CSE 2022: Plan/ Strategy/ Daily Routine - ForumIAS

CSE 2022: Plan/ Strategy/ Daily Routine

@Patootie "At this point, for me, it is not even about the job for me. I want to clear the exam. It is as simple as that. It is an intensely personal struggle and it has been for at least the past 2 years. Good thing is, I finally feel that I can truly give my best again towards that goal."

I relate to that so much. Was expecting interview call at least, ended up getting the least marks so far. Confidence totally shattered. Started looking at other jobs and other exams. But eventually I realized if I run away now, I will regret it for the rest of my life. It may not be rational, and I don't know if it is right sort of motivation for becoming a good officer, but now I want to do it because I feel that I can't. When Livepool beat Barcelona 4-0 (after being defeated by 3-0 at Barcelona), Jurgen Klopp told the players before the match to either "win or fail in the most beautiful way". Now, I want to either clear the exam or at least come close. Won't run away before that.
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Should we make a thread where we can share and discuss (and thus internalise) interesting anecdotes /news/facts/examples/case studies etc. which we can use in ethics, essay and other GS papers? 
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@nerdfighter I created the thread. Do contribute!


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Whenever I feel down about results, I try to keep this passage from the book "Make it Stick" in mind. May be relevant here. 



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"Failure as a badge of effort and a source of useful information" being the key phrase.
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@Aazaad yes it is a good read. It has helpful tips on learning strategies.

Btw you too have philosophy optional? 


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@Aazaad Yes philosophy optional! Do you have any idea about any of the test series available? Btw I can understand your pain. I too left a PSU job to prepare. But what can you do, such is life. 

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@Aazaad Okay. I am confused between Mitra's and VVR IAS. 


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@Aazaad I only know about it through Himanshu Gupta's videos (2019 topper). He vouches for it. But they are not picking up phone calls. I have asked a friend who lives near ORN to enquire. 


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@nerdfighter English august? 


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@nerdfighter nice book. Picked it up a few years ago but read only 70-80%. Somehow lost interest towards the end. They made a movie on it too, but all the films were destroyed in a fire. Rahul Bose played Agastya. 
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First time posting targets. Let’s see how it goes. I am moving to my hometown on 31st so won’t get much time. 

Today’s target:
1. Revise new notes from Plato to Kant.
2. Revise old notes of Hegel.
3. Write philosophy test.
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@Aanand142 I think it will be difficult to coordinate taking tests together since I am juggling gs test series along with optional. But I will be happy to discuss doubts, test questions or PYQs.


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First time posting targets. Let’s see how it goes. I am moving to my hometown on 31st so won’t get much time. 

Today’s target:
1. Revise new notes from Plato to Kant.
2. Revise old notes of Hegel.
3. Write philosophy test.

All done. Nothing today as I have to start packing. 

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Could not study for the last several days. Shifted from Delhi to my hometown and the house is getting renovated. Will try to accomplish something today.


Targets:

1. Glance over CA of last 10 days.

2. Review of last IR Test.

3. Start something for the next philosophy test. 

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sbhatisaid

Could not study for the last several days. Shifted from Delhi to my hometown and the house is getting renovated. Will try to accomplish something today.


Targets:

1. Glance over CA of last 10 days.

2. Review of last IR Test.

3. Start something for the next philosophy test. 

1. Done

2. Not done

3. Not done


Too many people at home and too many things happening. Still I need to take out time wherever possible and do as much as possible. 


Today's targets:

1. Review IR test.

2. Prepare for ethics test.  

3. Prepare Moore and Russell.

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Could not study for the last several days. Shifted from Delhi to my hometown and the house is getting renovated. Will try to accomplish something today.


Targets:

1. Glance over CA of last 10 days.

2. Review of last IR Test.

3. Start something for the next philosophy test. 

1. Done

2. Not done

3. Not done


Too many people at home and too many things happening. Still I need to take out time wherever possible and do as much as possible. 


