The only answer to this question is to increase effectiveness while preparing for NEET in order to be productive. In other words, smart work – working more in lesser time while not compromising on the quality of preparation is key.
Syllabus of NEET is vast, one must approach it tactfully to crack NEET in the first attempt. Working hard in a smarter way seems like a productive plan. To successfully enter medical institutes, one must clear the NEET qualifying marks provided in the form of a cut-off score announced along with the NEET results for that particular year.
Here, with this article, we enlighten students with some tips on increasing productivity and preparedness to appear for NEET.
- A powerful study planner
“Key to success is to start before you are ready” – Marie Forleo is apt to explain the importance of planning. When you start preparing for NEET, the first few weeks must be spent understanding the pattern of the exam and syllabus by carefully analyzing previous years’ papers. This helps to interpret the important chapters in terms of weightage. Carefully select the best sources for NEET, jot down your strengths and weaknesses in all the subjects and plan accordingly.
- Effectively managing time
“Time is what we want most but use the worst” – William Penn justifies what we want to convey rightly. Organizing and planning on how to divide time efficiently while still managing all other activities is covered under the umbrella of time management. Once an effective study planner is documented, prepare a to-do list, to be followed religiously. Include enough stipulated breaks to keep your mind fresh as well as focused. Taking a sound sleep is pivotal.
- Focus on gaining conceptual clarity
Enhance your conceptual knowledge by first mastering NCERT sources and then swiftly move to related, relevant sources to gain in-depth knowledge of topics. In case, that still does not help, seek assistance from seniors, faculty, or resort to online assistance. Ditch the rote memorization techniques as it does not help crack NEET-UG exam at all. The more the transparency of concepts, the better your approach becomes to deal with different types of questions.
- Prepare your own notes
Understand the key points of a topic, make concise notes of all topics in your own words. While doing so, ensure that terminologies used in the NCERT sources, the tone of the textbook is not interfered with. You can make use of mind maps, highlighting important points, abbreviations, symbols, mnemonics, flow charts, and other learning styles that work best for you while preparing notes. These are especially handy while revising and revisiting just before you enter the exam hall.
- Preparing through mock tests and previous years’ question papers
Time is the biggest constraint in NEET-UG preparation. Answering challenging questions, one question in one minute is not easy. One of the most effective tools to increase levels of speed while being accurate is by practising as many previous papers and taking up as many mock tests as possible. In addition to the various benefits, it also helps analyze performance, identifies weak sections, and assists in working on sharpening them.