What to study, how to study and relative time and effort to spend of different sections of a subject is of primary concern while preparing. Your plan is the only tool that will determine these parameters for your preparations. In this article we will discuss about all these parameters that will help you in coming up with an efficient plan. Remember "Labour is not your key to success, your plan is".
Remember your goal should always be to get more out of that little time available to you. While choosing a source you should go for the most efficient ones first. Most efficient source doesn't mean that it contains all the information and knowledge available on the earth for that topic, obviously you are not going for Ph.D. course on that, hence choose wisely. The most important factors that decide the source that you should choose are:
- The syllabus (most obvious and most important)
- The depth of questions that are being asked
- Current trend of pattern, the amount of twisting of questions
- The proportions of various sections in the subject
Once you have decided upon the resources that you will be conquering, you then need to think how to finish them.The most naive approach would be mugging them up, but again the chance of labour being the most efficient approach is very less. Even if you decide not to mug-up, the subject might not at first site give a clear concept of what is written there. You need to process it before you start reading them up. Few subjects are very conceptual, you get the link and flow to every section and you make your mind map easily. But for the subjects that you don't find conceptual and the only way available to you is just mug it up, even then you should try to break it up. The parameters that will help you to break it are
- Classification of topics, subtopics
- The cohesion, the glue that bind one section to others
- Hierarchy of topics, subtopics, sub-subtopics, ....
- The flow, if its not make it up to glue it
- Create your mind map
- Don't go resource-wise, go topic-wise for all resource