Need help to remember what you’ve studied? How to make notes that really work

The 2017 exam season is here and we are sure you would be gearing up for your tests. Notes can go a long way in making your revise more effectively. Abhishek Patil, CEO and co-founder of Oliveboard , an online preparation portal for MBA, banking and government exams, tells you how to do it right. The syllabus to be covered for all competitive exams is vast and especially so when you’re talking about the UPSC CSE. It’s important to remember that the whole process can be simplified through notes. The…

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10 of the best gardens … that you’ve probably never heard of

Forget big names such as Kew and Versailles, these almost-secret gardens around the world are worth tracking down, for lovers of horticulture, sculpture – and the bizarre More than capable … the Capability Brown-designed Gatton Park, in Surrey. Photograph: Alamy Gatton Park, England This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of English landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who created lakes, built hills and planted forests in the process of creating over 170 spectacular parks. Among his finest creations are Harewood in Leeds and Croome Park, Worcestershire (which has…

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Oman: ‘You’ve never heard silence until you get to the Empty Quarter’

Researching this romantic corner of the Arabian peninsula for her book, Katherine Webb fell in love with the beautiful calm of the desert Sand scene … the Empty Quarter, Oman. Photograph: Alamy My novel is set in Oman, so I visited as a researcher not as a tourist. Rather than relaxing, I wanted to see as much as possible: to explore its cities and mountains, and the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. Novelist Katherine Webb. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian   Unlike the UAE, Oman retains a…

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