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Rehearsal simply means to repeat something again and again in order to learn anything. For higher accuracy and for long-term retentions we have to repeat the information in an effective way. But lots of people do not know the effective method of rehearsal. They simply perform the mindless repetitions, which block the creative thinking and also introduce interference in recalling. In other words it serves as a purpose of recording, not of knowledge enhancement, because the association developed during mindless repetitions are not able to set up the network of associations.
For effective learning we have to review our material according to revision plan because more the repetition, better the memory, is not always true. Only frequent repetition results in the wastage of our precious time. Repeating something according to the revision plan is the best way to `groove` the information in the neural pathways. Each time when we recall something it deepens the `grooves` of that memory tracks and if this happens many times it will permanently be stored into our memory.
Just imagine, what would happen if you go for your first revision after a period of one month? Well, you'd have to start afresh and study the chapters again to get into your memory bank.
"He who has no inclination to learn more, will be very apt to think that he knows enough." - Powell.
We must implement revision plans to those things which we want to retain longer. You can improve your retention manifolds by using a proper revision plan. Review the material immediately after the study or lecture. There is no such need if over learning is used. Then after
Sixth months, if required
Once you have studied the chapter thoroughly, the information is stored in your mind. And if you don't go for your first revision within 24-hrs, you'd simply wash off or lose maximum amount of the information in the brain. And you are only able to recollect only some part of the information.
A Note: By loss of information means that there would not be any effective coordination and organization of the different elements of information set during your first study.
First revise after 24 hours (Next Day)
Up to next day we forget 75 to 80% of the information which you have learnt. It does not mean that you will forget the 75 to 80 answers out of 100 answers you have learnt. I want to explain here that the strength of your neurons association will decay and it will lose that major part of its strength. So do the first revision after 24 hours means next day. By doing so, the association will gain its strength back four times more than original. Now it will take more time to forget.
Second revision after one week
After a period of seven days, there'd be some portion of the information that would get lost. If you do the revision after a week, again you will get back to 100% level of remembering the information.
Third revision after one month
Similarly, after a period of 1-Month, there'd be a piece of information that would be lost. If you do the revision after a month, again you will get back to 100% level of remembering the information.
Forth and the final revision after six months
Finally, when you revise after a gap of 6-Months, the piece of information gets properly associated in your brain neurons, and moreover you would be able to remember the information for times to come.
How the time reduces for processing the information
From this graph, it can be easily ascertained that with the scientific revision plan you can increase your creativity which leads to you a better understanding. Every time when you will do the revision association between neurons will become stronger. This means, now you take lesser time to recollect the information, and a stage is finally reached where the information becomes easy to assemble, and you can organize the information within a matter of few seconds. Now you can say that you have reached a level of creative thinking. You can solve numerical and any kind of problem fast.
You will save your time and also get the better grades. You may ask that how you will manage so many revisions you have already too much of work in your daily routine. How will you do the revisions many times?
It's not like that. Overall you will save your time. If you take an example of any one chapter and analyze the time spent on it, you'd get the answer.
Say you have studied any chapter and you have spent 2 hours first time to learn in completely. Now let's try to observe how much maximum time you can save by following the scientific revision plan.
Calculate your time saving
Let's have a round about calculation to check the difference in time spent on a chapter.
Your routine revision
Approximate time spent
First time study of a new chapter
Study for 2-Hrs.
First time study of a new chapter
Study for 2-Hrs.
After Month's Study
It will take 1 hour 40 minutes
It will take only 10-minutes
After 4 to 5 Months, in Unit Tests or First Terminal Exams
It will take another 1 hour 30 minutes
After one week
It will take only 15 minutes
After 3-4 months during the Pre-boards, or second terminal examination
It will take 1 hour 30 minutes
It will take only 15 minutes
Preparation leaves before the exams
It will take 1 hour
It will take only 20- minutes
One day before the exam
One day before the exam
Total Time Taken
9 hours 40 minutes
Total Time Taken
3Hrs. and 30 Minutes.
With the same grades, you can substantially save around 60% of the time by following the Scientific Revision Plan. This time can be reinvested in doing effective study on the subjects that you need to work on.
