You might wonder by looking at the number of festivals we celebrate across the year. Be it Diwali, Dusshehra, Christmas or Ramzan, every festival is celebrated with pomp and joy by the various communities in India. Though every festival brings with it lots of happiness to everyone, they are perceived as unnecessary speed bumps by the competitive exam aspirants. To the aspirants of government exams like SSC, Civil Services, CTET, etc, the primary challenge in the festive season is to sustain their ‘preparation momentum’ in the midst of the festive fervor.
It is against this backdrop, Jagran Josh is providing six simple but effective tips for having a productive study time and joyful festive season for government exam aspirants. They are as given below.
1. Plan your studies in advance
Aspirants should realize that they have to have a study plan suitable for the festive season. Allocating more time for revision instead of studying new concepts, having intensive study in the early morning and in the night (ideally between 10pm-12pm), discussing the topics of mutual importance with your friends and relatives whom you might have to meet as part of the festivities, etc will help you in sustaining the preparation even during the festive season.
2. Have a study space of your own
During festivals, house is filled with full of friends and relatives. Hence, it is advisable for the aspirants find a suitable place in your home, where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure, the place doesn’t have any distractions like television, internet, etc so that the little time you get will be utilized to the maximum possible.
3. Develop the right attitude
Live with the fact that it is not possible to prepare for any exam with a high momentum always. Sometimes, it is necessary to give proper breaks so that your body-mind system get sufficient cool off period. Think that the festivals that come along the way your preparation journey as the right time to ‘take a break’. This attitude gives a clarity of thought to aspirants help them cope with the stresses one faces during the festive season.
4. Amend your routine as necessary
Have a good time with your friends and family members during the festive time. Participate in all the activities with full heart as you will feel guilty later for not spending good time when you had a chance to do so. This may even lead to unnecessary stress and tension after the festive season and disturb the preparation in the future. Always remember that the job is to maintain the balance between the studies and participating in the festivities and taking most of it from the whatever the task you are doing.
5. Keep things simple
Since you have to do multitasking like studies, household work, attending guests, participating in poojas/prayers, visiting friends and relatives home during the festive season, don’t look for perfection in your activities. Be satisfied even with an average outcome of an activity and keep the things simple so that they are manageable for you.
6. Search for innovative ways to study
During the festive season, it may not be possible to study in your study room on your study table. At this time, you may get exposed to many new things and new people. Don’t think them as distractions and instead treat them as the opportunities for gaining new information. For instance, when you see the burning of crackers in the surroundings, you can ponder over the questions like – what are all the material used in fire crackers, what give them different colours, impacts on environments, etc. These questions can be asked in the exams and interview. Besides, you get access to a lot of related content through newspapers, mobile apps, television, etc, without compromising on your engagement with friends and relatives at home.
Participating in the festivities doesn’t mean that you give up preparation altogether. Realise the fact that a busy man always has time for everything; This becomes possible only with proper planning, living in the present and developing the right attitudes. Make use of the above given tips during the festive season and get the most out of them.
Best wishes from Jagran Josh!!!!