So eventually, making the decision about which exam you are going to take has to be done. But regardless of whichever exam you take, there are certain norms, or guidelines to put it more gently, which our experts would advise you to follow, to pass with the clichéd flying colours. So here we go.
Know your syllabus
Once you know which exam you are going to take, and what career path you have chosen, it is important to know what it is that you need to study in order to clear the exam. This is a pretty important step, although it seems silly (really, who would not know the syllabus to the exam they are writing?). But the better you understand the sequence of your coursework, the way it is mapped out and how it is structured, the better your planning for the exam will be. You should be able to break down any chapter to the smallest bit so that you understand the interrelation between different concepts and the top-down hierarchy.
So, reading the contents page first would probably be a good idea.
Make a timetable
Okay, now you know what you need to study. Next you answer the question, how do you go about studying it? This is a much simpler question to answer. Before planning, you need to organise your chapters in whichever order you feel comfortable such as easiest to toughest or vice versa. This way you can decide whether to finish the simpler ones first or cover the difficult ones first.
The next step is to create a timetable, until one month before the actual exam. Keep that month or two weeks
for revision and practice. Next, chalk out the hours which you can spend on weekdays and weekends, barring all your tuition classes, other coaching classes, etc. Allot more time to difficult lessons and lesser for easier ones, and also depending on the length of the lesson. Chart it out for the rest of the time to cover all your lessons, during those hours. And your planning is done.
Get the materials, if you haven’t already
It’s important to practice incessantly for any competitive exam. Practice, practice, repeat. To practice you need the materials. Go to any book store you know and pick up the relevant subject books, guide books, practice question banks, and practice question papers. If you solve these as you study the lessons, your revision exercise will be much simpler.
In addition, don’t forget to make an oath to use all of these materials and not let them lie around without purpose, because you know you have half a mind to reduce them to that state.
Practice solving problems. Set aside your life problems and get to numerical ones. The old adage didn’t just appear out of thin air – ‘Perfect practice makes people absolutely perfect’. So now it’s time to keep your nose to the grindstone. Along with this, be regular to your classes and pay attention to details. Make notes in class, and mark everything that the teacher or lecturer says is important. Clarify your doubts immediately, don’t leave yourself pondering for too long. Download the HashLearn app to get your doubts solved in minutes. And finally, follow the plan. The big timetable. Follow it and you will be just fine for the main exam, and ready to ace it in no time.
So what are you still doing, reading this? Get out there and start! Start planning and more importantly, start executing. We at HashLearn wish you all the best with your preparation. And don’t forget to come to us when you have any doubts. We shall clarify them ASAP.