The National Institute of Open Schooling is an autonomous body under the Union Government of India tasked with administering examinations similar to CBSE and ICSE. As a student, preparing for these exams is paramount for success. Just like any other exam, cracking NIOS requires hard work and dedication. However, it does not have to mundane; students can adopt the strategies and tactics that are right for them. Furthermore, NIOS provides the flexibility to adopt study techniques which are far more effective than traditional techniques used in a classroom setting. Following are a few learning strategies and techniques for students to adopt:
“Failure to plan is a plan for failure”. Just these eight words imbibe a thought-provoking message. It holds true for almost every aspect of our lives, including studies. Hence, students must plan accordingly if they wish to crack their NIOS exam. Setting up a schedule will help students to stick to a timeframe and set benchmarks. They can also plan and allocate time for different subjects. Furthermore, planning helps the students to measure their progress and compare it to the set benchmarks. Lastly, a study plan will ensure that the students will stay motivated to achieve their goals and targets.
Note-taking is an important activity that aids the learning process. Students, when they read and write, are using their hands, eyes and brain to interpret and recall information. This will ensure that the student is alert and active, possibly helping with retention and recall of information. Furthermore, this activity helps to maintain a permanent record, which becomes extremely useful when revising for an exam. One of the most effective ways to take notes is to first read and understand the text. Then, find the main points and their relationship to the topic. Then, continue reading to find subsidiary information and their relationship to the main points. These points are then reduced to notes, which can be arranged in the form of a list or a diagram.
Information chunking is the process of breaking down large monotonous pieces of information into smaller, more manageable chunks. It can also be used the other way around – by taking individual pieces of information and grouping them into larger units of information. It is an effective memorization technique that can help recall information when required. This technique works on the principle that the human mind tends to seek out patterns and make connections between them. Hence, we find it relatively easy to interpret smaller chunks of information rather than large monotonous pieces.
The only way to get better at anything is by practising. Consider this analogy: a dancer will be able to execute a particularly difficult move flawlessly only if they devote enough time for practice. Similarly, a singer can hold a tune perfectly only if they spend enough time practising. Hence, students will have to practice as much as they can if they wish to crack their exams. And for students preparing for their NIOS exams, one of the most effective ways they can practice is by solving previous years NIOS question paper. This helps them to identify potentially important questions for their upcoming exams.
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