Especially for students who take up distance- education and for those who find it difficult to cope with the rest of class during lectures, here’s a 5- steps elaborate guide on how to study any subject by yourself, and still ace your exams.
- Gather Material
The very first and the most important step is to collect all your materials and resources that are referred to you, for studying. Do not neglect and post pone buying books for a long time.
Then, find out your syllabus and time table.
- Self- Assessment
Begin studying in small chunks from day one.
Pick up a chapter in a subject and think about how much you know about that topic. Be honest with yourself in judging your knowledge.
Once you understand how much you know and don’t know, sit down and set goals for the day, such as, ‘I will learn one concept clearly, without any doubts today.’
- Thorough Study
First of all, skim through the lesson that you are studying to get an idea of the entire chapter. This helps you to get familiar with the subject matter, so that when you start studying deeply, it won’t feel like the you’re reading for the first time.
Always make your own notes. Jot down important information in the form of bullet points. Study these notes at least twice and try to rephrase them with your own understanding.
Then, re- read the topic again from the text book, and make points without seeing as a form of revision.
- Ask Doubts
If you do not understand something, make a note of it. You can use internet for the explanation or you can request your teacher to take out some time and explain that particular concept to you.
If you have questions about the text’s credibility, internet can still help you out. Alternately, you can look up for other reference books that can answer your queries.
Compare your notes and understanding with other reviews that you can find online.
You can also start a debate/ discussion about it with your friends, which will not only lead to exchanging of new information and ideas, but also foster your peer-peer relationship.
- Exam Preparation
If you diligently follow the above method, there is no need to panic at the time of exams. Even if you are, you will be half ready to face it, in spite of your panic.
Know your exam schedule and mark it on your calendar. Starting from before two weeks of your exam, go through all the notes you had made from the beginning.
Practise and revise as much as you can, but focus more on the concepts you think are important. Just skim through the extra information.
More importantly, eat healthy and drink lots of water and get enough sleep.
You are exam ready all on your own!