A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Achieving Success in competitive exams is all about smart study planning. Some students study for more than 10 hours but do not get satisfactory results, on the other hand, some students studied for only 6 hours and reserved top ranks in JEE & NEET. If you find yourself among the former category, relax! There’s nothing wrong with you, you just need a smart study plan to join the league of toppers.
In this article, we have discussed the top seven tips by ALLEN’s expert faculty pool that will help you in planning your study hours smartly to improve your test result, focus, concept retention capacity, and ultimately your exam ranking.
Plan Study Schedule Beforehand:
Diving straight into studying without mapping out your study schedule is similar to going on a wild goose chase. You can study all you want but at the end of the month, you won’t be able to complete your syllabus on time. So start plotting your smart study plan.
ALLEN experts recommend aspirants to plan their study schedule daily. Allocate a few hours each day to all your subjects and also make time for essential and refreshing activities like eating, sleeping, exercise, social outing, etc. In addition to that, mark days in your calendar for every topic/chapter so that you can complete them on time without any delay.
Avoid Distractions And Multi-Tasking:
Switch off all the distractions and focus only on studying. Listening to music while solving numeric problems or watching your favorite show while learning new concepts will lower your productivity, retention capacity, and energy levels. Smart study plan suggests focusing on only one thing at a time.
Here are a few tips you can incorporate…
- Turn off all your phone notifications
- Put your phone on airplane mode
- Make a dedicated study space
- Close all the apps and websites that are not related to your study
- Keep your study area organized & free from clutter
- Avoid interaction with anyone while studying
Prepare Hourly Study Plan Topic-Wise:
Smart study planning includes the preparation of hourly study plan based on subject topics. This means, instead of allocating full 2 hours to physics, Smart Study Plan denotes allocating 1 hour to electrostatic potential and 1 hour to electrostatics of conductors. This will help you in better time management while study planning.
Another advantage is that it will help you in break down lengthy chapters into biteable chunks so that you can study without feeling overwhelmed.
Study Multiple Subjects Each Day:
Effective study planning includes assigning a few hours to each subject per day. Studying all your subjects every day will help you to stay focused, avoid boredom and learn better. That means if you are a JEE aspirant, rather than studying Maths on Monday, Physics on Tuesday, and Chemistry on Wednesday, it is advisable to study a bit of all three in a day. Of course, the time you allocate to each subject may vary depending on what topic you are planning to study.
ALLEN expert faculties say that “studying all your subjects every day will keep you updated & prevent your brain from feeling overburdened”.
Take Tests Frequently:
No smart study plan ever completes without testing your knowledge. You need to take tests frequently to ensure that you understand and can apply the concepts correctly. Practice as many questions as you can, solve previous year question papers, mock test papers, NCERT exercises, reference book questions, and take quizzes.
If you are enrolled in any education institute like ALLEN Career Institute Overseas, you are entitled to receive our complete study material and test series that includes chapter-wise tests, topic-wise tests, practice sheets, unit tests, full syllabus tests, and mock test papers. Remember the more tests you take, the more confident you will become.
Take Regular Breaks:
As human attention span is getting shorter day by day, effectual study planning requires you to incorporate small breaks at regular time intervals. Usually, students tend to make an over-ambitious study plan that consists of longer study sessions without any breaks. Although that study planning looks good on paper but in reality never gets actually followed.
According to ALLEN expert faculties “students should prepare hourly study plan consisting of frequent breaks at regular time intervals. This will improve their focus and allow them to study for longer hours.”
Celebrate Your Small Victory:
Treat yourself for every small milestone you cover after all success is a series of small victories. When you complete one chapter or one set of test paper in a set time limit without any help, you should treat yourself with things you like. This way you will feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation for your future journey.
Simple reward ideas…
- Take a 15 minutes music break
- Watch an episode of your favorite web series / TV show
- Eat a healthy snack
- Have a small conversation with your friends/family
- Take a short walk in the park
- Play your favorite game
Example of Hourly Study Plan – For Self-Study Aspirants
|5 AM – 5:15 AM||Wake Up & Freshen Up|
|5:15 AM – 6:15 AM||Study Physics|
|6:15 AM – 6:30 AM||Breakfast|
|6:30 AM – 7:30 AM||Study Physics|
|7:30 AM – 7:45 AM||Break|
|7:45 AM – 8:45 AM||Study Physics|
|8:45 AM – 9:00 AM||Break|
|9:00 AM – 10:00 AM||Study Chemistry|
|10:00 AM – 10:15 AM||Shower & Snack|
|10:15 AM – 11:15 AM||Study Chemistry|
|11:15 AM – 11:30 AM||Break|
|11:30 AM – 12:30 PM||Study Chemistry|
|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM||Lunch|
|1:30 PM – 3:30 PM||Rest & Sleep|
|3:30 PM – 5:30 PM||Study Maths/Biology|
|5:30 PM – 5:45 PM||Tea/Snack Break|
|5:45 PM – 7:00 PM||Study Maths/Biology|
|7:00 PM – 8:00 PM||Dinner/Walk|
|8:00 PM – 10:30 PM||Solve Practice Questions|
Example of Hourly Study Plan – For Coaching Enrolled Aspirants
|5 AM – 5:15 AM||Wake Up & Freshen Up|
|5:15 AM – 7:15 AM||Study Physics|
|7:15 AM – 7:30 AM||Breakfast|
|7:30 AM – 9:30 AM||Study Chemistry|
|9:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Break|
|9:45 AM – 12:00 Noon||Study Maths/Biology|
|12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM||Lunch|
|1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Rest /Sleep|
|3:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Practice Questions|
|5:00 PM – 6:00 PM||Tea Break/
Commute For Classes
|6:00 PM – 9:30 PM||Classes|
|9:30 PM – 10:00 PM||Dinner|
Remember that, Smart Study Plan involves not only study planning but execution. You must follow the plan you make by heart. Follow the above-mentioned tips one at a time and see the difference it would make in your life. If you have any queries, feedback, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to us.