The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the most talked about undergraduate entrance examination that is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. A decisive test for several medical aspirants, the test brings with it the age old excitement as well as a new sense of anxiety as students prepare to face the NEET. In the process of preparation students are attentive to any talk of tips and tricks that can assist them in clearing the entrance. In view of the need of the hour a few tips have been devised to assist students in their preparation.
Tip 1 Know your exam: details such as important dates, syllabus covered, the different sections and which abilities are tested, the pattern format, the division of marks and the negative marking system will help students to plan their preparation time. NEET being a Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) comprises of 180 questions covering the 4 areas namely, Physics, Botany, Zoology and Chemistry.
Tip 2 Know the important topics: The important topics that you should be thorough with in Physics – a) Mechanics & Electrodynamics, b) Mechanical properties of matter and c) Heat & Thermodynamics, Optics, Modern Physics, Oscillation and Waves are easy topics but the questions asked are usually more formula or direct theory based with less of concepts; Chemistry – a) Physical, b) Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and Coordination compounds, c) Name reactions in Organic chemistry are extremely important so ensure that you do them thoroughly along with sufficient examples and d) Stoichiometry (find quicker methods for these topics); Botany – a) Plant kingdom and genetics and for Zoology – a) Human reproduction and evolution.
Tip 3. Reference books: since it is conducted by the CBSE the patter will be similar hence referring to NCERT books is a good start. Some books that students can refer to are the Objective Biology by Dinesh, Arihant Objective Approach to Physics Vol II, Pradeep Objective Chemistry by SN Dhawan, SC Kheterpal and PN Kapil, AC Dutta for Botany (Oxford Publication) etc.
Tip 4. Practice: when it comes to calculations the best way to develop confidence it nothing else but our old buddy practice, practice and then practice some more until and unless you are able to get the right answer. It is preferable to refer to previous years question papers and solve as many as you can. This will familiarize students to the examination pattern and give them an idea as to the type of questions that are most likely to come. Apart from this the more you solve sums with the formulae the better you will remember them. When solving previous years papers create an examination environment, by treating the practice session as an examination. To finish the examination within the time limit students should allot time to each of the questions.
Tip 5. Balance your time efficiently: you need to form a time table and allot a certain amount of time to the topics and subjects that you find difficult so that you can focus more on such topics. So when you have enough of time you need to use it for subjects that are tough.
Tip 6. Know which topics to learn when: Don’t learn a new topic just before the exam or spend time on subjects that are difficult. Instead revise what you have already done and perfect these topics.
Tip 7. Use Memory improvement techniques: try and make use of memory improvement techniques such as method of Loci, form acronyms or rhymes to remember terms, revise and rehearse topics that you have completed. Repetition reassures one that the matter has been memorized. Discussing the topics studied with a friend will help you and your friend to revise the topic. Apart from revising the matter studied you will help you to realize whether you have understood the points discussed in the topic and ensure if your understanding of the topic is correct.
Tip 8. Study Tips: create flow charts, tree diagrams, drawings, pictures, charts etc. to remember important points. Make use of stick on notes by writing down the important key words. You can also make important notes beside the topic in your text book. Make use of bright markers and symbols to point out important notes. It is preferable to take 5 minutes breaks after an hour. If you have formulas to by heart it is preferable to note them down on a separate sheet of paper in the form of a table if possible. This will help you to revise them fast.
Tip 9 Keep distractions away and avoid procrastination: it is important for students to not be distracted by social networking sites and phones when preparing for an exam. When a task has to be completed don’t put it off and engage in unimportant activities as, “you may delay, but time will not”.
Tip 10. Health Matters: it is important to ensure that you get enough rest, eat a balanced diet and most importantly exercise. It is important that you sleep in time, eat properly and exercise, if you wish to perform well in the examinations because both the body and the mind need to rest to function to its maximum potential.
If students stick to these tips the paper will be easy to clear thus, they will perform well.