NEET 2020 SELF PREPARATION TIPS
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With NEET 2020 approaching on July 26, and the current lockdown situation in the nation due to COVID-19, many students are not able to attend their classroom coaching classes, and many are devoid of digital connection. In this scenario, what the majority of students are relying on is NEET Self-Preparation.
The aspect of self-preparation of NEET without any kind of coaching is a question hovering in every student’s mind. Some may devise a strategy that may not be suitable to all. However, students need to understand that for NEET self-preparation, one needs to get the confidence that what one has chalked out is the best and most suitable. Taking a look at NEET Toppers of previous years, 60% of them have relied more on self-preparation for the medical entrance test.
Many experts and toppers have answered the question as to how one can prepare for NEET 2020 with Coaching. Though techniques vary, the primary conclusion drawn from all answers is that strategic planning and disciplined execution of the drawn out plan can help candidates qualify NEET. Medical aspirants looking forward to attempting NEET on self-preparation basis can read the following article to know what topics one needs to focus on in each subject, and how to devise a good preparation strategy.
When students draft a NEET preparation plan, they need to remember to adopt two different approaches: one for board exams and the other for NEET as the two are entirely different. In board exams one needs to focus on solving lengthy derivations, while NEET requires quick tips and tricks to solve the question.
Though the syllabus is the same for both exams with class XI and XII Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, NEET Questions skips generalization and focuses on intricate details. Thus, students are advised to go through NEET previous years’ paper patterns to understand the most important area of the entire syllabus, which have recurrently been asked in the exam and probably skip those which are actually ignored.
Let us understand how a student should prepare for three subjects.
Any candidate preparing for NEET should first begin by understanding the basic concepts shared in NCERT Books. Going through NCERT will serve two important purposes:
A parallel preparation for Board exams will continue.
Reading NCERT will set a strong base for further preparation.
After completion of basic concepts, candidates can choose to practice more complicated questions focussing on NEET from good reference books like Concepts of Physics by HC Verma or Objective Physics by DC Pandey. Referring to these books will offer better choices of questions to practice.
It is required that candidates practice the problems regularly after studying the concepts. This will help them remember the concepts in the long run. Also they should have good analytical skills to solve the problems in Physics.
|Modern Physics||Heat & Thermodynamics|
|Optics||Simple Harmonic Motion|
Since chemistry is a subject with many theoretical concepts, problems and chemical equations, studying from NCERT books along with recommended books by expert authors will help in solving questions.
While studying, candidates can mark difficult questions, important points, and make notes so that can be helpful in future. While referring to other books, candidates can take guidance from Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class XI and XII, or Dinesh’s Chemistry. Reference to specific books for Inorganic, Organic or Physical Chemistry is also suggested.
|Block Elements - d,f,p,s||Coordination Compounds|
|Chemical Bonding||Hydrogen Bonding|
The most important subject for studying MBBS and BDS is Biology. The subject also carries a greater weightage than other subjects in NEET. Thus, this subject requires great conceptual clarity.
A medical aspirant can study Biology from good reference books along with NCERT. Also Trueman’s Biology Volume 1 and 2, Objective Biology by Dinesh, Pradeep Publication’s Biology can prove to be helpful for practicing objective type questions.
|Biotechnology||Cell Structure and Function|
|Structural Organization in Living Organisms||Ecology|
|Diversity in Living Organisms||Reproduction – Flowering Plants and Human|
|Physiology – Plant and Human||Genetics and Evolution|
Preparing well for NEET without any coaching assistance is a tough task to perform. However, practicing problems on a regular basis for problem- oriented subjects is a good way to get a grip on concepts. While practising a particular subject, one can select any topic and continue solving the problems after learning the concepts and formulae thoroughly. Students are suggested that they make their own shortcuts to solve numerical problems quickly in the entrance test. Below mentioned are few tips that students can follow while looking forward for self-preparation of NEET.
Medical aspirants looking forward to qualifying NEET need to prepare a well- informed timetable that can help them to stick to their routine and give equal time to all the subjects. Candidates need to also allocate time for mock tests and evaluate the mistakes in each subject.
It is necessary that candidates understand that medical preparation is not a cake walk that anyone can easily slide into. Only students who stick to their dedication are able to build a bed of roses for themselves. To plan a successful journey, candidates need to:
Prioritise the Topics: Do this on the basis of previous years’ paper patterns
Maintain a Perfect Balance: Balance out study and rest time proportionately to maintain good health and mental peace throughout
Stick to the Timetable: Strict adherence to timetable is required as deviation from it will make it difficult to catch up later with the leftover topics.
Solving NEET sample papers will not only let candidates know about their preparation level, but also help in making them learn time management. Practicing previous papers will help medical aspirants in improving their speed and accuracy. Solving them will give them an idea about the question paper pattern, the difficulty level of questions and classes and questions weightage in NEET. It will also give students an opportunity to set pace to work within the allocated three hour window.
With 180 questions in NEET and allocated time window of 180 minutes, a candidate has almost 1 minute for every question. Thus, these practice papers will provide an opportunity to set pace to work with allocated three hours.
While practising for NEET, a candidate will be able to identify the sections that need more work. Having a buffer day in a week to complete leftover topics can also be used for this purpose. Solve problems of such weak areas on this buffer day. Seek timely guidance from mentors, peers or seniors to help. Get performance evaluation done by them on a regular basis. Following this procedure will help in inculcating confidence.
Entrance exams like NEET are all about time management. In order to sail efficiently through the questions in the limited time period, it is better for all candidates to identify a few analogies or codes to remember formulae, definitions, and diagrams.
One should take scheduled breaks while preparing for NEET. Taking breaks allows a person to concentrate better on difficult topics and let aspirants prepare in an efficient manner.
Study materials play a major role in the preparation in any competitive exam. NEET aspirants are advised to choose two to three books before starting a topic and refer to those limited books. Changing books often lead to confusion and one can end up wasting more time on the same topic.
|Physics||Concepts of Physics by HC Verma|
|Problems in General Physics- I.E. Irodov|
|Concept of Competition Physics- Agarwals|
|Chemistry||Organic Chemistry by Paul Bruice|
|Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon|
|Organic Chemistry by Morrison Boyd|
|Biology||Objective Biology by Dinesh|
|Botany- AC Dutta|
|Trueman’s Biology- Volume 1 and 2|
NEET is an entrance test that demands long-run dedication. If a candidate falters with its time table, s/he can run into deep trouble. A pile of left out topics isn’t good for NEET preparation.
With so many reference books and coaching notes available in the market, candidates are advised to not forget NCERT books from which they can strengthen their foundation. NCERT books sufficiently covers more than 60% of the NEET syllabus.
All of the three subjects command equal importance, so never rate them. A NEET aspirant is required to prepare for each subject at par and not leave any topic untouched.
Reference to recommended books other than NCERT should be limited. Reading from a plethora of books will not help. Be specific when it comes to books. So, do not skip NCERT and refer only to the best one or two reference books that assist practice, in each of the three subjects.
These NEET self-preparation tips will help candidates secure a good rank in the medical entrance test and avoid making costly mistakes during the preparation. As the competition is increasing each year, it is necessary for NEET aspirants to be careful in preparation and allocate time for important topics.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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