Good Study Habits
Good study habits are essential if you wish to obtain above average grades and score well in examinations. I realized this some time back and decided to change my method of studying. Earlier I had a haphazard way of doing so. My notes were scattered here and there, my table was always in a mess, and I could never find a book when I needed it. So the first thing I did was to organize my text-books, notebooks and stationery. Now I do not have to rummage wildly in my drawer for a pen when I need it.
I then proceeded to make a time-table for myself, allotting a certain number of hours for all the subjects, devoting more time to those in which I needed more practice. Earlier, when I studied, I sat in a dimly lit room with the television set turned on or the music system blaring away, labouring under the delusion that this would help me to concentrate better. I was wrong once again and realized this when I sat and studied in pin-drop silence.
In a house full of people it is not always possible to do this, so the best time to tackle your books is early morning or late at night. I find early morning more conducive, for my mind is fresh and alert at that time; moreover, I do not need artificial light to study.
I have also included a system of achievement and reward for myself. I set a specific goal on reaching which, I promise myself half-an-hour of television watching, a chat with a friend over the telephone, a soft drink or fifteen minutes of listening to music.
With my old study habits, I did not give myself enough time to prepare for an examination. Now, however, I study for a fixed time every day, so I am under no pressure at the end of the term. I have finally managed to do away with the last-minute panic. Not only have my marks improved with my new method of studying, I have gained confidence too.