In my preparation days, when I covered any topic, say, SICI, I would feel very confident in it. It felt great when I was able to solve some typical questions also because my mind was fully engrossed with the concepts of that topic. However, after a few days, if a question from that topic popped up in any mock or peer-learning group, I would struggle to solve up. More often than not, I would not be able to recall it. That’s when I felt the need to have a learning diary/revision diary.

So, I made a learning diary and noted down the following, especially for each topic of Quant.

What should be there in the revision diary?


For each topic of the quant section, I noted down all the important formulas and went through those every now and then. While solving any question in the peer-learning group, if I got stuck because of the formula, I would quickly resort to my learning diary. It helped me reinforce the formula in my memory.

Important/Typical questions/concepts:

Some concepts are hard to grasp, no?

Yes, there are a few concepts for which we don’t get the logical approach most of the time. So, I noted down such concepts topic wise in my learning diary. I made it a point that I would revise them once a week so that I can retain those concepts. And it helped me immensely.

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Digital Revision Diary:

Besides the learning diary, I also made word files for each topic in which I saved the important/typical questions from the mock tests. I also revised those questions from time to time. It helped me retain important concepts in my mind.

Advantage of the Revision diary:

  • You don’t have to solve all the questions on any topic again and again. You can just go through the formulas and typical questions to recall the whole chapter. And to be honest, you can’t afford solving TIME material for all the topics again in September.
  • It saves a lot of time that may be wasted in searching for a specific formula or topic.
  • The learning diary can enable you to revise the whole Quant section in a few hours.
  • Most importantly, you won’t panic feeling that you have forgotten everything that you learned.


For LRDI and Verbal, I mainly had the typical questions/topics saved in the MS word file.


To conclude this post, I request all the aspirants, especially those who say that they forget the concepts after some time, make a learning diary, and keep revising the concepts from time to time.

Isse “Aage Paath Piche Sapaat” nahin hoga 😛

One Pro Tip:

Be active in Facebook Peer-Learning groups. In these groups, doubt questions from all the topics are posted. So, you can solve the mixed problems. It will flex your brain muscles and help you remember the concepts of all the chapters simultaneously.

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