Entrance Exam Preparation Tips & Tricks
Entrance Exam Preparation Tips: Entrance Examinations are conducted for schooled students, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. They are qualifying in nature and a ranking order is used to shortlist meritorious aspirants for higher education, research work and probationary training. The exams have fixed time limits and performance is gauged on the basis of marks and grades. Evaluation involves allotment of marks with negative marking. The syllabus tests academic knowledge, subject know-how, technical skills, interdisciplinary proficiency, multidisciplinary experience, and professional abilities.
Entrance examinations and eligibility tests are conducted at State and Central levels in India. The successful entrants receive admission in various colleges, institutes, and universities to pursue education and research in various fields like Engineering, Medicine, Law, Science, Arts, Commerce, Management, Film, Fashion Technology, etc., The standards, complexity, and demands rise as we move from school examinations to PG-level examinations. A holistic approach can be taken up towards the preparatory programme to these highly competitive exams that test the abilities of candidates in a comprehensive manner.
The following factors can be considered to prepare for entrance exams –
- The aspirants have to ensure they are in good health for the duration of the preparatory programme.
- Physical health can be ensured using the following – nutritious food, balanced diet, clean water, regular medical checkups, vitamin supplements, energy drinks, etc.,
- Cleanliness and hygiene are important and the aspirant has to find dust-free spots for study.
- Regular washroom breaks have to be taken while pursuing intense study.
- Water has to be consumed in adequate quantities particularly during summers.
- A favourable ambience for study can be set up using posters of inspirational people, memorable quotes, ergonomic desks and chairs, properly arranged bookshelf, etc.,
- The aspirant can take up regular exercise in the form of aerobics, gym class, yoga, or some other informal practises like jogging, running, walking, etc.,
- A healthy body has to be supported by an efficient mind.
- The aspirant has to build his or her self-confidence, improve self-esteem, and display initiative and drive.
- Meditative practises, breathing exercises, regular sleep, and sufficient rest help in keeping the mind alert and fresh.
- The most significant aspect of one’s psychology while preparing for entrance exams is a positive attitude.
- The intellectual faculties like memory, cognition, perception, and thinking require brain power.
- The candidate has to prepare for the entrance exams by reading a large volume of study material. This requires effective memory power.
- The left half of the brain emphasises logic while the right half of the brain ensures creativity.
- Creative pursuits like music, painting, crafts, etc., aid the aspirant in improving his or her intuition.
- The right balance between emotional and intellectual aspects of one’s personality has to be achieved for succeeding in creative application of the brain.
The above mentioned factors have to be considered and due importance has to be given to them. The practical applications of these factors in the context of entrance exams is listed below –
- Physically healthy person can carry out the following activities with successful results-
- Study for longer period of time irrespective of the complexity of study material.
- Carry out intensive reading, writing, and typing.
- The aspirant can take more number of practise tests.
- Have energetic and fruitful interactions with others while collecting information and feedback.
- Psychological improvements are displayed in the form of –
- Concentration skills, alertness, lack of mental fatigue or tiredness
- Success in tackling negative marking.
- The aspirant will be more receptive to negative feedback.
- Balanced mind for overcoming anxiety and stress of preparation.
- The candidate is also able to switch from study mode to relaxation mode.
- Sleep will be restful and brain will be rejuvenated.
- Intellectual factors contribute to the following while attending exams-
- Improvements in logical reasoning and analytical skills
- Improved vocabulary, mathematical accuracy, and better comprehension
- The aspirant with improved memory functioning can recollect quickly. This in turn saves valuable time during the exam.
- The aspirant will also be able to think with clarity on difficult topics.
- The creative faculties help in the following activities –
- Scheduling and planning for the preparation.
- Implementation will be more efficient.
- Time management can be done effectively.
- The practical applications include –
- Preparing lists of do’s and don’ts
- Listing a step-by-step procedure in a logical manner
- Preparation of eye-catching notes and tabulated schedules using legible handwriting.
The following samples provide additional assistance-
How To Prepare A Timetable?:
- The time table has to be prepared in advance.
- One or more time tables can be prepared.
- Think about the number of rows and columns.
- The subject headings must be clear and the topics and practise exams can be arranged in a weekly manner or semester-wise.
- Complete all the entries for each separate subject before moving on to the next.
- Allocate time for breaks, relaxation, and rest.
- Intersperse the subjects to avoid overloading.
- Write down the time table using a pencil or take printouts of empty tables to make changes later on.
Step-By-Step Procedure Primer:
- The steps have to independent, clear, and objective.
- There has to be a logical sequence to the listed steps.
- Bullet lists, colour markers, underlining, and indentation can be used for readability.
- Capitalization has to be done appropriately.
- The text should be short, grammatically correct, and emphatic.
- Use legible handwriting that can be read by a second person.
- Do not scribble, doodle, or scratch.
- Each topic has to be started on a new page.
- Topics and pages should have date and number.
- Follow a sequence.
- Write only on one side of paper.
- Leave some space to add comments, questions, and remarks later.
- Be short, concise, and clear.
- Abbreviate, symbolize, and shorten wherever possible.
- Underline or box difficult words and formulae.
Do’s And Don’ts Lists:
- The lists can be horizontal/sequential or vertical/simultaneous.
- Indentation has to be used for clarity.
- List should not be too long or too short.
- Long lists can be classified under multiple subheadings.