How systematic and scientific are your study habits? How productive are you when it comes to exam preparation? Are you really ready to face GATE 2022? Will you be able to cover the GATE syllabus within a limited time? Those who plan to write the GATE exam must likely be having these questions in their mind. Making a flawless study plan must be the primary goal of a candidate preparing for any exam.
Here are 9 key things you should know before creating a study plan.
- Proper Division of Time: Ration out the time for each subject on an everyday basis. Set learning targets for a day, a week, and a month. Starting from a day’s plan, you should make a timetable for a week, and a month respectively.
- Customize the Study Plan According to Your Personal Preferences: You should make your study plan according to your personal preferences and convenience. For example, if you are a night owl, reserve more time for study in the night.
- Plan According to Your Energy Levels: Allocate difficult subjects when you are fresh and full of energy. When you are feeling low, try to study the less important topics.
- Recognizing Your Strong and Weak Areas: No one else knows you better than yourself. Take a piece of paper, draw two columns and write the subjects that are easy for you in one column and write difficult subjects in the next column. Just like this, make a checklist of the weak and strong areas under each subject. This will boost your focus and help you to build your study plan accordingly. After recognizing your strong and weak areas, divide study time accordingly. Spend more time on the weak areas. For example, if you are a Mech student and if you are not a big fan of Thermodynamics, reserve more time to study it.
- Taking Mock Tests and Regular Revision: Include time slots for mock tests regularly. Make sure that you take tests after completing a day’s or a week’s portion. It could be a series of small daily tests and a mock test for a week.
- Taking Short Breaks: Taking occasional breaks are mandatory to refresh your mind and body. After long, hectic hours of study, taking a break will give you a fresh start.
- Smart Work v/s Hard Work: Remember, smart work can beat hard work. Include some smart scientific hacks to your study routine that will make the learning process fun and fruitful. Believe it or not, your brain loves being organized! If you study systematically, making connections between the points and areas, you will be able to tap the full potential of your brain. It will be like a tastefully arranged wardrobe - where your shirts, jeans, and traditional wear are kept neatly folded in separate racks - which is beautiful and easily accessible.
- Using Planner App or a Diary: There are many planners and calendar apps with excellent features available in the Play Store. Download any of them or use a normal diary to create your timetable. This will help you keep track of the schedule.
- Ensuring Maximum Productivity: The main objective of your study plan is to ensure maximum productivity from the available time. So, make sure that you strictly follow the study plan for better results.
You must be feeling more confident right now, to start your REAL preparation. Go ahead and create a personalized study plan keeping all the above points in mind. Be realistic with your study plan and follow it no matter what. This will put you in the top bracket of exam winners. Let’s start now!