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5 Important Things to Keep in Mind While Preparing for Competitive and Entrance Exams

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How to balance between entrance and board exam preparation

The more competitive the exam is, the more stressful it is going to be. In India, if you are preparing for any competitive or entrance examination, you are bound to face stress and tension. Because the race to get admission in one of the top institutes has intensified. What matters in this situation is your dedication towards your preparation.

Preparing for the exam using crash course was a story of past. Today, the world has become very competitive. There is an intense fight for that most coveted seat. So, your preparation needs to be more than hundred percent, especially for engineering and medical entrance exams. However, the biggest challenge is to bring a balance between board and competitive exam preparation.

When you are in a stressful situation, it is utmost important to realize that there will be times when you would feel confident and there will also be period when you will feel you stand nowhere. But how you deal with the ups and downs will define your success and failure in the exam. Simply scoring is not enough; you need to learn how to manage a stressful situation with care and balance. That’s real winning!

Below are few tips to prepare for competitive and entrance exam preparation. This will help you deal with ups and downs with positive thoughts.

  • Do not compare your preparation with others. Never follow the bandwagon or others blindly – what others are doing might not be suitable for you because their learning style is different from yours. Take up questions that you were not able to solve last time, and try to attempt it again after some preparation. This will improve your understanding and accuracy.
  • Students should define their objective. Your goal could be anything – preparing for both board and entrance exam simultaneously or cracking board with merit/distinction. Whatever it is, make sure you define it earlier. Once your objective is clear, align your effort and time accordingly. A clearer vision saves a lot of time.
  • Most of the times, student focus on ‘what’ type of questions will be asked in the final exam. Rather your entire focus should be on ‘how’ to solve a particular problem. That will seriously help you a lot. You can solve past year question papers to understand the type of question asked and how to attempt it. This will ensure great practice and good scores in the final exam. The best is focus on understanding the concepts or the process to solve the problem.
  • Focus on quality preparation. It is not important how many hours you study – what you study and how much you study in those hours is important. It is not important to put in longer hours of study. But it is definitely important to get the maximum out of those hours. 4 hours of productive and serious preparation is better than 8 unproductive hours of slogging. So do quality preparation for board, competitive exams and entrance examination.


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