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Study smart: Here are few tips for you

Have a paper and pencil handy, make short notes as you read. Please forget all the jazz about neatness in your practice books, writes Chinmai Gupta.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 12:40 IST

Some of the best poetry is written during exam time, we’re sure you’d agree. Your room, wardrobe and school bag are probably the most organised just before exams.

Often, as soon as you sit down to study, you find a surfeit of distractions to keep you from your books. True? Well, whether you like it or not, you know you need to study, and your grades are important for your future.

Here are some tips to direct your eyeballs back to your books, without going astray.

Have a paper and pencil handy, make short notes as you read. Please forget all the jazz about neatness in your practice books, you’re not going to get extra marks in the exam for that!

Make diagrams. A picture is worth a thousand words and so if you end up forgetting what you learnt, the picture in your mind might help you to construct enough to get you a few marks at least.

Make words out of the first letters of a list that you have to memorise, just like the VIBGYOR (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) rule.

Let your place of study be neat and clean with all the study ammunitions in place.

Switch off your phone, turn off the TV, music system and most importantly the computer!

Make charts that you can put up on your study table, behind the door, on your cupboard or even in the loo.

Set goals before you set out to study. Make a list of things you have to accomplish on a given day. Make sure you finish the list before you sleep.

Test yourself on what you have leant at the end of each study session. Summarise the main points of the lesson, without looking at your notes.

Be active physically. Stroll while you read out loud, or make gestures, or signs for things you have to memorise.

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