Today's targets:

1. Review IR test.

2. Prepare for ethics test.  

3. Prepare Moore and Russell.

1. Done 

2. Not done 

3. Partially done


I should make my targets more specific and more realistic. Today’s target:

1. Current affairs

2. CA class 6th november

3. Review ethics topper copies

4. Philosophy test question no. 1 (at least partially)

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Could not study for the last several days. Shifted from Delhi to my hometown and the house is getting renovated. Will try to accomplish something today.


Targets:

1. Glance over CA of last 10 days.

2. Review of last IR Test.

3. Start something for the next philosophy test. 

1. Done

2. Not done

3. Not done


Too many people at home and too many things happening. Still I need to take out time wherever possible and do as much as possible. 


Today's targets:

1. Review IR test.

2. Prepare for ethics test.  

3. Prepare Moore and Russell.

1. Done 

2. Not done 

3. Partially done


I should make my targets more specific and more realistic. Today’s target:

1. Current affairs

2. CA class 6th november

3. Review ethics topper copies

4. Philosophy test question no. 1 (at least partially)

Not much done. Fell sick. With the house getting renovated, and my sisters marriage on 21st, there is little scope for studying. Better to have small and achievable targets than something too ambitious. Today's targets:

1. Current affairs of last few days that I missed.

2. Finish 6th november class.

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Which one should be prepared first, GS4 or GS1? What do you guys suggest?
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Which one should be prepared first, GS4 or GS1? What do you guys suggest?

In my opinion , GS4 ( short syllabus , less linkage to other papers, more scoring scope) as compared to GS1 (largest syllabus among all GS papers with less scoring scope) . But it also depends on your level of preparation of both papers.

Yes that is what I was also thinking. Also it’s probably better to do gs1 nearer to prelims as it will help in that too. Thanks. 

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Could not study for the last several days. Shifted from Delhi to my hometown and the house is getting renovated. Will try to accomplish something today.


Targets:

1. Glance over CA of last 10 days.

2. Review of last IR Test.

3. Start something for the next philosophy test. 

1. Done

2. Not done

3. Not done


Too many people at home and too many things happening. Still I need to take out time wherever possible and do as much as possible. 


Today's targets:

1. Review IR test.

2. Prepare for ethics test.  

3. Prepare Moore and Russell.

1. Done 

2. Not done 

3. Partially done


I should make my targets more specific and more realistic. Today’s target:

1. Current affairs

2. CA class 6th november

3. Review ethics topper copies

4. Philosophy test question no. 1 (at least partially)

Not much done. Fell sick. With the house getting renovated, and my sisters marriage on 21st, there is little scope for studying. Better to have small and achievable targets than something too ambitious. Today's targets:

1. Current affairs of last few days that I missed.

2. Finish 6th november class.

Done. Today's target:

1. Today's CA + Editorial

2. 8th Nov CA Class (1/2) 

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All done yesterday. Just one thing for today, have to help out at home.


Target:

1. Insights CA + editorial 

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Sister's marriage went well. I'll get back to studies tomorrow after a long hiatus.


Targets for tomorrow:

1. Insights CA + Editorial

2. Philosophy of religion: analysis of toppers answers, review of old study material and Cottingham to finalise a strategy for this topic 

3. Ethics: analysis of toppers answers, review of sources, strategising.

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@Aazaad thanks. Preparation was on hold. So far I have only prepared first half of western. Yet to figure out strategy for the rest. But I am happy to discuss any doubts that you may have. 


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sbhatisaid

Sister's marriage went well. I'll get back to studies tomorrow after a long hiatus.


Targets for tomorrow:

1. Insights CA + Editorial

2. Philosophy of religion: analysis of toppers answers, review of old study material and Cottingham to finalise a strategy for this topic 

3. Ethics: analysis of toppers answers, review of sources, strategising.

Not done, partially done (and decided to do contemporary western rather than religion), not done. But its okay. Philosophy took too much time and it will take a few days for me to get back the momentum. 

Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 26th nov

2. Contemporary western philosophy: Moore, Russell and Early Wittgenstein (prepare at least a rough draft of notes for all topics)

3. Ethics: review of topper's copies


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Sister's marriage went well. I'll get back to studies tomorrow after a long hiatus.


Targets for tomorrow:

1. Insights CA + Editorial

2. Philosophy of religion: analysis of toppers answers, review of old study material and Cottingham to finalise a strategy for this topic 

3. Ethics: analysis of toppers answers, review of sources, strategising.

Not done, partially done (and decided to do contemporary western rather than religion), not done. But its okay. Philosophy took too much time and it will take a few days for me to get back the momentum. 

Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 26th nov

2. Contemporary western philosophy: Moore, Russell and Early Wittgenstein (prepare at least a rough draft of notes for all topics)

3. Ethics: review of topper's copies


Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

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Are you using Balaji Sir's Book as Primary/Sole book or secondary? I did this too, but seems like more diverse content would be needed, is it?

I found it to be easier to understand than lexicon, which I found to be incoherent at places. But I do plan to supplement it with examples and content from newspaper, other areas of syllabus, toppers answers etc. 

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

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AnaBeesaid

Okay I started out being intimidated by everyone's targets and posts here. I have been truly struggling to do this again for the 3rd time after missing the mains again this year. I am still to finish my optional notes (History)

I am 60 percent through Modern history. I feel like I am so slow and everyone seems to be doing so so so smoothly.

However, I am also inspired by the perseverance and dedication the forum brings. I shall borrow some of this from you guys.

The target for December:

1) Finish Modern notes

2) Finish World H notes

3) Revise Laxmikant, Geography Ncerts

4) Current Affairs Oct-Nov 2021

Phew! Thank you guys for being such awesomesauce badass people that you all are :)



I used to be intimidated too. And I have just started posting again after almost a month of being away from studies. But, it is okay. What I have realised is, nothing today determines how I am going to do on the day of the exam. At the end, it won't matter how much hours did I study for on 1st dec 2021, or in the month of December, or how many tests I wrote. What will matter finally is the cumulative, and how prepared I am and how prepared I feel on the day of the examination. So, small targets everyday, over the course of months, and the rest will take care of itself. 

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

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Targets completed on 1-12-21:

1) One lecture of Biotech

2) Machiavelli

Cleaned up all the clutter from my room and study desk. Has brought a sense of clarity to my mind and with it panic of not even doing the bare minimum prep wise in the last 6 months has kicked in.

I have a lot of doubts regarding my prep from this point onwards.I would be really grateful if you guys could provide suggestion/ insights on the same. (2022 will be my first attempt, PSIR optional. Graduate in biology, preparing from home without any peer group)

Status of prep - Completed static of (Economy, Modern and Ancient Indian), Half of ( Indian society, ethics, Laxmikant, PSIR 1A and 2A), CA is up to date. Haven't started any other subject,severely lacking in revision and no note making at all.I know that my chances are slim owing to my disorganised prep, but I still want to give it my best shot.

1) I am planning to not make any notes for prelims. Will consolidate all the material in the basic books itself with highlighting, sticky notes/ A4 sheets wherever necessary. I have been a textbook  person and time isn't really on my side right now. Can this backfire spectacularly?

2) Would one be able to make mains specific short notes for GS and optional within the three months post pre and revise it effectively? I intend to read topics like governance, security etc atleast once before prelims. Does this sound fine?

3) Regarding answer writing, I feel that my content and conceptual clarity is dragging my scores down. Can this be fixed with content enrichment and practice post pre? Would there be sufficient time including for point 2?

Thank you.

My opinion:

1) Try this in tests. If you are doing well in tests then there is no reason why you cant do well in Prelims. 

2) It will be difficult. It is better to make such notes for as many subjects as possible before prelims itself, especially in optional.

