For students, it becomes a race to find out how fast you can cram a year’s worth of syllabus. However, it best to realise that during a time of such intense exam pressure, studying for 12 hours a day is not something that is very healthy. It is effective to study with a small concentration in small pockets and taking short breaks in between. The focus shouldn’t be how long you studied but how much you studied.
The national level entrance exam will be conducted on May 5, 2019, which will decide the fate of lakhs of students aspiring to become a doctor. As the exam is only a stone's throw away, it is time for the students to switch to the revision of important topics. The 3-hour long exam will be pen-paper based and there will be a total of 180 questions, 45 each from Zoology and Botany and Physics and Chemistry.
Here are a few tips that can make your long study sessions before NEET Examination the most effective and help you concentrate the most.
It is necessary to take short breaks between study hours so that you can return back to your books refreshed and focused. It is also necessary to choose the right type of activity while you are on your study break and never take a break that is longer than required. For instance, you can take a walk, stretch, take a quick shower, or phone a friend. And while you are on “break”, you should keep your mind free from any exam related thoughts.
Almost 80% of your questions asked in the exam are likely to come from the core material which consists of the important principles, theorems, formulae, or important diagrams and graphs. Instead of struggling with a huge unfinished syllabus, you can concentrate on the core materials of different subjects. Also, it’s always helpful to go through the question papers of the last few years to make sure that you are not spending time on the topics that are most unlikely to be asked in the exam.
Reading and highlighting the important points are not enough, you can write down the important points in a rough paper or your notebook. When you write and read the important points aloud, it will not only make your brain see the points but also hear and write them too. Also, you can make your own notes to skim through before the exam.
As Biology section alone in the NEET Examination account for 90 questions (45 from Botany and 45 from Zoology), you need to pay extra attention to revise topics from Biology. What’s best to study Biology than making a couple of charts of the main diagrams that are more likely to come and stick it on your wall and cupboards? Keeping these charts in front of your eye will help you to learn them more easily than learning by rote.
Before learning anything that is untouched before the exams, make sure that you have enough time to recap, review and reinforce within 24 hours. If not, then you stand a chance to lose 80% of the information you learned. It’s not us, science says so.
There’s no need to feel more stressed than necessary. It is also better to avoid people who are stressed or your friends who are also sitting for NEET Examination with you this year. You can go to your usual revision spot or library rather than sitting and compare how stressed you are and how little you know. It will not help.
Yes, of course, you need to look after your friends but, right now, you are more important. All the best for your examination.