Many students do not have a study plan. Instead, their study habits are random, unorganized, and ineffective. Random study habits lead to poor scores and a poor understanding of the material being covered. Performance often suffers without a study plan. Research shows that students who create and stick to a study plan have higher grades, test scores, and retention of study materials. Following three easy and effective steps we can improve our performance in studies.
Step 1 : Setting goals
What most students lack in the area of studies is proper motivation. It is impossible to be motivated if our goals are not clear. So the first step towards bettering our studies is to set a goal each for all the subjects that we are expected to study.
Make a table with all your subjects in the school and the marks that you scored last for that subject and what you want to achieve in the coming exam. Follow the example given below.
want to score
|2||Khasi/ Alternative English||58||75|
Step 2 : Keeping up to date with Classes
Revision of lessons becomes a burden for students who keep their studies for a few days preceding exams. Step two will help you to keep up to date with your teacher in the school. Follow the steps below as shown in the chart 2.
- Make a chart containing the subjects that you have together with the chapters.
- Put a mark ( ̶ ) on the chapters that are already covered by respective teachers. (Eng. 3,4,5)
- Circle the chapters that you have already revised without leaving even a single point for the later. (Eng. 1,2,)
- When you have completed one circle on all the chapters that are covered by teachers revise for the second time and put a cross over the subject
|1||English||① ② 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12|
|2||Khasi/ Alt. English||① 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|3||Social Science||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11|
|4||Maths||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|5||Science||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11|
|6||Health Education||① 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12|
A student serious about his or her studies will make sure that no chapters are left
However, no circles should be marked without making sure that every part of a respective chapter is understood and studied. To make sure that it is done one needs to make a definite schedule for his or her studies. The student is free to make a schedule as per his or her availability of the time. An a example is given below.
Beginning days of following this method required tremendous motivation and discipline.
So it is importance that each student approaches a teacher or someone elder to help him or her with the preparation of the charts. The student should also prepare the chart and get it signed from the teacher who agrees to guide him or her and once a while report to the teacher with chart no 2 to evaluate the progress.