Study Plan Calculated for Period of 1-Month - April
Supposing on April 1, you do:
April 1 - Study
Math - Chapter 1
English - Page No. 10 to Page No. 19
History - Chapter 3
On April 2, you will do:
Revision of April 1 work (next day)
April 2 - New Study
Math - Chapter 1
English - Page No. 10 to Page No. 19
History - Chapter 3
Math - Chapter 2
Chemistry - Page No. 11 to Page No. 17
History - Chapter 4
On April 7, you will do:
Revision of April 1 work (after one week)
Revision of April 6th work (next day)
April 7 - New Study
Math - Chapter 1
English - Page No. 10 to Page No. 19
History - Chapter 3
Math - Chapter 4
English - chapter - 7
History - Chapter 8
Biology -Chapter 4
Math - Chapter 3
English - Chapter 5
On April 30, you will do:
Revision of April 1 work (after one month)
Revision of April 24th work (after one week)
Revision of April 29th work (next day)
April 30 - New Study
Math - Chapter 1
English - Page No. 10 to Page No. 19
History - Chapter 3
Math - Chapter 9
Physics - chapter 10
History - Chapter 4
Biology -Chapter 7
History - 11
English - Chapter 9
English - Chapter 15
Math - Chapter 14
Physics - Chapter 16
On the 30 day of April, you'd study some new subjects, and would also do the revision of what you have done on the 1st day of the Next Month, i.e. May, and also what you had done on 24th day and 29th day of the month of April.
FAQ - Revision plan
Q-1 - How we will remember which day we have to revise it again?
Q-2 - How I will manage to do so much work daily we are already overloaded with our daily work?
Q-3 - If there is some exam or any function and you have to attend the party, how will you manage the work of that day which you were supposed to revise?
Ans -1 -you can use your home work diary or a simple calendar diary. What you have done today write in your diary and write the date of today on the next day page, 7th day, 30th day, after 6 months. Do same every day. In this way every day you will get a set of few dates written. It means you have to go back to these days and have to revise the work did on these days.
Ans -2 - You will plan your study as you read chapter 1 to chapter 10 of any subject. Some of the concepts that are discussed in chapter 1 will be used in chapter 2, 3 and so on. But generally you forget what you have done in the previous chapters and this act increases your efforts to understand the new chapters, which overloads your daily work. But when you follow the proper revision plan you will be able to maintain your knowledge and it will help you to understand new chapter very faster and you will save your time, which you can invest in revision. Initially you have to do a little extra work because up to few days while adopting this study plan you have gather extra knowledge new as well as old. But with in a week you start reducing your study burden.
Ans -3 - Revise all the chapter you have missed on the coming holiday and you can come back to your track.
Few more points on revision
Revising is reviewing what you already know. By the process of revision you are putting in your mind firmly. Start planning your revision modules when you have sufficient time in hand, as this will let you do away with last minute panicky situation. Attempt to make your revision techniques. The effectiveness of a technique depends upon the subject being revised and also varies from person to person.
There are different ways of revising things. For example:
Recording Notes on Tape and then listening to them recurrently 3 to 4 times. You can listen to it during the lunch or dinner or while lying on your bed.
Asking Questions from each other, or working by yourself
Summary notes - short version of main notes. Condense your notes on a neat peace of paper so that it becomes easier for you to refer to them off and on, during the memorizing and rewriting process
For each topic prepare keywords. These shall act as 'triggers' and thus will enhance linkages. Highlight the facts and figures by using highlighters or making a box around the formula or any important information.
Revise in a company of friend or pal. Combined study will promote idea's exchange and will improve your and your friend's understanding and confidence.
Read aloud in order to register the notes in your mind. Many students revise this way.
Take the test, as it would allow you to understand what you know about the chapter, without seeing the content written in it.
Previous years question papers also help you to revise in a real-time exam conditions.
Use revision cards - revision cards are sheets with one topic / page. The card will have relevant info about the concerned topic. Thus these handy cards are useful for revising whenever you can spare a little time, maybe while traveling or waiting for appointment, etc..
Best Time For Revision is Before Sleep
During sleep our brain reorganizes the information which we have grasped during the day. It is important that you should revise the difficult subjects just before sleeping which you tend to forget easily. Brain do this reorganization in reverse order, it can better reorganize the information which we have grasped later in comparison of the information which you have learned in the day time or in the morning.
However, just keep in mind that it is the process that helps the information to get assembled and finally the information remains permanently stored in the brain.
If you will study a fresh material in the last one hour before going to sleep you can hardly study only one chapter. But if you will do the revision before going to sleep you can revise three to four chapters. So it is more beneficial to reorganize three to four chapters in comparison of a new one chapter.
