All of us are willing to work hard, but we also need to work smart to tackle the UPSC exam. In this series of Learn Smart Strategies, we will explore various ways you can convert your hard work into smart work. You spend hours reading new things and collecting new information, but if you ask any veteran exam-taker they will tell you the really tough part is to recollect and organize all that information in the exam hall. How can you improve your recollection skills? All you need to do is trick your mind into thinking that what you are learning is important. But, how to do that? It is simple:
- The mind should be forced to recollect it a few times before so that it gets used to retrieving that particular bit of information
- New information should be put in context of things you already consider important. Sounds complicated? No! It is very simple
Here are Four Strategies to get you started:
When you’re reading something in History, Geography or Economy, if it is well explained, then it will feel easy. Don’t become over-confident then – it will only get you in trouble later. As we always tell our students, if you “think” you have understood, you have not! 🙂 Test your understanding immediately before you move on to other concepts. Frame questions and ask yourself. Try to answer related questions. Same principle applies to current affairs prep as well, which is why our News Analysis comes with questions to test yourself on.
The most killer technique is to come up with real-life examples for all concepts you learn! Start practicing and see magic work! We will give you plenty of examples too, keep visiting.
Those were the first dosage of tricks. Some of it may seem like actually working less to some of you – because most of you want to use ALL your time to learn more and more new things. Which is very very good, but learning new things is not enough – you have to make it all stick. These are some ways to be achieving more with less work! Start using them from today and keep checking this space for new tricks and memory aids. Ciao.
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