Awakening The Desire For Learning|Study and Pass all Exams

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Awakening The Desire For Learning|Study and Pass all Exams

Desire for learning is
the first thing study demands from you. It is your interest in it, your
willingness or more exactly your thirst for learning. It is the desire or love
of student for study which enables you to sit to study for hours and learn more
and more…you should have the desire to learn! Desire to learn enables you to
sacrifice for study and manage time for study. It enables you to study
anywhere, any time. It creates a sense of responsibility in you about studies,
a sign of success. It puts you in sense of competition to learn more and more.
It makes you generate new ideas and techniques for how to study effectively,
how to concentrate, how to manage time for study. In short, it makes study your
habit.

If you don’t have the
desire or the thirst for learning, you study just to pass the exam, such study
is no use because you take it as a burden on you. With such study you can just
pass the exam with low grades or sometime you even fail. The aim of study is to
get distinction in exam with high grades, which is only possible if you have
the love or thirst to learn. Some students have this quality as in-born
quality. Others adopt it by practice.

It is here we come to
understand that reading is not only to utter the words of a lesson. Running on
sentences uttering the words only and not picking what it says, is just waste
of time. There is purpose behind reading. The purpose of reading is to
assimilate what we read which means to learn and understand so that we can use
it ourselves to answer the questions set before us during an examination.
Reading is a brain-using activity. Reading means to get the main idea which is
presented by an author in the lesson. Read every sentence with attention and
pick up from it what the author has explained in it. While reading a lesson,
use your brain work on the idea you get from lesson and make a sketch of it in
your mind for reproducing it in examination.

How to Enhance your Picking Power:

Think that every
information or idea in every sentence or paragraph is nourishment for your mind
and you have to read to get the nourishment for your mind. If you want to study
effectively, take this thought to heart. You should also use a high-lighter to
highlight important part of your lesson, a sentence or paragraph.  You may
have to read a lesson three or four times. You may revise it many times to gain
full command of understanding it. Once you are done with reading, close your
book and write down on paper what you have picked up from reading. Doing so you
will observe how much your reading was effective.

Remember
that some subjects contain more data:

Text Box: ‘Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.’ Jon Bon Jovi

Like a science subject
may contain scientific laws, principles, formulae, proforma, diagrams etc. It
may seem a bit difficult to understand them. But never decide at first glance
that it is difficult. Always think that it is easy and think that you are
already acquainted with it. Thinking so makes it easier for you to understand
them. Give it a read. Such subject may need more time reading than the other easy
one like literature. Similarly, never skip a paragraph of lesson or a whole
lesson thinking it is difficult. Different types of subjects require different
types of mental approach while you read them. Suppose you are reading a science
subject think scientifically; it helps you learn easily. If you read a book on
business matters, think business mindfully, it helps you learn easily.

Gaining Concentration:

When you sit to study,
throw off your mind of all the irrelevant thoughts which are likely to
interrupt the process of your learning. If you are studying as well as thinking
about a movie, you watched the previous night, you can’t study properly.
Similarly, if you are studying as well as using cell phone for texting to
friends, chat or doing other things, you can’t study properly. When you study,
think only about what you study, your mind should not accommodate any other
thought, which put hindrance in the process of your learning. You should be
totally focused on your study and cut off from environmental distractions while
you study. No other thing or thought may interrupt your study. To study with
full heed, you should study in surrounding with fewer distractions. Similarly
you should study one subject at one time.

Memorizing:

Memorizing is a part of
study. By memorizing, I never mean cramming. Cramming should always be avoided
because it puts an end to creativity. We study different types of subjects
containing different types of data. We learn it and we need to have sketch of
that learning in our mind for reproducing it in an exam in our own words. In a
subject, there may be some information which need to be learnt as well as
memorized. Like in Biology there are many biological terms which are derived
from other languages, or name of medicines, such name should be memorized.
Suppose you are studying chemical process in your book of chemistry. This
chemical process comprises of 10 phases, each phase has its scientific name.
You study the process and understand it but you have to memorize the scientific
name of each phase involved in the process as well as the sequence of phases.
If you are writing the whole process in an exam and you understand all the
process but you don’t know the correct names (usually scientific terms) of each
phase or the correct sequence of phases then obviously the checker will give
you less marks.

Making
and Asking Good Questions:

A successful student
has the habit of making and asking good questions. When you study a topic, try
to produce good questions in it and try to find their answers, either yourself
or with the help of a teacher. Producing questions in your lesson and finding
their answers, eliminate ambiguity or uncertainty in your learning.

Text Box: ‘The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.’ Sven Goran Ericksson

Here is an example, a
student was studying about the chemical structure of atom, he read the sentence
‘protons reside in the nucleus of atom’, he started thinking in his mind ‘proton
have positive charge, bodies having same charge repel each other, then how
protons reside in same place, why don’t they repel each other’?

