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Proper life style of students preparing for tough competitive exams: How to remain balanced?

Updated on May 22, 2016

The tough competition for berth in good colleges and companies presses the students of today to work extremely hard and sometimes with such effort which cannot be termed normal by any means. They are even jeopardizing their health and sometimes deviating away from the ethical path of life. Not surprisingly they are frequently falling prey to physical and mental diseases which do not only turn them into a weaker lot but also end up their career aspirations hopelessly. Many events have been reported in recent past in which students have committed crime due to tension, humiliation, inferiority complex, under-achievement, lack of moral values etc. All of these are sorts of life-style diseases. These ailments are gradually infecting the students who do not take to a middle line. Students must understand or be made to understand that it is as important to be decent, polite, sober and well-mannered as is to excel in studies and grades. What and how to achieve depends on how correctly you follow a balanced lifestyle. In this article we shall discuss how to manage your time and chose your daily actions so that you can achieve the desired and still be not unethical in your daily life.

1.Start your day early in the morning.

Get up early in the morning. ‘Early’ may mean 5AM to somebody or 7AM to others. In any case you must complete the necessary quota of sleep which is 7-8 hours. The point here is that you have to start your day at an early hour according to your own standards. But if you start really early then you have an option of revitalizing yourself by napping in the afternoon. This has a very relaxing and reviving effect on your mind. You may click the following link to understand the merits of a day nap:

Besides, during study in the morning you also feel like advancing ahead while the world is sleeping. This gives you a feeling of competitive edge.

2. Take exercise regularly

Exercise for about 15-20 minutes and practise meditation and breathing exercises every day.

Stretching exercises are the best for students since students have to sit in similar positions for hours together. Minor aches in joints can be done away with on daily basis by taking to Yoga, aerobics, light push-ups etc.

Meditation helps students immensely with relaxation of mind. It helps students to

a. Provide an invigorating effect to brain,

b. Gain thinking, counting and calculating speed,

c. Sleep peacefully,

d. Behave normally and ethically,

e. Avoid distractions of mind

f. Concentrate properly and give full attention to a lecture being delivered,

g. Get rid of headaches , blood pressure, anger, fits, restlessness and anxiety,

The following link takes you to a kind of meditation that teaches you to concentrate on your body-parts.

3. Keep good company

The effects of good company are profound. Company of studious, decent and polite friends helps to keep you in good mental state. Talk to such friends daily to keep your spirit going. Such company helps to refine your thought-process and you are urged to allow only positive, healthy thoughts into your mind.

4. Help out weaker students

Sometimes it is observed that higher grade students are unwilling to help weaker students due to busy schedules and unavailability of time. This is not a correct thing to do. When you try to solve the problems of weaker students you gain in two ways. First, you will feel like doing a moral duty and gaining the true friendship of those helped. Secondly, while helping the weaker students with tough parts of the syllabus you develop authoritative knowledge of your subjects. It is of expert experience that while teaching something to somebody a person gets the real chance of correctly exhibiting the skills acquired, thus fine-tuning the knowledge earned.

5. Play regularly or take a brisk walk in a park

1. You can choose to do so in the evenings. Generally for a serious student preparing for a tough test it is not easy to find time for playing or walking. But playing for a while in the evening makes your brain healthier and your body free of any ailments. Alternatively you can do some brisk walking to enjoy your evening walk. Walking at a venue where many people are exercising together is a joyful way of taking light exercise.

6. Study in a calm and quiet Environment

If you have a peaceful, serene and calm corner for studies in your house you can concentrate better and more easily. Your depth of penetration in the topics increases. Moreover your room must be sufficiently lit for studies. Many students develop eye-sight problems due to insufficient light during studies.

7. Draw motivation from toppers of previous years

1. Preparing for hard competitive exams is a long process and staying in the fray for such a long time requires sustainability techniques. One such technique consists in reading or listening to previous years’ toppers’ interviews. You may collect clippings from news papers or videos to read or listen to them occasionally. Their advices and experiences motivate you thoroughly since you will get to know from people who have actually achieved.

See the following link to learn some tricks to crack competitive exams.

8. Build up your preparation cumulatively.

1. You are advised to follow such a study schedule and system, which you have to devise yourself, that allows building up your knowledge cumulatively. By this I mean, schedule your revision, tutorial and sessional studies in such a way that help you not to forget what you learn daily. This helps you to be ready at any moment for any surprise test or any sudden changes in exam pattern or schedules. You can visit the following link in this connection:

9. Try to be morally correct.

1. Believe it or not, it has a magical effect on your performance too. When you commit a morally wrong act, big or small, the guilt consciousness attached to it, deprives your mind of its actual thinking efficiency. The effect lingers in your brain and tries to block every constructive channel of the mind. Even if you do something wrong unintentionally, the best thing is to confess it, feel sorry from within and return to the correct path. In case you are unable to find a path seek advice from parents, a good teacher or friend. Never be disheartened about this. Remember, you can restore your image with good behavior and conduct.