How to Manage Revision Plan
You will actually need two revision timetables, the first to organize your initial revision for each topic, the second to consolidate your learning nearer the examinations. Plan the first so that it ends at least two weeks before the beginning of the first examination. In those two weeks you will be doing the second learning session. If you possibly can, try and spend the whole day between these two revision sessions doing no revision at all. If you really feel that you cannot spare a whole day, at least have the evening off. Use a little of the time to draw up the second timetable but after that plan some enjoyable leisure activity. In the second timetable you obviously need to take account of the timing of the actual examinations. By then you should have an idea of the time allocation needed for each subject.
â€¢ Where possible plan your revision to fit in with class revision. If your teacher intends to spend lesson time revising a particular topic, try to revise that topic beforehand. This will enable you to sort out what you don't understand and ensure that your own revision is on the right lines.
â€¢ Start your revision timetable with a topic that you already know fairly well. This will give you confidence at the start before you begin tackling more unfamiliar areas. However, beware' comfort' revision - avoid spending too long on these familiar topics as this may give you a false sense of security.
â€¢ Be reasonable - sticking to it will deal with stress
â€¢ make it accommodating and have a few extra days for the unaccounted; one topic may take longer than anticipated. Don't panic; simply adjust your schedule as you go along.
â€¢ For every topic keep a few days extra
â€¢ try and get into a fixed routine - the same will work on stress and thus help your achieve a state of comfort.
â€¢ Weaker subject need more time
â€¢ keep switching between various subjects or topics to stay away from dullness in routine, you may even find that a change of venue may extend the period of time that you are able to study for.
â€¢ divide the total time devoted towards revision exercise into short intervals say 45 - 50 minutes each, followed by 10 minute breaks (longer for meals).
â€¢ Quick recap of the earlier topic, before starting a new one will reassure that it's still 'there', and because you have gathered more than the expectation your confidence will experience a boost.
â€¢ Avoid fitting in most of the revision lessons into the "free" time between examinations. This way it would be devoting uneven revision time for previous tests, and these might not be the ones you need to study for long.
DEVELOPING READING HABITS IN YOU
A student has to read in order to learn. Students gain knowledge on the subject through reading, and this knowledge is what we call learning. There is a kind of experimental factor associated with reading, and in this sense reading has the experiences that relate to one another.
In order to develop reading habits, you can do any of following things:
Take any Book that Interests You the Most - Start reading any book that interests you or excites your imagination the most. You can choose from the newspaper, or magazines, novels and etcetera.
Practice Reading - Start reading the book of your interest. It would be fruitful if you set the time say 15 to 20 minutes everyday. During this time, you are not supposed or expected to get yourself involved in any other activity. Once you get adjusted with the time, you can always increase the time limit to 25 to 30 minutes. You'll notice that you are gradually developing your reading habit.
Don't Think of Quitting - If you are not able to complete the task, don't get disheartened. Cheers! Guys! Winners never quit! Keep Practicingâ€¦ Remember! Practice makes the man perfect.
Don't Exert Your Energies - If you do that you will put tremendous strain on your mind, and soon you will loose your interest. Read for interest and pleasure, and not for straining your mind.
Speed reading little introduction -Test your reading speed
Speed Reading is seen as the means to read, analyze and accommodate information at much faster rate than average reading. If you are able to develop this quality, it'd be of great help to you in future as well as present, wherein you can learn huge information in just minutes. And if you don't want to reach to the levels where you have information overload, you'd need speed-reading to work for you.
Here the key idea is to be clear upon what details are required from a document or a page, before you commence reading. If post reading, just an outline is required then it is best to quickly go through the subject and mark out the important details. If however the in-depth essence is pertinent, it will be required to slowly go through the page.
Students should develop their habits gradually word by word. Like you cannot swallow a big lump of food in one gulp, similarly, you cannot master the art of speed-reading in one day. It is a good way to study each and every letter or each and every word. Once you get enough practice reading the text words-by-word, you can take a group of two words and then group of three words and so on.
As you continue to develop your reading skills, you will automatically feel that you eyes are fixated on a chunk of words, then taking eyes to the following chunk and with every consecutive day, the steps go on and help progress. Basically your focus is on a complete block and not any one or few words. Also it is not always a pattern that from one block you shift to the next one, but if something is not clear, going to the earlier ones also happens.
