Do’s and Don’ts For NEET: Tips for preparing for the NEET exam

What to do and what not to do is such a big question in the minds of medical aspirants. Being aware of what you need to do to crack the NEET examination definitely helps but knowing what you need to avoid or not do makes all the difference. Hence, we have curated a list of do’s and don’ts that you need to be mindful of while preparing for the NEET exam.

Do’s:

Set realistic goals and break down your syllabus:

Take into consideration how much time you’ve and break down your syllabus into regular study plans. You can bifurcate the syllabus into daily, weekly, and monthly plans. Stick to those plans to avoid lagging behind, and unnecessary stress.

Take advantage of online resources:

A lot of students don’t feel comfortable studying in coaching classes and spend their time traveling to the location. There are many students who can’t afford the heavy tuition fees of coaching classes as well. In that case, online classes and resources can help you in your preparation without being a burden to your pockets.

Be disciplined and hold yourself accountable:

Make sure you complete your daily task in the stipulated time. Hold yourself accountable for making mistakes and don’t repeat the same mistakes again and again. Reward yourself for every little achievement because that motivates you to continue and maintain consistency.

Network with other NEET aspirants and

professionals in the medical field:

Connect with professors from your dream college through Linkedin and Facebook. Convey your interest and seek advice from them. Many professors and medical teaching personnel nowadays upload their lectures on Youtube. You can get a lot of help from there. You can also network with your peers for group discussions, group study sessions, doubt-clearing sessions, etc.

Practice MCQs & PYQs:

Practice at least 200-300 MCQs every day. Practice the previous year's questions for each topic regularly along with your study and revision. Don’t leave practicing a question bank for the last moment. Many students try to cover the whole syllabus first and then sit back to practice questions when they’ve time left.

Be pro-active:

Be well-prepared for the last bit. Organize your stationery, admit card, ID card, etc carefully. Check you have a copy of the passport-size photographs which you’ve submitted in the NEET application form.

Visit the exam venue beforehand:

Try to visit the exam venue one day before the exam date to evaluate the travel time, the best route to reach early, the cost of traveling, etc. This will help you reach the exam venue on time and tick off one thing less to be worried about.

Follow the invigilator’s instructions carefully during the exam:
Sometimes students, due to nervousness or excitement, make silly mistakes like signing admit card wrong, writing roll numbers in the wrong column, forgetting to mention the exam date, etc. Try to be careful and be a good listener. Follow the invigilator’s instructions carefully and don’t be in a hurry.

Don’ts:

Procrastination is your enemy:

Procrastination will only pile up work for you and lead you to stress and tension at the last moment and will also be a hindrance to your dreams. So, like it is mentioned above hold yourself accountable when you lack and try to improve on your shortcomings.

Don’t keep piling up doubts for last resort:

Try to get your doubts and confusion regarding the difficult topics resolved as soon as possible. Not getting your doubts resolved immediately lead you to the occurrence of more doubts and eventually losing marks in the exam.

Don’t get influenced by other’s progress or shortcomings:

It is only natural to compare your progress and performance with your friends and peers but might also prove to be harmful in the long run. If your performance is better than your peers, it might make you feel overconfident but if your performance is poor compared to your peers, it may disappoint and discourage you. So, in both conditions, it is harmful to you to indulge in unnecessary comparisons.

Don’t avoid your health and sleep:

We cannot stress enough on this point. Students need to take care of their health, exercise or meditate, eat healthy food, and practice a healthy lifestyle. Get at least 6-7 hours of sleep. Do not overeat and avoid eating junk food. Prepare healthy snacks like nuts, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like potato and banana chips to snack in between study breaks. Every student has their own way of dealing with stress and exam anxiety. Do what you’ve to do apart from the points given in this blog. This blog has been written keeping in mind a general perspective and includes some of the tips that former NEET toppers swear by. Feel free to add more to it in the comment section below.

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