He made a question “How
do protons (having same charge) reside in one place, why don’t they repel each
other? He will definitely use his brain to find the answer or ask a teacher for
it. By making such question you achieve perfection in your learning.

Learning from discussions:

Discussion with others
on what you learn makes your learning more effective. When you study a topic
and you discuss it with your classmate or a friend, you learn more, because you
use your learning in terms of words. When ideas are exchanged on a topic, you
come to know if there are some weaknesses in your learning and you try to
improve upon.  Different questions are raised in discussion which build
your concepts and your full command over a subject.

Learning
from Practical work:

Books are main sources
of learning. Learning comes as a result of exchange of ideas. Learning
flourishes when you use it practically. Especially, science subjects contain
data which need to be worked on practically. You study about many scientific
devices and learn how to work on them. But when you go to the laboratory and
use it practically, you learn with perfection. Using your learning in practical
form increases your confidence in your learning. Suppose an accountancy student
studied ‘howto make bank statement’,
he learns it from a book but if he goes to the bank and sees how bank statement
is made practically, he comes to know many more things related to it, which he
might have not learnt from book only. So always try to use your learning
practically for getting perfection.

Planning
– Making a schedule for study:

A very well-known
saying is, ‘He who fails to plan, plans to fail’. Planning is very much
important, if you want to be a successful student. A schedule helps you in
utilizing your time more productively.  It helps you to complete your
course in a particular time. It tells you how much part of your course should
be studied daily, weekly or monthly so that you can complete your course before
the examination commences.

A schedule is made on
daily, weekly or monthly bases. You may make schedule for your whole session
having work for each day of session. It is good because you get the idea about
your course and times available as well as you don’t need to make it again and
again. It is good you make schedule from the beginning of your session.

How to make a Schedule:

  • Count
    the number of subjects included in your course. Count the number of chapters
    and lessons or topics or exercises in each subject. Calculate sum of chapters
    or lessons or topics.

Text Box: ‘Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.’ David M. Burns

  • Count the months or
    days you have for preparation of your course.
  • Divide
    total topics of your course over total days you have for preparation, it will
    give you the idea and how much part should be studied daily so that you can
    complete your course. (You may divide your course on months, it depends on you)
  • Make
    a table with rows and columns. Write the dates in the rows of one column and
    topic names or chapter names in the rows of other column.

Making
schedule may take you one hour or two but if you do not make it, you may lose
many hours because schedule creates punctuality in you and enables you to
utilize your time more effectively and productively.

Example,
supposing, a student reading in semester system (a semester has 6 months) has
four subjects. He will first calculate how much chapters or lessons are there
in each subject.

Calculation

Book-1 = 15 chapters =
185 topics

Book-2 = 20 chapters =
200 topics

Book-3 = 13 chapters =
145 topics

Book-4 = 16 chapters =
190 topics

His entire course
comprises of 185+200+145+190 = 720 Topics

He has 6 month for
preparation or 30×6 = 180 Days

Divide total topics by
total days you have for preparation, 720 topics/180 days = 4 topic/per
day.

It means that if you
study and prepare 4 topics daily you can complete your course easily before
exams period. Remember you should not study 4 topics of same book in one day,
better you select one topic from each subject for every day. You may increase
the number of topic per day; it depends on you but that calculation tells you
that at least, you should study four topics a day to complete your course in
time.

After this calculation
you should make a table (having rows and column) on paper with the help of
ruler and pen. Write dates in rows of one column and topics names in the rows of
the other column. Total days are 180 so you should make table having 180 rows
or 3 table each having 60 rows.

Endnotes

Text Box: ‘Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.’ Malcolm X

  • The reasons
    for the failure of repeat-takers are often markedly different from those of
    first-time takers. Accordingly, we must leave to another article an exploration
    of the reasons for repeaters. Some think that they can’t fail the second time.
    The truth is that, if nothing is being done amidst the first nature of failure,
    you will certainly fail again. Learn to sit-up and avoid mistakes of the past,
    imbibe new techniques and apply same.
  • I am fond of the expression, ‘Fix the problem; not the blame’. I
    cast no aspersions upon any person, student or institution, I merely restate a
    view shared by many students in an effort to suggest solutions to those who may
    have experienced, or are apprehensive about the possibility of failing an exam.
  • Work must be performed within bounds. Thus, I always recommend a
    study program to include all the priorities a student may have (work, family,
    study) and one which seeks to balance the need to work with the need to rest
    and maintain those other priorities.

Finally, no matter what you actually think, Say Thank You. Put a quick ‘Thanks; I really enjoyed’ something….anything… at the end of the test/exam. Teachers are human too, and appreciate hearing that. It will often make them smile and that can be the difference between a ‘B’ and an ‘A’ or vice versa.

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