HOW TO STUDY EFFECTIVELY FOR BOARD EXAMINATIONS?

There are hardy three months left for the board examination and syllabus seems never ending. There are so many subjects and so less time, and most students are struggling managing the two. Well, here are some recommendations that students can incorporate in their schedule for boards, that’ll help them to break the monotony and learn effectively with a focused approach. So here we GO!!

 

  1. Set realistic targets:

 

No, you don’t need to study 15 hours a day and exhaust yourself in a way that you are not able to study at all next day. Fix your own time schedule for study, yet some realistic targets which you can cover as per your capacity for the portion you want to cover, instead of a long list that you wish to cover. This way you’ll be able to study more effectively during the time you spend studying, rather than sitting in front of books for long hours and wasting time.

‘If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.’

 

  1. Take breaks:

One of the most important thing in a study schedule is breaks. Your brain cannot focus for a long period of time and get exhausted. Spread out your 8 hours into 60 minutes duration and after every 60 minutes get up for 10 minutes and take a small walk, have water or stretch. It’ll refresh your brain and helps increase your concentration. They are necessary as we have a human body and not a robot.

 

  1. Health is wealth:

 It is truly said that; ‘a healthy mind resides in a healthy body’. Take out at least 45 minutes a day for your health. You can go for a run, do simple yoga or play any sport you like. Physical activity increases blood circulation and hence keeps your brain fresh and activated, and hence leads to better concentration.

 

  1. Routine:

 

Yes, your routine effects your learning a lot. If you have fix routine, for example there’s a decided time that you study from 3 to 4 pm every day, your brain will register it over a period of time and will be ready and full of concentration during that time. Hence, your learning effectiveness will increase, as you’ll be able to focus more during that time. Like, we start feeling sleepy around our usual sleep time, our brain registers a particular activity in its clock. Hence, repeating the same thing every day at same time will help increase your concentration.

 

  1. Exam time:

 As mentioned in the above point that brain registers a study time and remains most active during that, it’s beneficial that you set your study time according to your exam timing. For example, if your exams are going to be from 9am to 12pm, it’s better that you set this time period as your daily study time (at least during holidays) so that your brain gets used to have highest concentration during these hours.

 

  1. Place:

 

Your place of study effects your learning. Like a particular time, brain also registers a particular place, when you study there daily. If you study on a particular study table daily and your brain is used to it, next time when you go sit there your brain will automatically get ready to study with the place reference. Hence, your concentration level will increase, improving your learning quality. So, it’s important you study on table- chair set up and not your bed, because your brain has already associated your bed as a sleeping place and hence will feel sleepy if you study on bed and you’ll have to put more effort in building up your concentration. Plus, your exam hall is also going to have table-chair set up, so it’s beneficial that you get used to studying there as it’ll help keep your brain concentrated during the examination hours as well.

 

  1. Environment:

Along with the place, study environment also effects your learning. If your study room or place is clean and organised, it’ll help you understand better. While if your room is messy and scattered, your concentration will be low, as the mess around you will hinder the organisation of your thoughts. You’ll have more of unnecessary thoughts when you’ll see unnecessary things around you, and will be distracted more. It’s better that you keep only books and stationary around you while studying, so that your brain doesn’t wander around.

 

  1. No gadgets:

Gadgets are the biggest distractions during studying, every time there’s a message or notification, brain is tempted to check that hence lose concentration even if you try to control yourself. It’s better to keep them out of your sight while studying, as if you’re not able see it, you won’t be tempted to check it.

 

  1. Set exact goals:

 

While you set a particular target for a day, write down the exact topic and pages you are going to cover. If you just thing you’ll study chemistry for 2 hours, that’s less likely to be completed. Set a goal such as, you are going to finish certain number of chemical equations in that one hour, that’s more likely to be completed.

 

  1. Food:

 

The kind of food you eat effects your concentration a lot. Fried food and heavy meals are likely to make you lazier and hence hinder your concentration. Have a good healthy meal before you study with less of oil as it’ll energize you, while fried food and heavy meals will make you feel sleepy. Even for snacks, you should opt for healthy options like fruits or nuts, if you want to do some munching in between.

11. Water:

Not only it is good for body and keeps your internal system right, but staying hydrated keeps you active all day. It keeps your brain active and hence helps you maintain concentration. Try to have at least 7 to 8 glasses of water every day. You can keep a water bottle with you on your table, while you’re studying.

 

  1. Sleep:

 

A good 8-hour sleep is very important for your brain and body to relax and rebuild your energy to study more. Most students try to save time by cutting out on sleep, specially before the exam, but this is not right as sleep helps in saving the information you’ve learnt and makes you fresh for learning more.

So, these are some tips that’ll surely help in increasing study effectiveness along with being healthy. Don’t stress too much, just keep up the hard work and you’ll do well. If you have any other career related query, you can contact us directly or let us know in the comment section below and we’ll surely help you. All the best!

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