Now there are less than 2 months left for Prelims 2017. Many of you may have studied hard the whole year, and some of you may be thinking that you should have studied harder. But here is one thing which you all should do now – Study everyday for the next 2 months.
This is the only way that you can maximise your performance and have the best chance of clearing Prelims 2017. Sadly, we all know this, but still we waste many days thinking that TODAY we will start studying hard. And before we know it, 2 months has become 1.
Why does this happen? We believe that it is due to a lack of structure and feedback. We discuss both of them below.
Lack of structure because we just randomly move from one topic to the other. So we say, “today I will study Union executive”, but once we finish that we don’t know what to do next. We keep thinking “hmm, maybe I should study modern history”. This lack of a daily schedule and structure wastes a lot of our time. Hence, we thought, why not make a simple daily schedule for everyone? This schedule is given below –
Week 5 – 21 May to 27 May – April + July (2016) CA + Science + remaining Env + Any other remaining topics not covered before + Tests
After 27 May – finish June 2016 CA if possible. Revise any topics left out. Start final revision and memorising factual stuff for prelims.
If you click on each week, you will be taken to a daily schedule. Here are some properties of this schedule –
1. Schedule start from 23rd April. Make sure to start that day. If you want to make your own schedule then you can share those here – Link.
2. These are daily targets. As you can see this goes all the way end of May. So only if you study EVERY day will you be able to finish your revision
3. We are not suggesting the sources given in the schedule. They are only for reference. Everyone has their own sources. E.g. someone is reading Laxmikanth and another DD Basu. Just make sure to finish the relevant portions. If you want to ask people where to study something from, you can ask here – Link.
4. Some will say “Sir, where is international relations and bodies like BRICS?”. All such topics come frequently in news. So when revising your CA see which things you don’t understand, note them down and find info about them. Or budget them in some way in your schedule.
5. Week 5 says remaining env topics, since many env topics come in other subjects. E.g. env bodies like IUCN in CA, air pollution in science, vegetation in geography etc. If you want to classify them separately then note down the schedule and make it more detailed according to your liking. Don’t just think about it, do it!
6. Two subjects to be studied every week. 1 subject for 3 days. This is so that you don’t get bored after studying the same thing for the whole week. Also mixing up the subjects should keep you in touch with them more.
The important thing is that all of you have your own sources. So note this schedule down and make it more detailed by yourself.
Don’t have the mindset of “I can revise history in 1 day itself, and hence I have a lot of time left”. Just have the attitude of “I am not going to stop unless I finish my revision” (not saying you sit for 12 hours straight, only that you should not slack off).
Many of us are sitting in our rooms somewhere and studying. By ourselves we will keep wasting our time on the laptop or phone and at the end of the day we will get stressed out. Then we will study a few hours and go to sleep without finishing all that we could have in one day. Why does happen? Because we feel no pressure or commitment when we are alone.
What can help? Committing to each other that we will study continuously and meet our targets. Seeing that other people are studying. Realising that by not studying everyday we are falling behind.
Hence, each day, go to that days thread and give a comment after finishing your daily target “I achieved my target for today”. Study with the aim that you will be able to write this comment at the end of the day if you finish your target. The satisfaction of doing this will be a huge motivator in helping you to study continuously instead of in fits and starts.
Seeing those comments in the morning will help you realise that everyone is working hard, and so should you.
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