Daily routine tips while preparing for Entrance Exams like JEE & NEET
If you are a student preparing for a competitive exam, you would come across advice from all directions now and then. Parents, relatives, teachers, friends - everyone seems to be guiding you on what your routine should be and how you should be preparing for the exam, ‘IF you want to succeed’.
The most common tip suggests that you should follow three steps to excel in your dream exam; Study, Study hard and study harder.
Such advice tends to intimidate the students and makes their preparation a lot harder than it is. On the other hand, if handled a bit differently, this preparation phase can uplift your entire outlook towards life. It can render you to be more focused and yet relaxed for your career ahead.
Here are ‘some more tips’ which will help you down the road no matter what exam you set your eyes on:
Find out what works for YOU:
When students start their exam preparations, most of them start following what other students do. What books they refer to, how long they study, what coachings they attend. But you should remember that no two people are alike. What works for them may not necessarily work for you as well. Do not imitate others. Observe yourself and find out what works for you. You can start by fixing your routine. During the whole day, when do you find yourself most focused on studies? Maybe you are more productive at night or maybe you do better in the morning. Develop a study routine that utilizes your best hours for preparation. The number of hours you spend in front of books doesn’t matter. It is the quality that counts.
Work smart not just hard:
Another misconception that students commonly have is that unless they tire themself out with piles of books and notes, they are not preparing right.
Books are indeed very helpful, but nothing can beat the notes that you prepare. Use flowcharts and diagrams while preparing a topic and when you have done, explain it to others. This will help you get a good hold on the topic. Practice with previous years’ papers regularly. There are a lot of good online test-series available. This helps you get used to the format of questions asked in the real exam. Discuss the answers with your friends.
Write down how many exams/tests you have and plan accordingly.
Observe your distractions and cut them out:
When we get down to study, thousand and one distractions come in our way. We try to avoid some of them. But others easily grab our attention, social media platforms being the most forceful ones. Every time a notification pops, we feel an urge to open it up. Our frequently ringing cell phone is another major source of interruption.
A good way to avoid these disturbances is to turn your mobile to silent mode whenever you get down to study. Ask your friends or relatives to call you before or after your study time. I’m sure they’ll understand. You can even turn off the notifications.
You should also try to keep your study space as neat as possible. An organized space helps you focus more easily than a cluttered one.
Take a break:
Studying for as many hours as possible is not a good idea. Researches show that after 30-40 min. of continuous study, our grasping power starts declining. So, instead of doing one several-hour long session, you should have several 30 min. sessions. After each session, you should take a 10-min. break. This refreshes your mind and it is once again ready to take new information.
You should spare some time out and enjoy nature around. Enjoy a little sunshine and have some doses of Vitamin D.
Take care of your body:
Doing all these exam preparations, you should take proper care of your health. Proper rest and sufficient sleep is a must. Taking a short power nap in the afternoon can boost your energy and focus.
You should also perform light exercises, especially for back, neck, eyes, etc. A little physical activity keeps your mind active. Praanayaams like Anulom-Vilom Pranayam also help enhance your mental stability.
Drink enough amount of water to keep your body hydrated. The color of your urine tells you whether or not your body has the right quantity of water. It should be white or pale.
Keep your mind calm
Lastly, some tips to help you during your exam days. The nervousness and anxiety can drag you down. If possible go see your exam center when you get to know about it. This will relieve you. Work out how long it will take to get there. Choose your attire for the D day. Eat what you eat daily. Don't try something new.
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