10. Be honest to yourself.

The students who rear this habit are sure to perform reasonably well if not excellently. Almost all of us have the bad habit of procrastinating things with a queer self-cheating thought that we shall be able to complete all the left out things later. The advice suggests that since you are the person who knows your own expertise and drawbacks the best, you are best placed to tweak your daily timetable such that your self-commitments are completed in time. Make it a point to complete the works session by session. Those who go on deferring things are ultimately bound to confront anxiety, tension and fatigue. The same thing goes with character too. There are occasions when we know we are wrong and still we act as if we were right. Correcting such mistakes will make you a better person and help you perform well at every step in life.


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      RAJESH CHANDRA PANDEY 17 months ago from India


      This of course is a matter of self restraint. Since you have asked this question it means you seriously want to devote more time to your studies and less to social media. But it's easier said than done. However, you can achieve it. First of all you should restrict a small time for social media. It's really difficult to abruptly stop a habit. So give social media a time span, say, 8 to 8.30 pm or something like that. Also, make your studies interesting through discussions, visuals, challenges, real life projects etc. Only when you start taking more interest in your studies than the social media you will be able to allot less time to social media and more to studies. All the best.

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      Jannat 17 months ago

      I am a pre medical student.plzzzzz tell me how to spend most of time in study not using social media...

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      sachin porwal 2 years ago

      please reply sir

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      sachin porwal 2 years ago

      sir I am in 12th class and i live in a village so i used to go other town for study. After attending coaching and school i return home at 6:30PM . after that i feel tired and sleepy.So sir please guide me to manage my time as i am also preparing IIT JEE .plz help sir.

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      Aditi Malhotra. 2 years ago

      Really interesting

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      Raaz Amit 2 years ago

      Thanxx a lot sir for ur valuable and precious advice to change students mind set and proper unidirectional appaorch to excellence. .This post is reference point for me in my life.thanks once again

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      Kshitij Singh 3 years ago

      Thanks a lit

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      anam fatima 3 years ago

      I m average student but now i feel confident that surely i will crack aipmt 2016. (Inshaallah)....This post is really useful. ..

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      ashish anand 3 years ago

      Good points i must follow this in life

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      abishai 3 years ago

      very very thanks sir for ur advice..within 40 days i have to prepare for board xams and JEE main .. is studying till midnight and too early is useful for me... because i have no time .. pls help me sir..

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      Bishwarup 3 years ago

      Point 8 is very good because when we are preparing our daily tasks.

      It is necessary for us to go through the daily notes given in the coaching or expert tutors.

      By doing this we gain a self confidence

      in our self and we can assure our self that we can do it .

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      RAJESH CHANDRA PANDEY 3 years ago from India

      @pratyush swain

      Forget the words fear and weakness. These are created by ourselves in our minds. Always feel you are very strong. You may fail once or twice or even more times but you should not stop your good efforts. Your day is bound to come and when it comes you will be at the top.

      Best of luck.

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      pratyush swain 3 years ago

      thanks for your opinions. i hope i can overcome my weakness which has been continuing from a long time since early childhood that is bad time matter how hard i try i always fail.i hope this time i will change and succeed

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      RAJESH CHANDRA PANDEY 3 years ago from India


      Concentrating on your studies for a long period needs you to remain calm and quiet. As a computer gets heated when operational for long hours, we also tend to grow stressed and tired as we stretch our study hours. So it is important to keep your cool while studying for long hours. You can have short breaks listening to songs, exchanging jokes or talking to your favourite people.

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      Anand 3 years ago

      Very inspiral,thanks.this may change my bad reading habit.

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      waris 3 years ago

      Surely doing ths will make us among the best... Thanks for such a nice post.

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      raja 3 years ago

      How to cocentrate on study for long period

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      yoyo 3 years ago


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      Sullen91 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic Region, US

      Very nice. Every point is correct, but 8-10 are the most important. They should be ranked higher as they establish important objectives necessary to succeed. Good post.

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      Ankith 4 years ago

      its very good and helped me very well

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      aman 5 years ago

      good thought helprd me

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      Zak Fitzenreider 5 years ago from Chicago, IL


      I really appreciated your inclusion of "help out weaker students." Too often we neglect that a quality of high achieving people is their leadership ability, and nothing fosters that more than developing a feeling of duty to those who aren't as far along on their journey as ourselves.