Throughout the year, most of the students keep on tossing their NCERT books here and there, the reason being they find it hard to read these books. May be due to comprehensive and a little tough language, absence of coloured stuff, absence of ready made points with small paras, absence of headings for many topics etc.
But, they buy NCERT books as their teachers ask them to buy.
Why to study from NCERT books?
The fact is that these days, Board examiners expect the answers to be based on NCERT books only due to Marking Scheme provided to the checkers that is also based on NCERT books. Moreover, the checkers are reluctant to deviate from the given marking scheme and thinking instantly about close relevant answers. There can be some other reasons too.
The second main reason of studying NCERT books is that the case studies in question paper are closely related to the content of NCERT books.
So, the students should put their full attention to the preparation of subject from NCERT books. Even if a student is not able to understand the wording of the question in actual exam, he is able to get 90%+ marks if he has prepared from NCERT books. NCERT books can become your very good friends within a few days.
How to go for actual reading of the NCERT book?
First of all, just arrange the printout of Syllabus, a blank sheet of paper, pen or pencil and dictionary along with the book. You can make alternative arrangements in case you are planning to study with the help of laptop.
Decide the chapter:
Then , decide which chapters you find easy based on the class lectures. Check the syllabus for the group of chapters in a particular unit for study.
Flip through the pages:
After deciding the chapter, just flip through the pages of this chapter to have an idea of what you have already heard about and what you are going to read in that chapter.
Start the first reading:
Start the first reading of the topic.
After the first reading, you will have an idea of everything in this chapter.
While reading the topic ,consider thinking what questions can be framed from the lines, paras, points etc.
Underline all the terms/concepts , quotations, phrases etc. with pencil.
If a paragraph has been used to explain different points that can be numbered, put 1,2,3 etc.
Mark the word you find difficult to understand with ‘D‘ indicating the use of dictionary after completing the first reading.
Don’t pick up dictionary immediately unless very urgent, to avoid distraction and maintaining continuity in reading. Complete the first reading. Now, check the meanings of difficult words.
Go for the second reading:
After the first reading, Don’t keep a long time gap for the second reading. Now, you will have clear idea of the matter. You may put ‘( )’ for the relevant portion for any term/ concept/definition/explanation etc. leaving the words that can be skipped how small portion it may be. At least, it decreases the content to be focused by you.
During this process of second reading transfer the main points, make small cartoons, diagrams, mind maps, mnemonics etc. whatever interests you and is convenient for you, on the blank paper to serve as summary notes.
Use your creativity in making these brief notes. A little interest and creativity will generate more interest and understanding of the topic , thus help in your learning, even the so called boring or tough topics.
Actual learning of the topic:
Third stage is actually learning the points by heart.
When you actively engage yourself in making these notes on a particular topic, according to your interest , learning the points is not a difficult task. Then, you will be able to use any technique to learn the points and develop the content for exams.
And in your light moments, you can use highlighters to mark terms/concepts/examples/headings and points etc. with the colour of your choice. I have used, pink, green and yellow for marking different types of points. This will aid in locating the questions for revision and saving precious time by making your content interesting and pleasing.
Now, you will be ready for exams along with your new friends(NCERT books) indeed.
(This article can be used for preparing any other theory subject also.)