When the syllabus involved is large and diverse, an effective time table can help optimize the limited time that is available. Board exams can prove to be tricky if each subject is not given proper importance. A well-maintained time-table can help divide the work into smaller slots which leads to efficient management of the content, and leaves you with ample time for revision and recreation. Here are a few tips on making an ideal time-table so that the last few days can be made good use of.
Divide the time available:
Count the number of remaining days, and the number of hours you are willing to put every day. Allot the number of hours for each day, targeting specific parts of day where work can be more efficient (like morning time). Take into account weekends and holidays, and try to allocate extra hours for them. However, the targets should be achievable, and time should also be given to rest and recreation.
Give importance to each subject:
The number of hours required for every subject might not be the same, but a particular subject should not be neglected. Divide the topics based on your understanding and preparation, and give more time to your weaknesses. Give time for revision to topics that you are good in, so that you establish a strong-hold on the well-prepared parts. Keep a daily note of the time spent on each topic, and the time remaining.
Schedule multiple study sessions of small spans:
Instead of studying continuously for a long time, thereby inducing mental fatigue and confusion, study in small sessions so that the concentration level remains high and you are able to intake more information. The ideal session time varies from person to person, but make sure that you are covering a particular topic/chapter in one sitting, so that continuity is not lost.
Make separate time slots for revision and sample papers:
Apart from studying course and reference books, time should be allotted for revision and solving mock test papers. Revision is an integral part of the overall preparation, and helps tie loose ends of topics. Sample papers give an insight into the exam pattern and the time required to solve questions of different weight. It is suggested that at least one sample paper is solved per day, so that the time required to solve questions progressively decreases and speed and effectiveness increases.
Stick to the schedule:
It is useless to make a well-detailed schedule and not follow it. Try to set achievable but challenging goals, and stick by them. Each successful day will give confidence and motivation for the next day, and the preparation will also remain under control.
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