As there is a far greater number of students fighting for a limited number of seats, for many students it becomes a very stressful and tedious journey to secure their seat through NEET. And all of us know this very well that many students start joining various neet coaching classes, go to different cities for better study and invest their time, money and brains for securing the seat which will take them to the white coat.
So, It is very evident and obvious that the exam which you are going to face will be very competitive. And for this very reason, you should have a proper smart strategy, when preparing for the neet exam.
There is a quote from Abraham Lincoln saying “If I have six hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend the first for sharpening the saw. ” Let’s say if you have six months, or one year or two years for preparing for your exam, then reserve some amount of your time to make the strategy, to collect the required tools, to learn from success stories of other students. In short, give some time and effort to sharpen your saw, and then you will be able to cut your tree easily.
Here are some tips which you can follow to boost up your NEET preparation.
Tips for Biology
1.Learn NCERT book by heart:-I can’t stress enough how much ncert contribute to your result.NCERT is like a bible for the neet students. Read ncert as many times as you can. Try to learn every chapter, every paragraph, and every statement of ncert.
2.Practice MCQs-Since the main exam will be in the MCQ pattern, it is mandatory to practice MCQs. As it will also give you the assessment of whatever you are learning properly and able to apply your knowledge for solving problems or not.
For practicing questions, prefer some limited and good sources. Here are some sources which you can grab –
*Mtg NCERT at your fingertips: It is a great book for biology and it has a complete package of various types of questions that are often asked.
*Previous years neet and aiims question papers-It will give you the idea of patterns in which questions are framed.
3.Don’t go for too much -This strategy may sound a little weird, but it is as important as other strategies.
You have to limit your area of work to excel in doing what you do. It is a part of smart work that you should exactly know where you have to focus and what are the things which you should let go. In the case of biology, revising the selected material (mainly ncert) again and again and again is far more important than covering too many of things.
4.Revise ncert thoroughly before exam:-
When two-three days left for the exam, revise ncert of 11th and 12th class thoroughly. And if not possible, at least try to read the sections and points which you have highlighted.
Tips for chemistry
In chemistry, we have three subsections -physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. You will have to follow a different strategy for each subsection. Here are some tips which may help –
- Practice examples, in-text questions, and exercise questions from ncert for physical chemistry. Try to understand the concepts and logic. Learn all the formulas by heart because many times they ask direct formula based questions.
2. Read inorganic chemistry from ncert, since most of the questions of inorganic chemistry are from ncert only.
3. Do not read inorganic chemistry in one go -Since inorganic is very volatile and you must have known this. So it’s better that you read it for a small -small period of time so that it will be easy to retain what you have read. And know this, keep revising is the key to command over this subject.
4.Practice all the questions of organic chemistry from ncert and also find other legitimate resources for practicing more questions if you are facing some difficulty in understanding the concept.
5.Solve previous years’ questions.-it is a mandatory step for preparing all the subjects. Many times the same pattern of questions or if you are lucky enough then repeated questions also come in exam. So, do the previous year’s papers religiously.
Tips for physics
Physics is a haunted subject for most of the students who are preparing for neet. The credit of more than half of the stressful days and sleepless nights goes to this scary and haunting subject. But there is a positive side to everything. And in the case of physics, the positive aspect is that “the is the deciding factor for your rank and percentile.” You can beat the competition easily if you are scoring well in physics. So, making a smart strategy for physics becomes very important.
Here are some tips that can help you –
- Change your mindset -By saying that I mean, don’t see physics as a burden, try to take it as a challenge, try to make it as interesting as you can.
Yes ,this mindset shift is a very difficult task to do. But you can at least try as it will be for your good.
2. Do previous years’ question -This is the most important and most fruitful task for physics. Do previous year questions and revise them again and again and again until you learn them by heart.
