Guide Article-1: Prelude
This guide article is written for everyone who has to make the most of the study time available. The ideas it outlines will be of benefit to you, who is eager to excel at your Competitive exam, school or college and get the most done with your time.
The techniques you’ll find outlined in this guide-article are targeted toward those who have very little time to spare. Because time is at a premium in the current volume, I have offered concise reviews of some of the most important topics of interest to students. For an in-depth review of note-taking, time management, reading comprehension, memory improvement and a host of other subjects dealt with here.
My aim in outlining the “accelerated” study techniques discussed in this book is a simple one: To help you make the most of the time at your disposal and to help you learn the most from the material you’re studying. I hope the techniques you’re about to discover help you to attain those worthy objectives.
If you’re reading this article, it’s a good bet that you or someone you know is interested in getting a whole lot of good study work done in a very short period of time. To a large degree, the key to making the very most out of your
day lies in knowing when you get your best work done and then acting on that knowledge.
All of this boils down to a single question, one you should consider closely before you move ahead in this book Is your “kick-back” time scheduled at the wrong time?
To get the most out of the ideas that follow in this book, you should develop a sense for when your own peak timesthe times when you are likely to be most effective, most enthusiastic and most detail-orientedtypically arise.
So, take a brief moment now to chart what you feel to be your most productive and satisfying time periods during the course of an average day.
On a separate piece of paper, write down, from memory, a rough guess at what you did when over the last couple of days. (If you prefer, you can jot down the details of a period of time that seems more relevant to you, such as a volunteer job or an extended period of study at the library.) Just for now, focus on both study and work issues and your other activities. Write down everything you did, as best you can recall.
As a general rule, when were you happiest and most upbeat during the course of the day? When were you “stuck in neutral“? When did it seem as though you couldn’t manage to get much of anything done? If you’re like most people, you’ll find that you have good times and not-so-good times for tackling projects.
In my case, I’m an evening person. The hours between 4 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. are my prime time. It’s not that I can’t take on a project at 2 in the afternoon, but it so happens that, thanks to my own particular body chemistry, mind-set and accumulated habits, evenings are the time I feel best about doing what I’m doing. That’s when I get the most done. That’s when the quality of my work tends to be the best. That’s when I have to be most careful about pointing my energy toward “leisure activities” (like surfing).
“Your Prep Time is Yours, Spend it Wisely” Vivek