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How to Study for CA Exam

Published On: 13 Jan 2012 | Last Updated On: 15 May 2012

The purpose of studying the various subjects in the CA course by the students is to acquire adequate knowledge whether it is basic knowledge, working knowledge or expert knowledge, as the case may be, so as to perform well in the examination. As you sit comfortably in a serious learning mode and in a conducive study setting, you take up the first topic, consisting of say 5-10 or more pages in the subject of your choice for study.

Give a quick reading in the first instance, size up its anatomy and warm yourself up for an intensive, in-depth study. As you study, understand the definitions of concepts, and highlight and note them down separately. You also have to analytically grasp and etch in your mind several aspects of discussion of the topic, for example:

  • Central theme and structure of the topic
  • Various elements of the concepts and the underlying principles and assumptions.
  • Linkages among the concepts and their facets.
  • Similarities and differences among the concepts and processes.
  • Steps involved in the various processes.
  • Cause and effect relationship among the ideas and discussions.
  • Characteristic features of a situation

The Nine Study Habits of Successful Students

Successful students have good study habits. They apply these habits to all of their classes and assignments:

  • Try not to do too much studying at one time: If you try to do too much studying at one time, you will tire and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you have to do over shorter periods of time. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy.
  • Plan specific times for studying: Study time is any time you are doing something related to your coursework. It  can be  completing assigned  reading,  working  on  a  paper  or  project,  or studying  for  a  test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time.
  • Try to study at the same time each day: Studying at the same time each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying
  • Set specific goals for study times: Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
  • Start studying when planned: You may delay starting your studying because you don't like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called "procrastination." If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started resulting in careless work and errors.
  • Work on the assignment you find most difficult first: Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
  • Review your notes before beginning an assignment: Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment.
  • Tell friends not to call during study times: Two study problems  can  occur  if your  friends  call you  during your study  times.  First, your work  is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here's a simple idea - turn off your cell phone during your study times.
  • Review over the weekend: Yes, weekend should be fun time. But there is also time to do some review including consultation with a friend. This will help you be ready to go on.
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