Strategy to crack NEET 2018

Come February, exam season starts. Students are busy preparing for board exams and also grappling with the entrance exams for the chosen career. If you are aspiring to be a doctor, NEET is mandatory.
While NEET in itself is a difficult exam to crack, the intense competition (about 12 lakh appeared in 2017) makes it much harder. Preparation  becomes daunting as student has to balance time between board exams and NEET in the available time.
Here are a few tips that would help you prepare better and get a good rank.

1. Self-study: An old Chinese proverb goes like this “A teacher opens the doors but you must enter by yourself”. That is, in spite of how many lectures you attend, videos you watch or books that you read, it is how much you have learnt that counts. Self-study enhances understanding and improves the capability to face new and difficult questions. If you dedicate some amount of time every day for self-study it would significantly improve your performance. One common habit among most of the NEET toppers has been the time spent on self-study.


2. Get a good grasp on fundamentals: A clear and deep understanding on fundamental concepts will put you in a better position to answer tricky questions. Most of the candidates would be able to answer simple and direct questions. Ranks are scored by candidates who can answer indirect and tricky questions correctly.

Studying the same lessons again and again may not be of much help. Best way to improve your grasp on the fundamental concepts is to solve as many questions and problems as possible on each concept. This will broaden the understanding about how the concept can be applied. Working on any good online software that has a large question bank will greatly improve your chances.

3. Focus on your weak areas: Given the limited amount of time available it may not be a good idea to try and master the entire syllabus. Because of various factors, typically a student would be strong in some concepts and weak in some. To make optimum use of time and maximize performance it would be advisable to devote more efforts on the weak areas.
Getting to know the relative strengths and weaknesses will be challenging. A teacher or mentor may be able to help you in this regard. Better still, you may make use of some of the online tools available. Competency Meter in eTutor is one good tool in this regard.

4. Improve recall: Ability to recall important facts, formulas etc. during the examination would help in scoring better. Quick and accurate recall will give you additional time in solving questions and avoid common mistakes.
One way of improving recall is to keep a list of all important formulas, constants etc. as a ready reckoner. Regularly referring to the list will improve your recall. Some websites offer such lists as free download.

5. Work on increasing speed: Given enough time, most of the serious aspirants would be able to answer all questions in the exam. Rankers are those who can answer more questions correctly in the stipulated time.
Learning short-cut methods and practicing with sample question papers are some techniques for improving the speed. Working on any software that can give feedback on your answering speed would greatly help in improving performance.


6. Avoid common mistakes:  (NEET imposes negative marks) Some students keep repeating mistakes because of oversight or lack of proper review. NEET imposes a penalty of one mark for every wrong answer. All your good efforts would be wasted if you are careless in identifying common mistakes.
You can control the impact of negative marks, by regularly practicing and reviewing answers. There are some good softwares in the market that can give valuable feedback and insights into performance.

7. Keep Practicing: As the exam date approaches you will not have enough time to learn new concepts. It is better to consolidate on what you have already learnt. An effective way of consolidating knowledge is to keep answering more and more questions and problems. Every wrong answer or unanswered question would highlight the gaps in your preparation. If you can fill these gaps with concentrated efforts you can achieve significant improvement in your performance. Having books or online tools with lot of practice questions would help a lot in this respect.

8. Check progress regularly: It is important to keep track of your progress and performance on a regular basis. If you can check how your performance has improved over the last week, you will understand how you are progressing and what you may have to change for better performance.
Best way of achieving this is to subscribe to any online software that can give detailed analysis on performance and progress in real time. One good software with intuitive dashboards for performance analysis is eTutor.

9. Write a standard mock test every week: Writing standard mock tests will have multiple benefits. It will give you the exposure to actual examination environment. Helps in knowing how prepared you are. You can also have an estimate of how much time you are taking on different sections. All this information will help in improving your preparation strategy and face the actual exam with confidence.

You will have to depend on any training institute or subscribe to an online software for writing mock tests. Online softwares will have the advantage of giving immediate results and detailed feedback on performance.

10.Take regular breaks: It is observed that people who take intermittent breaks would perform better than those who work continuously for extended hours. Very short breaks (about 5 min) will help refreshing the mind and keep you energized for doing more.

Following these steps would definitely boost your performance and improve your chances of scoring a good rank.


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