Study Habits - Work While You Work; Play While You Play.
ACTIVITY MATERIAL - 2.2
Situation - 1:
BRILLIANT BOY WHO FAILED IN EXAMS
Krishna is a very bright and intelligent boy. He has always scored high marks in all the exams he has appeared so for in the school. Topping has been a habit for Krishna till about three months ago. He has fared very badly in his first term exams. Krishna has recently taken up pop music as a hobby. His parents presented him a Walkman and all the latest pop music cassettes of his choice because he was doing very well in studies. Over the previous three months, his parents return home late because of their work commitments and not provide enough supervision. Taking advantage of this, Krishna would read as he listened to music. He was more keen on knowing all the songs by heart and hummed along with the singer as he read. He thought he understood all that he read and was confident that he would stand first in the class. Unfortunately, Krishna failed very badly and indeed scored very poor marks in two subjects. His parents were shocked to see his marks card and wondered what went wrong with their son from whom they had high expectations. Krishna has no problem in reading or writing and his communication is excellent. This made parents curious to know the reasons for his failure.
I FORGET EVERYTHING
Raji is a 14 year old adolescent studying in VIII standard. Raji, is not very much interested in studies. Her parents are educated and working. Education is their first choice for all their children. Till the VII standard, Rajis mother would sit with Raji two days before the exams and help her to learn the portions in simple ways and write the exams. With this help, Raji was able to pass the exams with 55% in VII standard. Rajis mother insists that she studies every day. Raji also spends time with books every day; but most of the time is spent in copying notes. She tries to study just before the monthly tests. When she goes to the class, the question papers especially Maths and Science, look very complicated. Raji usually comes back home crying and complaining of having forgotten whatever she has read. Parents feel that Raji works hard but has poor memory.
Discussion Questions for the Groups :
1. Are the problems of Krishna and Raji common among young persons today?
2. Why did Krishna fail in his class test?
3. What do you think about Krishnas reading habits?
4. What should Krishna do to overcome his difficulties?
5. What is the role of his parents in helping him overcome the problems?
6. Do you think Raji has poor memory?
7. What is wrong with her study habits?
8. What should she do to improve her memory - especially for Mathematics and Science?
9. What skills are needed by a student to understand his or her study habits?
10. What skills are needed by a student to improve study habits?
Study Habits - Work While You Work; Play While You Play.
ACTIVITY MATERIAL - 2.2a
STUDY HABITS QUESTIONNAIRE
Read the following statements and mark at the end of each statement whether it is True (ü) or
Part - A
I finish my work before I go to play.
I spend a definite time every week in revising each subject.
I recall the important points after I read a lesson.
I spend most of my time on difficult subjects and less time on the easy ones.
I take class notes.
I am careful to learn the important words used in each subject.
I have a regular time and place for studying.
I know how to underline and take notes when I study.
I relate material learnt in one subject with those learnt in others.
I use free time in the school for studying.
My spelling ability is good.
I feel satisfied if I read my lessons.
I look for main ideas while reading a lesson and associate the details with them.
I pronounce the words as I read.
I study with others rather than by myself.
I make use of computer, Internet etc for enriching my understanding about a subject.
I regularly solve old examination papers.
I take mock examinations periodically.
My health is good. I need not worry about it while studying.
I plan out the answer to a question in my mind before I write it in the examination.
I read up the lesson before I go to the class and review what is done in the classroom soon after
I get back home.
Part - B
I dont feel like studying at all.
I am a slow reader and therefore, I have difficulty in finishing the assignment in time.
I understand a lesson while reading it but I have trouble remembering what I have read.
I find it hard to concentrate on what I am studying.
If I read faster, I could study more efficiently.
I find it difficult to decide key points that are important in a lesson.
I dont study until evening.
I take longer time to get started with the task of studying.
I daydream instead of studying .
I postpone studying my lessons.
I feel so tired that I cannot study efficiently.
I cannot make out much of what I read.
Many activities like working on a job, household work, play and other such activities interfere with my studying.
I worry a lot about my studies.
I miss important points in the lecture while taking down the notes.
My dislike towards my subject and teachers interferes with my success.
I study the subject that I enjoy regularly and put off studying those which I dont like till the last minute.
I study in the midst of distractions, like radio, TV, people talking, children playing etc.
I become nervous at the time of examination and I cannot answer as well as I should.
I spend too much of my time in reading fiction, going to movies etc which decreases my efficiency in studies.
I have to be in a good mood before starting my studies
Please refer to attached file for CBSE Class 9 Activity Manual