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10 mistakes that a new IGNOU student should avoid: Expert

With the CUET Result known, the rush for admission has started. Many candidates who were unable to access their preferred course or college apply to Open Schools and Universities such as IGNOU. More than 33 lakh students study through IGNOU’s distance learning courses and each student is dependent on self-study and discipline. That’s why it’s important to give them a few things that are basic to their learning and progress.

These expert tips will help you understand the do’s and don’ts while studying at IGNOU.

Here are some common mistakes students make while studying at IGNOU:

1. Choose your subject intelligently: There are some students who make mistakes when choosing their courses in IGNOU. When it comes to choosing the subject, students do a lot of things – like talking to seniors, surfing the internet, consulting their teachers, instructors, everything. Their choices are influenced by others. They choose a subject for reasons such as ‘it is a high-scoring subject’, ‘the chance of digging through the newspaper with ease is high’, ‘good study material is on the market’, and so on and so forth. What they don’t do is do self-examination and understand their own ability.

So, while choosing a particular topic in IGNOU, listen to what everyone else says, but do what your heart says. Know your subject, know your prowess and act accordingly. Never decide on rumours.

2. Save the username and password: When your admission is confirmed, you will be given a special username and password. Write it down in a place you can easily remember. While many IGNOU students don’t know the importance of saving their name and password, it is very important to you.

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3. Attend introductory program: After you are enrolled in a particular IGNOU course, an induction program is organised. This is a great opportunity for the students. You meet your seniors, build contacts, get to know so many things related to your course and IGNOU in general. You will be introduced to the gold nuggets of your course, the method of preparation, the tips and tricks, contact numbers of your seniors. Simply put, this becomes too important for you to lose.

4. Never wait for books from IGNOU: Students tend to wait for IGNOU’s study materials. They would rather read help books from reputable publishers that publish books for IGNOU students. Fortunately, there are some really good books on the market that not only provide in-depth knowledge on the subject but also promise good grades on the exam.

5. Don’t take the IGNOU command lightly: Assignments can help you score better. That is why it is important that you complete all assignments on time.

6. Not registering for the practical: Many IGNOU students are not aware that registration is a must for the lab course and thus lose a great opportunity. That is why you must register if you have opted for a practical.

7. No visit to the study center: One of the most common mistakes students make is not visiting their study centers. But what they don’t know is that this is the study center where teachers, seniors are available, and in turn it can be of great help to them. Even if other things keep them busy, they should make it a point to visit their study center at least once a month.

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8. Do not consult with your course coordinator/senior: The course coordinator/senior must receive the necessary attention. They know the core of the exam/course and therefore prove to be of great help and benefit to the students.

9. Language chosen: Some students use Hindi or English as the medium for answering questions. But in the exam hall they write in their local language. IGNOU has a very difficult procedure for this kind of error. Therefore, you should not commit this mistake.

10. Not preparing for exams: Some students do not understand the importance of preparing for the exam. Therefore, they appear before it without preparation. Fortunately, there are so many help books on the market today from reputable publishers and their track record is so impressive. So don’t hesitate to call in help and score well.

The author is the founder and CEO of the online bookstore – Gullybaba


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