As the RBI Grade B exam and the IBPS Clerk Exam approach, the main problems which people face are shortage of time and high stress levels. It is essential, especially during the last few days before the exam, to keep your calm and absorb as much information as possible and keep practicing as much as possible. You cannot let stress or any other excuse waste your time. So to help that process, we have collated five main apps which will help you during these days so that you efficiently use your time as well as maintain your mental peace.
App Number 1: Wunderlist
This app is the most wonderful list making app you will find. It has special features such as categorizing your lists, syncing them across your devices as well as the ability to favourite or prioritize certain item on the list. This is extremely important as you need to distinguish between priorities that are urgent, important or both.
How can you use this app? Make a list of all the things you need to cover during the day. For instance, here is a sample list.
1. Read Newspaper
2. Read GK updates
3. Learn 10 new words
4. Practice reasoning for one hour
5. Practice quant for one hour, etc.
You can make this into a daily list and cross them off once you are done. This will help you to not miss out any activity for the day and make best use of your time, reminding you what all needs to be done.
App Number 2: ClearFocus: Pomodoro Timer
This app is great for you to keep track of time as it is passing by quickly. You have the facility to set a time limit to whatever task you have taken up. This helps you be alert with utilizing your time effectively, and not get stressed over time loss.
How can you use this app? Here are some things for which you can use it.
1. The time you spend on social networking can be limited
2. The time you spend on practicing each section of the paper you are going to attempt can be recorded.
3. You can practice mock tests with this app. It will help you reduce the time you spend on each and every section of the paper.
Use this app wisely and keep an eye on the ticking clock.
App Number 3: 7 Minute Workout
Exercise is a crucial part of your daily routine. It helps to keep your mind alert and fresh. Through physical activity, it energizes your mind to extend for longer hours. It also dramatically increases your concentration. For this, we suggest an app which will help you exercise within seven minutes.
With this app, you can set the timer to seven minutes, and simply follow the instructions given by the app. It will tell you which exercise to do and how many times to do it. It will also keep track of your rest period. This is a well-researched app which will help you keep your mind active through exercise.
App Number 4: Gaana
You always require a little bit of entertainment while preparing for exams. During your breaks, while doing quant and reasoning, etc., you may feel like relaxing your mind. One way to do this is by listening to soothing music, or music which makes you feel happy. Music is known to have many powers. It is known to have a strong influence on your mood, your positivity and your energy levels. It is always better to listen to instrumental music as music with lyrics tend to disturb your thought process.
For this purpose, we recommend the Gaana app, which has every kind of music that you wish to listen to. But beware, don't get lost in entertainment, as you never know how time flies. Keep the timer app for this reason and use your time judiciously.
App Number 5: Google News App
This is the most important app on the list, as it keeps you abreast with current affairs and general knowledge. These are not only important for the GA section but also for the verbal section, as reading comprehension passages will be asked from topics which have occurred recently.
Download the Google News app or any other news app that you prefer, and make it a habit to read them multiple times a day. This is because news keeps getting updated and you might miss out on some crucial piece of information in the process. Keep an alert with Google of keywords such as:
5. Current Affairs
7. Bank exam
8. RBI, etc.
This will bring to your notice only relevant information. Keep yourself abreast with the latest headlines also, along with technological innovations and scientific research.
Here we end our top 5 list. We hope you found this informative. Using these apps, you will be better prepared for the exam. These can help you manage your time and stress levels much better.
This article is written by Samhita Atrey, Education Consultant at www.MockBank.com, a Bangalore-based test-preparation company for government / PSU jobs.