We’ve all, at least once in our life have been told, that you shouldn’t work hard and rather work smartly. However, there’s hardly anyone who might have specifically told you how to work smart. That’s exactly what we’re going to do here. Stay with us till the end.
Dynamics of exam preparation? What the heck does that even mean?
These are all the things that you as students need to take care of. These are the guiding factors of scoring well.
AQ – Academic Quotient:
An academic quotient is something that includes factors like your concentration, grasping power, intelligence and so on. This is extremely crucial, you’ll find out why further in the article. This, however, doesn’t mean that student who are weak in grasping or who are not as intelligent are not good enough. Remember, hard work beats talent.
Grasping power means your ability to intake things to see and hear. How well you’re able to absorb what you’re being taught. Grasping power has also a lot to do with how much you’re able to take in out of what is taught to you.
Intelligence is misunderstood and misused very often. Intelligence has a lot to do with the logical and analytical thinking. Intelligence is difficult to be acquired in the short run. The smarter you are, quicker you can complete your tasks, you can prioritize well and deal with the situations comfortably.
Lack of Concentration is something you might have already identified to be an issue. Longer and deeper the level of your concentration, the better it is. Concentration complements grasping power and intelligence is magnified through concentration again. So in a way, the rest of the two are the subsets of concentration. Nevertheless these three collectively and individually
BQ – Behavioral Quotient:
Behavioral quotient considers the way you deal and treat your academics. This is something that is a common topic of discussion among students. “Yaar mood hi nahi ho raha padhai karnenka” or “me ek ghante se zada padh hi nai paata” and so on. This defines, confines and predicts your behavior. Below are the factors that comprise of the behavioral quotient.
Stamina is your ability to sit consistently to study/practice/take tests without any inconvenience. Introspect, how long do you usually sit in one go and how productive you are in that time period and don’t fool yourself about this. Increase your stamina by isolating yourself from all the distractions and more importantly insulate yourself from irrelevant thoughts running in your mind. Now, how do you do that?
The simplest way of doing that is, constantly reminding yourself around what you’re doing and what is the deadline. You can have a deadline only when you plan.
So: Plan > Fixed Deadline > Remind Yourself > Increased Stamina > Increased productivity
Mindset and attitude largely constitute your psychology here. Positive attitude and enthusiastic/curious mindset usually creates the difference. Once, your psyche is in place nothing will feel difficult.
Mood has screwed up the life of half the students. Your mood is one major factor that downgrades your capabilities.
There is nothing you can do about this except for finding a purpose of what you’re doing and liking that purpose. For example, you play because it refreshes you, you sleep because rejuvenates you, similarly, you should know why you’re doing what you’re doing.
On a few days you study like a maniac and on other days you just don’t touch your books, this is a big problem. If you think you can chill around the entire week and complete all your work on Sunday, you might as well not eat the entire week and eat only on Sunday, but you can’t do that, can you? Similarly, you need to be consistent in your efforts. You should be following your time-table
TQ – Test Taking Quotient
Test-taking skills are the most common and a majority of you might have heard/thought about it. It is relatively more common than the rest of the two guiding factors. This has to do with everything you do in that 3 hours of your exam. Right from entering the classroom and getting the question paper in the hand to submitting the answer sheet and walking out of the class.
Selection of Questions
Time spent on each of the questions
Mistakes due to over confidence and a lot of other things too.
You’ll best understand this once you give a test and use our analysis.
Here’s where you can see how our analysis works:
There are three things that a student like you goes through and we call it the irony of students with 3A’s
Predominantly, without any choice, every student spends 90% of their disposable time on absorbing. Absorbing basically means learning. You go to the college/school in the morning, coaching in the afternoon and when you return home half dead, you have again a lot of things to deal with; your parents, your siblings, of course, you need a little leisure but that is hardly possible. Hence there is a large disproportion between the time you spend on absorption and application. This is also the reason why academic quotient is extremely important.
The exam that you’re preparing for is largely based on the application of concepts you have learnt, unlike your foundation exams. There, theoretical knowledge was enough to score well. If you are spending 90% of your time in absorption and hardly any time on the application, how is it going to work?
You need to solve more and more questions to make mistakes at home so that there are minimal mistakes in the exam. Hence, practice/application is equally important. It deserves an equal amount of importance.
Now, when you’re in your coaching or college or at home, some amount of practice is done, we don’t deny that. Analysis, on the other hand, is hardly done. Only 5% of students do it and only 2% of those actually work on the flaws that are identified and this 2% are those who secure the first few ranks.
The next thing that we need to speak about when we are on this topic is motivation and difficulty.
So here’s the truth:
Students usually score well in their 10th exam. They feel extremely great about it and they feel like they can conquer the world. That’s both, a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good if you can keep this philosophy consistent till you’re done with your JEE/NEET. It’s bad if it’s just temporary.
You’ll understand this with the help of a graph.
As you can see, you have maximum motivation when the difficulty is at its least and as the difficulty rises your motivation goes down. The harsh truth is, there’s no real external motivation available to you, you’re all by yourself.
Here’s how you can keep yourself motivated.
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So ultimately, these are dynamics of exam preparation and according to us, all these are completely doable.