The Skill Of Studying English Language Essay

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Everybody studies in the course of his or her life span. We study to increase our learning and knowledge. But does that acquired learning and knowledge really helps? This is the question as well as the answer. It helps in one way, but on the other it doesn't. There is a big difference between studying and learning. And often most of us fail to draw a line between these two similar concepts. We study at school, colleges and our work places. But how many of us actually learn? How Many? Hardly 1%, YES, and rest just keep studying all their lives, without learning even a bit from their studies.

It is not at all astonishing to see a person who has studied but not learned all his or her life. You can come across many such minds.

In order to be successful, you have to learn, and to learn you need to study. Not just study, but study in right direction and with zeal to know new things every day, every hour, every minute and every second. Children learn to do things what they observe in their surroundings and the actions performed in those surroundings. They study those actions and in the process learn a lot.

Studying a subject is more of a skill, which is acquired through repeated practice. But learning is an intuitive art, which takes right in your brain. You have to learn the things that you study, in order to turn those things into real-time applications.

Study skills help in a great manner to evolve the learning process. The skills widen the scope of learning, but, in the end, process of learning varies from person to person. Learning changes with the environment in which you react. And, besides, the people around you also affect it. The speed at which learning occurs can also be conditioned as per the individual demands.

Lastly, learning is something that is not only restricted to classroom study. It occurs and continues all life in variety of conditions. Classics like Shakespeare, Chaucer or acclaimed painter from Greece like Polygnotus never went to school to study. They closely studied nature and their learning happened under natural environment. Therefore, students, just get started… concentrate on learning than studying!

From the Author's Desk…

The book titled, "Conditioning Study Skills Behaviour" is aimed at honing the study skills among the students of middle school and high school. The book is designed and written with the purpose to bring out the core strategies and the learning processes they follow. It is not a single and the only source of developing study skills in students. But, the information presented in the chapters would be helpful to understand and improve the study skills in due course of time.

"Conditioning Study Skills Behaviour" is not all about enhancing the study skills. It also presents real time practical applications and the situations under which the skills can be developed. The language used in the book is as lucid as it is self-explanatory. Efforts have been ensured that wherever possible concepts have been presented in an objective style, to make the understanding of the subject clear and direct.

The scope of the book, "Conditioning Study Skills Behaviour" is to make the students from IXth to XIIth standard aware of the various study methods involved in classroom teaching; how one can learn from those methods; and finally how to gain output by practically implementing the course study modules, so that the students finally perform at higher levels.

While writing the book "Conditioning Study Skills Behaviour" my entire concentration was dedicated to give best methods to enhance study skills of the students. Furthermore, my experience in the field of _______________________ has helped in presenting the facts on various aspects of study skills development to students in the most elementary manner.

"Conditioning Study Skills Behaviour" is a complete guide in itself, as it continues to explain through examples as what it takes to learn. Mere studying of the subject is not sufficient enough to cull success. Here, it reminds me of the quote…" Nothing Succeeds Like Success" by Sir Arthur helps, in Realmah. Success is a precursor to success, and this can happen only if you study and then go on to analyze your study in right direction.

Krishan Chahal

CHAPTER-1

INTRODUCTION

Introduction

The book________________________ is about increasing your study skills through the use of various strategies and methods. I agree to a certain point that everybody has to invest certain efforts to learn and learning the right way is the process through which study skills can be acquired.

You have often seen students gaining good grades, though they invest less of time, and this may have wondered you on many occasions. Have you thought why it happens? Why it didn't happen with you? Why you didn't score high?

The book answers your queries and inquisitiveness in a subtle manner so that you find right answers to your Whys! There is talent which is god gifted. But to repent that you cannot perform well in your exams just because you don't have god's gift is again a foolish thinking.

Confidence is the key to improving your study skills. A war is fought not by guns but through the intellect. Try to make your inner self aware about your abilities. Do the smart study and not hard study by simply putting 18 to 20 hours a day and getting nothing in return. Many people do! Even I did hat wrong, but soon learnt the right way out.

A change in your approach and how you manage your school homework can do wonders to your efforts. The book _______________________lists some of the real time expertise of the experienced to give you the right method of learning things. These very best methods you can implement in doing your class assignments on time, and doing well.

Furthermore, the book tries to resolve the confusion through practical examples taken from real life, which are otherwise difficult to present in the book format. The tips given in the book will certainly help you not only in a class room setting, but also it would help you in attaining the right decision all by yourself.

