Giving mocks will not help you improve unless you critically analyse them afterwards. After every mock, analyse it critically – keeping the following things in mind:
1. Identify questions that you did not attempt.
If it is because of lack of knowledge – can you learn it?
If you tried learning it but couldn’t understand it, did you leave it quickly?
2. Identify questions that you attempted but could not solve.
Why? Should you have left it earlier?
3. Identify questions that you got wrong.
What mistake did you commit? During the test, it is extremely important to keep an eye on time.
The biggest mistake that many students commit is getting stuck on one question.
Learn to leave a question (or at least mark it for review) if it is not getting done in time.
Competitive exams where speed matters, are more dependent on the student’s ability to quickly solve/leave a question and move on to the next. The attitude with which you appear for an exam plays a huge role in your performance. If you believe that the exam is very crucial and your performance in the paper is going to tremendously affect you, anxiety creeps in and you perform below par. On the other hand, if you appear for an exam for the sake of just answering questions and think of it like a game instead of some frightening monster, you tend to perform better. (I speak from personal experience.)
So, learn how NOT to take exams too seriously.
* Don’t think that the entrance exam is the end all and be all of everything.
* Don’t fear a bad outcome.
* Don’t prejudge either the paper or your own capacity.
* Don’t get stuck on a question during the paper.
* Don’t create a preconceived notion about ‘my strong section’ or ‘most scoring section’. Every paper is different. Be fluid. It’s your ability to quickly solve/leave a question and move on to the next.
I hope this post helps you get full benefit of all those mock/practice papers that you solve. Do keep following us to get more such tips and tricks.
Wish you all the best!