Today almost everyone studies thoroughly but surprisingly few actually study effectively and maximize their chances of success. Studying without a plan is like climbing a mountain without a trail map. You may be very intelligent or an average student, but at whatever stage you are, you need to study effectively. Studying is a continuous process throughout the term period. All the activities, lessons, homework, practical work and assessments are the major factors in determining your final examination grade.
It is our hope that this article will help to guide you on your way to develop your own study plan.
Adopt a study schedule
Every student studies many subjects in the school but nobody teaches how to study them effectively. For effective learning, we should know how to achieve more in less time and with lesser effort. It can be done by adopting a study schedule. When we make a schedule, we mentally prepare ourselves to meet it. It removes the uncertainty as to what we need to or not to do. Study schedule should be flexible to absorb some variations. It should be designed in such a way that it leaves sometime in, between for relaxation for the student. Personal preferences should be kept in mind while designing the study schedule. You should also remove to follow the schedule religiously; only then maximum benefit can be derived from it.
Study schedule should include provisions for homework, revision and some time for making notes. You should also have separate study schedules for school days and holidays.
Notes making is the most important skill leading to greater success in exams, but it is not enough to just make notes. Notes must be clear and understandable, they should be written in such a way that a glance should enable you to recall the entire subject. Good notes are simple, well organized and easy to understand. On returning home from school, the ideal situation will be to revise what has been taught in the school from the textbooks and create notes incorporating the matter taught in the class.
How to make mind maps
Make mind maps on your own. Write the main topic in the middle and enclose it within a particular shape you like. Add a branch extending out from the centre for each important point, write a keyboard on each branch and build it up by adding details. You can also use abbreviations, but be sure to be familiar with them, so that you are able to identify them instantly.
Well in advance of the examination prepare a revision timetable for all your subjects. Ideally, you ought to go through the complete course twice. Keep a checklist of the chapters studied as it is encouraging to observe the record of your progress. Do not exceed your revision time and break up the available time into study sessions and breaks. Revision, like all learning, must be active. Do not believe that just looking at a book is an effective way of learning.
So these were some amazing ways to plan a proper effective study technique.