Generally there is a common pattern which can be observed among the good students about the planning of their studies and by good students I mean the ones who follow a strict timetable, dividing their time among all the subjects, wisely. I carried out a research throughout all the levels in my school where in each class the students taking the top positions in studies shared with me how they managed their time during the Mid-Terms. It was a very valuable first-hand experience as the students were preparing for their exams while they expressed their views to me and I considered it my moral obligation to share it with all my fellow students.
Atiqa Akbar (Class VII Red) explained her point of view that In the 21st century it's really hard to find some free time and everyone needs to manage their time properly and I also do that by maintaining a proper timetable and actually following it. In our school and home we need some kind of reference and resources; like every other student my resources are books, encyclopedias, internet, teachers and my parents. We can't just open 4-5 books and start studying them all at once so we need to plan the subjects and make a schedule e.g. first I plan to study English, Maths, then Science, next Urdu, after that Islamiat and at the last the easiest, History and Geography so this is my subject plan or schedule.
Maryam Shahid from Class VII Red said "I do subject-wise revision. I don't sleep in the day and go to bed early so that I can wake up early. I also study an hour in the morning and study 2-3 hours daily. My resources are my books, the internet, my mother, libraries and television. I daily touch the subjects which have been taught in school and revise daily."
Ammar Pervaiz from VII Blue shared that "As you know nowadays our Mid-Term Exams are going on. We have to work very hard to get good grades. Here is how I do it: First, I start off by learning Q/A and other work done in the pamphlet. This helps me get the basic points of the chapters. Then I read the chapters because it is very important. This helps me in questions like fill in the blanks, true or false and MCQs. I further enhance what I have learnt by consulting the dictionary for difficult words. Then I find the definitions of the important words in the glossary. That's how I learn for my exams."
Rehan from Class VII Blue said that "I start my preparation two weeks before my exams. I start with the subject in which I am weak. When I am finished with my weakest subject, I start preparing for other subjects. Currently, I have prepared for all the subjects so it is easy to study during the exams. Also when I finish studying the subjects earlier, I can do quick revisions. During my preparations, if I have some problem to understand any word or topic I refer to the dictionary or internet. If I still have some problem, I ask my teacher to explain it to me. Before the assessments/exams I start my preparation, after doing my homework. During the assessments/exams, I stick to my studies and try not to waste my time. This is how I prepare: First, I start by reading the book to get to know the basic points and then I study from my notebooks and worksheets. Then I write the questions on a rough paper and I attempt the questions. Finally, I revise the subject."
Class VIII Red student Almeen Khawaja told me that "Actually, it's very hard to take out time to enjoy during the exams. It takes me the whole day to prepare for my exams but besides that I give 1 hour to Maths every day and 3-4 hours to other subjects. Mostly, I take help from the internet, but otherwise my father helps me in my studies. My resources to study efficiently are my books. I study Maths and the novel (The Lastling) on a daily basis and rest of the subjects on weekends. When the exams are going on I follow the timetable given by my teachers."
Another student, Salehah Abrar, from the same Class VIII Red, said "Even with all these great inventions which make our world busy, day and night, I do manage to take out a few hours from my daily routine for studying. I study two or three hours daily in the evening and one to two hours at night. I finish all my work and put it aside and make myself ready to study so I manage to prepare for my exams. My resources are my syllabus books, the internet, my teachers, my parents and my elder sister. I have done my subject planning according to the order of the exams but other than that, I study mostly History, Geography or Science between the weekdays and I revise the novel, Maths, Urdu and Islamiat on weekends".
Two students from Class VIII Blue, Hamza Khan and Mustafa Shoaib, said "Before the exams, students have a lot of burden on their shoulders. They have to study for the exams and also manage time with family and everyday life. It's very hard to manage both the things at the same time but to get an excellent result we need to manage the time according to our daily life. First thing to manage before the Mid-terms is to study for the exams. Students must study hard while on the other hand they should try to manage time for the preparation of the exams. In the days of the exams they should stop their games and fun time and should concentrate on studies. They should sleep after they have attended school so they could study late night but the night before the exam you should sleep early so you could be fresh in the morning. In the morning before going to school they should revise for their exams once or twice if they want better grades."