A common problem that all medical aspirants face is ‘How am I going to tackle NEET preparations along with the board exams?’ It’s an important and troubling question, no doubt. Generally, the NEET comes in close succession with the board exams and so, if you are someone who wants to take up NEET preparation after the board exams, then there is a high chance that you won’t be able to complete the syllabus. The NEET syllabus is vast and it is wise to integrate NEET studies with your board exam. However, your predicament is a serious issue too. Well, here are some tips in which you can tackle both boards and NEET 2020 preparations:
Developing A Mindset
The first thing that any student has to do is develop his/her mindset. You are about to take two major examinations of your life and both can have a major influence on how your life will turn out to be. It is stressful, but you need to prepare your mind for that stress. Tell yourself that you can do it. For the next few months, it will not only be stressful but much of your time will also go in planning and then changing those plans. Be flexible – while plans are important, you should not stick to a plan during desperate times when that plan may not be working. So, always think of Plans B, C, D,… and work it in.
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Concentrating On Board Exam During School Hours
Your school is focused on board exams so, when you are in school, concentrate on the lessons. Take notes and get your teachers to clear any doubts you must have. Try to utilize your school hours to get a complete idea of the board syllabus and absorb whatever is being told in school. Not only this, since your school follows the board pattern, sit for the pre-midterms, midterms, and post-midterms – these will help you evaluate your preparation of board examinations.
The Syllabus and the references
Get the idea of the NEET 2020 syllabus and try to find out whether what you are studying for your board exams are a part of the NEET syllabus or not. If you follow NCERT Books, then be aware that many questions in the NEET examination are from NCERT. Plus, get good reference books of NEET and make notes – they can make concepts concise and simple for you to understand. The more you come across top-quality study material, the better you can be able to manage your time between both board exams and NEET preparations.
If you feel that textbooks are not enough for your preparation and local tuitions are also not good enough, you can take help of online courses for NEET 2020 available in the form of recorded video lectures and live online classes. You can also buy lectures for specific subjects to get strong command on each topic.
NEET Studies – A Month Before The Board Exam
When you have just one month left for the board exams, then retrieve your notes and start preparing for the board exams. However, before the board exams, focus mostly on the NEET 2020 exam. Of course, it is always best to plan out a way in which you can divide the focus equally between the two throughout the year, but it is wise to focus more on NEET. The reason is that NEET covers most of the board exam syllabus and more, so by preparing for NEET, you will be tackling the board exam syllabus as well.
Practice, Practice, Practice
There is no alternative to practising a lot if you want to crack NEET. Plan a study schedule and include loads of time for solving online practice tests when you are not visiting your teachers or doing something else. Also, plan out what you will practice. Board exam focuses on elaborate diagrams and numerical while NEET focuses on schematic diagrams. Board exams focus on large answers while for NEET, you need fast and short answers. So, you have to practice with the correct mindset. Get yourself the previous year question papers and work through them. It will be a bit rigorous though, so be prepared.
Analyzing Yourself – Online Mock Tests
Before the ‘month of the board exam’, try evaluating your NEET preparation by solving as many online mock tests as you can. You should have ample practice time before that, so after your practice, start by taking mock tests. You don’t have to go outside your house for mock tests. You can take online mock tests which will help you evaluate yourself and prepare you better for NEET. Try going for rigorous online mock tests during and after the board exams.
A final reminder: don’t stress. Keep your cool and study. There have been many success stories, so don’t worry – it is possible. Apply yourself – stick to a flexible plan and things will work out fine.
It’s going to be a rigorous test of your life, but always remember that you can do it. Follow these steps and stay motivated. Share this with your friends and maybe you can engage in group studies as well. Plus, it’s always best to get more positive inputs that you can integrate in your planning. Best of luck.