Most importantly, the book ___________________ aims to develop learning habits and changing your attitude towards the study, provided you are ready to take the first step to follow what is written and described in the book.

Study Skills and Success -

Make a well working study plan that would actually help you in increasing your study skills. Everything that is planned has a greater tendency to lead to success rather than an unplanned motive. The innate level of intelligence a person has also makes greater impact on his/her performance, but not always…even an average student can improve his learning capabilities by incorporating these simple rules.

To achieve success, you need to follow different steps, and there is no one concrete formula to achieve success in one go. Factors such as memory efficiency, study schedule, room settings, assignment schedule, updated knowledge and many more, play crucial role in your gradual movement to success. Also, when you are in your learning phase and studying the subjects, you learn not only the subject, but also develop your mind. The developed mind is the incandescent mind that brings awakening and a new dawn of success. It is also important to know that what all you read and study, it doesn't gets stored in your mind as a carbon copy. In fact only what you analyze during your study that remains stored in your mind. Therefore, during your study, always understand and analyze things, as in this manner you will be able to retain things and for longer duration. It is your thought process working that leads you to retain what you have studied.

There is a direct relation between study skills methods put to use and your success graph. The more you study (I mean learn), the more you get educated, and closer you are to success. The learning procedures employed might vary from condition to condition, and time to time. Refinement of thoughts occur as the result of learning, and you learn just not for heck of learning, but practically applying your thoughts in a situation that would ultimately lead you to success.

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Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Vivekananda

Difference between reading, studying and learning

Students consider reading, studying and learning on one platter. They are not able to realize the very essence of the words and the meaning stored in them, as the result they simply mingle between them and create a complete kiosks in their studies. This is what results in BLUNDER!

Here I explain you the elementary difference between the terms Reading, Studying and Learning.

What is reading - Reading is an activity. For example, when you read the newspaper that helps you in recognizing the word elements. While reading you see graphical elements, symbols, and it is the process of gaining experience.

What is studying? - Studying is a Practice. When you are studying, you are trying to retain the information for a longer duration. For example, if you read a textbook to gain experience and get good marks in your exam, then you are simply mistaken. You have to read the book again and again till you feel confident about the subject. This repetition would help you acquire the very essence of the subject.

What is learning - Learning is an Art. You learn by gaining knowledge. It is the practical form of knowledge, which can be used and re-used in different forms, during course of study later.

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"Remember! Knowledge does not emanate from reading and studying. What ever you do or tend to do is purely guided by learning process. There would have been no Newton or Shakespeare or Einstein, if there was studying and reading without any learning."

Memory Model with Memory stages

The processes memory functioning can be taught through the visual representation of information transfer from one stage to the second stage and so on… Describing the memory process in short by referring to the diagram given below, the information passes to the sensory memory area to the short-term memory and finally to long-term memory unit. The information stored in the short-term memory is lost if it is not rehearsed, and it passes on to long-term memory block only after one does an extensive rehearsal.

Transfer of New Information Following Different Memory Units

Different Stages of Memory Functioning

Our senses are bombard with thousands of signals at a time, but our mind responds to the selective information only. This again depends upon our interests, requirements and also on the type of information. After selecting the signal, information goes through the following stages in the brain:

Encoding

It is the very first step in memory formation. When our senses come in contact with any information, our brain selects it and develops a code for that information and it becomes a record of experiences and retained in brain. In brief, it is the process of converting the sensory information into mental representation that can be stored in the memory.

Retention

It is the ability of brain to hold the information for an extended period of time. An effective retention simply lessens the requirement of a rehearsal. You can improve your retention by applying the study plan especially the revision plan to better retain the information. Memory improvement techniques also have positive affects in this process.

Recalling

It is the retrieval of the information by which you can access the data stored in your brain. It is the most important aspect of the entire information process, as the final performance in your exams will ultimately depend on recalling. According to scientists, we humansnever forget the retained information. Then, why it sometime occurs that we fail to recall the name of a person whom we met yesterday? Why we fail to write exact/correct answers in the examination hall, which we had memorized an hour before? Friends, it is not the failure of retention but it is the failure of recalling.

 

Encoding

(Input)

Retention

(Store)

 

Recalling

(Output)

Figure shows the information processing through the successive stages.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

         - Winston Churchill

Names of Some of Great students! You can be one of them!

