The exam National Eligibility Entrance Test was earlier known as the All India Pre-Medical Test. It is the entrance examination that students aspiring for medical and dental streams have to clear to get selected into various colleges in India. The exam each year is conducted by the National Testing Agency. Before the establishment of the NTA, the exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. If a student wishes to pursue a medical or dental stream, he or she needs to have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects in their class 10th as well as class 12th. At the time of counselling, the candidates who have cleared the entrance test will be expected to show their passing certificates of these subjects. So, do not take any subject too casually.
The exam is conducted online in 11 languages. The candidate will have to complete the exam in the limited time frame of 180 minutes. There are a total of 180 questions. The exam is divided into three sections namely, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For a serious and hardworking student, it will not be impossible to clear the exam as he or she would be anyway studying these subjects in their school years. However, chemistry can often turn out to be the maker or breaker of the exam.
The subject of Chemistry is complex with all its scientific jargon. In such a case, the subject might come to haunt you even in your dreams. The student might tend to doubt their entire preparation. This tells us how even a single subject can have a significant impact on our preparation, strategy, and even on our confidence.
So, what should one do in this situation? Should you avoid the subject completely or just mug up all the terms, concepts, numerical values, equations, etc? Well, the answer to both the questions is NO. The fact that no is written in capital letters will force you to realize that the abovementioned can not be the course of action. Then what?
Here, the goal of the article is to help you realize that there hidden beneath all those doubts and uncertainties lies your unending potential that is just waiting to see the light of the day. When you shed the weight of these self-doubting questions and tendencies, you will acknowledge the capabilities that you have possessed all along in your life. All you have to do is let go of the doubts that haunt you and have faith in yourself. You have all that it takes to clear this exam. And who knows maybe by the end of your preparation you end up falling in love with the subject of chemistry.
Read the article till the very end because it will make you realize that knowledge of even a tough-looking subject like Chemistry can easily be acquired by just following some simple steps.
- Understand the Chemistry content of the syllabus
Before you start your preparation for the NEET exam, you must decode the Chemistry syllabus of the entrance exam into various parts and sub-parts. Breaking down the syllabus for NEET Chemistry into tiny, small, easy to achieve parts will give you the confidence and motivation that you can start and complete the syllabus of Chemistry part.
- Go through the previous years’ papers
The previous years’ papers will give you a brief idea about the topics that are most frequently asked in the exam. Other than understanding the pattern of the exam, the types of questions that are or could be asked, you will also be able to plan and strategize your preparation accordingly. It will help you filter out the relevant/ important concepts from not-so-relevant ones.
- Make a daily timetable
A daily timetable will help you complete the syllabus. Once you have broken down the entire Chemistry syllabus, make a study plan on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. By focusing on small topics daily will help you understand each important concept in its entirety. And soon you will be done with the entire syllabus.
While you study, make notes for the topics or concepts that you are reading. Try to make notes in short sentences and your language. The habit of note-making will help you to easily understand even a complex topic. You can go through the notes daily and consolidate your understanding of the concepts of Chemistry. Another added advantage is that the information will get entrenched in your memory for a long time.
- Use the internet smartly
In the era of digitalization, you can find good quality content about the concepts of Chemistry online. When you are having a hard time with any topic you can find several resources online to read or videos to watch. These resources will explain to you all that you need and even save some of your time and energy. The use of the internet should be as a complementary source and not as a substitute.
Tests help you to move forward in your preparation. Writing a significant number of Chemistry tests will help you to self-evaluate your understanding and level of preparedness. It should be utilized as a good opportunity to face your fear of the subject. Write tests regularly, find out the areas of weakness and work on them accordingly.
- The 2Rs
The 2Rs that are significantly going to stimulate your preparation are Regularity and Revision. Regularity will ensure that you always find time in your daily schedule for the subject that will play a crucial role in the exam and your selection. Revision of the notes will ensure that you do not forget the matter when you need it the most. Both these Rs will increase your confidence and will help you realize that you can do it.
The subject of Chemistry is just like any other subject. You can very easily understand the basics of the subject and apply the acquired knowledge in the exam. Start with believing in yourself and then follow these steps almost daily.