If you get trained in speed-reading, you will find reading smoothly through each block of words. There will be no skipping of blocks, and you'd also not skip back to the previous block. In this way you have trained not only your lips but also your eyes. Now, you can collect huge amount of information in less time, and going by this way, you would also be conserving your energies for using them in a better way.
If I compare a skilled reader, i.e. you with a poor reader, i.e. your friend, you can see where the difference actually lies. A poor reader would spend quite an amount of time while reading those small blocks of words, and he'd also often, on many occasions, skip back to previous blocksâ€¦ An unnecessary confusion on the subject would be created and ultimately your friend's knowledge would lead to jeopardy.
3 Things to do for Speed Reading
Adding on to the word count in every chunk or block
Attempt at finishing each block in lesser time
Decrease in the frequency of skipping back to earlier sentences.
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And the sweet serenity of books." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Reading forms an important aspect of learning. In fact, it is the first process of getting aware about what is contained in the subject. Through reading students acquire new information and ideas. Whether you are reading a language, or math, science, history, social studies etc., the underlying aim is to simply get into developing first time awareness on the subject such that learning occurs well.
Reading Plan for Class Room Assignments
Have you decided to read 150-200 pages classroom book? You must be feeling how will you go through the complete pages of the book, especially, if you have so many other subjects to read through? The answer to all your discontentment is oneâ€¦ Plan Your Reading. Yes, planning your classroom assignments helps you to get through the course of the content slowly and gradually. But, before you actually plan on reading, it is important that you answer following thoughts at the very first instance:
The Purpose Behind Reading
When You Should Read
Answering to these questions would automatically lead you towards planning your reading.
The Purpose behind Reading
Defining the purpose is like answering WHY you should go for reading? Teachers in the classroom describe the purpose of your reading. Supposing you have biology test next week on circulatory system, your teacher would tell you to read the chapter carefully, and stress on the concepts to get them clear straight.
Following are the important purposes behind reading:
To Get Aware with the Concept - Reading helps in developing first hand awareness with the concept. Always concentrate on the main concept contained in the chapter while you are reading. Think about the concept while reading and you'd see that you are getting closer to understanding it.
Reading For Examination - Most students read just to get well prepared for the examination. But, if one holds his or her sight for one second, then, it is not the ultimate purpose. The purpose of reading is to get the basic understanding of the subject.
Sync the Concepts - Another important aspect of reading is to get fair knowledge on different aspects of the concept, and also making a good connect to different ideas altogether. Inter connecting different concepts gradually tells how different parts of an individual's brain coordinates.
Reading Increases Interest - Supposing you read an introduction on astronomy. This creates your interest in the subject, and you further go on to study about the heavenly bodies, stars, planets and much more. As you gradually read through the text, your interest develops further, and you finally get into core of subject and do the thesis.
Reading Develops Pleasure - This is very true for the literature. Reading again and again through the Chaucer's Poetry or through Shakespeare's Dramas creates a pleasure dome in the students, that they gradually associate themselves with the plot and developing an interest in course of time.
Reading appropriate material that is relevant to your examination and course of study helps a lot. Remember reading extra is an advantage only if you have sufficient time to read; otherwise, it is a complete waste of time.
In addition, proper utilization of resources is equally important. Otherwise you will be reading through lot of information, and the information would get stored in your brain giving you a hang over.
Judge your reading skills too! If you are a fast reader, then, it is no problem for you, as you can grasp through both quality and quantity of information at a particular instant of time. But, in case you are suffering from some reading disability or a slow reader, then, it is necessary that you go for the advice and guidance of reading specialist at your school.
When You Should Read!
I would say that you should read when you are told to do so by your classroom teacher. If you are told to read Chapter 1 of the book on the particular day, then, you need to go through that particular chapter on that very day itself. You should also take into account the number of pages in the chapter that need to be read. Supposing, you have 20 pages in Chapter 1 of the book, then you have to arrange your timing accordingly so that you are able to read through them consistently and devoting quality time.
Moreover, you have 20 pages in Chapter 1 of the book, then, it is the best way to divide your reading schedule into two sessions of 10-pages each, or 4-reading sessions of 5-pages each. This helps in concentrating on the concepts and the ideas in the chapter, and also lets your mind arrange the things in perfectly synchronized manner.
