“It always seems impossible until it is done” – Nelson Mandela
Hands down NEET is a prestigious and tough entrance test to crack. It is the direct boulevard for an ambitious career as a medical professional. Most aspirants are of the notion that only students with an excellent academic record can crack NEET, but that is not the case. Anyone with a robust strategy, thorough dedication coupled with smart work can crack the exam. With this article, we aim to break the myths and misconceptions aspirants commonly hold, thereby bringing forward some eye-openers to focus on to crack NEET, hassle-free.
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1. Underestimating Basics
Without a strong foundation, you cannot build a multi-story. Likewise, fundamental concepts of each section of NEET lay a platform for concepts to be built upon. Clearing NEET is not possible without a sound understanding of concepts. So, if you think with rote learning techniques, memorizing and reading concepts from the surface that you can crack NEET, you must burst your bubble. Get your concepts cleared on priority.
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2. Never-ending delays
“Excuses are tools of incompetence, used to build monuments of nothing”
Procrastinating is common, where everything is pushed to tomorrow. That tomorrow never seems to see the light of the day. We all know how bad the repercussions of delaying can be, so without any further ado, get started now! One can tackle this by setting timers, a to-do list in place, monthly/weekly/daily plans, rewarding oneself after a session, tracking progress, being monitored, etc.
3. Don’t try to walk and chew gum at the same time
While it is great to be a multi-tasker, when it comes to NEET preparation, it can be a wrong move. Stick to the one-thing-at-a-time policy.
Avoid social media engagements or watching TV while studying. Whenever one sits to study, maintain the right posture, look for a secluded place, and be devoid of any thoughts. Pay attention to studying alone. Avoid performing other tasks while studying.
4. Referring To Multiple Books
This can be a huge blunder. In the fear of not wanting to miss out on anything important, students tend to consume a lot of information, which often is not required and unimportant. For this, they refer to a stack of books. This practice should be given up right away. NCERT must be your go-to book. Apart from this, refer to related sources, that would suffice.
Reading from multiple sources can give ambiguity in the information they offer, leading to confusion at the time of execution during the test. Stick to one source, master it. 75-80% questions are asked from NCERT syllabus of classes 11 and 12.
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5. Prioritizing One Subject
NEET predominantly is for Biology enthusiasts. Some students might dislike Physics and Chemistry, but it is an inescapable part of NEET. So, instead of focusing on all subjects, some strategize to master Biology while leaving behind Physics and Chemistry. Avoid this practice. While Biology can help you crack NEET, remember Physics and Chemistry sections decide your rank and hence the college you could possibly land up in. So, pay equal attention to all sections as they carry equal weightage.
6. Damage caused by negative marking
If you have taken up mock tests or appeared for NEET already, you must be conversant with the repercussions of negative marking. Just for the sake of attempting questions or to see the OMR sheet filled, students bubble the OMR with mere guesswork. Remember, a difference of even one mark can cost you a hundred ranks. Avoid this completely.
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7. Losing Confidence Due to Low Scores
Mock tests, weekly/daily tests are important. They mirror our knowledge of the subject and assess our skills. One must understand these are sources to evaluate one’s learnings. Analyse your performance and learn from it. Don’t get disheartened with the recurring low scores at these tests. Many times, those with consistently low scores turn out to perform much better at the actual test. So, keep working harder and set higher goals.
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