you fall ill? There will be no last minute study and the pressure will be too high to take on mentally. Study from now as recall increases as study time gets spread out over time.

10. "I've just got to finish this today by hook or by crook"

So you are determined to finish the subject today. That’s a good sign of being motivated but be kind to yourself too. Avoid Mental Exhaustion. Take short breaks often when studying. Relax and unwind, mentally and physically. Otherwise, your break won't refresh you. It's more important than ever to take care of yourself before an exam! Eat well, sleep, and get enough exercise.

So No more Excuses now! Don’t fool yourself … Exams are a part of life!