Study Techniques for cracking NEET Exam by Harsha Koduru

Smart work

A machine is that thing which reduces the human effort. Similarly smart work is that thing which reduces our working time and increases both output quality and quantity.

The success mantra = Smart work+perseverance+intelligence

Here are some of the study hacks under the following main headings:
  1. Note taking and memorisation
  2. Time management
  3. Positive environment
  4. Periodic mocks


Note taking and memorisation

This is the first thing I want to mention here. Well, I used different types of note-taking procedures during my journey and here are some of the best:


Cornell’s note-taking method:


The Cornell Notes system (also Cornell note-taking system, Cornell method, or Cornell way) is a note taking system devised in the 1940s by Walter Pauk an education professor at Cornell University . Pauk advocated its use in his best-selling book How to Study in College.
This image below is a model of a page I found on Pinterest.



I have faced difficulty in using it for Physics. It was really handy in case of Biology.


Mind Maps:


They are obviously the most popular mode of notes taking. When I became frustrated with concepts and I am not able to understand and appreciate the concept, I used to bring a big white chart, sit down with a large sized wooden plank on my lap and drew the mind maps and they really worked like magic. Not only my concepts became clear but I also used to feel motivated to study more and they used to boost up my confidence. I used to enjoy drinking coffee while drawing them

Charts on wall


I used to make charts for the topics I don’t remember and stuck them on the walls at home and even in my class. Seeing this even my friends used to stick them on the walls . So the atmosphere became a bit positive and motivated us to study and at the same time we could remember all the facts.


Quizlet


This app really worked wonderful in helping me memorize things. It is basically a flash card app Android also has really cool games that help you memorize. This is available on iOS too(along with Android).

Making short notes


I made short notes during the last stages of my preparation. When I was revising things, I noted down only those things that I made mistakes during preparation and those I felt new while revising. I made sure that I noted these down in an easy and convenient way. This made up my short notes and it came handy few days before NEET.

Time management


Pomodoro technique:


This is a really great technique which keeps you alert and at the same time ensures that your productivity levels are high during learning period. I have written a detailed blog post on the same topic. you can read it here:

Setting weekly (short term) targets:


Rather than having big targets, divide them into small chunks, set weekly or fortnightly targets. Once you complete these small targets you will get a sense of achievement and motivate you to further study. This is very important because at any point in time you should not give up. This feeling of accomplishment when you set small targets motivates you and keeps you going.

Positive environment:


This is really the most important factor that plays a crucial role in your success. Positive environment rejuvenates you. It plays a major role in success. Have a healthy academic competition between you and your peers. Don’t hesitate to share any piece of valuable information. Have an open mind.

Periodic mocks:


You know how important they are in assessing how well you have prepared and how well you can assimilate information. They also act as a guiding tool to guage your preperation and plan your next step forward