Almost every student has, at least once in their life, wondered how they can make school life easier. CBSE Class 9 is typically a stage where students are slowly introduced to concepts that they will be expected to know for their Class 10 board exams. As the intensity and pace of studies increases, many students start looking for ways to make their academic year a little easier. Since no one can bring about this change except the students themselves, they need to know how they can have better control of their lives at the academic tipping point that is Class 9.
Create a study-oriented schedule
Class 9 is an excellent time to start getting into good habits. Not only will these habits benefit students in their current situation, but they will also provide a smoother transition into the hectic and demanding year of Class 10 board exams. Students should start to prioritize their studies by the time they begin Class 9 and should curate their everyday schedule accordingly. Since students are expected to study a total of nine subjects, they should set aside approximately 4 to 5 hours per day for their studies. This time can be utilized according to the student’s requirements for that particular day- they can complete their homework, work on projects, revise whatever they were taught, go through some reference books, etc. If students do this right from the beginning of the academic year, they will be thoroughly prepared for everyday challenges and will breeze through their Class 9 studies.
Early bird gets the worm
Another way of ensuring that Class 9 is not harder than it needs to be, is to get a head start. Students can start by going through the CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 anytime after their Class 8 exams. While this tip might seem excessive for students who like to enjoy their holidays, it is one of the most effective ways of demystifying and therefore advancing their studies. Additionally, if students can find even half an hour every day during the holidays to flip through their textbooks and reference books, they will find that once school reopens, each and every lecture will make more sense and seem easier. Even once the academic year begins, students who have a longer commute to school can choose to utilize it productively. If a student spends 15 minutes before school revising the material they learned the day before, they will be very well equipped for further learning by the time they reach their classroom.
Explore your preferences
Class 9 is the perfect time for students to refine their study skills, as their academics are not yet as demanding as they would be in Class 10. Class 9 students should dedicate some time to exploring and discovering how they can make studying more enjoyable and stress-free. Students can try out different study methods to check if they are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners. Visual learners tend to retain information if they are able to visualize it in the form of graphs and charts. For such learners, taking notes in the form of mind-maps or flowcharts can be extremely effective. Auditory learners are more likely to absorb information once they hear it and can benefit from reading paragraphs out loud to themselves. And finally, kinesthetic learners are students who need to engage in an activity in order to understand it. Such learners prefer more hands-on experiences that they can try themselves. Some students also find that just the act of writing something down helps them remember it better. Then there are students who love to study with soft music playing in the background, while others may find any type of sound too distracting. If students can spare some time to discover what kind of learning and studying suits them the best, they will enjoy Class 9 to a greater extent.
Allow yourself some time off
Even though students are recommended to set aside a significant portion of their day for studies, they should not hesitate to take short breaks whenever they require them. After all, even though Class 9 is a busy time in the student’s academic career, it does not have as high stakes as Class 10. Taking short breaks to relax and enjoy will not harm the student’s academics in the long run, and will in fact positively affect their mental and physical health. Using breaks to demarcate one study session from another is an especially effective strategy. For example, a student who has just come home from school should have some downtime when they can eat, listen to music, play games, or even take a quick nap. This will refresh the student, replenish their energy, and prepare them for their study session at home. Similarly, if a student has finished studying for a particular subject, they should take a short walk around the house or neighborhood to clear their head before starting on the next subject. While such breaks may seem counterproductive at first, they will make it easier for the student to sit and study for longer periods.
Be in your teachers’ good books
Making and maintaining a positive impression on teachers is something that can help tremendously in making a student’s school life easier. While teachers are not likely to approve of students who are too obvious in their attempts to be in the teachers’ good graces, there are certain ways in which students can make a good impression. Students should attempt to participate regularly in the classroom, in the form of asking appropriate and intelligent questions or answering questions asked in the class. Students should also try their best when it comes to projects, homework assignments, and other activities, and must ensure that they turn in all their work on time. Letting teachers realize that the student is sincere and genuinely interested in their studies will often result in fewer reprimands and punishments for the student. Being kind and helpful to other students can also elevate the student’s image. A student who has a reputation for being friendly, considerate, and dedicated is bound to make a lasting impression on both other students and teachers, who will in turn make things easier for the student as they progress through Class 9.