It takes a lot of hard work to prepare for entrance exams but along with hard work, knowing some tips and tricks can only benefit your preparation. Cracking an entrance exam is not about hard work but about doing your best in the examination hall.
1. Create a practical study plan
Students usually spend more time in planning than actually executing those plans.
Create a plan which can be successfully executed. Give more time to topics which you find difficult and keep a buffer so that you can complete some pending tasks.
2. Know your strength and weakness
Introspect and Evolve.
Everyone has specific strengths and weaknesses. Timely action is advisable. You need to focus on your weakness to make it your strength.
3. Use fewer books for theory
Be concise and precise
Students have a habit of referring innumerable books for each subject even though most of them convey the same thing which will lead to confusion during time of revision.
4. Read the questions cautiously
Read the question carefully and see the options with great concentration as examiners try to trap students by playing around with the question and options.
Watch out for the questions which are designed to have more than one correct answer and you are supposed to choose the option with multiple correct answers.
5. Plan your exam strategy
Planning the way you attempt various questions is quite crucial to crack the entrance exam.
You do not have to approach the question paper the way it is intended to be. Do not waste time over questions which seem to be difficult. Finish off all the sections which you are really good at so that you can dedicate more time for the difficult ones.
6. Train your mind for the exam
Your mind should be trained to perform well during an exam by being consistent over a long period of time.
If you are planning to give your exam in 9am-12am slot, you should practice solving papers at the same time so that your mind is trained to be super active during that period.
7. Practice previous year papers
Practicing previous year question papers should be left for the last couple of months before an exam.
These are actual questions which have appeared and you should time yourself while answering them so that you can compare your scores.
8. Use your cheat-sheet to revise formulas
Make your cheat sheets which you can refer anytime you have a doubt or forget a formula.
Revise these cheat sheets weekly as you have penned down a comprehensive list of everything you will ever need to crack your entrance exam.
9. Use method of elimination
Whenever in doubt use method of elimination to your rescue.
Start by eliminating 2 options which have the least possibility of being correct. Sometimes irrespective of the question, the fact contained in the options itself can be used to eliminate them. Selecting a final answer out of 2 is sometimes tricky and if it’s worth the risk you can go with your gut at times.
10. Learn all the shortcuts
Students have shortcuts to prepare for entrance exams.
Be it for remembering formulas or memorizing charts, use mnemonic, shortcuts to save your time.
11. Stay Physically and Mentally Balanced
Exercise daily and sleep well so that your mind and body are fresh when you are taking the exam.
Avoid sleeping late and tune your mind so that it works best in the time slot of your final exam.
12. Practice-is the key to success.
There is no substitute for practice.
70% of exam preparation is practice. Practice will make you perfect.