When studying for an important exam it doesn’t matter how many hours you studied for, but what matters is how many hours you “smart studied” for. For an exam like JEE, every student gives in the best they can, 6 hours, 8 hours or even 10 or more hours per day, but the student who excels is well aware of how to use his study time, which makes the difference.
An important part of smart studying is concentrating on what you are studying. Concentration does not come easy, it is an art. At one particular moment, there are many things which goes around in our head and the intensity of them doubles when you are sitting in a quiet environment. Here are a few things you can do to help concentrate you better:
- Make a plan that ways you will know what is there to be completed, which will keep you motivated to work till all of the things in your list finishes.
- Find a right place to study or to work. It is very important to know where you can best concentrate, it can be library, your room, on the table, on the sofa, on the floor, at a thadi outside.
- Turn off your internet: this is a very important and an extremely difficult step, to turn that thing on your phone off. The moment the internet is off, you will start thinking about the book in-front of you more. If there are constant messages poping up your phone-screen you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it and you will feel a constant urge to check it.
- Write than just reading/ writing: you know how the Chinese proverb goes “i do and i understand”.
- Take breaks and set reminders: after every 40 minutes of work, your body and mind needs a break, therefore every 40 minutes you should take a 15 minutes break in order to refresh your brain to gather so more information. But make sure that you take a break of not more than 15 minutes.
- Reflect and adjust: You will want to closely monitor yourself on a daily and weekly basis and make adjustments. You should regularly ask yourself the following questions. While these are related to your studies and how to better acquire new skills, you could just as well use them in any work or life situation.
This might take some time to settle in because the social animal we are, we face a constant urge to stay connected to the world. Try to focus on the wider picture and remember, nothing comes easy. We hope these tips helped you.
We wish you all the best 🙂