NEET 2018: Exclusive Tips From Last Year's Topper
The NEET exam is just around the corner and it is time children prepared themselves for D-Day. Here are a few last-minute tips that will help your child sail through the exams with ease.
By Shashwathi Sandeep
Medicine - one of the noblest professions in the world. A career in this field is a dream come true for most children and parents. And, it is that time of the year when aspiring medical students get ready to crack NEET. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET, as it is popularly called, is a one-stop entrance exam for students who wish to pursue any graduate medical course, dental course or postgraduate course in government or private medical colleges. NEET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The duration of the exam is three hours. The students are tested in the field of physics, chemistry and biology. For NEET 2018, the question paper has been divided into four sections – physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. Each section will have 45 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) -180 in all. The total marks are 720 (4 marks for each correct answer). One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. This year, students can opt to solve the question paper in any of the following languages - English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Urdu and Kannada.
If your child is getting ready to sit for NEET, here are a few pointers for you to help your child be well-prepared for the exam.
Some dos and don’ts
Do dedicate time: As the exam date is nearing, your child might be getting anxious by the minute. This is the time he needs you to be by his side and help him stay motivated. So, give him some time and address his anxieties, if any.
Do keep him focussed: Nowadays, it is easy to lose focus, what with all social media distractions. It is your job, as a parent, to keep them focussed on the work at hand. If possible, come up with ‘no gadget’ time for the whole family to help him stay focussed.
Do calm her nerves: Keep reminding your child that it is just another exam and it is not the end of the world. Tell her that she will always have your support.
Do not engage in arguments: Be sensitive to your child’s mood right now. If you are unhappy about an issue and believe that a discussion with her will lead to an argument, postpone it to after the exam is over.
Do not 'over' schedule: There are some parents who try to fit in too many things at the preparatory stage. This might put more pressure on your child. Let him decide his study schedule on his own.
Do not compare: This is the last thing you would want to do. Remember that your child is unique and comparisons with her peers may just demotivate her.
Tips from a coach
Alex Joseph, a NEET coach from a centre in Ernakulam, gives children a low-down on how to crack this all-important exam:
- Your child should spend at least 15 hours a week preparing for the exams. He should sacrifice screen time and other distractions, and remain focussed on the preparation.
- Let your child go through the synopsis of each chapter. Also, she should answer question papers of the last six years. This would give her an insight into what sort of questions would feature in the exam. Usually, many questions are repeated over the years.
- Make your child go through the summaries of all the chapters. All the books of various publications will have two to three pages of summary.
- Your child needs to answer 80 questions in 180 minutes. The best method is to categorise these questions. First, he should go through the entire question paper and mark the ones which are easier or need direct answers and attempt them first. After that, he should come back again and answer the questions which need minimum work, so on and so forth. This would help save time and increase his score too.
- Your child needs to realise that if the question paper is tough for her, it is going to be tough for everyone across the country. When she looks at the question paper and finds the first question difficult, tell her not to get tense or upset; if it is tough for one person who has prepared so well, it is going to be tough for everyone.
Focus, focus, focus… that is the key, as mentioned by both the topper and the coach. So, parents, ensure your child stays on track in her preparation and doesn’t get distracted.
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