With one month left for the NEET 2020 exams, managing your preparation time has never been more important. Especially when it feels like 24-hours in a day aren’t enough. But with good time management techniques, you can now get the most out of every minute of the day. Here are 5 tips for manipulating time spent in revising the NEET syllabus for 2020.
Use A Timesheet
When it comes to preparing the NEET syllabus, the first step you need to take is finding out where your time goes. You may believe that you only spend 2 hours on solving NEET test papers, but in reality, that task is eating-up half of your day. One way to keep track of your time is to download an app like RescueTime, Toggl or the Calendar app on your Android or iPhones.
Time tracking apps reveal which times of the day you’re most focused. When you study your NEET 2020 syllabus during those “motivated” times, you’ll get more done than if you try to force yourself into revising. You can also track your revision for NEET 2020 for three to four days. And, utilise the timesheet’s data to find out what’s eating up your preparation time. With this information, you can adjust your revision schedule.
Set A Time Limit for NEET Syllabus
Completing the NEET 2020 syllabus requires your equal attention on four different subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology). Setting a time limit to each subject’s revision prevents you from getting carried away or procrastinating revising another subject. For example, if you want to study organic chemistry for 2 hours, you can start at 7 am and finish at 9 am.
Then you can spend the next 2 hours revising a chapter from physics between 11 am to 1 Pm. By the end of the day, you would have completed everything you planned on revising for the day. The buffer time between revisions will also help you make extra time for solving test papers and attempting NEET mock tests.
Create A To-Do List
Having a to-do list doesn’t mean you clutter it with everything you hope to study from the NEET syllabus in a few days. Instead, focus on key tasks you must get done in the first six hours of the day. Having these achievable goals with a time limit will keep you motivated and focused.
To-do lists are more practical by keeping the list small. For example, you may attend online classes during your preparation for NEET 2020. This can be followed by making notes and revising questions discussed in class. A total of three tasks is easy to complete and also tackles your biggest challenges for the day.
Utilise Daylight Hours
You may like to burn the midnight oil but revising your biggest and most-challenging chapters from the NEET 2020 syllabus are best left for mornings. At this point, you may ask why. For starters, experts say that you are more alert in the AM. So daytime is best to understand tough topics easily. When you finish revising the most difficult part of the NEET syllabus as soon as you begin your day. You can use that feeling of accomplishment to complete revising other chapters during the rest of the day.
Jumping immediately from one subject to the next in hopes of completing the entire NEET 2020 syllabus may seem like a good use of your time. But it makes things worse. Sometimes, making time to clear your mind by meditating, or just daydreaming can recharge you. After all, you’re only human. Without that pause, it’s more difficult to focus and stay motivated. Scheduling ‘me-time’ can help you take a step back and remember where your weak spots lie.
But before you allow yourself buffer time. Remember always to plan. Without planning for the day, you will not focus on what needs to be done. Instead, you wander and find too much to study from the NEET 2020 syllabus with very little time at hand.
Some Tips To Plan Ahead and Make More Time:
- Start the night before. Before you go to bed, spend a few minutes organising your schedule and tasks for the next day.
- During your morning routine write down the 3 or 4 most urgent topics to revise
- Avoid distractions and any changes to your timetable.
- Instead of sleeping-in until 6:30 am, wake-up an hour earlier. Many professionals claim 5 am as their most productive time of the day. Since distractions are the least during that hour.
- Waking-up earlier on the weekends also helps you maintain your schedule.
- Cutting-down time spent on TV, phones, and socialising will give you more revision time.
Bonus: Test Yourself On How Well Are You Managing Your Revision Time For NEET Syllabus, 2020?
Ask yourself a few honest questions like –
- You’re making notes, but stop randomly to check your phone for no reason?
- You solve NEET’s previous year’s questions, but stop midway and start studying for a new chapter?
- While taking online classes, your mind wanders to your social media account?
- Do you spend your weekend on trivial activities instead of revising?
- Do you start your day late?
If you answered yes to any one question, then it’s time to change your revision schedule and manage time better. If you answered no to all three then congratulations for optimising your preparation time for NEET syllabus for 2020.So, during this lockdown 3.0, follow the above-mentioned guidelines and use them to your advantage. This extra time will give you that little window to prepare for the most critical sections from NEET syllabus for 2020. Apart from that, stay indoors, stay fit, maintain social distancing during this period and all the best!