Information and Communication Technology has revolutionized every field and UPSC preparation is no exception. While preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination, one must always try to make the best use of any platform that would help in the preparation. The whole world spends a good chunk of time on Social media. As an IAS aspirant, you can also make the best use of the content posted on various social media platforms to enhance their preparation. You don’t have to bid a goodbye to social networking sites like Facebook, Telegram, Twitter, YouTube etc. All you need to know is what to subscribe. Here are a few tips to ensure that the time you are spending on Social Media is being made use of effectively:
Tip 1: Identify the platforms you want to spend time on:
There are a plethora of channels offering daily news analysis, burning issues in news, lectures on specific topics, quiz, answer writing tips etc. You don’t have to subscribe to all the channels, in fact you must cut your choice down to just one or two channels that you think post authentic material and will complement your preparation.
Tip 2: Take the quizzes and tests:
Various coaching institutes post quizzes and answer writing challenges on the social media platforms. Take us these quizzes and answer writing practices as a challenge. The additional benefit you could derive from this exercise is that you can develop a competitive spirit and also understand different perspectives of fellow aspirants.
Tip 3: Write or blog:
It is said, that the best way to learn something is to learn as if you were to teach it to someone. Create your own blog and start writing your opinions on various matters, your suggestions on different laws and amendments brought about etc. Doing this will not only boost your confidence but will also help you in remembering the topics better. You could also consider the constructive criticisms on your posts and gain different perspectives.
Tip 4: Use Social Media for Motivation:
It is often noticed that many UPSC aspirants get the thought of giving up the monotonous routine of studying the whole day and covering the vast UPSC Syllabus, every other day. Whenever you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. Also, you can watch motivational videos and success stories of many toppers who overcame huge hurdles and became successful. You can also take note and make use of the strategies that worked for them.
Tip 5: Don’t oversubscribe:
It is advisable to subscribe to the channels of a few good coaching institutes, newspapers like The Hindu or Indian Express. But ensure that you don’t oversubscribe or end up on a friend’s wall to check his/her status updates.
All that being said, it is important for the students to understand that “Moderation” is the key. The internet and social media platforms are oceans of content so huge that one might get lost in such information and waste a lot of time browsing topics. In order to avoid this, set a specific time, follow a few authentic sources that you feel will positively contribute to your preparation. The last thing we want while preparing for the exam is distraction and waste of time.
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