A lot of us must be struggling with those extra exams to give this semester. While the already main papers were a task to battle, reappearing papers is not that unique a task. For those who have failed exams in the past, there isn’t much choice, whereas for those who voluntarily give improvement examinations, be wary. One must choose wisely a paper which is scoring, if the past marks scored in them were average. No matter how less, appearing for an exam you scored horribly in the past, may just turn out to be a grave mistake since you already have to bear the burden of atleast four first-timers.

Generalized here are a few tips to use while preparing for such papers.

1. Revise regularly

Well, nobody does that, do they? The ones who do are smart and have good time management skills. However, it won’t kill you if you don’t.

2. Use the mid-semester break

No doubt how busy you are during that week, you know you have to appear for more exams this semester. And not many of us start preparing for the main papers of this semester in that time, a general excuse being ‘syllabus is not yet done with’. Revise the syllabus in that week, at least go through the books, and you will find your speed surprising. Practice those questions and examples you left last time.

3. Practice ten-years

Infact, practice questions, if not as many as you can, then at least those you think are important. You have already been there once, and by now you might have an idea what is important and what kind of questions are asked.

4. Solve your question paper

Do not forget that awesome paper that fetched you not-so-awesome marks. Solve it. It is imperative that you do. You may not know where you lost marks, but then atleast test yourself. You may be able to solve those questions you could not, during those three hours.

5. Seek help

First, do not be ashamed of reappearing in a paper. Let your friends and teachers know. Ask them for help. Friends did better than you because their concepts were clear. Teachers taught you and have experience. Now that you have a second attempt, be wise.

Give yourself a break from those monotonous subjects of your semester, and use the syllabus of your reappearing paper as an escape, for a while, and then return to those subjects. Improvement papers are not a new thing, some do it out of choice, others for improving their average. It is a pretty common phenomenon, make the best of it. And remember, if you don’t appear for the improvement exam, you marks from the earlier exam will be considered.

Good luck!

Ayesha Sareen

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The internet and mobile apps fuel a lot of things in our life- TV show binges, fangirling (-boying, – appropriate gender terms), random curious google searches. With the semester exams looming ahead (yeah I know, it’s that time already), we bring you 5 internet resources to fuel your study sessions instead:

1. Online Flash Cards:

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Image Credits: whsatic.com

Flash Cards are widely used by students to familiarize themselves with important definitions and concepts to accelerate revision and study sessions. They can be used for anything from vocabulary, to definitions of terms and compact flow-charts of processes to important graphs or figures. There are tons of online resources available to make and print your own flash cards. And if you’re not about the DIY life, you might just find flashcards made by students like yourself on platforms like studyblue.com! (web.colby.edu)


2. Studyblrs:

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Image Credits: tumblr.com

If your notes and messy and you cannot make sense of them but you lack inspiration to actually make notes you’d like to study from, studyblrs are what you’re looking for. They are basically tumblr blogs (hence, studyblr= study+tumblr) dedicated to pictures of very well organised notes, flashcards and stationary, which will make you want to pull out your sheets and highlighters and coloured pens to make neat and attractive notes, because hey, we all do store some importance in how things look, right? Go to tumblr.com/tagged/studyblr, be inundated with motivation and follow whichever blogs you like!

3. Apps like FocusON:

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Image Credits: GooglePlay

If you find yourself distracted by constant WhatsApp messages, Facebook and Instagram notifications and you lack the self-control to keep your phone aside, or desperately have to use your phone for looking up information, apps like FocusON would work well for you. FocusON lets you choose whatever apps and websites you want to block and then asks you to set a time-period for the block. And during that block, you won’t be shown any notifications from the said apps and, what’s more, if you try and open them, you’ll be treated to stuff like:

“Q- Where do Math teachers go on vacation?

A- To Times Square. Had a laugh? Now stop typing and get back to work”


4. Study Playlists:

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Image Credits: hercampus.com

When distracted and fidgety, listening to certain albums or playlists can be very therapeutic because they incentivize me to stay in place and to keep writing and making my notes. If you’re not doing something that requires immense concentration, like understanding a brand new concept (because obviously you missed the class), putting on a study playlist can be awesome. You can even time yourself through setting goals of completing a certain number of questions or getting through a certain number of pages in the course of one playlist. There are amazing study playlists of softer, just instruments based songs on 8tracks and YouTube. Better still, if that doesn’t work for you, make your own! As long as you don’t end up jamming instead of studying, everything works.

5. Youtube videos:

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Image Credits: iversity.org

Did you know that YouTube can be used for more than watching music videos and random viral videos? *gasps* Several YouTube channels have videos which will be able to give you an overview of certain topics of your syllabus, if not explain to you the entire thing. I find it helpful to watch a video of the concept before I delve into studying it, to give me an idea of what’s in store, especially if it’s a topic I missed in class. As an economics student, channels like ‘The Economics Detective’ or ‘Economics is fun’ prove to be helpful. You’ll even chance upon entire lectures by professors of different universities. So go on and type the name of that concept in the search bar and get learning!

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Shubham Kaushik

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