“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln seems to perfectly justify the situation. Strategizing before executing is the success mantra to crack NEET as well. A preparation strategy is inevitable if you aim at cracking NEET in the very first attempt. Candidates appearing for the exam must be well aware of the fact that the syllabus for NEET is vast, often seems challenging to master all the chapters, and hence seems quite intimidating. However, the feat of clearing NEET in your first attempt can be achieved if the very first requirement of vigilant strategizing is fulfilled.
Preparing for board exams as well as NEET can seem intimidating, but aspirants over the years apparently have found the secret to maintaining a balance between both and achieving success. Toppers over the years believe that escalating levels of preparation in the smartest way just after appearing for the board exams seamlessly to crack NEET in the first attempt must be the go-to.
Let’s face it, we all have had the pre-exam jitters, especially when it is about participating in the country’s biggest medical entrance exams, given the reputation it has in addition to facing the cut-throat competition. But, let me make it loud and clear, cracking NEET in the first attempt is absolutely doable, it has been done in the past. The only qualities required are perseverance and undying determination to stay on the path only to achieve it. Right from registering, filling up the NEET UG Admit Card, preparation to finally appearing for NEET, students must be well-grounded and focussed.
With that in mind, let us get to the nitty-gritty of it. Let us understand how we go about achieving this feat in the very first attempt.
1. Strategize and aim high
This has to be the first step in your endeavour of cracking NEET in the first attempt. Strategizing provides a sense of direction and helps outline measurable goals. This way, you are in a position to predict the outcomes to an extent. Not only that, but it also helps one come up with possible solutions to deal with adverse outcomes. Devise a plan, with the remaining days left before the upcoming test. As it is said, “You get what you aim for. Aim for the highest possible and settle not for less”.
2. Smart work over hard work
“It is not the load that breaks you down; it is the way you carry it” – aptly conveys how your course of action should be. What gives you an edge over the 15 lakh+ candidates appearing for the test is smart work. We all know the syllabus for NEET, but what differentiates the toppers and ones clearing them to the ones failing to clear NEET is how tactfully they approach NEET. Prefer working smartly over hard work.
3. Frame a timetable
Divide your day into feasible time slots to plan topic wise, subject wise. Time table must be followed diligently. Set daily, weekly, monthly goals that are realistic and can be achieved. It renders a clear picture to schedule upcoming days. Set deadlines, shorter goals, and achieve them.
4. Study material
NCERT must be the holy grail for all NEET aspirants. Apart from these, relevant sources must be referred to. There is no dearth of books at all for NEET. You can carefully pick the reference books after you have done your research based on previous papers, experience of NEET toppers, suggestions from experts, etc.
5. Ditch rote memorization, gain conceptual clarity
One of the mistakes students commit is failing to understand the purpose behind NEET. NEET does not aim to assess your memorization skills, rather it aims at assessing your understanding of topics. Hence questions are asked indirectly, to assess your knowledge of the topic. Prioritize understanding concepts, seek assistance to get your concepts cleared, this is pivotal.
6. Practice and Revise
Importance of practising from previous year’s questions papers, taking mock tests, solving 150-200 questions every day, exhaustive revisions must be something that should be done on a daily basis.
Follow these simple steps and you are sure to crack NEET in the very first attempt. It is an uphill task but surely achievable.
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