With less than a year remaining for the NEET 2018 now, here we come up with preparation tips for you to crack the exams. Going by the statistics, there are roughly around 63,000 medical seats available across all the medical colleges including AIIMS, private and other government colleges in India. Of which there are around 2,500 seats available in Government colleges. Each year around 12 lakh students apply for NEET. This shows the tough competition one has to face for getting an admission into medical courses. It becomes very necessary to prepare oneself very well in order to make the cut.
We have listed down 5 tips in order to help you plan your studies in such a way that you have an edge over the others.
- Know your Syllabus well
With so less time remaining for the exams now, you definitely do not want to be spending time on studying out of syllabus topics. Well, having said that, of course you can study things which interest you, but this is not the right time to do that if cracking NEET is your main aim. Stick to the syllabus strictly. Find the official NEET syllabus on the NEET 2018 official website www.cbseneet.nic.in
- Make a REALISTIC time-table
Yes, a realistic time-table. Remember you have only 24 hours in a day, don’t plan for 25 hours. You’ll end up feeling disappointed if you don’t meet the targets you set and that will lower your confidence. Take time out for you college/ classes etc. Also you need at least 6 hours of sleep each day. Don’t skip on that. Gauge with a clear mind, how much of the syllabus you have covered, how much needs to be done. 5-6 hours of self study is what you should be aiming for. The time you spend in classes doesn’t count here.
- Make your own notes
By that we don’t mean copy down your textbooks. What we mean is whenever you learn some new concept; jot it down in your own words in short. Write the related formulae alongside. And you could also solve one or two examples based on the same. This will help you when you revise the concepts. Reading up the entire chapters can be a daunting and a time consuming task when all you need is revision. Thus you notes come in handy then. Also when you write something down you are more likely to remember it than just reading it over and over again.
- Practice, Practice and more Practice
Competitive exams like NEET cannot be cracked just by cramming up concepts, and formulae. These are of no use if you cannot apply them to solve problems. Of course subjects like Biology has more of theory, but except that, you need a lot of practice for Physics and Chemistry. Each day dedicate equal time for learning concepts and practicing problems. We tend to get 2 or 3 books on a subject and decide of reading them before you could start practicing. But that way, we are procrastinating. As soon as you learn a concept, you must get to solve questions based on the same. That is how you are actually going to understand the applications of the concept.
- Revise from time to time
Whenever we learn something new, there are new pathways that develop in our brain. These are very weak in the beginning. You need to keep on revising what you learned time and again in order to refresh the pathways. The more you revise, the stronger they become and the more likely you are to remember these. And you’ll no longer be required to take extra efforts to remember these things; they’ll just come to your mind naturally.
We hope these points guide you to go about your preparation. We have also uploaded a list of books to refer for NEET. Check that out.
Signing off with a small piece of advice; just remember that there are no shortcuts for success, hard work and perseverance have no substitute.