Managing studies with Articleship/Work
We have no time to study simultaneously with our articleship. And when we sit to study in our limited exam leaves, it is too late to study for the knowledge and understanding sake. Further, we are short on time to even cover the whole syllabus. Well, I am here to talk about managing studies with your articleship/work.
Here are some tips:
1) Start Early:
Ideally a student whois full time intostudies gives 4-6 months of complete time for Exams like CA IPCC, CWA Intermediate or Cs executive, So a student who is working should at least start 8-10 months in advance.Why? Because unlike full time students you get only weekends and evening to study.
2) Use commuting time to study
In Mumbai people commute almost and hour to and fro their office. This time can very well be channelized into studies. Never step out without a book. If its difficult to study the entire answer or chapter while travelling, then just go through the headings. Just get familiar with your book contents. This will help you when actually you sit down to study as you will be already familiar with the contents and you can directly start studying.
SQ3R is a reading strategy formed from its letters:
Survey! Question! Read! Recite! Review!SQ3R will help you build a framework to understand your reading assignment.
Before you read,
- the title, headings, and subheadings
- captions under pictures, charts, graphs
- review questions study guides
- introductory and concluding paragraphs
while you are surveying:
Note: If it is helpful to you, write out these questions for consideration. This variation is called SQW3R
- Turn the title, headings, and/or subheadings into questions
- Read questions at the end of the chapters or after each subheading
- Ask yourself,
"What do I already know about this subject?"
When you begin to
- Look for answers to the questions
- Answer questions at the end of chapters
- Reread captions under pictures, graphs, etc.
- Note all the underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases
- Study graphic aids
- Reduce your speed for difficult passages
- Stop and reread parts which are not clear
- Read only a section at a time and recite
after you've read a section:
- Orally ask yourself questions about what you have just read, or summarize, in your own words, what you read
- Take notes from the text but write the information in your own words
- Underline or highlight important points you've just read
- Use the method of recitation which best suits your particular learning style but remember, the more senses you use the more likely you are to remember what you read - i.e.,TRIPLE STRENGTH LEARNING:
Seeing, saying, hearing-
QUADRUPLE STRENGTH LEARNING:
Seeing , saying , hearing, writin
- After you have read and recited the entire chapter,
write questions in the margins for those points you have highlighted or underlined.
- If you took notes while reciting,
write questions for the notes you have taken in the left hand margins of your notebook.
Days Three, Four and Five
- Page through the text and/or your notebook to re-acquaint yourself with the important points.
- Cover the right hand column of your text/note-book and orally ask yourself the questions in the left hand margins.
- Orally recite or write the answers from memory.
- Make flash cards for those questions which give you difficulty.
- Develop mnemonic devices for material which need to be memorized.
- Alternate between your flash cards and notes and test yourself (orally or in writing) on the questions you formulated.
- Make additional flash cards if necessary.
Using the text and notebook, make a Table of Contents - list all the topics and sub-topics you need to know from the chapter.
From the Table of Contents, make a Study Sheet/ Spatial Map.
Recite the information orally and in your own words as you put the Study Sheet/Map together.
Now that you have consolidated all the information you need for that chapter, periodically review the Sheet/Map so that at test time you will not have to cram.
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