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Nisha, study­ing in class XI (Sci­ence) came to me look­ing re­ally wor­ried.

“What’s up?” I asked her. “Where’s the beam­ing smile to­day?”

“Board ex­ams are 14 days away and I’ve to re­vise seven sub­jects! The syl­labus is so vast. How am I go­ing to get it done?”

“Don’t worry, Nisha. I’ll give you five tips to help you re­vise in time.”

Make a sched­ule

a. Make a sched­ule for your study and stick to it. If you con­cen­trate best in the morn­ing then sched­ule your­self early. If are you are an evening per­son, be­gin in the af­ter­noon or af­ter din­ner and study late.

b. En­sure you set apart time for all sub­jects and not just those you like or find easy. For a good per­for­mance, you have to score well across all sub­jects.

Time your­self re­al­is­ti­cally. If you find two hours in­suf­fi­cient for a sub­ject, then slot for three. Do not to take a minute more than what has been slot­ted for a sub­ject. Study with con­cen­tra­tion and com­plete all the top­ics listed for the day.

Study only im­por­tant con­cepts

It is per­fectly fine to study only im­por­tant con­cepts in each chap­ter, leav­ing the not so im­por­tant ones for a gen­eral read­ing. Exam pa­pers test you on the ba­sics and fun­da­men­tals. You can get a chap­ter-wise list of im­por­tant top­ics on a web­site such as https//www.mer­it­na­tion.com<blog.cbse.

For ex­am­ple, in the chap­ter, “Mo­tion in a Straight Line” in Physics, the four top­ics listed for study are: (i) Av­er­age Ve­loc­ity and Av­er­age Speed, (ii) In­stan­ta­neous Ve­loc­ity and Speed (iii) Rel­a­tive Ve­loc­ity (iv) Kine­matic Equa­tions for Uni­formly Ac­celer- ated Mo­tion. These have been fur­ther categorised im­por­tant in or­der of pri­or­ity mak­ing it very easy to plan your study.

Make notes

a. Make notes us­ing mind maps, con­cept charts, flow charts, and tree di­a­grams while study­ing. Vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tions make it eas­ier to re­mem­ber and re­vise con­cepts.

b. Down­load se­lect YouTube videos on the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts be­fore you be­gin re­vis­ing. Videos ex­plain com­plex the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts vis­ually.

c. Study in­ter­con­nected chap­ters to­gether. For ex­am­ple: all chap­ters on Mo­tion can be clubbed. It is eas­ier to learn them as you es­tab­lish con­nec­tions among them. If you are an Arts stu­dent, then this method would work too. For in­stance, you could study verbs in English and in the sec­ond lan­guage to un­der­stand the sim­i­lar­i­ties and difc. fer­ences in their use.

An­swer exam pa­p4ers,

solve prob­lems, and time your­self . Write log­i­cally, us­ing di­a­grams, mind maps, and tree di­a­grams, and high­light im­por­tant points. Don’t imag­ine you can do it all dur­ing the exam. Prac­tise in ad­vance and get on top of an­swer­ing ex­ams.

Viney Kir­pal

Ujjwal Singh

Prac­tise Take time off

All work and no play

Ran­jan a dull boy! So take planned time off your study pe­ri­ods to lis­ten to mu­sic, go for a walk, play a game, med­i­tate, or chat with your fam­ily. Don’t ex­ceed the time al­lot­ted.

If you pre­pare sys­tem­at­i­cally us­ing these five tips, rest as­sured you will not only fin­ish re­vis­ing, but also come out with fly­ing colours in your ex­ams.

The writer is a trained coach and cor­po­rate con­sul­tant. She is for­mer pro­fes­sor of IIT Bom­bay.

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