So, we heard you are having trouble navigating the murky waters of JEE/NEET and other entrance exams? Also, considering that these are additional preparatory materials apart from the school's academic syllabus.
So not having enough time to complete humungous volumes of concepts, tricks, and chapters is an issue. While there is always guidance from teachers on what to study, little is said on how to or how not to study. Don’t worry, this blog will explain exactly that. It will help you stay mentally healthy, not feel overwhelmed, and at the same time, help you make steady and constant progress in your preparations.
Here are a few proven scientific methods on how to prepare for the upcoming entrance exams:
We have compiled a list of '7 Dos' and '7 Don’ts' that will help you get started
Let us start with what you SHOULD NOT do first:
1. Do not mug up: Mugging up increases pressure because there is only so much information the brain could specifically remember and nit-pick. Always aim towards understanding the concept. It will help you see the bigger picture, wherein you will also realize that many concepts are interrelated or derived from each other.
2. Do not pull all-nighters: How often do you find yourself looking for coffee and suddenly realize that it's 3 am?! Our brain and body need enough rest and cannot process so much information at once. It will only make us forget or zone out on what we already know. Sleep is essential for our bodies to retain information and regain energy.
3. Avoid phones and social media while studying: Phones and social media, as we know it, are huge distractions. Imagine hearing notifications or receiving unimportant calls while you are in the zone. Doesn’t sound good, does it?
4. Do not forget to take care of yourself: This is one of the most important things that is often overlooked, i.e, self-care. We need to keep in mind that to excel, we have to eat right, exercise, and take some time off to unwind. Make sure you have a balanced diet and perform simple exercises like running, skipping, stretching, or yoga. You can take up a hobby like painting, reading, baking, or anything else that makes you happy or helps you de-stress.
5. Do not maintain an unhealthy attitude: Many times we tend to overthink and question ourselves - “What if I don’t remember this during the exam?" What if I fail?” - These negative thoughts are unavoidable, but there is a way in which you could channel them positively. You must work on these thoughts to grow and be better rather than spiral through self-doubt.
6. Do not study at the last minute: Last-minute studying adds a lot of stress. Instead of doing this, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. You will feel fresh and energized. I mean, what is left to learn after this? You have already worked very hard, so attempt the exam with a positive and confident mindset.
7. Do not ONLY aim for high marks: Your goal should be to learn your material and be able to apply that knowledge in real life. Marks are also important but think of the exams as more of a learning experience that will prepare you for the future.
Now that you know what you should focus on not doing, let us move onto what you SHOULD do:
1. Start with easy topics: This is because starting with harder topics can make you feel worn out and stressed. Finishing off the easier ones first could give you the boost and motivation to tackle what's coming next.
2. Create a fixed routine: Routines could help your mind and body adjust. Creating and planning routines around your study schedules every day will help you track progress, feel accomplished about your day, and reduce procrastination.
3. Create a study plan: Break bigger units or chapters into smaller sections. Create a plan and a routine around each section accordingly. Start small, be consistent, and aim to get better every day.
4. Study in shorter intervals: It is been proven that students find themselves more productive when they take periodic breaks instead of studying continuously. Studying for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break can help your brain fully retain the information and help it move from short-term to long-term memory. The 25-minute cycle can then be repeated.
5. Be mindful of your study environment: We all need the right ambience and vibes when studying or working. Although this is based on individual experience on what ‘my vibe’ is, a well-lit room and an upright chair help keep focus and avoid distractions. Also, make sure to keep your phones away every 25 minutes you spend studying.
6. Perform self-tests and assessments: Taking routine tests will help you self-assess and point out areas that require improvement. The best way to feel less stressed and more aware on exam day is by practicing.
7. Use brighter colors for text: Some studies show a correlation between colors and memory. Bright colors, the ones pleasing to your eye, help you remember better and also help retain attention.
We truly understand the amount of stress you are under with your exams and your personal life, too. We hope this blog helped ease some of the pressure you face and offered clarity and assistance on how-to-manage your exam preparations effectively.
For any doubts, reach out to our Coaches, who are always ready to help you!