DEVELOPING CLASS ROOM SKILLS
Create the demand for contents by doing day recall activity
After you have learnt the concepts related to particular subject, it is necessary that you go for the reciting what you have learnt. This strengthens the concepts and helps them in restoring in the brain forever. Try to recall the concepts in your mind at night, around one hour before going to bed. Allocate time to recalling the concepts. It would be sufficient to allocate 5 -10 minutes to each subject. Yes, that would easily doâ€¦
Differentiating between Hearing and Listening
There is remarkable difference between hearing and listening, similar to reading and studying. And those who consider them as one entity certainly are faulting on many purposes. While hearing is strictly mechanical, listeningÂ includes sensing, interpreting, evaluating and reacting to spoken messages. Do you know that you even hear while you are sleeping?
Listening resides on:
Attention - Whether there are any distractions or not.
Concentration - Focusing on the Idea and the Concepts that you have grabbed while learning.
Mantras for Good Listening
Pre-Plan and prepare in Advance - Get enough sleep and eat before a lecture so that such things are not distracting you. Just go for a quick review of the things that you know about the subject. In addition, you should also read some basic concepts and enhance your vocabulary, before attending the lecture or a classroom session. This helps in understanding the lecture more clearly.
Express Your Interest in Lectures - While sitting in the classroom, it is essential that you show your interest to the teacher or the lecturer, by making eye contact and expressing positive body language attributes. Just listen attentively to the lectures, and you need not speak between the lectures.
Get Away with Distractions - In order to be attentive in class, it is necessary that you get away with those nasty distractions. They simply do no good, except, disengaging your concentration. Activities like doodling, foot tapping or shuffling papers are some of the common distractions that you should avoid. If there are any outside distractions, then, shut the classroom door.
Patience Pays - When you are listening to the teacher's lecture, try to be a patient listener. Jot down any doubts in your notebook, which you can ask after the lecture gets over. Also, don't be in a hurry to leave the class after the lecture class gets over. Let the teacher leave the class first. You need to maintain etiquettes too. Good etiquettes make learning happen in the right direction.
Be Calm and Cool Learner - An angry man gets the wrong meanings from words. Don't react; ask intelligent questions for clarification and explanation.
Maintain the Classroom Decorum - It is good to argue and criticize, but not always! Respect the opinions of others, and let your teacher speak on the concept of a particular subject in detail.
Ask Questions - At the appropriate time, ask questions that will contribute to group discussion. If the answer to the question will benefit you only or take more time, save it for after class.
Listening Habits that Don't Work!
Loosing your Concentration in between the Lecture - Do not "turn off" simply because you think a lecture is going to be dull. Listen closely for information that can be important or useful.
Never Criticize a Teacher While he/she is Speaking- Do not find fault with the speaker, concentrating on the speaker rather than what is being saidÂ· Realize that a lecture is not a fashion show, and look for ideas, not for things to criticize.
Over Reacting - Do not become so involved in disagreeing with the speaker that you miss most of the lecture. Listen with the mind, not the emotions. Jot down disagreements, if any, to ask the teacher about them later, after the class gets over.
Know Facts - Do not merely listen for facts; listening for understanding. See how facts illustrate principles, how examples illustrate ideas, and how evidence supports arguments. Pay attention to the overriding principle, concept, or theme. Also, look for the implications and significance.
Master the Note Taking Techniques - Do not try to force every lecture into a rigid mold through detailed outlining; you will be so busy with form and style that the content will be missed. Make adjustments to the note taking as per instructor's subject and institution's pattern.
Faking Attention - Do not lock your eyes onto the speaker and then let your mind wander. Realize that each lecture is an opportunity to learn. A lecture is an easy way to obtain a lot of information!
Bowing to Distractions - do not let every minor distraction like somebody coughing or the sound of doors opened and closed, etc., bother you and thus prove another excuse to interrupt listening. Discipline yourself in order to shut out distractions and to concentrate on the speaker's message. Guys and gals a meaningful life is lead by following a disciplined approach. Whether it is learning, or writing examinations, or preparing for any entrance examination, you simply cannot afford to remain undisciplined. Because, if you do, you have all the possibilities of going astray. Everything that you wish to attain will remain unfulfilled, and moreover, your mind would be filled by negative thoughts.
Going for the Easy Stuff Only - Follow an instructor's complex arguments and ideas with the goal of understanding. Be intellectually curious and jot down tough, technical, or complex ideas for further consideration.
Making Fuss on Emotional Words - Listen for deeper understanding, without reacting to the emotional trigger of controversial subjects. Include your own ideas/reactions in your notes, but differentiate between your thoughts and the teacher's words.
