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10 Mantras to follow before you go for any exam

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Examination times are times dread. We become anxious, nervous and stressed. As the time comes near we get busy in studying harder to finish our revision so as to feel better. That good feeling has to carry it to the exam hall. 

Examinations are a vital part of education system. It tests students ability to understand and learn. In India even if you are under 19 years of age, you probably would have given near about 30+ examinations up till now. 

Not to forget they are an important part of your life. Since their occurrences is much to often and hard to ignore. 

The article will discuss on what to do during the last few days of exam till the final day (perhaps a week before an exam to exam day). Many of us miss out on important details and then fail due to various reasons which would have not been the case if you hadn’t missed out on it. 

 

So, here are 10 Mantras you should keep in mind before giving an exam

  • Revision of the essence, if you have any new concept or left over course then first finish your work and then read if you have time. Do not study new concept a day before exam, facts and less complex concept can don’t bombard yourself with it. Poor outcome.

 

  • Don’t discuss with your friends what you have read during a week before exam. If you feel there is a need to talk to your friends then only talk about things other than your exam.

 

 

  • Eat healthy and sleep healthy. Best to try good food and restaurant dining post exam. Since, you don’t want to upset your stomach.

  • Cool off time should be taken. Make use of free time to cool off. Best to engage in activities that are less intensive. You should be doing leisure activities. 

  • Mental revisions are helpful, see the topic and try to recall what it talks about. If you say it right then you are doing well.

  • Read all the exam instructions carefully, follow it to the rule. If there is any dress code mention then follow it. If it says to bring a particular type of pen. Exam time should not be disturbed. Don’t break any rule as it would bring attention of invigilators and can cause disruption.

 

  •  If required, take a printout of your exam call letter or admit card. Prepare yourself well, after all you are going for a battle. Be it mental.

  • Don’t engage in nervous eating, make sure that even on exam day you eat less spicy and staple food but not too less or too much.

  • Take blessings of your elders, Luck matters in an exam. Many exams are cleared when luck is with us. What better way can be to have blessings of elders. After what we need most during exams is luck, especially during exam times.

 

 

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The SQ3R method of studying effectively

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Studying can be a task. If only it could be done rather efficiently and effectively. Often we study book from cover to cover. This article brings in an effective studying approach which can reduce your mental strain and effort. It was propounded by Francis P. Robinson. The SQ3R method.

Francis Pleasant Robinson, a popular educational psychologist, is the inventor of this effective method of studying. During his time in Ohio State University, he worked with an assessment team which worked on studying skills and habits of the new recruits in the army during World War 2. They used the data to devise certain high level strategies for learning and skill development.

 

Later Robinson’s book effective study outlined SQ3R method which suggests and effective way of studying. This method provides a systematic way of studying in less time.

 

What does SQ3R stand for?

 

Survey

Question

Read

Recite

Review

In essence this should be your approach when you are venturing to read a text.

 

Using SQ3R technique?

 

  • Survey

Read the index and preface to get an idea of how you are going to approach. Your survey of the book should be of finding target areas (example concepts,facts) which are important for your exam/assignment. A cursory reading of sub topics and sub dimensions given in the book will certainly help. The survey should be short, usually not more than 5 – 7 minutes.

 

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  • Question

Now after completion of survey, ask questions to yourself regarding the text you just surveyed. Use the subheadings and dimensions given to form queries. What happens is, this way of questioning will increase your general curiosity and interests in text you are going to delve into. The questions you form, write them down in a workbook systematically.

 

 

  • Read

Post jotting down questions to the text you just surveyed, go for hunting the answers in the text. Only this time be alert and more focused than you were when surveying. Read areas of concern/importance very carefully and thoughtfully. Read twice/thrice if required.

 

 

  • Recite

Now comes the challenging part, try to answer the questions which you had written earlier in your own language and briefly (suggested). At this point note down what important points are required (should make notes in your own words). These notes will provide a basis for reviewing material later.

 

Make sure that you don’t copy from the book and write very briefly about the topic. This uses kinaesthetic form learning which equally important as other forms of learning.

 

  • Review

After completing everything, the final step is to read the notes you have made by reviewing them at spaced intervals (an hour, next day, after a week). The way you shall go about reviewing is to recite in your mind all the major sub heads, dimensions with what they are implying. Through this you will work on recalling material when revising. In essence you are reinforcing what all you have read.

