Creating a study plan is easy.
Creating an effective study plan is a little tricky
Creating an effective and practical study plan is too much work
Creating an effective, practical and smart study plan that works is nearly impossible
What does your actual study pattern look like?
Let’s assume that you’re a college-going, student. You have a total of 24*7 hours = 168 hours
- Classes in the morning = 4 hours (for 5 days)
- Labs/Classes in the afternoon = 3 hours (for 4 days)
- Sports/Leisure activities = 4 hours (for 7 days)
- Bunks – 3 classes and 1 lab = 4 hours
- Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Getting ready = 2 hours (for 7 days)
- Sleeping = 8 hours (for 7 days)
- Preparation for assignment/test = 1 hour (for 7 days)
- Total hours left for GATE preparation = 168 – (20+12+28+14+56+7) + 4 = 35 hours
Now, these 35 hours won’t be divided equally on all the 7 days. Maybe, you’ll study more on the weekdays than on weekends depending on your activities and mood or vice-versa. Meaning, it’s very difficult to allocate this duration on a daily basis. Also, there might be a few unplanned hours added in the week which will decrease the time left for focused GATE Preparation 2019.
It is pretty evident that a normal study plan will never work in such a scenario.
What you need is a dynamic GATE study plan which changes as per your preparation needs.
Why Does your GATE Study Plan Doesn’t Work for You?
It’s mostly because of one or more of these factors –
- You get overwhelmed by the strictness of the plan and are no longer able to cope up with the speed
- You take a few unplanned holidays and get derailed from your preparation track
- You follow someone else’s study plan for a while and then realize that your preparation needs do not match the nature of the plan you’re following
- You get demotivated after a few days of creating the plan and not being able to follow it
- You try to finish each and every portion of the syllabus in a limited amount of time and in that process leave out the most important ones only to realize it later which leads you to ditch your original plan
- You’re not able to manage your time properly and your priorities drift as you keep thinking about your friends’ plans
- Your plan seems to be static and does not change as per your preparation needs (available study hours/holidays/syllabus completed).
“A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish”- Antoine De Saint-Exupery.
I bet you think about all the following points while creating your own GATE study plan which needs some rethinking on your part –
- You assume that the lengthiest subject is the most important one.
- You assume that the easiest subject is the least important one.
- You tend to give more attention to the few tricky questions asked in the last GATE Exam as opposed to the regularly asked questions every year.
- You tend to stay in your comfort zone by solving more questions about the topics you’re comfortable with without thinking about their weight in the GATE Exam.