How to Crack NEET?
Since the countdown for NEET entrance exam has already begun, it is important to look at the best approach to tackle the exhaustive syllabus before the exam. The persistent preparation of a year or two for NEET exam comes to a naught in the 3 critical hours of the examination, if your last minute preparation strategy is not inclined properly. A student’s mental composure and his/her confidence level at the last minute preparation make a big difference to his/her overall performance. Therefore, it is very crucial for all the aspirants to control their nerves and remain focused during these days. At present, three national level Medical entrance exams are conducted, such as NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER. Hence, students should not worry like before.
A day before the exam, you ought to be relaxed without being worried about the exam blues. A moderate evening walk and a sound sleep of at least 6 hours the night before can do wonders in improving your concentration level in the examination hall. You must take light breakfast on the day of examination and report to the examination centre half an hour earlier. Never forget to carry drinking water bottle and drink as much water as you can, as this will not only flush toxins from your body but also keep you all charged up with positive energies.
You must be cautious and avoid all sorts of rigorous physical or outdoor activities when the examination is close at hand; otherwise, it might risk your health, making the examination a dull exercise. Students must be careful in the selection of food and in maintaining hygiene so as to be in good health to maximize the chances of success. They should try to make topic-wise mind maps and increase the frequency of revision in all the portions of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Maintaining high level of concentration during the examination is the prerequisite to come out with flying colors. While solving problems, students should be patient rather than being in a hurry. In case of difficult questions, don’t get nervous/ tense but maintain your calm. Read every question carefully and avoid blind guess as negative marking can reduce your chances of selection and can also pull your rank down. So, it is wise to follow the “thumb rule” of focusing more on accuracy rather than attempting maximum number of questions.
NEET entrance exam like other competitive exams is a time bound exam. This, however, does not mean that students should start solving the question paper quickly without going through it properly. Keeping time management in mind, students should start solving the problems with moderate speed; once they get the rhythm, they can increase their speed accordingly. In other words, they need to move themselves out of inertia and start rolling. Once you are rolling, you will be able to solve even difficult problems with the acquired momentum. To gain the momentum while solving problems, it is better to attempt questions from your favourite subject first, which will certainly help you in rolling forward. Mark the questions (on your question paper) which seem easy at prima-facie and attempt these questions first.
Moreover, there is no need to hang on a single question for more than 5 minutes as this would further waste your time and thus move on to next. After all, it is an examination and your aim should be to score high by dividing your time judiciously and intelligently. I would suggest you to attempt as many conceptual questions as you can, since these are relatively scoring. For comprehension related questions, read them carefully because these can be answered quickly and correctly.
According to the pattern of the questions, you may opt for your favorite section/portion of the paper as per your convenience. Try to cross-check the answers by putting values in the equation(s) given. During the course of preparation, you must have a revision plan which should be interlinked topic-wise and concept-wise. In addition, you can reinforce your memory by revision at regular intervals.
While doing the rough work for solving questions, you must do it as neatly as possible, as this helps in revising the attempted questions. It might sound trivial but it really helps; in fact, these little things if taken into account can add much to your score. It is quite possible that you may finish your favorite subject much before, thereby devoting that surplus time on other areas which usually take more time. This will help multiply your score at the end. You must plan your time in such a manner that at the end you are left with 15-20 minutes which you can use for revision and cross-checking.
As per general perception, Physics seems difficult but you can make it easy by resorting to specific strategy. Before the D-day, revise the solved examples portion-wise because by doing so you will get a recap of the entire functional concepts involved in solutions which will save your time too.
Similarly, Chemistry can be the most scoring subject if you prepare and solve the questions intelligently. To finish the paper in time, attempt the theoretical questions first and then move on to the numerical portion and organic reactions. This will help you maximize your score.
Biology is very interesting subject as compared to Physics and Chemistry. Students need to practice as much as possible and try to concentrate fully on study in order to be successful in exam. Moreover, they should devise a strategy and study accordingly.
Success in NEET largely depends upon your hard work, patience, confidence and conceptual clarity. If you want to be a winner in this exam, don’t lose your patience and be confident as this exam is similar to other several exams you have appeared so far. Keep yourself focused and appear in the exam with positive attitude speculating that you are going to hit the jackpot. Psychological battle starts before the real battle comes in. Every battle is first won in the mind. If your mind conceives you can, you are certainly going to crack the NEET.
Do’s and Don'ts to Crack NEET :
Have faith in yourself: Trust yourself during whole process of preparation and avoid comparing with peers and their results.
Create a feasible time table: In order to rev up preparations in the best possible manner it is imperative to devise a time table and allocate adequate amount of time to revise each and every subject. Stick to the timetable and jot down important points and give sufficient time to tackle your weak areas. Include mock tests in your timetable, which is mandatory at this time. Ensure that you have incorporated timely breaks in your schedule, which is essential to enhance concentration levels.
Maintain a formula and key concept diary: Compiling important formula and concepts in a separate diary will act as a catalyst in the process of strengthening your basic understanding of the subject.
Pay attention to weak and strong areas: This is the right time to assess your preparation levels for NEET and allocate adequate time to tackle those areas where you face difficulty. By this time, you may have a fair idea about the kind of questions to be expected in the exam. Pay attention to weaker segments and solve as many test papers as possible to crack those difficult portions. Do not neglect the stronger sections and revise lessons regularly.
Join the mock test series: The more variety of problems students are exposed to before the actual exam, the more is the likelihood to crack a similar problem asked in the actual exam. Mock tests are therefore one of the best and most unavoidable forms of practice methods to be incorporated until the exams are over. Doing mock tests will help to strengthen preparation methods and build confidence levels. Students will be able to analyze their scores and reduce silly errors as well. Mock tests will also help students to evaluate the time spent on each section.
Do miracle with the 5 R’s Strategies: 5R’s strategy stands for Reading, Remember, Revision, Review & finally you get your cup of tea, i.e. Result. It is a sequential & verified step to crack ‘NEET 2017’ with good rank.
Spare time for mental and physical exercises: Exams can cause a lot of stress and anxiety amongst students. The more the stress, the more students are prone to feel demotivated. Excessive stress can cause anxiety in students. Therefore, every student should spare some time to practice mental and physical exercises that include yoga and meditation. These exercises will improve concentration levels and will keep stress at bay.
Avoid sleep deprivation: To optimize the efficiency level of mind, sound sleep is a key parameter, thus follow 6-8 hrs of sleep and adhere with this by keeping stress at bay.
Now that students have learnt what needs to be followed to prepare for the exams, there are certain things that you should avoid as well.
Do not learn new techniques and shortcuts: This is the time to be utilized for practice and more practice. Do not try to learn new techniques or incorporate shortcuts in this short span of time which can lead to confusion. Instead, utilize this time to strengthen what you have already learned.
Do not procrastinate: Procrastination can be your biggest enemy on the path to success. Follow the schedule as mentioned in your timetable. Putting off your preparation for a later time can result in stress and a sense of guilt is bound to arise in the future. Therefore, it is advised not to waste time and not postpone the required preparation. Abide by your timetable for fruitful results.
Do not lose confidence: At times, due to poor scores secured in a mock test, students are bound to lose confidence. However, it is important not to panic. This may have a negative effect on the preparation and performance. Every student should give their best shot without worrying about the final results.