Cracking any entrance exam is not easy – it requires practice, time and many more factors. But still , it is important to remember that anybody can crack any entrance exam if given enough time and practice.
Here, we look at the various factors that will help you to crack entrance exams with flying colours …
Understanding the Exam
“Understanding the exam makes it easier to crack the exam”
Understanding the entrance exam is very important, as it allows you to plan better.
The Perfect Study Mantra
“It is better to study with full concentration for half an hour than studying aimlessly for 5 hours”.
Remember this funda always !
Studying with concentration saves a lot of time for you. You can also continue your leisure activities if you study with full concentration and commitment in the time allocated for studying. Studying aimlessly for 5 hours does no good even when the number of hours are high. Many students fall in the trap of feeling satisfied after having studied for a long time. Now, imagine achieving the same with 1 hour of undivided attention ? – you save yourself 4 hours. Now you can put those 4 hours in further studies, relaxation, social media or other leisure activities.
If you adopt this funda of studying you will never be stressed out. The best way to implement this is through the slot method. Read : How Slot Method can optimize your Studies
Never Doubt the value of consistent effort. It may not show results in the beginning, but definitely in the long run, it is consistent effort that pays off.
Practice the kind of questions asked
If the exam is based on MCQs, practice more MCQs. Practice according to the types of questions asked in the exam.
Do not fall in the loop of revision
You need to now that you will never be able to know everything at all times. That is why you need practice instead of more revision.
Managing time is going to be very vital for you and thus you should always remember these rules :
- I can’t waste time.
- Each wasted day brings me down by a mark (2 years – ~720 days – 720 marks).
- I can’t spend the entire day planning my schedule. My schedule for the day should be ready within a minute.
- I have to spend a lot more time on execution than planning and dreaming about a medical seat – repeat rule (3,4) .
- I am disciplined enough to follow a fixed timetable.
These are not just rules, but also some of the reasons to why so many students are unsuccessful at the entrance exams. If you want to be successful you will have to follow the rules strictly. Time to discipline yourself !
It is easier to discipline yourself if you enjoy the process of learning, practicing and cracking sums.
Read More : Time Management Techniques
Solve Mock Papers
By solving the mock papers, you get a precise idea of the paper pattern and types of questions asked. After solving your first mock paper, you can search specifically prepare for the type of questions asked in these mock tests. So, Mock tests helps you to understand the exam better and hence helps you to prepare better.
Mock Tests also gives you a thorough practice of the exam day scenario. You can get an idea of time management through these tests. You can also check your level of preparation with each mock test and then prepare for the weaker parts.
Solve as many mock papers as you can before the exam.
Read More : What to do if you are scoring Low in Mock Tests
Staying Away from Distractions
One major hurdle in disciplining yourself is “Distractions”. And the major distractions are your social media. You need to really ask yourself at this point that is all of this social media really any big, important thing ?
If you observe carefully, you will realize that you don’t really need to check social media updates every 5 minutes. Even if you check out updates 3-4 times a day, it will all be covered up. So, a great step ahead is to install the AppBlock App from playstore and apply it on your distracting apps so that you can view them only 4 times a day.
Minimize Negative Marks
Minimizing Negative marks is as good as earning marks. Negative marks can get you down from a big total and thus you need good amount of practice so that you choose the right questions on the exam day and solve them and arrive to a correct answer.
This aspect of the exam has been comprehensively covered up in a special blog. Read: How to avoid the trap of Negative Marking
Your mindset is going to shape your preparation. The way you think about the exam influences your preparation.
Wishing you all the best for all your future endeavors.