Asad forwards us interesting emails these days. Our favourite, of course, had to be this one:
“Sir, plz sir, tll me wt i shd b doin in z lst 1 1/2 mnth of prep, sir, plz tll me.”
If you did the following:
a. Read the newspaper daily
b. Did the CG weekly compendiums and
c. Read the monthly Pratiyogita Darpan
Then stop reading this post, and go do something fun (or study another subject). If you did not. Well, well.
Anyway, we’d say, if you guys have been fairly thorough in your Current Affairs, then give your GK prep minimal time, so that you can spend more time with other subjects (in which you might be relatively weak).
This one month, you should rely on augmenting your GK and NOT worrying/panicking about them.
For people who have done nothing more than procrastinate, here is what you SHOULD be doing:
1. START NOW!!!!
2. Get yourself an yearbook (NOT Manorma) – preferably, Pratiyogita Darpan’s or Penguin’s: and MAKE notes. (The “memorable points” section in the end will come to your rescue)
3. And, get hold of ‘The Hindu – Diary of Events’ and do it thoroughly!
4. If you think you should abandon the newspaper, you’re wrong. Pick up the habit now, and read it properly. You’ll get a grip on ongoing issues.
5. If you’ve signed up for any of the Mock Tests – then, do them properly. And redo them properly. Like, thrice, at least.
6. Don’t try and memorize everything, just make connects, get the rough idea and keep that in mind.
7. Please don’t panic, if you couldn’t panic in the last 6 months, you shouldn’t be doing it now. Keep a calm mind and spend reasonable time with the subject.
8. Divide time properly between other subjects that you haven’t really worked hard on, it should be proportionate to your weakness in it. (So, if you are studying for 10 hours and you have 3 subjects in which you are weak, GK being the worst – then, GK should get about 4-5 hours of it, depending on how good you are with the other two)
9. What you’ve studied in the morning, go through it during the night, in your head. And when you think you’ve forgotten something, get up and refer to your notes. Trust us, you’ll never forget what you’ve remembered this way.
10. Don’t think making notes isn’t viable, just make them anyway. And make them in a way that you can revise and refer to them later on!
PS – If you don’t start working now, you should make plans for a good, long pilgrimage. Maybe the God that you believe in might come to your aid.
For people who have worked hard (or at least worked), here is what you MUST do:
1. Chill. Half of your job’s done. So, be happy.
2. Revise and Refer. Revise and Refer. Lather, rinse, repeat.
3. Go through your Mock questions, and try solving them. Self-Evaluate, and list out what you don’t know.
4. Don’t stop what you should have continued to do so far – you might reduce the amount of time you spend with, say, your newspaper, but DON’T abandon these habits.
5. Sit with your monthly notes (if you have made them), or your PD and go through one month at a time, list out the important issues. Do this till April 2012. What you’ll have is a reference manual that you can constantly revise and be thorough with. It’ll give you a sense of genuine satisfaction.
6. See Point 9 of the previous section.
7. If you feel satisfied with your GK prep, you’ve a head start, so concentrate on most of the other subjects, on which you think you aren’t as good.
8. If you rate your GK prep to be on the scale of 7 (or more) than 10. Then, your GK prep should be in breaks: between two subjects, for breakfast, etc. And NOT substantive padhai.
9. If you study in a group, then assign each other a past month for each day. And each person should get 40 substantive questions of that month, and quiz each other. (X and Y study together. On Monday, X will prepare questions for Jan, and Y for Feb. Quiz each other)
10. Try Pink Floyd, good music! (Iyer is in love with Yellow by Coldplay, though)
All the best!
See you in Justice City!
Iyer, Aymen & Apurv
(The authors suffer from severe insomnia and chronic joblessness despite Law School happening)