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Here are a few best tips that can help you crack any government competitive exams Part - 3 by Meniya


Do not schedule similar subjects one after another

It is better to study different subjects one after another rather than clubbing similar ones. It means that studying Physics after Mathematics might not be a good idea. You can sandwich History or English Literature in between and your brain will be able to absorb all three subjects much better.

Learn from your mistakes

Blindly solving practice questions or mock tests is not enough. You will end up repeating the same mistakes again. After every test, find out where did you go wrong, and correct your understanding of that concept. Map out subjects and topics where you have been repeatedly going wrong.

In fact, many edtech apps provide an in depth analysis of your performance by analysing your behaviour during tests. These help you get a fair understanding of topics that you need to revise. This will get you closer to perfection. Ensure that all of your doubts and queries are answered.

Textbook reading method that works – OK4R

Dr. Walter Pauk has devised the OK4R method, which can help you pack more information through power reading. It is to help you to ace competitive entrance exams. Here is how you go about it:

  • O for Overview: In the first glance, just read the headings, sub-headings, introductory paragraph, and summary at the end of the chapter. It will give you a general idea of what is included in the chapter.

  • K for Key ideas: Now, go back to the beginning of the chapter and try to skim through the key ideas. The first sentence of each paragraph, italics and bold-type text, tables, pictures and diagrams, bulleted sections and itemizations often present key ideas of the chapter.

  • R1 for Reading the topic or chapter from beginning to end: Now that you already know what is being discussed, read through the entire chapter and see a full explanation of the ideas.

  • R2 for Recall: Now put your book aside and write down major points of what you have read and make your notes in few words or sentences. The immediate recall will only take a minute or two but doubles up retention time of the topic you are studying.

  • R3 for Reflect: Now that you have kept the material in the storage unit of your memory it, sift it to put it in your permanent memory. Think about it and try to find the significance of what you have read and its relationship with other topics you have learnt.

  • R4 for Review or Revision: On weekends, you can test yourself on what you have learned throughout the week. In schools, there can be tests and quizzes that help you go through your notes again. These time-to-time reviews or revisions help you fix the information forever.

Revise your concepts

After several rounds of mock tests and solving previous years’ question papers, take time out to revise your concepts. This will ensure you don’t lose touch with concepts that are not frequently asked. In case such questions are asked in the final exam, you must be well prepared. This is where edtech can help students. Since students who have subscribed to edtech platforms have constant access to hundreds of video lectures, they can revise their concepts any number of times without needing to sift through a large pile of notes.

So, there you have it – a holistic strategy to crack competitive exams in India. By following the tips and advice given above, you will surely be able to design a winning preparation strategy for any competitive exam in India.

Rejuvenation time

Relax and take breaks during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself, watch a movie, listen to some songs, or play a sport. It will help you stay focused and feel fresh.


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