Strategy for Preparation of GS Mains and Long Term Planner Part 4

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How to Manage Time?

Time Management is the Most Crucial Aspect for Success. Most of the Time We Understand Its Importance at the Last Stage and Find Ourselves in a Troublesome Situation.

Blocks of Study Time and Breaks

  • Develop and plan for blocks of study time in a typical week.

  • Blocks should be ideally are around 1 hour.

  • During your break have a snack, relax, or otherwise refresh or re‐energize yourself.

  • Jot down your best time blocks. How long is it? What makes for a good break for you? Can you control the activity and return to your studies?

Dedicated Study Spaces

  • Determine a Place Free from Distraction (No Cell Phone or Text Messaging) Where You Can Maximize Your Concentration and Be Free of the Distractions That Friends or Hobbies Can Bring.

  • You Should Also Have a Back‐up Space That You Can Escape to, like the Library, Garden, Even a Coffee Shop Where You Can Be Anonymous. a Change of Venue May Also Bring Extra Resources.

Weekly Reviews

Weekly Reviews and Updates Are Also an Important Strategy. Each Week, like a Sunday Night, Review Your Assignments, Your Notes, and Your Calendar. Be Mindful That as Deadlines and Exams Approach, Your Weekly Routine Must Adapt to Them.

Prioritize Your Assignments

When Studying, Get in the Habit of Beginning with the Most Difficult Subject or Task. Youll Be Fresh, and Have More Energy to Take Them on when You Are at Your Best. for More Difficult Courses of Study, Try to Be Flexible.

Always Keep Moving On

  • People Who Get Places Are the Once Who Keep Moving. Once You Start You May Realize That There Are Some Things You Have Not Planned for in Your Process. Details of an Assignment Are Not Always Evident Until You Begin the Assignment.

  • Perfection is the Enemy of Good, Especially when It Prevents You from Starting and Moving on! Given That You Build in Review, Roughly Draft Your Idea and Get Going! You Will Have Time to Edit and Develop Later.

Postpone Unnecessary Activities Until the Work is Done!

  • Postpone Tasks or Routines That Can Be Put off Until Your Work is Finished!

  • This Can Be the Most Difficult Challenge of Time Management. as Learners We Always Meet Unexpected Opportunities That Look Appealing, and then Result in Poor Performance on a Test, on a Paper, or in Preparation for a Task.

  • Distracting Activities Will Be More Enjoyable Later Without the Pressure of the Test, Assignment, Etc. Hanging over Your Head. Think in Terms of Pride of Accomplishment. Instead of Saying No Learn to Say Later.

Identify Resources to Help You

  • Are there faculties? Or an “expert friend”? or professionals and professional organisations. Using outside resources can save you time and energy, and solve problems.

Use Your Free Time Wisely

  • Think of times when you can study “bits” as when walking, riding the bus, waiting from somebody etc.

Review Notes

  • The first 24 hours are critical. Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review.

Create a Simple “to Do” List

  • This will help you identify a few items, the reason for doing them, a timeline for getting them done, and then printing this simple list and posting it for reminders.

Daily/Weekly Planner

  • Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart.

  • First thing in the morning, check what’s ahead for the day. Always go to sleep knowing you’re prepared for tomorrow.

Long Term Planner

  • Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead.

  • Long term planners will also serve as a reminder to constructively plan time for you.

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