The CAT notification is out and 4th December, 2016 becomes the D-Day for around 2 lac aspirants. With the announcement of the date, the clock for the exam is well and ticking. The countdown for the exam brings with it an expected amount of anxiety and stress for most students. This is understandable but how do you cope with this stress and the multiple thoughts that might be running through your mind determines the efficacy of your attempt. Keeping this in mind, we highlight four essential things in this article that you should keep in mind for your CAT attempt. Which are these key considerations? Keep reading.
The questions asked most often by students during this time pertain to the following:
The three things above and other similar queries all represent a similar weakness: to focus on information that is actually not going to impact your performance. Ask questions related to cut-offs and sectional attempts once but leave it to rest after that. Focus on your preparation, which is the central driving force in this case. So focus on what is important for the exam, that is your prep and not on other things.
A sample of common thoughts that float in the mind of the student: I don’t know grammar rules, I am weak in Maths, I don’t have a clue about Geometry, I am not able to learn words and so on.
These are common thoughts that occupy the mind-space of students at this stage and some of you might have the same thoughts. But the key thing here is: if you know your weakness, why not rectify it? What is stopping you from working on it and making sure you ace the problem?
In some cases, the solution for the problem might be a tough one but if you take it up, the results are guaranteed. For example, you might struggle with Geometry and don’t have a clue about it. How to go about it in this case? Well, go through NCERT school books, revise the basics and then shift to CAT-level Geometry. This is a tough solution but is a permanent cure for the problem. The key idea is: work on solutions, we all know the problems.
It is important to overcome your weaknesses but it is equally important to keep working on your strengths. If you are good in a particular section, do not give up practice for it and make sure you keep in touch. Remember, your strengths are the ones that are going to fetch marks in the exam and you need to be ready to take advantage of these areas in the exam.
All of you wish to do well in the exam. This is common truth for all of you. In order to do well, some of you might be putting in a lot of effort, picking up a lot of books and trying to cover as much as possible. In such a situation, a few scenarios are possible. One, you might actually cope with the stress you place on yourself and you might be doing well. Two, you might actually end up in a soup as your attempt to over-achieve might actually lead to confusion and a feeling of being over-whelmed. Simple advice in this case: remove the clutter, identify the core essentials for your prep and make sure you work on these targeted areas. Do not over-complicate matters, do not stress yourself and just focus on delivering the goods.
These are some of the common preparation mistakes that you should keep in mind while preparing. Make sure you are not committing these mistakes and hindering your own prep.