CAT Topper 2008, Varun Garg

"As it happened, I got 64 in VA and hence the magic score of four zeros (100.00 percentile)," he says

IAS Topper 2009 - Shubhra Saxena

She not only topped the IAS Examination in 2009, but was also ranked the highest scorer, both among the males as well as females.

IIT Topper 2009 - Nitin Jain

Nitin topped IIT JEE 2009 exam, as he was able to recollect and organize the information within stipulated time frame.

CBSE topper 2009 - Subhashish Bhadra

Subhashish from Delhi Public School emerged as CBSE topper from Delhi Region by scoring 98% marks.

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

7 -Types of Learning and 5- Types of Learners

There are basically 7-types of learning styles that students can practice over a course of his/her study.

Visual/Spatial: Learning through seeing or observing.

Verbal/Linguistic: Learning through hearing.

Body/Kinesthetic: Learning through moving, doing, and touching

Logical/Mathematical: Learning through numbers.

Musical/Rhythmic: Learning occurs through music or any melody.

Interpersonal: Learning occurs through others' emotions.

Intrapersonal: Learning occurs from the inner emotions of one's own self.

There are 5-Types of Learners

Active/Reflective

Sensing

Intuitive

Visual/Verbal

Sequential/Global

How and what type of learning a student follows while studying a subject depends on:

How students sense the information?

What type of sensory channel students use? Whether it is visual or auditory?

The type of organization methods that students think they are comfortable with. Inductive and deductive are the two common methods used for organization.

How a student processes the information? Whether he or she uses reflective or active methods?

How a student gradually moves towards analyzing the information? Whether he or she makes a sequential or a global move?

The different types of learning fall in line with Gardner's theory as written in his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, where the great author clearly marks, "brain has evolved over millions of years to be responsive to different kinds of content in the world vis-à-vis, Language content, musical content, spatial content, numerical content, etc. And all of us have computers that respond to those kinds of contents. But the strength or weakness of one computer doesn't particularly correlate with the other computer."

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

In such kind of learning process, the learners acquire knowledge and learning through pictures, maps, charts, pictures, videos, and movies. The special skills are acquired by the students with the help of puzzle building, reading, writing, understanding charts and graphs, a good sense of direction, sketching, painting, creating visual metaphors and analogies with the help of visuals, manipulating images, constructing, fixing, designing practical objects and in many other ways.

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

In such kind of learning process, the learners acquire knowledge and learning occurs through set of words and making use of the auditory skills acquired with the help of listening, speaking, writing, story telling, explaining, teaching, using humor, analyzing the syntax and meaning of words, discussing their viewpoint, memorizing information, and above all analyzing how information can be used purposefully.

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

In such kind of learning, students acquire the understanding through the means of logical deductions and mathematical calculations and try to correlate the information so that a successful conclusion can be sought. There is lot of cross-questioning between the learner and the learned or the teacher in order to clear the doubts. The key skills involved in understanding the subject includes, classifying and categorizing information, problem solving, explaining the abstract things through reasons and concepts, questioning about the natural aspects, making the understanding broader through the use of complex mathematical calculations, doing experiments, and using geometric shapes to describe set of things.

Body/Kinesthetic Intelligence

In such kind of learning, students acquire the understanding by moving the limbs, and making a perfect balance of the eyes and the body. The key skills implemented in this kind of learning includes, making use of the body language, use of physical abilities and athletic movements, crafts, acting, miming, expressing the emotions as in classical dances and use of hand and feet to describe any kind of body movements.

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

Here the learner makes use of sounds, rhythms, and patterns to analyze the songs or any other musical presentation. In this manner, the learner can also learn through the environmental sounds through the implementation of skills such as whistling, music composition, remembering melodies, understanding the structure and rhythm that exists in music or in your environment.

Interpersonal Intelligence

In such types of learning, the learner has natural capabilities to sense what others feel, their intentions and how will they react in a particular situation. The learners learn by analyzing the point of view of other people. And the learners with interpersonal intelligence can organize discussions, maintain a level of peace and allow greater cooperation to develop. The skills used in developing the intelligence includes, understanding other people's moods and feelings, counseling, developing positivity and building cooperation, listening and developing association with other people.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

The learners with the help of this intelligence try understanding the internal feelings what is going right, analyzing the dreams, analyzing the thinking patterns, and how those patterns correlate with what other people think.

Types of Learners

Active/ Reflective Learners - These types of learners are active and they make active use of understanding or learning by the process of discussing it, applying it, or explaining it to others. An active learner would always be ready to discuss.

