Monday, 27 May 2024

Expert tips to score well in the NEET exam

NEET is one of the toughest entrance exams conducted every year by the NTA for admission to medical degree programs of MBBS, BVSc, BDS, AH, and AYUSH. Competition is very high due to the vast syllabus, nature of the exam, as well as lakhs of candidates, will attempt it. It is not an easy task to crack the exam as there are limited seats and high competition. Students are required to have a dedicated focus in studies, hard work, a disciplined approach, and a passion for medicine. 

This article will provide expert tips for the NEET aspirants to score well in the exam.

Students should keep these 4 things in mind to score well in the NEET exam – Understand, Study, Practice, and Revise

Plan a study schedule to complete the NEET syllabus in time: Students should create a realistic timetable to know what all topics have been completed or left out. Make sure that you give equal time and importance to each subject. Divide your study slots into 1-2 hours each and then take 15 minutes break. This will help you to focus effectively. Have a clear idea about the NEET Weightage for each unit. Then accordingly make a list of topics in each subject from high weightage to low weightage. This will help you finish more syllabus in less time. Allot time for revision also.

Don’t leave out topics and chapters that you think are less important for NEET: No one can predict what questions will come in the exam. So, it is a must to complete all the topics without skipping anything since even an easy question can be asked from any topic which you think is not important or difficult. Don’t skip the difficult chapters for later. Try to understand and finish it at any cost using online resources and YouTube videos.  

Study NCERT textbooks: Students must study NCERT books thoroughly as it is considered as the bible for the NEET exam. Each and every concept must be read line by line and understood clearly. Highlight the important lines along with making notes. This will help you to have strong fundamentals. Solving difficult and tricky problems requires you to have strong basics. It is not advised to refer to so many books as it will cost you time and make you confused in your preparation. Practice all the exercises and solve examples from the NCERTs. You can refer to a few standard books for each subject to practice different types of problems as some questions will come outside the NCERT. 

Subject wise strategy: Just planning is not enough, you have to implement it effectively too. 

  • Start your preparation with Biology along with one more subject. First, study all the topics which have the highest weightage in order to finish more topics in less time.
  • For Biology, you can easily understand a topic when you have a clear idea of the diagrams as it helps you remember and recall the information more effectively. 
  • For physics, it has so many mathematical and numerical questions to solve. So, make a separate note for chapter-wise formulas which includes all the formulas and laws discussed in each chapter. Revise all these formulas on a daily basis. Solve as many questions as you can to perform better in the exam. Focus more on the “Mechanics”, “electricity” and “magnetism” as they are scoring chapters. 
  • For chemistry, memorize all the diagrams and chemical equations. Just like physics, create a note for chemical equations and formulas after completing every chapter to solve the questions. 

Notes making: Make short and brief notes for you to recall for last-minute revision. Short notes don’t mean making long sentences. Try to keep it short using abbreviations for you to memorize them quickly. Make mind maps, flow charts, diagrams, etc. whichever is easy for you. 

Practice questions: Practice is a must for you to improve your performance in the exam. Solve as many questions as you can from all the subjects. To overcome the time constraint, solve the questions in a fixed time. 

Clear all your doubts immediately: When you don’t clarify your doubts immediately, it will lead to frustration and disappointment. Take the help of your teachers or friends or any other resources to clarify your doubts.

Attempt mocks tests and solves previous papers: It is recommended to attempt as many tests as you can. Mock tests will help you to know how thorough you are with the syllabus. But with each test, your performance should be improved and you should avoid the mistakes you did in the previous test. Make a note of the questions which are incorrect to know your weak points. Work on those areas to prevent the same mistakes in the exam. You can also take chapter-wise tests with a time limit. Check how much time you are spending on each question in order for you to improve your time management skills. Practicing previous years’ papers is a better way of practicing chapters.

Do revision well: Without proper revision, all the hard work you did to study will go in vain. The last-minute revision is crucial to evaluate your NEET preparation and work on the topics in which you feel you are weak. Revise the chapters you have already studied to retain the information. It will also give you confidence in your preparation.

Maintain speed and accuracy: Students need to maintain speed, time, and accuracy to score well in the exam. They can achieve this through regular practice.

Attempt questions correctly: Students should attempt the questions with which they are fully confident. You should not attempt the exam in a hurry. Think before you answer as there is negative marking. Even a single mark can make a lot of difference in the rank you get. 

Hope these tips are useful for your preparation and to crack the NEET exam. Be positive, calm, and have confidence in your preparation. You can score well in the exam. All the Best!!