STUDY TIPS FOR PASSING CA EXAMS – BY ICAI – PART 2.
Among the various study habits/approach there are some other things which are equally relevant for passing exams & for healthy studies. Below are the examples of some equally relevant study tips recommended by the ICAI in its books published for students.
Develop Deep Love, Interest and Respect for Learning
This is a matter of emotions and attitudes. Most students are in love with something or the other. So is the case with interest and respect. They respect their parents and other elders, teachers and other well-wishers. Similarly, they can be presumed to have a few interests or hobbies, capacity for emotions like love, interest and respect are thus in the blood of most humans, including students. Thus, with a little effort, it should be possible for students to develop a deep love, interest and respect for their studies and different subjects. It is only a matter of extending the above mentioned emotions to studies which are in fact more critical than everything else for their survival and success in life.
Keep your Mind Open and Healthy
Our mind has an enormous capacity for absorbing knowledge, ideas and information. Therefore, one should not foreclose any opportunity for learning new things or relearning already known matters. Students, especially, should be receptive and responsive to acquire the required amount of knowledge.
An open, receptive and healthy mind is a prerequisite for concentration on studies. A regular meditation for a few minutes may help the student to train the mind to remain cool, calm, clean and clear.
Keep yourself Physically Fit
Physical fitness and health are one of the essential pre-requisites for concentration on studies, as for any other activities. If you are physically fit, your mind will also be alert and active. The secret of keeping oneself physically fit and healthy is very simple: eat healthy and energy-giving food in moderate quantity at regular intervals. Do regular physical exercises including Yoga Asanas, brisk walking or jogging, deep breathing etc. for a brief period daily. These exercises will also help reduce your physical and mental strain and stress and maintain your equilibrium.
Need for Relaxation and Recreation
The mind should not be kept too busy all the time, whether on studies or something else. It is necessary to allow the mind to liberate itself from serious matters for a while at regular inter vals; relaxation, rest and recreation are like rich food for mind since they infuse the much needed energy and freshness. There are several ways to experience relaxation and recreation: sleeping, deep breathing, watching useful educational programmes on T V, reading light novels and other general books, playing with children, early morning walk, visits to uncrowded places of worship etc. However, each student has his own concept of relaxation and recreation.
Developing a Good Memory
Concentration of mind in intensive learning helps the student to quickly comprehend the study matter to the required extent, as also to remember it on a durable basis for purposes of presentation and communication at the appropriate occasion. In other words, it improves the efficiency and effectiveness of learning. There are a few simple ways to improve one’s memory skill, which are listed below:
The students should have a high degree of patience for repetitively solving practical problems in the concerned subjects so that the whole mechanics of tackling and processing any type of problems get printed in their mind. They will be highly comfortable in the examination hall in attempting practical questions. So far as theoretical questions are concerned, remembering various portions of studies is possible, if they make several quick readings and revisions after the first round of intensive learning.
If a student prepares systematic notes on all the topics and keeps them in an orderly manner and refers to them frequently, his/her ability to remember the structure of the matter will be good. The process of recalling from the memory and presenting the matter in the examination are easy steps.
This is an easy and popular method of sharpening one’s memory power. You observe a small scene, a set of things at a place, the titles of books in a small book rack, the headings on the first page of a newspaper etc. for a very short while, then close your eyes and recall what you have observed and read, count how many items you were able to recall. Sharpening the power of observation by regular practice is one way to sharpen one’s memory power also.
As stated earlier, formation of study circles and study groups for purposes of collective study and discussion are a powerful means of improved learning. Serious discussions and intensive exchange of views and insights on the things learnt, as also collective solution of practical problems are important ways of remembering various theoretical and practical topics.
Another technique for improving memory is through use of tables, bullet points, diagrams, flow charts, circles etc. relating to the main contents of the subject matter. In addition, the formation of the memory codes by choosing key words and characters from the text contents will assist in easy recall and sequential presentation of answers in the examinations and to improve memory power.
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