An active learner is the one would say… "Let's try it out and see how it works."

Reflective Learner - A reflective learner is reflective in action. Such learners first question why a particular thing is happening.

A reflective learner is the one who would say… "Why is this happening?"

Sensing Learners - Such type of learners love to learn facts and problem solving. The learners do not like surprises or any sort of complications. Such learners are careful and they see the things from practical point of view.

Intuitive Learners - Such breed of learners love discovering new avenues and they completely dislike the repetition of ideas in their learning. Intuitive learners are fast catchers of new concepts than the Sensitive learners. They are also very good at abstractions and mathematical formulations.

Visual/ Verbal Learners - A visual learner would take into account the pictures and visuals to understand about the subject and then reorient and draw the ideas from them.

A verbal learner would understand about the subject after going through the written content and would then analyze the same piece of information in his or her mind and present it accordingly.

Sequential/ Global Learners - A sequential learner would understand the things in straight linear manner by following the logical paths. In this process, he or she tries to find the right answers to the solutions.

Global Learners - These learners acquire information and material either from here or there from various disconnecting sources, and then all of the sudden get straight to the subject. In this context, a global learner could be fast enough in complex problem solving techniques, but when it comes to explaining them, they cannot really explain it.

Body Cycles and Learning Process

Everything runs in a cycle. Nature works in a cyclic process too. Like the clock that follows the cycle of the day and night, human body also functions in the same manner. The circadian clock, (The term "circadian" comes from the Latin circa, "around," and diem or dies, meaning "day.") runs in our brain and we follow it when we sleep, study or eat.

It is important to note our brain forms a sequence of understanding and this is again a cyclic process. Let me explain it to you through a process, by associating it with our routine food cycle.

Supposing, you are scheduled to have your breakfast between 6:35 AM and 7:00 AM, then you have your lunch anywhere between 12:45 PM and 1:30 PM. Next you have your evening milk time between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM; and finally take dinner between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM respectively.

You are following this schedule for quite some time and now there is an alteration in your routine food schedule due to some reason or reasons. Now, you start having your breakfast between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, lunch anywhere between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM, and finally you have the dinner between 09:00 PM and 10:00 PM respectively.

As you have altered your food cycle, your body will spend twice the energy to adapt to this new cycle. The reason is that you'd be having an urge to eat break fast, lunch or dinner as per your previous food cycle, but due to alteration, you are having break fast, lunch or dinner in a little delayed time. This difference leads to expenditure of energy.

Likewise, if you keep on altering the food cycle roughly after a period of one week, every time, your body systems will have to spend more energy in order to adapt yourself to this new eating schedule.

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Similarly, when you go for the study cycle, you plan your schedule. Supposing, you study Math in the morning from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM, study Biology from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and do the revision at night from 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM. After maintaining this time schedule, you alter it due to some reason and now you study Math in the morning from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, study Biology from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM and do the revision at night from 11:30 PM to 12:30 PM respectively.

What happened now is that by making a change in your time to study math, biology and English, you have also changed the adaptability of your brain to learn the subjects. In your previous study cycle you were learning Math in morning from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM and now it has been delayed by almost an hour, however, your mind is still adapted to learning math at its original time. When you pass the previously scheduled time, you'd feeling the urge to study figures, trigonometry etc. your energy is going waste during that one hour in which you are not studying at all. Besides, you also have to spend energy for another hour in which you'd be studying math. In this way, your energy expenditure would increase to almost double.

Therefore, whenever you make the study schedule, follow it completely. Frequent deviation from the schedule would lead to more energy expenditure and wastage.

You'd get better understanding after seeing the graph given below.

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CHAPTER - 2

HOW TO BE ORGANIZED

Work on Your Goals

"Success is the progressive of a worthy goal." Earl Nightingale

Everything needs to be organized, including your study, time, books, subjects and you as well. The more you are disorganized; more you keep maintaining the distance from success. I give you effective and ready-to-go tips for organizing your study over a period of time.

Do the SWOT analysis Test - It is the strategic planning method, which is used to analyze Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, before you plan for anything. If you are planning to sit for medical, or engineering, or computer, or a fashion designing entrance examination, it is necessary that you go for the SWOT analysis. Plan your studies and strategize at least few years before you actually sit for the exam. And look for the study material that would be useful in preparing you for the exam. Don't wait till the end of the year, before you plan for the entrance exam. Once you are aware of your objectives, your identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable to achieving that objective.

