Taking into account the emerging circumstances allied to the COVID-19 upsurge, the adroit officialdom of AIIMS has decided to reschedule the conduct of INI CET PG EXAM to July 2021 that was scheduled on 8th May 2021. The emended dates will be apprised in a reasonable length of time through the website.
Again, the final countdown has arrived. And exams feel much less frightening when you are having a good strategy to handle the time pressure.
You might be thinking about how to use this precious time before the exam. I have got you covered whether over the last few weeks you have been
- A hard-working planner, or
- A procrastinator
As you approach the day of your exam, your mind automatically turns to the final preparation. Some of you may be panicking because you still haven’t been able to make yourself sit down and get on with your revision.
On the other hand, some of you might be feeling quite confident because you have been putting in efforts for months now. And you don’t want to even it up in the last day or so.
- If you have been working steadily through a well-planned revision timetable for the past 4-6 weeks or longer, you have entered the last few days before the exam in a wonderful position.
- All the steady work you have been doing for months will mean that lots of information are firmly planted into your head, ready to rise to the surface as and when you need it in the exam.
- You will be quietly confident that you are ready to show off your hard work to the world.
Now, what you have to all take care of is just keep in mind a few of the time management tips: –
- WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO–
Till now, you might have revised some subjects wholeheartedly and some subjects only a wink. Just jot down all the topics that need to be studied thoroughly. Be sure what you have to do now, what topics are left with.
- CREATE A SCHEDULE-
Now when you know what topics are left to study, create a schedule accordingly. Schedule your subjects or topics in such a manner that you are easily able to recall them.
- BE FLEXIBLE BUT REALISTIC-
You need to be flexible with your studies as well as social media also. Keep your eyes on your studies as well as the latest notifications but don’t waste more time browsing irrelevant material on the net. Be true towards your studies.
- ALLOW TIME FOR PLANNING-
Take your time to process all the information you have collected till now and plan to use it accordingly to avoid repetitions. You don’t have much time for extra repetitions.
- AVOID DISTRACTIONS-
As this is your very crucial time, so just avoid distractions surrounding you. Those distractions may be either social, personal, or related to technology. Don’t let them overcome yourself.
- MEDITATE TO RELIEVE STRESS-
In between your studies, take out some time for meditation and exercise. A healthy mind is a happy mind and meditation and exercise will help you to relieve stress and increase your productivity in studies.
- HAS YOUR ORGANIZATION BEEN EFFECTIVE? –
Since all your preparation period, you have been studying through proper ways using various tips and tricks and guidance. But now at this final countdown time, just think if your organization and plans have been effective all this time or not?
IS YOUR PLAN WORKING OR NOT?
If it seems that your study strategies are not going up to the mark, just use ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES. Active learning is the most effective technique for studying.
The majority of the students study by re-reading notes and textbooks. They feel this is the only way to learn the material.
Using active learning strategies- like Flashcards, diagramming, flowcharts, and quizzing yourself is much more effective rather than studying over time and mixing different topics altogether.
- DON’T JUST RE-READ YOUR NOTES-
In various surveys and studies, it has been found that when students re-read the study material, they show no improvement in learning. Just recycling the information does not create permanent memories. Once you give your first reading to the topic, you extract almost lots of understanding. But when you do the second reading, you read with the sense of knowing the topic already which makes your understanding less productive. Hence, re-reading gives you the illusion that you know the material very well.
- QUESTION YOURSELF A LOT-
One of the best techniques to recall and be productive is asking yourself lots of questions. Once you have read your selected portion, quiz yourself, either giving mock tests or creating questions yourself. Retrieving information makes you much more productive.
- CONNECT NEW INFORMATION TO SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW-
When you have completed a topic and started a new one, try to correlate them both. Relate the new information to the prior for better learning output.
- DRAW THE INFORMATION IN VISUAL FORM-
You can truly and easily understand things more if they are a simplified way in front of your eyes. It basically means that the learner needs to be more involved and more engaged in learning and less passive which means less cramming of things.
- USE FLASHCARDS-
Always make small flashcards and keep them near your study desk. Keeping a correct card on the deck and encountering it, again and again, makes you more productive in memorizing things.
- SPACE OUT YOUR STUDYING-
Lots of students cram. They wait for the last few days from an exam and repeat the material again and again. Research shows this is not good for long-term memory. It may allow you to do ok in the exam and clear it but finally, you would not retain as much information you need for the next-level course.
So, just don’t waste your time cramming the material and re-studying your notes. Apply active learning techniques in your left time period and become more productive with your studies.
You still have time… make it count…
For FMGE Coaching with FMGE Solutions – Dr. Deepak Marwah