With NEET knocking your Doorstep, it’s time to realize your dream’s First Step! After a thorough analysis of the regular obstacles that every NEET aspirant goes through, we are certain that this blog will hold the key to all your unsettled queries.
Challenges should be considered as tools that measure one’s Progress!
A single nationwide, common entrance test like NEET can be a challenge on its own. However, some of the regular difficulties faced by NEET aspirants are Time Management, dealing with Stress, planning a Schedule, and last-minute Mishaps.
In the topics ahead, you will read how each of these difficulties is just a small hurdle which if dealt in the right manner, would definitely bring you the success you deserve.
The following guidelines will help you handle the jitters caused by the vast syllabus and the short time span of NEET.
- Prioritize and Strategize: Build a Schedule that will maximize your strengths and conquer your weaknesses. Prepare a Time-Table by wisely combining subjects that you find easy and difficult.
- Managing Time: ‘The key is not in spending time, but to invest in it’. The sacrifices you make and the efforts you commit is what matters. So even if you study for about 8 hours a day, stay committed to it and sacrifice on the little things such as your playtime or TV time because, in the end, the goal achieved will be worth it.
- Self-Analysis: Test yourself after every topic you learn, as this is the best way to improve your score. Regular tests aid in self-analysis and better preparation. It also helps you get a grip on time-management. Though initiating test-taking is quite a mental challenge once you make this a habit, you can conquer your dreams.
Formulate a Plan
As someone rightly said, ‘For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned’.
We have a few strategies which would help:
- Save the dates: Mark your calendars with all the important dates with regard to the exam. This will help you set Timelines and Deadlines.
- Make sure you are well-aware of the pattern of the exam. Go through previous year question papers.
- Comprehend and be thorough: It could be a topic you skipped during your final exam in 11th grade or it could be a topic you always hated. Either way, try to understand the topic with an expert’s help and be thorough with it. Leave no stone unturned!
- Preparing a time-table is very important as this way you can set deadlines for yourself and ensure sufficient time for revision.
- Surround yourself with the right study materials.
Easy-to-remember Study Methods
Making notes will aid as your Best Friend during your revisions.
- Sticky notes and highlighters are a few of the tools that make a boring textbook interesting.
- Mnemonics play a great role in the retention of the subject.
- Comparative tables, flowcharts, diagrams are effective methods of memorization.
- While preparing with the previous year’s question papers, making a note of repetitive questions could help at the time of revision.
- Don’t forget to make notes of HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) topics. These questions might help you achieve some brownie points (those who aim for an almost 100%).
Revision is the only key to remember volatile topics. One can always identify their strengths and weaknesses over a revision.
- If you find a particular topic beyond the comprehension of your brain, just try a spaced-out repetition. This is a method where you learn a topic today and make sure to revise it the day after, and then after three days, after four days, so on and so forth.
- This way, with every passing day, you learn something new and retain something that once seemed impossible to you.
- Mock tests are one of the best revision strategies. You not only get to know how thorough you are with your subjects but will also be able to improve your speed.
Striving for Progress
Now with your preparation going in full swing, two things must be kept in mind: Consistency and Persistence.
- Consistency: Even if you study for just 5 to 8 hours a day, Do it every day. By studying every day for a set period of time, it becomes a part of you. You are less likely to feel lazy this way. By being consistent, this will not only help to increase your determination to achieve your dream seat but also creates a habit in you.
- Persistence: Becoming a doctor must have been your childhood dream and years of hard work and preparation, achieving that goal is possible only with persistence. No matter how hard it gets, Believe in yourself and Never Give Up.
As Roy T Bennett quotes, “Keep Going. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
Last 24 hours before the Big Day
With 24 hours left for the exam and the stress monster testing you from the inside, remember two very important things!
- Mindfulness: You may tend to lose your concentration at times, but get the focus back on your goal. Think of all the effort and hard work it took you, all the sacrifices you made to become the professional you have always wanted to be. Now that you’re in it, there is no turning back.
Yoga and meditation prove to be a great way to conquer your mind. It helps to avoid confusion and clutter in your head and this is very important to think straight, especially when you must make a choice with 4 options to every question.
As Paulo Coelho rightly said, “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
2. Attention to Detail: The Devil is in the Details!
At any point, you feel like something is unimportant or beyond your level of understanding, mark it for later but never skip it. Clear your doubt and proceed.
Do not ignore examples. Learn the concept behind it and try forming your own examples. Questions can be derived out of it!
At the Exam Centre
180 questions in 180 minutes may seem like a mountain to climb, but here is how you could ace this!
- Make sure to attempt all the questions you are sure in the first attempt. This way you would get a few extra minutes to solve the numerical and other concept-based questions that require deeper thinking.
- In the next attempt, spend a little more time than you did in the first to solve the numerical and other concept-based questions. Even at this point make sure to leave the unknown questions for your last attempt.
- It is advisable not to attempt a question that you are not confident with. Rather than guesswork with 4 options would give 75% chance of getting it wrong, guessing with 2 options would give you a 50% chance. So make the right choice.
- With a few minutes left, go for a final cross-check and place your pens down 10 seconds before the final countdown. Stay confident because you know you have given it your best shot!
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