[This is guest post written by Chinmay. Chinmay works with Netapp and this article is based on his experiences while preparing for engineering entrance exam.]
The way the present generation pictures examinations and preparations is largely different from how it used to be before. With not working hard and eleventh hour preparations termed cool, peer pressure influences a lot on a student’s preparation. Apart from the above set-backs, time management and planning in the preparation for any kind of entrance tests are very crucial and they directly determine the performance.
First thing one needs for any kind of preparation is a proper plan: what are the topics that need to be covered and their priorities with the time each topic would need. I would recommend self-administered tests at the end of each day, or at least twice a week. Most importantly, the plan must take care that all the topics are done covered and the last couple of days are reserved for revision. By revision, I mean solving as many question papers as possible and that would include full syllabus mock tests. I remember my brother telling me when I asked him how it was going a week before he wrote Karnataka CET: “Bro, I don’t know if I could finish all the topics fully.” Obviously, he lacked a proper plan and importantly, he was too involved in a single set of topics rather than concentrating on all the topics. Of course, there are always sections that need more attention. But one should take care that there is room for covering all topics effectively. So prioritization is an essential part of planning.
Another trivial yet crucial point in preparations is set of study materials to refer from. You cannot rely on the text books all the time. The best materials I recommend are the notes and points you made yourself while studying the regular course. If you don’t have something similar, find out something you are comfortable with and don’t go for something new when your preparations have already begun.
Alright then, along with the tips like these, we all have the experience of what has worked for us in the past and what hasn’t. So, our adjusting own strengths and weaknesses combined with the above tweaks will certainly help us maximize our performance in any kind of competitive examination.
All the best!