Wasting Thought Speed - Thinking proceeds at a much higher rate than speech (actually about four times as fast). Use your thought speed and any pauses in the lecture to distinguish supporting material from main ideas, make fast summaries of the lecture's highlights and anticipate the lecturer's next point.
Exercises to Enhance Listening Skills
Listed below are few basic exercises to help improvise upon the listening skills
1. Make sure that listening to a speaker is followed by oral gestures and acknowledgements like 'of course' or 'I see'. Once to twice, in between the dialogue make a gist of whatever you have understood of the discussion so far. This will help by one, preventing distractions and thus keeping you keenly involved in the communication and second, the repetition will rule out any scope of miscommunication.
2. Ask questions: Propping up queries or seeking clarification, as and when needed. This will not only clear your doubts but will also keep up the momentum and thus improves listening skills.
Besides there are a lot of other things which together determine the kind of attention we devote towards speaker. The key here is active involvement. Same requires putting up relevant queries, coming up with your personal perspective on the subject, summarizing and accepting the details and so on. Key idea is to focus upon active listening.
Traits of a Good Listener
A good listening process is sub-divided into small segments or entities. Each of these segments or entities work together in order to make listening a perfect event. The segments include:
Sensing: This segment relates to hearing the message.
Interpreting: This segment refers to the understanding what has already been heard.
Evaluating: This segment means forming an opinion of what has already been said.
Remembering: This segment generally aims at storing the message for future use.
Responding: This refers to accepting the message that has already been said and completed.
What Limits Good Listening
Noise: It limits hearing
Boredom: Lets you enter into area where you feel dull
Restlessness: Results in interrupted learning
Fatigue: It simply brings down the listener's ability to concentrate.
Mental Block: There is a mental block created which stops learning and listening process.
Listening Games: Take help of your teacher and friends
Listening games are an effective support medium that allows the teacher to promote interaction, enhance creativity, learning, support communication and energizing team formation. The games are the perfect learning ways to master listening. Ideally the games are the simple and easy to practice, and take not more than 20- minutes, which again depend on the group size participating in the activities.
Making a Picture
Improvising intra group listening skills
All participants are given pens and paper
The instructor then explains an item, which is to be drawn on the paper. For example:
Make a circle
Make a square right below the circle
On the square's right side, make another circle and this one should intersect the earlier one
Next step is to draw a straight line starting from the centre of circle one up to the centre of square.
Instructor then speaks to the listeners about the benefits of exercise in reference to the interaction and listening skills.
Create a story
Enhancing intra group listening skills
The activity is like the above stated chain instructions and suitable for a group of small size.
All participants are required to form a circle and thus make a story wherein each team member adds one line (e.g. as he started the car, he saw a bus approaching). The activity continues till the time all members have added at least two lines to the story. Variations are many and the highlight is the requirement to listen to what others have contributed.
is anybody listening?
Enhancing intra group listening skills
Group members are divided into pairs and required to express opinion on a subject (e.g. are reservations justified?), at the same time. After some time, bring all members together and highlight the difficulty caused by all speaking at the same time and thus the issues faced in listening. Also bring the group to discuss ways deployed by people to go on talking rather than listening.
PREPARING FOR TESTS
"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn." -Mary Catherine Bateson
Tests form the innate part of our study life cycle. Different students have different attitude towards test. Some really enjoy giving them, while others try to mend their ways to avoid them. But, one thing is very clear, and that is tests provide the students with competence and efficiency.
Become Aware about the Test and Questions
The first thing to prepare for the test is to collect information on the test, and possibly what type of questions would be asked in it. This helps in calculating the amount of time you need to invest in the studies, the time needed for preparation of the tests and defining the test strategy and the questions that you need to prepare. You can always take the help of your classroom teacher who would be an appropriate person to guide you as to what type of questions can come in your exam. In case, you have any specific queries on the test, you can ask your teacher about them.
Ask Your Teacher about the Type of Test!
Teachers make use of different forms of test to know the knowledge of the students. The form of test again depends on the individual subject. For example, in biology, you need to answer both essay type questions as well as multiple choice questions, therefore, your teacher will prepare the test putting essay type questions, multiple choice questions, match the following and fill-in-the-blanks. On the other hand, in math tests, you'll typically solve problems, which would fall under the category of essay type of questions.