 

This method of reading was later introduced to graduates also. Mr Robinson had published this method in his book effective study (1946). The book outlines ways to improve on study methods and acquiring effective study skills.

 

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Success and the Successor: Mentor And Role Model

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We strive for success in our life, no matter where we are. From education to a fancy-dress competition, maybe a debate, or our career we settle in. No matter what age, or position we all strive for success. Who runs a race for coming second? (Well, maybe if it is fixed) No one otherwise ever plans on coming second. Though it is nearly impossible to get the First position every time. But we work hard for it, we fail again and work harder. Like Ants!! At least that’s what we have always been told to do, ever since we are young. Success and failures and again the success, a vicious circle.

 

Success and the Successor: Mentor And Role Model

 

Oscar Wilde once quoted, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”. On this journey to our self-improved life, we encounter various struggles. These struggles shape us in the perfect mold. But as it rightly said, you cannot do all by yourself.

There comes an importance of having a role model or a mentor in your life. I am sure you must have heard it a lot of times from your parents, elder siblings, teachers and who not. To succeed, have a role model. I don’t deny it either.

A mentor and role model, not only guide you but helps you to discover the need to succeed in your life. Throughout our life, we need someone to support us, or maybe just to share our feelings. As a child, we have our parents, then as we move ahead we enlarge that personal space and include our best friends, partner, family etc.

Similarly, as we move ahead in our career, we need someone to be there. This mentor or role model helps us identify where we are, where we are supposed to go and what be our first aid kit in times of failure.

Mentor And Role Model

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We tend to admire our role model and imitate their success. We would like to imitate their success. They may be great achievers in their professional life or could be people depicting an exemplary character in personal life.

It is seen that role models have a fantasy like an achievement. It might be impossible for us to replicate their success in our life. Usually, these are people whom you observe and then consider what you could do differently idolizing them, that would enhance your life.

Most often, the role models we have in our life are famous celebrities, sportspersons, famous political leaders, successful entrepreneurs or businessman and many more according to your likes and preferences whom you idolize.

mentor

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On the other hand, a mentor is a trusted adviser. They exist in the reality than just in a fantasy world. They help you in guiding towards the future goals of your life and mold your personal and professional lives. They provide you with a positive direction in your life.

This cannot be done in a day, they have to be around for a long time, as building character is a long-term task.

It is thus important to choose a mentor who has more experience than you and who is around you more often. An elder family member like a parent or sibling is, therefore, the best choice at a young age.

Choosing a neighbor is also a good option. But, as you grow up and choose a profession, only someone from that field can help you best, therefore a senior colleague or a supervisor willing to mentor you is the most desirable course.

We get inspiration from Role Models but Mentors inspire us and truly impact our lives. They come and go as we move ahead in our lives with our varied personal and professional goals.

Considering my own example, I have had many role models and mentors. During my early childhood, I admired Kalpana Chawla and looked up to her achievements, then at another stage of my life, it was Yuvraj Singh.

Currently, I consider Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam as my role model. Whereas, if I talk about my mentors, I consider my teacher, my parents and siblings to be in that role. They have been there throughout my life.

They have guided, inspired, and motivated me to lead me to where I am today. Now, the question arises that how should one choose a mentor in life? I am pretty sure that you will agree that none would apply to it if posted this job on naukri.com, or in any newspaper. But, trust me it is not that difficult to choose a mentor in your life.

There are a few simple things you ought to remember while choosing a mentor. Before going through these steps, remember a cautionary statement. It is certainly not necessary that they have to be from your field of study or interest only.

  • Do you need them to be present around you often? If yes, look around. Find out who inspires you. Who do you think is most likely your idol?
  • After choosing, remember as much as they are willing to share their experiences, knowledge, skills, and expertise. You should also be equally willing to gain from it as much as you can. Remember you are not being fed here. You are just being taught how to cook.
  • The last but not the least, make it a point that having a mentor does not give you a guarantee for a successful career/life. They just give you enough strength to carry on even if you fail.

Well, I hope this will help you to find the best role model/mentor as you may need and desire in your life. Good Luck!! Hopefully in times to come as you lead ahead in your life you make a great role model and mentor for those around you.

Success and the Successor: Mentor and Role Model. Do you think this matter?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.