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NEET-PG 2020 Preparation Tips
NEET-PG is a national eligibility test for medical graduates to get into post graduate programs in reputed universities and government institutions. The exam is stiffly competitive and stressful for a lot of candidates. In order to get through the stressful journey, you need to have a strong focus, an exam plan and a good amount of practice. Click here to access Kaplan’s NEET-PG sample questions and explanations; available free for a limited time!
Preparing for NEET-PG has many facets to it. You have to be ready to write 300 questions in a time crunched exam, face clinical case and image-based questions, make quick decisions to move from question to question without lingering on one, balance guesswork with negative scoring, and receive the scores and share it with family and friends. Readiness doesn’t happen instantly - it takes time as well as material and mental preparation. The following tips can help you stay on track.
Quality time: No individual has the power to concentrate throughout the whole day. Whether you are taking additional online classes, in-person coaching or ploughing through books, remember that the quality of the time is more important. If you have read 2 pages, but don't remember anything from those pages, it is time for a break!
Breaks: A break after each quality prep session de-stresses and helps your mind and body rest for a while. A few stretches, listening to one or two songs, a stroll through a park, and quick snack can help keep you energized throughout the day. However, try to avoid sugary drinks and sodas, heavy meals, and screen-time during your break routine.
Screen time: A lot of apps and online resources have increased study screen time. However, it is best to balance screen time browsing with regular book reading sessions. It is always best to take mock exams after a good nap or a good night’s rest. Make sure to limit your study screen time in your study plan.
Study plan: A lot of resources specify different study plans, but you can create your own as well. A study plan is a guide to keep you on track. You can modify it according to your pace after a 2 week trial. A rigid study plan will keep you stressed and tired, whereas too much flexibility will not help you reach your goals. Therefore, modify your initial study plan according to your pace after a 2 week trial and try to stick to the revised plan.
Power naps: If you are one of the lucky few who have the ability to take power-naps, you should definitely take quick naps after lengthy reading sessions. Those who don’t have this gift should get long hours of good sleep during the night.
Songs and stories: The best way to remember is to reinforce information that you learn creatively and through different senses. While making study notes, create pictures or stories around a concept. You can also sing it into your favorite tune.
Dance and exercise: Some individuals feel guilty about taking time to exercise and think exercise will tire them. However, moderate exercise keeps you physically energized, especially if you have been in your study chair for a long time. It lowers your stress levels and can liven up your day!