As students, you definitely know what to study and when to study. Isn’t this taught in every school? But have you been ever taught how to study? Isn’t it surprising that in our entire school time, we were never taught how to ‘learn’ effectively? Every day, new research is being conducted on education, teaching skills and learning methods, which can be used to learn the scientific ways of note taking, textbook reading, memorizing and effective reviewing, which can prove beneficial for cracking competitive entrance exams. Here are some tips that can get you sure-shot success if you are preparing to ace competitive entrance exams.
Use these tricks while preparing for JEE Main, JEE Advanced, AIPMT, AIIMS, BITSAT to tap your true potential and emerge victoriously.
How to Prepare for Competitive Exams:
To ace in any examination, you need to do proper preparation.
Similarly, you should have proper focus and plan to clear the competitive exam as well.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to prepare for competitive exams:
Choose the subjects carefully
The study session should be short
Make use of mock papers
Here are 15 strategies and sure shot tips that will help you to succeed in competitive exams to get any job you dreamt about.
#1 Know your syllabus
The first thing you need to know is your syllabus for the competitive exam. Common subjects for every competitive exam are Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, English and General Knowledge. However, the requirement of knowledge under each subject depends on the type of competitive exam you wish to appear for. For example, when you are appearing for a banking examination your general knowledge about the banking sector should be more.
#2 Time allotment for each subject
Time management is a test of for every candidate appearing for a competitive examination. Hence, a candidate should invest time in every subject. Suppose you only have 3-months’ time to prepare for your examination. Then, your focus should be to using 120 days for preparing all the subjects. Time allotment for every subject will depend on your proficiency in subjects. If you are strong in math, then you should spend less time in Math and invest more time on subjects that require more attention.
#3 Prepare a study chart
Preparing a study chart proves to be the highway for completing your syllabus on time. Make a schedule for the month that will have details on how are you going to approach every subject. It is necessary to devote some time to each subject on a daily basis so that you do not lose the track of events. At the end of each month, you need to review the areas that you have covered so far and ensure you revise them on a weekly basis.
#4 Focusing on your strength
The shortcut to clear a competitive exam is the subject in which you are strong. If you are strong in English, ensure you are thorough with every chapter. This will help you to score maximum marks in English and give you an advantage over others. Average marks in the other subjects will still be good enough to make it to the next round.
We all know ‘Practice makes a man perfect’. Be it mathematics or logical reasoning, if you practice regularly there are fewer chances of making a mistake. Dedicating fixed hours on a daily basis will make you an expert in the given topics. But, if you don’t practice regularly, then you may make silly errors while working on the problems later on. Don’t leave any subject untouched for more than 3 days.
#6 Working on weak areas
For sure shot success, you need to ensure that your weaknesses are converted into strengths. Math is a common weakness among candidates. However, they can work in areas like the number system, algebra, and basic geometry. Subjects such as English and General Knowledge also fall under weak areas. Attempt a question only when you are sure about it. Or else it can lead to negative markings in some cases.
#7 Smart Study
The main objective of the competitive exams is to pick out the smart candidates. The paper is prepared in such a manner that only the smartest will get through. The question paper includes questions from various subjects and thus, students need to go through a series of concepts and practice. The students who are able to answer the most number of right answers are selected and not the ones who were able to solve the toughest of problems. Which means you should be smart enough to choose the easy ones and solve them first, rather than struggling with the difficult ones.
#8 Speed Optimization
If you are blessed with speed, then nothing can stop you. As all competitive exams are time bound you to need to be fast enough to solve as many problems as possible. Speed optimization is possible only when your concepts are clear and you have practiced thoroughly.
#9 Question Judgment
When you look at the question paper your first job is to analyze the paper and categorize the questions. Prefer grading the questions with T, A and E. T means tough questions, A means average questions and E suggests easy questions. Once the analysis is over, start with E and try to finish them off as soon as possible. Then start with A and work dedicatedly on them. After you are done with E and A, hit the T questions and try solving them logically, if your answer doesn’t match with any given option, then leave the question. It will save you from negative marking.
#10 Building confidence
Confidence in the examination hall is very important. Have confidence in your abilities and recall your strong areas. If you are feeling nervous, then think about the problems that you had solved previously with ease. An innovative way to build confidence is to solve the E questions first followed by A. If you manage these two sections, you will easily manage to solve some of the T grade questions as well.
#11 Avoiding doubtful areas
It is foolish to try something new just a few days before the examination. Candidates who look forward to starting trigonometry just a few days before the examination end up scoring low in their overall result. As on one hand, they are trying to understand something complex and on the other hand, they are not able to revise the existing lessons which make the situation worse for any candidate.
#12 Plan for answering
Ensure you have a plan to answer the questions. To start first select the questions that you will not attempt (ignore them). Then choose the ones that you can answer easily followed by choosing average and tough questions. This will give you more time in hand. Use this time in managing the tough questions. Do not spend more than 2 minutes on any question while attempting it for the first time.
#13 Maintaining composure
Do not panic when you are answering the questions, or else you will not be able to solve the easy ones as well. Practice deep breathing and solve the questions on the basis of its merit. Suppose you solve a question in 4 seconds, then use the remaining seconds for the tougher questions. In case you are not able to solve it, then leave it and move on to the next question.
#14 Vedic Math
Knowledge of Vedic maths can do miracles for you in the examination. Multiplying and dividing big numbers can be a problem but, if you have strong knowledge of Vedic Maths then you can easily solve such problems.
#15 Being Optimistic
On the examination, day relax and think about good things. Take this exam as a routine work and do not let the feeling of being nervous surpass you. Remember you did your best and there is a better tomorrow waiting for you. Enter the examination hall in a sporting spirit and be confident.
In conclusion, I would say competitive exams are all about smart work and not just hard work. Most of the questions asked in competitive exams are not knowledge based. That means you can’t mug up and clear a competitive exam. You have to understand the concept and only then can you solve objective type questions. Exams like JEE are all about aptitude and reasoning, not just knowledge. Hence focus on understanding the concepts and not mugging up. Though you can prepare for competitive exams in the last few months. I would still say start early.
Best of Luck for your competitive exams.