3) In GS, mostly what matters is content, conceptual clarity as such is not an issue. Everyone understands what farm bills are about, but not everyone can produce all the relevant facts, committees, diagrams etc. in their answer. So for GS at least, finish static and focus on basics of current topics. Enrichment can be done after pre (though it is obviously better if it is done before pre itself). For optional, I think, conceptual clarity should be gained before prelims itself. Post pre, main focus should be on practice and revision.      

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

Done, done, done, not done (watching 2 full classes in a day will be infeasible, rather I should watch around 1.5 hours of CA classes daily), done.


Targets for today, in descending order of priority:

1. Finish Logical positivism and start later Wittgenstein

2. Ethics Class 3

3. 1.5 hours of CA class

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper


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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

Done, done, done, not done (watching 2 full classes in a day will be infeasible, rather I should watch around 1.5 hours of CA classes daily), done.


Targets for today, in descending order of priority:

1. Finish Logical positivism and start later Wittgenstein

2. Ethics Class 3

3. 1.5 hours of CA class

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper


Partially done (did not start later Wittgenstein), done, done, not done, not done.

Got a little overwhelmed yesterday. Targets for today:

1. Later Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard

2. Ethics class 4

3. CA Class 4th Dec (2/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper 

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

Done, done, done, not done (watching 2 full classes in a day will be infeasible, rather I should watch around 1.5 hours of CA classes daily), done.


Targets for today, in descending order of priority:

1. Finish Logical positivism and start later Wittgenstein

2. Ethics Class 3

3. 1.5 hours of CA class

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper


Partially done (did not start later Wittgenstein), done, done, not done, not done.

Got a little overwhelmed yesterday. Targets for today:

1. Later Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard

2. Ethics class 4

3. CA Class 4th Dec (2/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper 

Partially done (did not finish LW and did not start Kierkegaard), done (also watched 2 hours of class 5), done, done, not done (did not get newspaper due to rains).


Targets for today:

1. Solve philosophy test 2 (1/2)

2. Finish ethics class 5 and class 6

3. CA class 6th december (1/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial + Newspaper (during free time)

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How are you guys going about essay preparation? Is it better to start preparing it right now or is it better to build content in GS first and then practice essays? What do you guys think?
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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

Done, done, done, not done (watching 2 full classes in a day will be infeasible, rather I should watch around 1.5 hours of CA classes daily), done.


Targets for today, in descending order of priority:

1. Finish Logical positivism and start later Wittgenstein

2. Ethics Class 3

3. 1.5 hours of CA class

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper


Partially done (did not start later Wittgenstein), done, done, not done, not done.

Got a little overwhelmed yesterday. Targets for today:

1. Later Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard

2. Ethics class 4

3. CA Class 4th Dec (2/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper 

Partially done (did not finish LW and did not start Kierkegaard), done (also watched 2 hours of class 5), done, done, not done (did not get newspaper due to rains).


Targets for today:

1. Solve philosophy test 2 (1/2)

2. Finish ethics class 5 and class 6

3. CA class 6th december (1/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial + Newspaper (during free time)

Partially done, partially done (half of class 6 left), done, partially done (did not read Insights). 


Targets for today:

1. Solve philosophy test 2 (2/2)

2. Finish ethics class 6 

3. CA Class 6th december (2/2)

4. Insight CA + Editorial + Newspaper 


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How are you guys going about essay preparation? Is it better to start preparing it right now or is it better to build content in GS first and then practice essays? What do you guys think?

This time is time for mains prep is very less or say negligible hence right now focusing only on GS and optional, while I think for essay at least one of the essays could be written with the GS prep and the other its all about your interpretation and presence of mind and thereby nobody could do any specific preparation. 

So essay baad mei, abhi Just GS and Optional. 

If you want to do then you can go with reading topper's essay to get hold of frameworks etc , I think thats what could be done. 

 

Yes I think I will first finish gs4, and socio-political philosophy (part of philosophy optional). That should help in both philosophical as well as socio-political issue based essays. After that I will try to write a few essays before prelims itself. 

