October, 2018 | Volume 5

How to prepare for Competitive Exams – Part I

Competitive exams can put the smartest of students out of ease! The very thought of millions of students competing for a small number of seats is the nightmare all students appearing for the competitive exams face, but if you employ smart strategies to prepare for the exam, the process can be much more manageable. Learning general tips for studying, relaxation, and keeping healthy will help you prepare for your test holistically and perform to the best of your ability.

1. Remain Healthy and Keep away from Stress. Get good rest the night before you test and on studying days. Ensure that you get a full 8 hours of sleep before the day of the exam. Having a disturbed sleep on the night before the exam can make you irritable and even anxious. It will eventually have a marked negative impact on your test score. Regularly not getting good sleep can create stress and make you sick more often.

2. Backward plan to find out when you need to go to bed. Start from the time you want to be at your test site or studying the next day, and mentally go through all the things you need to do leading up to that time. Plan backward to figure out when you need to realistically be in bed by to get enough sleep.

• Consider how long it takes you to fall asleep, typically, and account for that time.
• Allow some cushion time in your planning for your test day in case something unexpected happens, like you get lost trying to get to a test site.

3. Eat complex carbs. Eat complex carbs for brain power. If you are distracted by your hunger during your test or while you study, you won’t be able to focus as well. To combat this, on the day of the test and before you study, eat food high in protein, like eggs, and/or whole grains that will stick with you for several hours, like oatmeal. If you have a break during your test, pack a light snack, like an apple, that will keep you alert.

• On the day of the test, eat complex carbohydrates like oatmeal rather than candy made up of simple carbohydrates and sugar.
• Eat a serving of omega 3’s three times a week. To help you study better and prepare for your test. These nutrients have been found to boost ability to concentrate and stay alert.
• Eat dark veggies and fruits for antioxidants that help your cognitive abilities. Oxidants damage your cell membranes and fruit like blueberries are a great example of a fruit high in antioxidants that protect your brain cells.

4. Invest time in an exercise routine. To help with your mental well being as well as your physical health, try to incorporate some time for moderately intense (power walking, cycling) exercise into your schedule per week. This will help you relax and concentrate on your test and studies. If you are interested in sports, often times there are intramural teams that meet at parks that you can play on for free or little cost. Consider doing a workout online or with friends or family every day or every other day.

• If you feel like you don’t have the time, take 15 minute walks around your campus when you need a break. This will help you focus better once you get back to studying.
• Go on jogs, do meditation and deep breathing first thing in the morning to give you energy.
• Look for ways to get exercise without going out of your way. For example, if you are in school, walk to class rather than taking a bus, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Thus, to sum up, language comprehension is such a section in MAT examination where one can excel by developing reading habit coupled with rich storehouse of vocabulary and a sharp ability to reflect, comprehend and lastly evaluate.

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