How important is the trend analysis of past question papers?
It is the most important tool in preparation. Students must go through last few years’ question papers and feel confident by solving them more than once before they appear for the main exams. It is pertinent that students estimate the time taken by them to solve the questions so that they can determine the number of questions they can easily solve during the duration of the exam. This important step will help them shape a strategy for taking the test. They should look to improve upon the question selection and prioritization for the same. Again, solving mocks would be the most efficient tool.
How does implementation of NEET benefit candidates? Please share your insights on its pros and cons?
The recent formation of National Testing Agency (NTA) by the government will provide better chances and opportunities to the candidates.
Implementation of entrance exams such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET has brought an end to the state level examinations. Now, the students won’t be required to attempt for several exams. The pressure has been hence reduced. There will be more transparency as the exams will be conducted online.
However, one of the disadvantages is that the candidates will have to put their best as they will not get any other option to appear for any other entrance.
What changes are required in preparation strategy for IIT JEE during the last few weeks?
Revision via test papers is the key to success for an ideal preparation during the last few weeks. This is not the time to learn anything new but to consolidate one has already learnt. Focus on revision of important formula steps, assumptions thus, should be on top of the mind of the aspirant. It becomes essential that the student, basis his own analysis and experience, develops a mindset and confidence of taking up which subject to start with in order to get maximum right answers. Also, remember that Chemistry will help you in taking good rank in the exam.
How can a student identify which coaching institute would befit them?
An ideal coaching institute is the one that focuses on all students and not on few students. Education should have single source responsibility so that it takes care of both the school or board exams as well as competitive exams.
Students should choose an institute that keeps them motivating and recognize as well as help them explore their potential. Also, it is important to select an institute that is well equipped with latest technology solutions and proficient educators. They should provide online tests, do proper trend analysis of previous years question papers, CBT, apps to stay connected with parents as well as students, etc. It is equally important to choose a friendly environment where the teachers have an honest relationship with the students; share feedback at all times and be honest in their pedagogy.
What should be the ideal preparation strategy for different subjects?
Chemistry- It is the highest scoring subject. The students should mainly refer to NCERT books to study first and then choose to study from other books. They should give equal attention to physical, organic and inorganic chemistry.
Physics- Basic concept is the key which means they should understand all concepts to do well in this subject. In physics, each and every topic is important. The students should practice all problems and questions from good sources & study material. They should not avoid calculations and solve all questions till the final answers.
Mathematics – A subject of ‘practice makes the man perfect”. No short cuts, no reading, only pen and paper will help. Try to solve more conceptual and variety of problems from standard sources.
Any last-minute tips for students?
Focus on revision of important formula steps, assumptions, should be on top of the mind of the aspirant. Stay calm, eat healthy and practice meditation to manage stress and maintain calmness. Do not discuss in excess about preparation with peers. Give mock tests and trend analysis is very important for all papers.