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How are you guys going about essay preparation? Is it better to start preparing it right now or is it better to build content in GS first and then practice essays? What do you guys think?

I may not be the best guy to answer this as I have never written a mains. But I have written over 20 essays and saw myself improving thoda sa everytime. 

I think when you are writing essays you are essentially practising effective expression of your thoughts. For that, whatever content you have should suffice. I think more unwritable topics, more absolutely "mere paas iske liye koi content nahi hai" topics" you practise writing, the better. With more content, the essays will improve. But at least, you have a head start at putting your thoughts in order and expressing. Even diary entry should help. Even writing 500 words every once in a while on a topic in news you feel passionately about should help. Even writing about how a song makes you feel should help.

Content is a different thing. 

It's like those junkyard wars that we used to watch on net geo bachpan me. We all are adults & have a lot of content. Use that junk to make something. That process of making something out of junk itself is the best practise in creating products. And when those junkyard warriors are given state of art equipments and best materials, they will do magic. And so will you if you are good with expression and your content improves till we write mains.


Yeah that makes sense. But I think I am mainly lacking in content differentiation. Writing abilities as such are okay. I'll try to not delay essay preparation too much.  

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Done, partially done (ended up reading Husserl but did not make notes), done.


Targets for today:

1. Insights CA + Editorial 27th nov

2. Husserl (Patanjali notes + plato.stanford + make notes)

3. Ethics (Balaji chapter 1 + make notes)

Done, partially done (starting to get some clarity on Husserl, yet to make notes), partially done 


Targets for today:

1. Understand Husserl 

2. Prepare definitions for all topics of ethics test 1 syllabus (1/2)

3. Write at least 2 answers from ethics from topper copies and compare

Partially done, not done, not done. Got stuck at trying to understand Husserl. I'll move on now and come back to Husserl later. Perhaps reading Heidegger and Sartre can help. 


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Start Heidegger 

4. Sort out organisation of notes 

Done, done, done and done. 

Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. insights CA + editorial 

3. Continue Heidegger and start Sartre if possible 

4. Finish Ethics class 1

Done, done, done (Finished reading Heidegger, did not start Sarte but moved to Moore and Russell), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Russell, start Wittgenstein (try to finish as well)

4. Ethics class 2

Done, done, done (could not finish Wittgenstein), done.


Targets for today:

1. Newspaper

2. Insights CA + Editorial

3. Finish Wittgenstein's Tractatus and start Logical Positivism

4. Ethics class 3

5. 1st Dec. CA class (Watching 2 classes in a day will be challenging, but I will have to push myself otherwise these will pile up) 

Done, done, done, not done (watching 2 full classes in a day will be infeasible, rather I should watch around 1.5 hours of CA classes daily), done.


Targets for today, in descending order of priority:

1. Finish Logical positivism and start later Wittgenstein

2. Ethics Class 3

3. 1.5 hours of CA class

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper


Partially done (did not start later Wittgenstein), done, done, not done, not done.

Got a little overwhelmed yesterday. Targets for today:

1. Later Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard

2. Ethics class 4

3. CA Class 4th Dec (2/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial

5. Newspaper 

Partially done (did not finish LW and did not start Kierkegaard), done (also watched 2 hours of class 5), done, done, not done (did not get newspaper due to rains).


Targets for today:

1. Solve philosophy test 2 (1/2)

2. Finish ethics class 5 and class 6

3. CA class 6th december (1/2)

4. Insights CA + Editorial + Newspaper (during free time)

Partially done, partially done (half of class 6 left), done, partially done (did not read Insights). 


Targets for today:

1. Solve philosophy test 2 (2/2)

2. Finish ethics class 6 

3. CA Class 6th december (2/2)

4. Insight CA + Editorial + Newspaper 


May not post targets for some days. I think i'll go back to my unstructured, but still productive, way of studying for some time. These rigid targets and strict deadlines are stressing me out. 

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