Test Sheet

Strengths

Opportunities

How to perform better than others in Exam?

Important Points to Consider to boost your Performance in the Exams

What Strengths/Qualities do you have?

What Unique Resources you can Implement to get Results?

From where will you get the resource/ study material?

Are Libraries/Online Internet Resources Fruitful to get good results?

Can Private Tutors help you in getting you good study material?

Weaknesses

Threats

What things can be avoided?

What are the core areas that you need to work on?

What can be done to improve the weak areas?

The possible obstacles that you are facing.

Could any of the weaknesses possibly threaten your performance in the exams?

Does changing your study pattern is a threat to your learning process?

Is the course material changing?

Is the examination pattern changing?

Goal Setting - Use day and year planner to improve your work efficiency. Make a daily routine check what lies ahead of your task for the day, and before going to sleep, always write your schedule for tomorrow. Also, record your daily performance and your approach towards your goal. This will help you to manage your time effectively. Set your goal when you sit to study. Set a reasonable goal that you can reach easily because sometime we drop the big goals after a long effort. Develop a criterion for adjusting your schedule to meet both your academic and non-academic needs. Discover your most productive period (Morning, afternoon, evening and night), and place to study where you can be the most focused, energized and productive. Do the tough jobs in high productive period.

Classification of Goals - Make a classification of your Long-term, intermediate and short-term goals. For completion of immediate goals, it is important that you maintain To-Do list. When you classify your goals by writing them down in your diary, you make the goals look more concrete. By writing your goals at one place, you can review them at your will and you can easily recollect them to see what priorities you have sorted out.

It is good to classify your goals according to a time scale, wherein, you distribute

Long-Term Goals - Over a span of 5 to 10 years

Intermediate-Term Goals - Over a span of 3 to 5 years

Short-Term Goals - Over a span of 1 to 2 years

Immediate Goals - Over a span of 1 Month, 1 week, 1 day

Prioritize Your Goals - It is next to impossible to carry forward all your goals at the same time. I don't want you to become Jack-of-All-Trades, and Master in None. If you do not set priorities, you end up losing your energy and focus altogether. One day you'll find yourself hiding in a ditch!

Get Inspired by Your Goals - Make the goals as your catalyst that keep you inspired all the time. When you'll be inspired you'll try to give best efforts to fulfill those goals. Supposing you want to be a Doctor, your intermediate goal should be to secure admission in a medical school, and your short-term goal would be to start the preparation for the examination.

Don't be General in Your Goals - Vague or foolish sounding goals such as, want to become money magnate, or want to help people etc. would serve no purpose for you. The goals should be specific in order to achieve than and make them concrete and more practical. Therefore, your goal should be to become a doctor or a computer engineer. This looks more concrete and defined.

A more concrete long-term goal can always be followed to see a secured future. Similarly an immediate goal can give you energy to complete your task for today or tomorrow, and as you achieve this goal you get one step closer to your sparkling future.

Don't Hesitate to Act - When you have set and prioritized you goals, it becomes important that you follow them seriously. Don't deviate from them or get distracted the other way.

Be Patient and Keep Trying - An easy go path with no obstacles doesn't lead you to success. You can expect hurdles in your path to achieve your goals. Never give up. Keep trying and if your dreams still feel right for you and inspire you then, the hurdles are just the challenges that will boost you to get closer and closer to your goals. The central idea is to keep your energies high.

Try to link your Goals - A kind of threading should exist between your today's activity and what you want to become tomorrow. For example, if you want to become a fighter pilot, your long term goal should be to gain entry into fighter pilot training school, which means that your short-term goal is to get good marks in science and math, which ultimately means that your immediate goal is to read and clear the concepts in science and math.

"What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?" Nido Qubein

Timing Your Work

Time is a great player in anything. Managing time is the key to success, and students who don't manage their time are great losers, no matter how intelligent they are and no matter what they do. Students should practice time management in their classroom as well as home and in this process the teachers as well as parents should actively help them. In this topic, I present to you some of ways that would help you to manage time efficiently.

Always Do Flexi Learning - Don't try to overburden yourself by following those nasty and stringent timetables. Remember the saying… all work made Jack a dull boy. Learning is a slow, steady and a continuous process. Learning never stops. It is not that you'd learn everything in a day or a two. Follow the timetable set for your home study only till the extent where you can easily take it on you. Doing rigid study simply drives away your interest from the subject, and at the end you are just treating a subject just as the means of finishing it, and not for acquiring any real and concrete knowledge out of them.

