For all the young, aspiring medical enthusiasts, NEET is the most ambitious exam. Nearly 14-16 lakh students attempt the test annually to seek admissions to prestigious medical institutions in the country. While most of the candidates are appearing for NEET for the first time, some others have appeared before and have an idea of what NEET is all about and what the preparation entails.
For the majority of you, there are many tips and tricks, strategies and suggestions which have been passed on from varied sources. While most of it may be true, there is no truth in some. Most give in to the hearsay and suffer the consequences. To enlighten students and alert them to stay cautious regarding such myths, in today’s article we discuss a few common myths and misconceptions about NEET preparation.
Debunking Myths Around NEET Preparation
Myth #1: More the study material, the better
Stick to NCERT and master it first. There is not a lot of material that you need to properly prepare. All you need is a way to learn and practise from the specified syllabus. Your approach could include mastering NCERT textbook content, solving NEET exam sample paper and previous years’ question papers, taking up mock tests etc. The volume of the books, number of questions, multiple question banks, hours of videos is not as significant as whether or not the material is relevant, complete and prepares to qualify for NEET.
Myth #2: More expensive study material means good material
While it is mostly true that “Quality comes at a price”, this holds good only when what you are paying for adds value. If there is someone who recommends or approves of some study material, ensure the criteria for that which has been recommended. Any recommendation that compromises the quality, and is non-quality based, holds no value to you.
Myth #3: Long hours of studying corresponds to a good rank
If this has to be put in simple words, it is “Quality over quantity”. There is no value in your hard work without any proper plan in place. It is a common myth that for a good score you must study for at least 13-16 hours a day. It does not matter how long you study, efficiency matters.
It is vital to comprehend how much you have learned rather than for how long you studied. When the mind reaches saturation, it stops being productive enough. Hence, make wise moves.
Myth #4: Solving From More Question Banks = Better Results
If this had any truth in it, repeaters would have made up at least 80% of the top scorers. That is not the case. A closer observation of basic concepts and a degree of application are required. No matter how many questions you solve, solve with all seriousness and no assistance. The focus should be on not only mastering concepts, but developing and improving analytical, cognitive skills, and adapting different techniques to apply, in order to solve any level of questions at a faster pace.
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