At the end of every year, all the 12th graders are under immense stress regarding the entrance examinations, be it NEET or JEE. Why shouldn’t they be? After all, they have been working in sweat and blood since 2 years if not more. But, what most people forget is to work smartly rather than taking the long way out. Take for example the questionnaire the institutes provide for practice. One simply cannot go through everything at the end. So, a smart approach to this would have been encircling the questions that you felt were different from the normal or if they had a specific method of solving. Have success on your door step, no need to go out looking for it.
Similarly, this blog focusses on what the key points are to be kept in mind while preparing for JEE or any other entrance exam.
The point which bags the first place is ‘Time Management’.
70% of the students work day and night to achieve their goals; but what they miss out is time management. If you manage your time wisely, you wouldn’t have to work day and night. Because the hours for which you studied doesn’t matter, but the amount of knowledge you gained in that time matters. So, the best way to do this, is to prepare a schedule and moreover be organised. Clear your workspace and sit with the aim to complete a specific portion you assigned yourself for the day. Don’t let procrastination creep its way into your clock. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take breaks. Of course you can, but those shouldn’t turn into time which you look upon later and regret. To speed up the study process, give yourself a treat every time you complete a portion before deadline.
Second one is none other than “Dealing with the Pressure”.
During these two years, your patience will be tested; and you will be put under stress, until you break. Now, I know this sounds more like an interrogation going on, but it’s the truth. And the truth always comes the hard way. There will be expectations from your family, your neighbours; and with expectations comes pressure, pressure to do good. The only way to deal with this is to find your outlet. Something that will relax you and help you study better. For example, for some people dancing may be a stress reliever, for some it might be working out. According to some surveys, meditation is found to be one of the best ways to calm one’s own mind and focus better.
With this fast-moving generation, internet has become such a necessity that one can hardly live without. Then, why not make use of the internet to the fullest? There are plenty of new apps in the market to help you in JEE like the “Winuall”. You can get all your questions answered by Kota experts anytime. Students who are able to visualise and understand the concepts are at an advantage compared to the ones who just remember the topics by heart and forget it as soon as the paper gets over. This is because of the reason that the topics learnt by heart gets stored in the temporary memory. YouTube is a great source for learning. You can almost find everything on it, be it for JEE or any other entrance exam.
Last, but definitely not the least comes “Dealing with Emotions” and “Comparing Yourself with Others”.
I personally have seen many people have breakdowns during their high school period and take rash decisions. It might not just be related to academics but also personal life issues. But during such a phase, one needs to prioritise and understand what’s more important. Always remember, ‘Never let your mind control you, you control your mind’. Train your mind to work in such a way that it doesn’t give in to emotions easily. Again, that doesn’t mean that you make yourself insensitive; it inclines towards the fact to never mix professionalism with emotions.
Also, there is going to be a great deal of comparison. Why is Tillu aunty’s brother’s daughter Rinku getting more marks than you? Whenever someone says this to you, take it in a positive way and step up your game. Or, simply, avoid getting yourself compared to others- you might be good at something else that she’s not- not everyone is the same.
Before signing off, I would just want you to know that no hard work ever gets wasted. Stay true to yourself ; and every time you feel unmotivated, ask yourself-‘where do you want to see yourself in the next 10 years’- that ought to bring you on the right track.