Q. How to make a TIME-TABLE?
Ans. Generally there are two types of time-tables, weekly and monthly. Here I will tell you the process of making a weekly time-table because monthly time-table are personalized and don’t have a generalized method. For a monthly time-table you need to contact me separately.
Making a time-table is a long and elaborate process. It is not a thing that you can complete by just sitting for 5 minutes on your table. It consists of a lot of brainstorming and the process takes generally about 3 weeks. You may need more time to get adjusted to the time-table after 3 weeks but students in general get adjusted to the routine during the 3 weeks, but if you require more time then there is no need to worry about it. I myself needed a month for adjustments. Coming back to the main topic of making a time-table, it consists mainly of three parts:
• Strategizing (Rough Draft)
• Final Documentation
The first and the most important process among the three. Generally a week is needed for a thorough analysis. Here you have to study your timings for a week. Note down everyday where you are spending your time and try to sort of analyse where you are wasting your time, also check that how much time you give for studies apart from tuitions and schools. If the total time spent by you on studies is around 10-12 hours per day including schools and tuitions then it is fine (for 11th standard, for 12th this has to be around 13-15 hours). This analysis has to be done perfectly because all the rest of your tasks will depend on this. If you make a mistake here then it will affect your whole time-table. You will be going for different tuitions everyday so those timings would be different. Mark down the slots for such timings and see where you can manage slots for your own study time apart from tuitions and school and tests. After you have pursued this activity for a week and know your time slots for the whole week we come to the second part of the process.
In this part you need to make a rough draft for yourself. Adjust your study hours, tuitions, school, tests, etc. in the time slots that you have marked for yourself. Each and every day would have a different time-table because of the different slots. See that the slots that you have made are at least of an hour’s length, because you wouldn’t be able to do anything of importance in a half hour slot. Try this rough draft in the coming week and see whether you are able to cope up with the time-table along with your traveling time to tuitions, your meal times and your leisure times. 99% of the time people need to change their draft at this stage. See to it that you make the changes accordingly and try to decrease the problems you faced with the rough draft. Once you have done that and know for sure that you can follow your time-table for the whole week as stated, and then it is time for the last step.
Make a full size time-table for all the days of the week. Stick it to one of the walls on your room, preferably the one which has the mirror so that you are able to look at it every day. Just remember one thing you wouldn’t be able to make any changes in the time-table now so if you are unsure about the rough draft then you can still play around with it for a week or two. But once you enter here there is no turning back. Follow the time-table daily and you will be able to see the changes in a very short time.
P.S.: The most important thing is implementing this thing. If you are going to just make a time-table, stick it to your wall and just let it stay there then that’s not going to do you any good. Even if you are able to follow it 80% of the time then also it would work wonders. Implementation is the key to success. Without it you won’t be able to do anything. This time-table mainly teaches you time-management and inculcates that winning attitude in you.
Q. If I have scored less in my first two semesters, can I get admission in a good college?
Ans. Getting admission in a good college depends majorly on the marks of the entrance examinations. Your marks in the first two semester my be around 80-85% but that doesn’t matter much. If you are ready to work hard then you can cover up for that in the next sems. Actually an average of anything more than 90% after four semesters is good. After that you need to focus on only one thing and that is your entrance examinations. If you score good in JEE or GUJCET along with a good score in your Gujarat boards then it will surely get you admission in a prestigious college or university. But for that you need to work hard from this moment onwards only. You can’t delay your studies saying that “Joyu jase JEE vakahte”. That attitude won’t work here and it may cause your downfall and you may have to settle for something less than what you had aimed for.
Q. When should my course for JEE get over and how much time should I keep for revising before the exams?
Ans. Generally the course for the Gujarat Boards gets over by December- January and you would be having at least 1 to 2 months between the completion of your course and the JEE exams. During this time that you have you need to focus more on the JEE concepts and clear all your basics. In the last one month before your JEE exams just prepare for the mock tests and give a mock test every other day. Analyze the tests that you give thoroughly and see where you have made mistakes and go through those concepts before giving the next step. At this time you can’t afford to make the same mistake twice so clear the concepts as soon as you give the paper and get the result. Preserve all those papers and see to it that you have a good average in those papers. After your boards are over you will have about 15 days where you just need to go through the concepts once and see all those papers that you have preserved. No need to solve them again but see to it that you go through the questions that you may haven’t answered at that time or may be incorrectly attempted. A day before the exams DON’T go through anything new. JUST RELAX and see to it that your mind doesn’t get stressed. Whatever there is in your mind is going to be there and you just have to recall that on the next day.
Answering the first question the course for JEE is such that you can’t complete it. You can’t solve all the questions of all the books available in the market becuse you woouldn’t have that much time. My advice to you would be, clear all the concepts of JEE because they are well defined. These concepts should be clear maximum by the end of January. Apart from this you can also practice sums from whatever book that you are referring but don’t overload yourself with examples before completing the basics. First CONCEPTS only then the SUMS.
Q. Do you suggest any mobile applications that can help you curb your time spent on your mobile?
Ans. Hi Dheer,There are several apps that can help you do it depending upto what extent you want to curb your usage.I would suggest you use Breakfree available both on iOS and Android. It helps you monitor your usage and restrict internet access. You can find more about it here:Other apps include:-Offtime-Flipd-AppDetoxThey all have different purposes. Some lock your phone for a certain fixed time, some block internet access and others give you timely notifications that you have spent enough time on a particular app. Do go through them.My suggestion would be Breakfree. I have tested it and it works quite well if you have self-control and are ready to heed to the notifications.All the best and enjoy studying.