The term ‘exams’ in general gives us jitters, and competitive exams sound extremely nerve-wracking to most of us. The tricky questions, time-bound, multiple similar choices, and sometimes negative marking, together pose a dozen obstacles in our path. So, the only way to make your way through it smoothly is by preparing well. Good preparation boosts confidence and helps us keep calm during these tests. Monitoring the entire scenario very closely, we have come up with a few tips that can help you prepare well for the next competitive exam you take.
Study Smartly – First off, competitive exams have a very vast syllabus that touches a variety of subjects from diverse fields in order to assess the academic acumen of the students accurately. More than just how knowledgeable you are, they analyze your problem-solving approach. For this purpose, they tend to keep their syllabus wide. It is not always feasible to have a thorough grasp of the whole syllabus. So, you need to figure out the pattern of the questions from the previous years, most asked questions, common topics, and have your concepts clear. Once you get the gist of how and what type of questions are usually asked, you can pay more attention to the important topic, rather than doing in-depth research about every subject. This will save you a lot of time and energy.
Join a community– For effective exam preparation, studying with a group is way better than preparing alone. You get an idea about where you stand, how far you have come, what you exactly need. Studying with a group of students with the same goals allows us to assess ourselves well and stay motivated during tough times. You also get to know about others’ doubts and exam solutions that you could not come up with.
Evaluate Yourself– If you really want to sit in the exam hall with confidence, consider taking a few sample tests prior to the main day. Do it without taking any breaks just as we do during exams. It gives you an idea about your test prep status and once you are able to solve sample papers within the target time limit, you will experience a sharp rise in your confidence level. Revise the topic that you got wrong, and solve similar problems. There are various challenging factors in the exam room, so you have to come prepared for it.
Focus on your strength– This is a very important part to understand. We need to accept that we can not be good at everything. There are always some subjects that we are inclined towards more than others. Once you are aware of your strengths, focus on brushing on them further, rather than wasting your time on concepts that are too convoluted. This will enable you to manage your time better. While you are solving practice questions for exam prep, ensure that you first solve the questions you are confident about. This will stabilize your mind in the initial hours so you can think clearly while solving the hard problems.
Competitive exams are not formidable with the right mindset and consistency. It is easy to crack the exams easily. Hope the article will help you prepare efficiently for the test.