After months of attending coaching classes, preparing from different sources, burning the midnight oil, the NEET exam season is finally approaching. And it comes with multiple hours of revisions, which might cause you to lose some more sleep.
Before heading to the exam hall, you should have the confidence to tackle any subject, topic, or question. However, this confidence only comes with effective practice and a fool-proof revision strategy.
There are two reasons why revision is so important. First, it aids in recalling the concept. Second, if done correctly, it will boost your confidence and lessen your worry, ensuring that you are well prepared for the exam.
Read on to know more about how you could develop an effective revision strategy for NEET to crack this admission test.
We have broken down revision approaches into three steps:
- Revision Planning
- Smartly applying revision strategies and techniques
- Last-minute revision strategy to soothe your nerves
Time Left for Revision
First of all, it is important to know how much time you have left for revision.
Do you revise daily? Do you revise on weekends? Do you revise topics-wise or subject-wise? Do you leave a month before the NEET exam for revision? Have you prepared an exam timetable to get some revision done before the D-day?
Whatever category you find yourself in, you should have a clear deadline that you want to work towards.
Do you want to know what an effective deadline is? Well, the Yerkes-Dodson Law sums it perfectly.
The law states a relationship exists between stress (resulting from combined awareness of the failure to complete the task and the remaining time left) and task performance.
This means that an individual performance increases when their stress level rises. But this happens only up to a point, after which the performance begins to suffer because the person gets bogged down by the impending deadline and the consequences of failing to meet it.
So, what does it mean for NEET aspirants?
You have to leave yourself enough time to meet your revision goals. If you do not want to feel the time pressure, then it is important that you strike a balance between ambition and realism.
For e.g., it’s absurd to think that you could revise the whole Chemistry syllabus in three days! But, on the other hand, failing to meet the target will cause extreme stress. Therefore, make a realistic plan where you are easily able to manage your time.
With the help of our Darwin PrepDNA, you can find out which topics require more work. Our PrepDNA features let you know how much time you have spent on what topics. In addition, Darwin PrepDNA analyses your daily test performance and evaluates your weakness and strengths. Our advanced technology divides your weaknesses into different categories.
It would help if you start with the red and orange coded graphs (signifying maximum weakness) and then moved towards yellow, and green graphs (signifying strengths).
Choose what to revise.
The next step is introspection. You will have to decide the areas where you feel the least confident and where you feel the most confident.
Decide the subjects where you are weakest (add them towards the top of the list) and where you are strongest (add at the bottom). Start by working on the weakest towards the strongest.
Also, consider a couple of factors such as:
- The amount of material or topics to be learned within each subject
- Marks and weightage of each topic
- What does your score currently looks like in the mock papers? For example, if you face trouble in Physics numerical, you might want to prioritize it above the Biology subjects, where you are scoring higher.
Now, if you are confused about deciding which topics or subtopics you are weaker in, then Darwin PrepDNA proficiency can come to your rescue. Our breakthrough analytics acts as your personal digital guide. That means, when you give NEET mock papers or practice questions, it analyses your score and displays your weaker or stronger areas. If you are on the lower percentile for any topic, you can strengthen your theory, work harder, and put in more effort. Using our UNLIMITED ADAPTIVE TEST feature, you can customize the NEET mock test by subject, the number of questions, and time.
Refer to past exam papers
A student should be thorough with all the topics of the NEET exam. However, NEET exam is unforgiving, and therefore, sometimes there may come a pop of surprise in the form of unexpected topics. The previous year questions provided by the Darwin NEET prep app will help you deal with these surprises.
Solving NEET previous year questions also helps the students to devise different strategies during the exam. You can manage your time more effectively in the exam. Try practicing them as if you are giving the real exam and it will improve your speed and accuracy as well.
With a NEET question bank of more than 30 years of past papers, the Darwin NEET app allows you to get a fair idea about the topics, topic-wise weightage, types of questions, etc. Familiarizing yourself with these questions and revise them frequently so that you can save those minutes in the final exam when a similar question presents itself.
With the help of NEET advanced filters and switches, you can become aware of the latest changes and trends in the NEET exam. The filter lets you practice recent years’ NEET questions by selection and helps you strategize accordingly.
Revision Strategies and Techniques
Revising for the vast syllabus of NEET can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are our top tips that can help you make the most of your precious revision time, conceptualize your ideas and leave you feeling prepared for the exams.
1. Making notes
NEET requires you to study for long hours and through several books. But at the end, when the time is scarce, you need to study condensed notes to go through the entire NEET syllabus. You must write notes and concepts in your own words.
These notes can be hand-written or electronic. First, create separate folders for each subject and each topic, revise each topic in detail and then, go for faster revision or greater recall.
2. Hands-on revision
Mastering NEET concepts doesn’t just require you to go through theory. Instead, you have to solve questions, practice them relentlessly, marking your mistakes, and later revising them until you master them.
Darwin helps you prepare for NEET by facilitating you to solve practice topic-wise questions and providing you answers with detailed explanations. When you solve more questions, you are also strengthening your fundamentals.
With the Darwin NEET app, you can take the daily NEET mock tests, practice NEET questions and revise them later. When you use our premium features, you unlock a gamut of exclusive features that can give you an edge in the competition. Some of the revision features are:
- Daily revision: This feature enables students to practice the mistakes that they made in the last three days.
- Bookmarked revision: This feature enables students to revise all the questions that they have bookmarked earlier.
- Deep revision: This feature enables NEET aspirants to improve their performance by letting them revise all the mistakes that they have made in the past. Our breakthrough technology observes the pattern within the incorrect questions and modifies upcoming questions to enhance your NEET score.
3. Use Flashcards
Have you ever used flashcards and mnemonics to help you remember facts? Flashcards are very useful when you need to memorize large amounts of information.
Darwin’s 3000 + NEET flashcards are a great memorization aid. Just access these flashcards from the workout page for excellent recall. Our advanced technology will not only take your feedback into account but will also evaluate the difficulty level of each card for you.
The Final Countdown
As you approach the day of your exam, your mind starts to wander to turn into the final preparation. Maybe you missed out on some topics of Biology, or you didn’t complete the revision. On the other hand, maybe you are feeling quite confident because you have been working hard for many weeks – But now you don’t have to mess it up on the last day.
The day before the exam, you should carry out your revision process as you have already planned out. First, focus on your core areas and revise topics according to their weightage. Then, just keep going at the revision steadily and make progress in achieving your dreams.
The night before the exam should be all about calm and soothing nerves. Before you go to sleep, meditate or listen to soothing music. Here are some things that you should also consider doing:
- Double-check that you have kept your admit card and stationery.
- Have a healthy meal
- Put in some physical efforts
- Relax in whatever way you want to
- Have a good night sleep
Being relaxed and well-rested is surely the best way to prepare for the biggest challenge-NEET exam. Then, on the final day, you will have a clear mind, ready to dredge up everything and sharp enough to make the most of your knowledge.
NEET is one of the most challenging and aspirational exams in India. Being the only competitive UG medical entrance exam in India, every year more than 14 to 16 lakh students appear in it. In fact, this number will only continue to increase.
Now is the right time to pull up your socks. Be a part of Darwin. Our enhanced REVISION features will provide you an edge amongst lakhs of aspirants preparing for NEET. So come, take the leap, and grasp your dreams.