The NEET is an integral milestone for any student who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. This exam, which is conducted in May every year, offers ninety thousand seats to students all over the country so that they can study in prestigious colleges and fulfill their academic dreams. As per the 2021 NEET eligibility criteria, students can attempt this exam as many times as they wish, since there is no upper age limit for the aspirants. However, students who are eager to begin their undergraduate studies prefer to not spend multiple years studying and appearing for the NEET, as succeeding in this exam immediately opens up a whole world of possibilities to students. In order to accomplish this, students often need advice and support, as they may not be familiar with the nature of such competitive exams.
Master time management
One of the major patterns seen among NEET aspirants is that they only begin to buckle up and study for the NEET after their board exams. This leaves them with a fairly short window to go through and revise the NEET syllabus. Students who start studying for the NEET only after board exams are also more likely to experience fatigue and burnout, which then worsens their quality of revision. These students often have to dedicate more than fifteen hours of their day only to studying, resulting in health issues and poor social life. Apart from these consequences having a long-term negative impact, students also feel like they are simply jumping from one exam to another since they are required to study for the NEET immediately after studying and appearing for their board exams. This can result in boredom, procrastination, and frustration, which will then affect the student’s dedication and perseverance towards studying for the NEET, by making them more susceptible to distractions.
Instead, students should aim to start working on the NEET syllabus the moment they enter Class 12. This will provide them with ample time to work their way through the syllabus, look for and solve sample questions, etc. Additionally, NEET preparation in Class 12 also serves as a great help for board exams, as the syllabus designed by the CBSE overlaps greatly with the NEET syllabus. Setting aside an hour or two only for NEET revision will ensure that the student is thoroughly prepared for both- the NEET and the Class 12 board exams.
Learn about the exam itself
The NEET is divided into three main papers, which then have different subdivisions within them. In order to score according to their maximum potential, students need to be familiar with how the exam is conducted, how the exam papers are designed, how their answer papers will be marked, etc. The NEET is conducted offline at multiple exam centers throughout the country, where students are allocated according to their place of residence. NEET candidates are expected to answer 180 questions, out of the 200 given in the question paper. The exam has only Multiple Choice Questions, which the student has to answer by filling in an OMR sheet. Since the OMR sheets are later checked electronically, there is no room for biases or subjectivity in the results.
The NEET syllabus comprises three subjects-Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. While studying, students should take note of which topics are important, and what kind of questions are likely to appear in the question paper. Being aware of the NEET Syllabus Weightage can provide students with a major advantage, as they can plan out their studies accordingly. Knowing which chapters to prioritize will help students study more effectively and efficiently, and enable them to score better marks with comparatively less effort. Another thing students should keep in mind about the exam is that it has a strict negative marking policy. This means that students will lose out on one mark for every question they answer correctly. Therefore, students should remember that they should not try to guess the answers as they might for any other Multiple Choice Exam, as too many incorrectly guessed answers will bring down their score significantly.
Implement different study techniques
Since every student is different, they all have different study methods that work for them. In addition to traditionally taking notes, students should look for methods that will help them retain the required information better, and for a longer period. Students can try utilizing mnemonic devices, which are scientifically proven to help in memory retention as well as retrieval. A simple example of mnemonic devices is the sentence ‘My very educated mother just served us some noodles’, which is used to remember the sequence in which planets appear in our solar system. The ‘M’ corresponds with Mercury, ‘V corresponds with Venus, and so forth. While mnemonic devices may appear similar to acronyms, they are even more effective since they involve an actual sentence, instead of random alphabets.
Alternatively, students can create mind maps and put them up on charts around the house, in order to aid them to learn visually. Glancing repeatedly at such mind maps can in itself be an effective study technique, as it subconsciously plants the given information into the student’s brain, over some time. Students may find that creating PPTs for each topic will help them retain important information since the limited area available on slides will essentially force students to condense their notes down to the most important points. As a bonus, PPTs are easy to create, can be accessed quickly, and edited at any point without making a mess of the other notes.
Some students also find it extremely helpful to record themselves reading their books, and then playing back this recording to themselves. Auditory learners in particular can benefit from this technique as it can almost simulate the experience of learning in a classroom. If a student can figure out what kind of study strategy works best for them, they will be able to refine and streamline the process of studying.