Your preparation for the board exams need not have anything to do with the number of hours you spend on your study table. What is important is how effectively you manage your time. One common mistake most students make is to create an overly restrictive schedule which doesn’t work, and then they end up feeling guilty.
The key to proper preparation is to plan according to your schedules, goals and your aptitudes rather than any standards. Try to be realistic when determining those things that require more effort, or those that come easier to you. Read on for tips on how to manage your time most effectively.
Factor in when your brain works best: Is it in the morning, afternoon or late night? Plan your timetable accordingly. If you’re going to read a difficult article for the first time, don't start it 10.00 pm unless you are a natural night owl. Do something less demanding in the low times -- organise your notes, or write the next day’s list.
Schedule: Have a regular study time and place each day. This helps put you in study mode. Get everything you’ll need together before you start studying.
Prioritise: Make a list of what you have to do and list it in the order of importance. Schedule the important stuff first.
Plan your sessions: Do the difficult stuff first. That way, by the time you can barely add 1 to 1, that’s all you have left to do.
Take sufficient breaks: Don’t study longer than 50 minutes at a stretch. Use the other ten for a run around the block, or eat a snack. Taking a 5-minute hot shower is another excellent solution.
Avoid getting stuck: If you can’t figure something out, skip it, and get help later. Skipping everything is not allowed.
Divide and conquer: Break your projects up into smaller bits, and complete those bits one by one.
Set milestones: This will help you to manage the time and task better. You can also set rewards for reaching those milestones.
Reward yourself: The reward can be small, like treating yourself to some ice cream, or larger, like buying that new outfit you’ve had your eye on. Rewards also don’t have to cost money, like going to play some basketball with some friends at the park. Enjoy yourself when you pass a milestone, stick to your reward plans to make them more worth reaching.
Review regularly: Regular reviewing benefits taking stock of the work done. Also monitor your progress at reasonable periods and make changes where necessary. If you find that you are consistently allotting more time than necessary to a specific chore, change your future schedule accordingly.