Here are step by step strategies on how to deal with the board exams as well NEET.
The exam which is going to realise the dreams of those students aspiring to become future medicos is round the corner. The exam in question is NEET and the aspiring students have to deal with twin priorities over the next few weeks.
The students have to focus on the forthcoming board exams as well as continue to gain momentum for NEET exam. The priorities might seem conflicting but careful introspection would reveal that the exams complement each other.
Pre-Board exam strategy: Opening gambit (Play to your strengths)
- With the commencement of board exam during the first or second week of March, channeling the effort over the next two weeks becomes crucial
- Based on the NEET preparation carried out thus far, each student should spend a day in identifying their areas of strength in each subject based on the class 12 syllabus
- Having identified the areas of strength, students should chalk out a plan to revise the entire topic thoroughly
- One should focus on spending 9 hours a day on core subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). In the 9 hours spent on core subjects per day, spend about 4 hours for Biology, 2.5 hours for Physics and 2.5 hours for Chemistry
- In a concept intensive subject like Physics, focus 67 per cent (roughly 2/3 rd of the time) of the effort on strengthening the conceptual depth and problem solving area. The remaining 33 per cent of the effort should be focused on theoretical portion (definition, derivation, descriptive questions) which will cater to the demands of board exam
- In a factual subject like Biology, focus 40 per cent of the effort on strengthening the conceptual depth and application of concepts. The remaining 60 per cent of the effort should be focused on theoretical portion (fact based questions, diagram based questions, descriptive questions)
- In a subject which is a fine blend of concepts and facts like Chemistry, focus 50 per cent of the effort on conceptual depth, problem solving and application of concepts. The remaining 50 per cent of the effort should be focused on theoretical portion (fact based questions especially in Inorganic Chemistry, equations, conversion steps from one family group to another in Organic Chemistry).
During Board exam strategy: Middle game (Plug your areas of improvement)
- Once the board exam commences, the students need to shift gear from concept based learning to factual or understanding based learning
- Having played to their strengths during the weeks preceding the board exams, the time is ripe for students to plug the gaps or weak areas during the board exams. Except for the day prior to the exam, one should be willing to put in 12 hours of effort on a daily basis
- During the 12 hours spent on a daily basis, 30 per cent of the effort should be spent on strengthening conceptual depth and application based questions. The remaining 70 per cent effort should be spent on theoretical portion and going through the previous years board questions
Post Board exam strategy: End game (Time to nail NEET)
- After the completion of board exams, it is time to hit the home stretch and have a strong finish. The focus should shift towards strengthening the strong areas to maximise the score
- Immediately, after the completion of board exam, revise the class 11 syllabus
- On a daily basis, unit tests should be taken to identify sub-topics where there is room for improvement
- On a weekly basis, take mock tests to formulate test taking strategies and get adept at time management
- After revising the class 11 syllabus, focus on revising class 12 syllabus. During the last one week prior to the exam date, start taking daily mock tests to get into the right mindset for the exam
- A day prior to the exam, do a review of the key concepts and formulae, ensure a minimum of 8 hours of sleep the previous night
Having left no stone unturned in terms of meticulous planning and rigorous execution of the plan, the student is all set to succeed in NEET. Approach the exam with a winning mindset.
Good luck to the students to come out with flying colours in NEET.
Date: Feb 2, 2017