3. Don’t run after difficult topics and questions -Yes, you heard it right. The questions level which is asked in the exam is either easy or intermediate type, so don’t just run after difficult or IIT level questions. You can do it if you want to. But if you are finding that some topics are way too hard and taking too much of your time, then try to take the help of Your teachers and friends. And if still, you are not finding them doable then letting go can be a good option.
4. Learn formulas and theory-based questions -formulas and theory-based questions can help very much in physics. They are easy to learn and questions are framed directly, based on them. So in midst of tricky and time-consuming questions, they can be the lifesavers.
So these were some tips and strategies which you can follow while preparing for neet. Many students use these teeny tiny tips during their journey towards neet.
Every person is different and everyone has a different learning style. You can find these tips useful, but it’s totally up to you how to use them in different proportions. You can mix and match the tips and find out what will be best for you. Your individual strategy will depend on what kind of learning you prefer. If you like to do questions, make mistakes, and then learn from them, then you do tons and tons of questions. And if you like to be prepared before problem-solving, then first go for the theory reading and then come to the battlefield and solve the problems. But solving question is mandatory since that will be the final pattern of your exam.
Common mistakes to avoid by NEET takers during NEET preparation.
It is equally important to know what things to avoid as knowing what to do to prepare for any
exam. Your preparation will be highly enhanced if you know what the mistakes are, what other
people, have done, and what are the errors you have committed in the past, and how to correct
Learning from mistakes is a sign of progress. But if someone told you from the starting that
these are the things you should avoid to do better, then it will save a lot of time and will add
value to your preparation.
Here are some common mistakes which you should avoid during your NEET preparation.
1. Underestimating NCERT and using multiple books: We all have somewhere in our mind
the mentality that reading a lot will help us score better in the exam. But you have a limited
amount of time to prepare. If you choose multiple sources for the exam, it will affect the
quality of your preparation because you are running after quantity. NCERT for biology and chemistry is the heart of the NEET preparation, and a majority of questions will be from
NCERT only. So don’t ever underestimate the NCERT and read it religiously.
2. Lack of revision: If you are reading everything but not revising it properly, then you are
making a grave mistake. Everyone knows that biology and chemistry are volatile subjects,
and physics is a challenging subject for most biology students. So for preparation of neet,
revision becomes very very much important. Your performance in the exam will depend on
how quickly you able to recall things because you will have a limited time. And you will
remember when you have revised things multiple times. Every person’s learning ability is
different so according to your ability, decide how many times you should revise to your best
in the exam.
3. Negative friend circle: Your friends may not have a direct effect on your preparation, but
they do affect your preparation to a great extent. Choosing the right study partner and good
friends truly improves your preparation. Make distance from the people who discourage you
or talk to you negatively. Being alone is far better than surrounded by toxic people. Keeping
yourself motivated and positive is a critical part of your journey, and for this, you have to
choose the people with whom you are going to spend your time wisely.
4. Long study hours without breaks:- Your body needs a break to function optimally. If you
study too long without breaks, you will feel exhausted, and it will affect your preparation
adversely. To avoid it, you can use the Pomodoro technique (25min study then 5min break or
50 min study then 10min break).
5. Avoiding and not reviewing mock tests:– So many students do this to save their time to read
and revise more. But you should keep in mind that your final exam will be problem-solving
assessment. And for better command of problem-solving will only come when you practice
mock tests. Along with practicing, the review of your test is equally important to know about
your mistakes and learn from them so that you don’t repeat the same mistake in the future.
6. Taking low scores too seriously and being depressed: You are giving the mock test to
assess your progress but not to be depressed. If you are getting low marks in the mock test,
see it from a positive perspective that you are blessed that you find your mistakes earlier, and
now you will not do mistakes in the final exam.
7. Fixed, non-flexible schedule for study: Making a daily schedule is important for proper
preparation. But you should be the master of your schedule. Don’t be so fixed on a particular
time schedule. If you are finding your schedule not so effective, you can change it any
“Believe in yourself. And neet is just an exam, so take it as the same. Just do your best, but
don’t ever let a three hours exam define your self worth and life .”
All the best.