Follow the Order of the Subjects - As I said earlier, work out the order of the subject that really works for you. The order should be such that you have maximum benefits in minimum time period and with less of efforts. In the morning, one should emphasize on logical learning and learning occurs in a quick mode. Evening is more suitable for memory-based subjects, and during night, in particular, one hour before going to bed, it is best to go for any kind of revision activity related to any kind of subject. It is because; studies reveal that brain goes for reorganizing activity, while sleeping.

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Remember! Efficient Use of Time only yields to Success.

Sleep provides the brain a way to shuffle excess of information into a convenient plan of neural storage. It also provides strength to the process of information transferring from short-term memory to long-term memory.

Time Management

Time management means maximum utilization of your time.

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

- Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

 

It is a universal truth that early to bed and early to rise is very healthy sleep routine. So try to wake up early in the morning, as it supports the natural system by which our natural rhythm runs properly.

During the sleep our brain reorganizes the information in reverse order and develops strong associations between neurons. So before sleeping we must use our last one-hour to revise the information rather than detail study, by this our brain will reorganize more information. Because we can study only one chapter in this less time but can revise many chapters.

In morning time our brain is more fresh and ready to accept new ideas. At that time brain shows highest alertness, and it also maintains the best balance between attention and creativity. So this is the best time to study subjects like mathematics, physics etc.

Time duration for each subject should not be fixed because homework for each subject is different every day. However, a particular time for study should be allocated.

Your timetable should be filled with many activities. Never decide a long session to work for a particular subject. Like I will study math on Sunday and chemistry on Monday etc. because it is not the proper distribution of your workload to the nerve receptors as well as it will also not be able to hold your interest for long.

Your schedule for study should be in time blocks for example: in one block complete one chapter of Mathematics, in next, complete part -A of chapter-6 of Physics, or write an essay in English in next block and so on. To say more clearly, students before their preparatory leaves or competitive examinations often make the mistake of studying one subject at a time. However, it is necessary to maintain regular study schedule of the subjects. This schedule will recharge your brain cells after every block of time, and keeps the information or knowledge organized. Our different brain cells take part in different activities or in studying various subjects. So you can say that by using such type of schedule you can evenly distribute the work load to your brain without over burdening any one part.

Your day routine should be also enriched with physical exercise. You can play football, hockey, cricket, tennis etc. or you can go to a GYM but the best exercise according to me is dancing.

Morning walk with a little jogging is also good in case of shortage of time.

If you have enough time then you can also join a yoga center.

Be watchful how others misuse your time and you yourself waste your own time. Take immediate actions to reduce it.

"You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." -- Marian Wright Edelman

Maintaining Work Record

As I have already said that maintaining your work schedule as well as the record of the work done by you on daily basis is the first step towards success. Students find it difficult to maintain their work strategy. There are distractions and these distractions really take them nowhere.

Consider a situation where you are working on the chapter of Thermodynamics in physics. After studying for an hour or two, you take rest and switch to chemistry and study periodic table properties. Next you move on to biology and study photosynthesis. You have decided to maintain the schedule for a month. Overburdened by the class assignments, you have just studied the subjects for 3 or 4 days, and could not continue them for a month. Once you are over with your class assignments after three or four days, you start the pattern of studying Physics, Biology and Chemistry again. Will you be able to go all over again?

Obviously you have retained some part, but that is not sufficient to fetch you good marks in your exams. You have lost your study schedule, and now all you'd be doing is reading the chapters contained in the subjects again and afresh, and not learning. You didn't maintain your study schedule!

In advertising there is a phrase… Out of Sight, Out of Mind, likewise, when you study your subjects, same phrase becomes practically applicable. For studying you have to maintain a strict study schedule, otherwise you would not be able to organize the concepts in your memory and would therefore tend to forget in no time.

Now moving on to work record… When you have developed the habit of studying consistently and regularly, you have won the race. If you have kept 3 to 5 hours for your studying, then I would suggest that you maintain at least 2 to 3 hours for your learning and understanding the concepts, and devote APPROXIMATELY one and a half hours to your home assignments. So, what about remaining time! Where would you invest them? Chill out! Yes that is what I mean. Just relax and concentrate what you had studied, and what you will study tomorrow. Just make gradual moves everyday, and you'd be there… riding higher and higher.

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