The CUET or Common University Entrance Test 2022, which will debut this year, is just a few weeks away. With 53 central universities accepting undergraduate admissions scores, the exam is vital for students to gain admission into some of the top universities.
Curiosity and anxiety about preparing for this test because of no precedent to refer to is very natural. Although students who have studied 12th grade have domain knowledge when it comes to subject specialties, they have still never faced the challenge of passing an exam.
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To improve exam preparations, students should plan their schedule and follow a learning strategy that consists of practicing fake papers, reviewing key topics, and coming up with various action plans to study the topics that require more attention. Here are a few prep tips that will get you closer to clearing the test:
Understanding Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The first step before preparing for an exam is understanding what the exam is and getting familiar with the syllabus. The next level for students is to focus on the key topics that can help them prepare. Once you are familiar with the syllabus, it will help you plan and divide your time for the topics that matter most. CUET syllabus this year is the NCERT-issued class 12 textbooks.
Make a routine
Having a routine or timetable helps the students to prioritize the topics that need more attention and prepare accordingly. A robust plan helps maintain momentum for better time management. Since most of the students appearing for the CUET exam have recently taken board exams, they are familiar with the topics and patterns and it is recommended to focus more on practice, revision and proof testing.
It is essential to practice the concepts and perform mock tests based on the test format. These can help you understand your strengths and identify your limitations, which can be worked on and improved upon. Taking notes on any topic can help make learning more accessible. Students can also categorize these topics as challenging or easy. Taking notes also helps to remember topics as best as possible while also aiding preparation.
Balance exam pressure with relaxation
While it is necessary to do your best and prepare well, it is also important to keep your mental and physical well-being in check by taking breaks while studying. Exam stress can create an imbalance in the normal routine, but students need to keep reminding themselves that a clear, focused mind and adequate rest will lead to fruitful exam results.
Motivation is important to face any challenge, even for an entrance exam. The stress of board exams and CUET can be challenging. That is why it is essential to take enough rest and to plan your studies well to take regular breaks. Trying an exam is always nerve-wracking. Keeping yourself mentally calm during the preparation process is the most difficult, but at the same time the most rewarding.
— Written by Akash Chakravorty, a Senior Academic Expert at Filo
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