Proverbial study tips!


So the term break is over and everyone is back in school. Things would have begun accelerating this term, as the examinations are just slightly more than a month away. So, we thought that everyone could use a little bit of inspiration to ‘get in the zone’- hopefully in time to prevent any last minute cramming! But don’t worry; we are not going to bore you with a simple list of study tips. Instead, we will be turning to some age-old wisdom for inspiration!

Here are 5 Tamil proverbs that will present you with some nuggets of wisdom for learning :

1. ஆறின கஞ்சி பழங் கஞ்சி.

Meaning:

Porridge should be consumed when it is hot, for if not, it will seem stale upon cooling down. One should complete one’s work while the enthusiasm for the job is still alive.

How this applies to you:

One should complete one’s work in a timely manner while the interest for learning is still present. Procrastination can kill your interest for learning something new. Studying with disinterest makes it difficult to reap the full benefits of the lesson. So, ensure that your research, homework and revision practices are completed time to time to ensure optimal retention of what you have been taught in school.

2. சட்டியில் இருந்தால்தான் அகப்பையில் வரும்.

Meaning:

You will not be able to scoop something out of a vessel if it is empty. Hence, we should be aware of what will be needed ahead of time, so as to prepare it in advance, making it available when necessary.

How this applies to you:

You should be aware of the topics and that will be tested so you can prevent last minute confusions about what to study. This allows you to have ample time to properly learn your material, ensuring that you will have the right knowledge available to you at the time of testing. You will also be better prepared if you are aware of the exam paper formats. You can do so by practising past year papers. This ensures that you know what to expect, keeping you calm during your examinations.

3. காலம் பொன் போன்றது.

Meaning:

Time is precious- like gold.

How this applies to you:

Students' lives are very busy these days as you not only have to focus on your academic work, you also have to contribute to your CCA, catch up with your tuitions, participate in CIP events and of course, have some “me time”. Hence, your time IS precious! So, plan what you would like to do for the day. Do not just plop in front of your desk without a game plan. Some students do well with a detailed timetable, while others require a task list. Stick with whatever works for you-as long as you have a plan. We suggest that you take a look at what you would need to cover for the exams and break them down into manageable tasks for each week or day. This will ensure that you are using your time wisely.

4. காற்று உள்ளபோதே தூற்றிக்கொள்.

Meaning:

Seize an opportunity when you see it.

How this applies to you:

Do not ignore your class tests. Instead, use them as opportunities to revise your work. Such regular revision will ensure that you are not cramming for the exams at the last minute. It will also allow to pick out the areas in which you still require help, allowing you to correct the problem before it affects your understanding of the topic/subject any further. You can also seize opportunities when it comes to managing your time! You can use the time that you have between the end of your curriculum timetable and the start of your after-school activities to engage in group studies, consultation sessions with your teachers or to simply clear your homework. This way, you may end with more time to unwind when you get back home.

5. அடி மேல் அடி அடித்தால் அம்மியும் நகரும்!

Meaning:

Persistence will help you accomplish the hardest of tasks.

How this applies to you:

You may find certain subjects or topics rather challenging. Do not give up! Continue trying to understand them by seeking help from you teachers, peers and even online resources. You will eventually find clarity. So do not get disheartened if your class test marks are low or if you are not able to complete an assignment. Keep giving it a shot by seeking help and continuing your practices. Your attempts will eventually bear fruit!

We hope that these tips were helpful! However, if you find that you are still struggling to cope with your school work and curriculum demands, feel free to contact Brainworks Education. Our tutoring services can help you get back on track, as we offer personalised programmes to meet students’ needs. We also offer life coaching servies, if you require help on a more personal level in terms of time management or dealing with other daily stressors. We can be reached at hello@brainworks.sg.

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