A healthy ‘students and examinations’ mantra!
Suman was getting very nervous. In exactly one month her exams were starting. Having decided to use her sister’s notes for studying, she pulled out her sister Krithi’s books and piled them on her desk. “Let me start with English she thought”, she thought and opened her sister’s notes. She found neatly filled pages of writing staring at her. “How does she manage it!”, Suman thought to herself. Her sister was a model student-always calm before exams, confident about her preparations, never struggling in the last minute and last but not the least, scoring well!! Suman bent to pick up two sheets which had fallen from Krithi’s books. Hoping to discover some top secret, Suman excitedly opened them only to find a neatly drawn study timetable on one sheet and something like a “to –do” list on the other. This is how the timetable looked like for Saturday-
|7:00-8:00 am||Morning time to myself|
|8:00- 8:45 am||Math|
|8:45-9:30 am||TV break|
|10.30-11.00 am||Read books|
|12:00-2:00 pm||Break for lunch, clean room|
…..and so on for the entire day.The day was planned out in an organized manner.
The to-do list had the following written out in bold print by her sister:
|a) AVOID LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS.
( I get to read my book in the last minute then )
|b) PLAN A DAILY TIMETABLE WITH TIME SPREAD OUT AMONG ALL SUBJECTS (Do it!! It is easier than worrying at the last moment!)|
|c) DO NOT FEAR!! It is a waste of time!!|
|d) IMPORTANT- PACK COMPASS KIT FOR MATH EXAM.|
|e) THURSDAY- WORK ON PREVIOUS YEAR PAPERS|
…..and that was NOT A to-do list realized Suman. It was a carefully thought out study plan.“Suman!Suman!”, she heard her friends calling for her and hurriedly put away the sheets and ran out to play.
A week later and still closer to exams, Suman decided to take desperate measures. She went to her sister and knocked the door. “Didi, I need your help.” Krithi who knew her little sister’s situation, calmly asked “You want me to help you with your studies, is it not?”
“Yes please didi, exams are in three weeks time and I feel very nervous. I saw your study timetable and will you help me make one for myself? But I want more breaks…”
Krithi proceeded to explain to her little sister how each student is different and how we have to decide a method of study that will suit us the best. Time management is the key she explained.
“Didi, how do you manage your studies so well? AND you are always so calm before exams too…”
“Well Suman,for starters, I never managed so well before too, till Kajal teacher taught me the ways to handle studies.You must also know that exams are no reason for you to be afraid. All that is required is good planning. If you have observed my pattern of studying, you would have seen that I do a little bit of studies every day. It would also be a good idea to (ahem) clean your room especially your study space, before you sit to study, you know. ”
Krithi encouraged Suman to make a timetable for herself, planning for all subjects while providing ample break time.
“There, now all you need to do is…..follow this study plan for the next three weeks!”
Suman decided to try out her sister’s plan this time and…..she found it worked. One week before her exams and she felt more confident about her studies than ever before. It was a huge relief. Her exams went smoothly.
After her last exam, “Thank you didi, I could not have managed without your help this time.”
“Suman, next time you need to be better prepared. You know… Kajal teacher gave me a no-fail study plan. Firstly-do not keep anything for the last minute, then…..”
Before Krithi could complete her sentence, Suman chimed in “Oh yes I know that! I found that sheet in your book Didi and it is now in my table!! It is what I intend to follow from the coming term.”
“Ohhh! You could have at least asked me before you took it, naughty girl!”