Therefore, it is important to know what type of test your teacher intends to take. Is the test based on multiple-choice questions, or match the following, or essay type questions or a combination of elements? Your instructor should give you some idea of the types of questions you can expect.
Common Type of Test Items
Answering True/False - Here you have to judge the written statement, and say whether the statement is true or false. Based on similar lines, you can also be asked to answer in other formats vis-à-vis Yes/No or On/Off etc.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) - In such types of questions, there are number of options given against the statement. You have to tick on the correct answer. Depending on teacher to teacher, there is also negative marking in such types of tests.
Fill in the Blanks - A partial statement is provided by the teacher and a fill in the blank is given which needs to be filled in order to make the statement sound complete. Usually, fill in the blank is given either in the end of the sentence or in the middle of the sentence.
Match the Following - In such type of tests, the students are asked to match the items given in List A with those given in List B. Usually, one list is numbered and one is lettered, so you write the matching letter next to the number. You can also use arrows drawn from one List A to List B.
Essay Type Questions - Lengthy and descriptive answers are to be provided to such type of questions and answers could go up to 500 words. Again, the nature of the ETQs varies from subject to subject. For example, in History test, you have to give long answers that require filing around 4 to 5 pages.
Short Answer Type Questions - Here you answer the question in a single paragraph. You are given the guidelines in the test, and based on which you have to answer the short answer type questions.
The Scope of the Test
You have to assess the scope of the test. It is very crucial for your success. Take the help of the teacher who can precisely tell you what all type of questions can be asked. It is a good idea, if you go for the previous year question papers. Probably your instructor can give you the chapters on which test need to be taken.
QUICK TIPS ON HOW TO STUDY FOR YOUR TEST
Here are the quick tips that can help you out in preparing smartly for your tests! these tips are time tested and once you go for them, easily you can get good grades in the exam.
Concentrate on Weak Area - Try to focus your attention on what you are not aware of, instead of working on what you already are clear about. Go clear on your doubts.
Create a Study Group - By creating a study group of students having similar abilities and similar motives can also help the students achieve good grades in the examination. Select a time, meeting place, and interval for the group to meet.
Information Sharing - Share the information that you find important with your classmates. Even if you are not in a group, you need to go for mutual information sharing, as it is helpful for you as well as your classmates
Do some self-questioning after reading the notes. .
Try to fill in the gaps in your information. Clarify your doubts by discussing them in the classroom with teacher.
Use Effective Recalling Method - Most of us trust our memorizing power to use it as the recalling method. In face you can devise some other recalling method or some mnemonic device to help you. For example, to remember the order of the planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), a sentence like "My Very Educated, Mother Just Send Us Nine Pizast.
Study by concentrating all your senses - Develop the concept or an idea in a subject in a completely innovative way such that you are able to relate the concepts and ideas that you have studied in other chapters. Remember! Relating to information is very necessary; otherwise, it gets wasted.
Quiz your Knowledge - By quizzing, you develop your recalling skills, and moreover, your knowledge remains fresh always and ever.
Practically Apply the Information - Analyze the information that you have acquired after reading through the chapters of the book. Apply this information by correlating it with the natural's aspects.
Apply conceptual as well as theoretical information - Yes, you can get good grades, if and only if you apply both, the conceptual as well as theoretical information. There are many informative programs on TV and Radio, you can concentrate on them and get some new ideas.
Don't Worry, Be Happy! - This is the whole sole success mantra. Because if you worry, you will lose everything that you had learnt.
Taking Interest in Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities help in increasing the interest in studies. The activities help in sharpening the brain and also enhance the concentration of the students. These extracurricular activities can be anything, which doesn't involve studying.
Extracurricular activities include anything say music or sports or reading. Various tasks like cricket and theatre, have a long life and thus for a considerable number of years, are on a school's program. On the other hand, there could be short term involvements like workshops. Reasons for these could be community's interest or maybe a special promotion. For the students, this is an opportunity to enhance social skills and at the same time gain experience. Especially for those who are not able to prove academically, such extra curricular activities are a vent for the career and overall personality development.
Many of such activities form important basis for a student's career. Say the activity of writing articles could help nurture a journalist. Besides achievement in such fields also help build the profile for future admissions. Various colleges now pay attention to the academic scores and performances in extra curricular activities, while short listing candidates for admissions. And of course there is the natural fun element. So in a light way, extra curricular activities help develop skills and personalities.