The Railway Recruitment Board Exam is here when everyone is busy in planning for RRB group D & RRB ALP and other competitive exams as exam dates can be declared anytime soon.
Planning is the most crucial aspect that defines how you are going to perform in any exam.
To help students preparing for RRB Group D & ALP exam, we Disha Publication have come up with a series of 5 articles that will help you plan & organize your studies.
These article sums up all the phases right from the planning phase to Consolidation to Revision phase in just 42 days that can take you closer to your success.
The First article will give you the complete idea about how to plan & how to follow the schedule for success.
Series Outline :
Post 1 : Making An Action Plan
This will be a mix of Planning & execution phase & how to make the plan work avoiding all the distractions along with the syllabus & weight age of each topic.
Post 2: Learning Phase::
Day wise plan to cover up all the topics in stipulated time effectively that also been divided into daily study plan including breaks.
Part 3: Consolidation Phase: Part 1
When you’re done and covered up all the topics it’s time to consolidate everything. This is the most crucial phase that is around 6-7 days before the exam. This describes intense review, Practicing what has been learned
Part 4: Consolidation Phase:: Part 2
This phase is just an extension of Consolidation Phase Part 1, it will help you manage stress, how to keep going with getting worried about exam tension & Pressure
Part 5: Rapid Review::
Now when you’re all set for the exam last 2 days have been reserved for the revision. Finishing your studies
This phase will take you through the process of keeping yourself composed & calm during the exam, what you should do on the exam day, in the examination hall & outside the premises of the same.
Making an Action Plan
The Action Plan should constitute following 3 phases :
- Learning phase (Approximately 35 days)
- Consolidation phase (6 to 8 days before the exams)
- Rapid Review phase (1-2 days before the exam)
Learning Phase: The basic focus during this phase is to learn and practice the fundamentals. This is the phase with which the preparation of a student would normally start.
Consolidation Phase: In this phase the objective is to consolidate whatever you have learned in the learning phase. Usually what happens is that students devote too much time in the learning phase and try to postpone the revision process. The result they are not able to revise things completely and properly and hence approach exams with some topics not being fresh in mind. Remember consolidation phase is a very important part of your preparation as it brings all the knowledge on your fingertips. Ideally it is recommended that for every week of Learning Phase, you should have one day of consolidation phase. So if the learning phase is of 5 weeks, it is recommended that consolidation phase should be of 5-6 days.
Most of the students commit mistake that their learning phase is very long and consolidation phase is either not there or is very small. The result is that they know the concepts but because of lack of proper revision the concepts are not fresh in their mind.
Rapid Review Phase: The objective of this phase is to do last minute revision and to prepare yourself mentally for the examination. Here you should take care of following things
- The objective is to do last minute revision
- You should not try to learn anything new
- Focus should be more on Psychological preparation
Ideally, for every week of consolidation phase, there should be 1-2 days of Rapid Review phase.
How to make a plan that Works!
Since the time for RRB Group D & ALP exam is very less so we will straightway make weekly plan
Weekly plan :
Break the total time available into
weeks accommodating all the subjects to be studied. Make realistic weekly targets. This will help you in not only completing the syllabus but will also give you a sense of achievement once you meet your weekly targets. It is advised that you should Sunday as a free day for practice, revision and to cover up if there is any topic gets delayed
Break the weekly schedule into 7 days keeping your weekly target in mind. Try to allocate subjects according to your effectiveness in different sessions. For example, if you feel you can concentrate best in morning, keep morning time for difficult subjects. It is much easier to start studying if you know what you have planned to. Your daily plan will be useful here. Before closing your studies for the day, plan your next day’s study tasks. If you are clear
withwhat you have to start your studies it will bring more focus to your studies.
Study the trend carefully while making the plan.
- In General Intelligence and Reasoning the most important chapters are Analogy, Classification, Series, Coding-Decoding, Blood-Relation and Arithmetic Operation.
- General Science section is very important and carries significant weight age in the RRB ALP and Technician exam. The table below shows the important chapters and sections of General Science for RRB ALP exam.
|7||Work, Power & Energy|
|13||Laws & Principles|
Other suggestions while making Action Plan
Built flexibility :
Many a times students work out the schedule for the subject at the beginning. As time goes on they find it difficult to keep up with the schedule. As a result over a period of a time the schedule itself loses meaning and fails to provide the benefit, which it was intended to. Preparation for an exam and preparation of a subject schedule is very similar to any project management activity. This means that the subject schedule should be realistic and should be based on some try runs that the student might have already performed. Also the schedule should have enough flexibility so that midcourse corrections can be made without much of a problem.
Monitor the Plan closely and regularly :
The most important part of any plan is monitoring, review and correction of the schedule. This should be done periodically. The most preferred frequency of doing this would be once every fortnight. Students could also do it once a week or in three weeks. Review at rates higher than this is not suggested. Once the students have decided on the frequency of review they should rigidly follow the review schedule. During every review cycle, they should look at what they planned to achieve and what they have actually achieved. Mid-course corrections need to be made
- If a student is behind schedule, the first thing he should ask himself is how he can bring back their study on to the schedule. This may mean spending more time than planned for a number of days till the schedule is met or reducing the study load.
- If the student cannot bring his study back on track, he should review the schedule and look at new dates.
- You may color code your calendar – red for assignments that must be accomplished that week, blue for longer-term assignments, yellow for personal time and appointments, green for classes, etc. makes it easier for you to find at glance what you need to do and when you need to do it.
- Select one person who is going to stay with you all throughout your preparation as your mentor. Discuss all your plans, progress & status of studies with your mentor regularly. The mentor can be your senior, parents, relatives, friend, teacher or any other person who understands the importance of exams in your life.
Remove handicaps to study:
- Always begin with some study that is easy or interesting.
- Try to cover up topics that are less time-consuming first, and not jobs that will require more time and effort.
- If you finish many jobs that can be easily done, you will get a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
- Make a task-list of the day by jotting down the things to be done instead of keeping it in your head. This is a good cure for worries and distractions.
“The above articles have been written by Mr Avinash Agarwal, who is an exam strategist for school academics and competitive exam preparation. He has also authored many motivational books for students such as “How to Succeed in Competitive Examinations” and “Toppers Secrets of Success” that focus on study techniques and the right attitudinal approach students must adopt in order to clear exams with flying colors. Avinash holds a B-Tech in Computers from G.B Pant University and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon.”