Quality Vs Quantity: Tips To Grasp Syllabus

Both quality and quantity are required and go hand-in-hand for a successful result.

Education is the foundation of a proficient future and quality education has been recognized as the mantra for a successful life. The current times are more competitive as ever and alongside proper education, the students need proper strategies to strive in this competitive world.

One of the most important strategies is to prepare properly and know how much or what to prepare. The proper way to approach any subject is knowing and understanding the syllabus. It helps to understand the goals and explains the structure and assignments for the exams and other activities that are required for students to learn and grasp the essence of preparatory measures properly. It gives us a fair idea of how much time should be given to a particular topic and what topics are not required to be prepared. This increases students’ efficiency and efficacy. This also helps them in preparing in a well-defined manner.

Now, arises the most common question - What is more important - covering the entire syllabus or just the important components of the syllabus? Should a student go for quantity or quality?

This question can be answered as per the phase of preparation the student is in. Let us understand this properly with an example:

If a student has just started preparations, for example in class 11th, then he/she should focus on the quantity of the syllabus. They should cover each and every aspect of the syllabus in order to achieve a good rank in a competitive exam or secure good marks in boards.

If a student has completed the syllabus and is in the revision phase or there is not enough time left for the examination, then he/she should not focus on each and everything. In this case, the best course of action would be to pay a lot of attention on the weak areas and practice as many questions and possibilities.

Identification of the most important topics and analysis of previous 5-7-year papers and finding the most trending topics for practising questions would be a suggested way forward in this scenario. However, both aspects are important in proper preparation and must be given proper attention to, according to the time available. The student can also try to tie in quantity with quality when there is ample time. It is important that the student feels confident at the time of the examination, which is only possible when he/she has tried and attempted many last year question papers.

Hence, proper knowledge of syllabus is like having a roadmap to a destination. Once the student knows what all to study and how many topics are there, he/she can prepare a time table that covers everything and also leaves ample time to practice last year's question papers.

Both quality and quantity are required and go hand-in-hand for a successful result.

If a student aims for the pinnacle, there are no shortcuts. He/she should focus on both quantity and quality and strike the right balance. However, if the time is not enough, a student can build his own methodology/strategy depending upon his/her weaknesses and strengths.

Students need to understand that there is not a fixed strategy to get good marks. Consistency, dedication and continuous practising will not only make them confident of appearing in the examinations but will also help them in getting admission in their dream college.

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