How to balance IPMAT preparation with Class 12 Boards?

In you are in your class 12, well, at the onset, the next couple of months (till January 2020 end) are the most critical for you. You’ll be hounded by endless bouts of exams- mid-terms, December tests, Pre-boards (sometimes two times), and then the Boards. Add to it your preparation time for IPMAT, which would also involve constant testing, evaluation and adjustments so that you hit the cut-offs. And we are sure you would have countless obligations to fulfill- social and personal. So, given such a maddening schedule how would you manage two things-IPMAT Preparation and Class 12 boards?

The answer lies in strategizing and scheduling. We recommend that you follow the 70-30 rule till December 2019 end. It means- you allocate 70% of your self-study time to IPMAT preparation and 30% to syllabus pertaining to Class 12. Note: we are talking about self-study time and not the time spent on attending classes or tuitions for either test. This also means that you will be required to do a lot of IPMAT self-study along with your tuitions and IPMAT coaching if any.

We assume, you are to attend your school, which would aid you in understanding the basics of the subjects you have in class12. This would entail, your being abreast with the syllabus and the important topics that are normally tested on the exams. If you set asie 4-5 hours per day for self-study, spend at most 2 hours on class 12 subjects, revising the syllabus covered on that particular day or doing the homework. Of the 3 hours left for IPMAT preparation, schedule weekdays in a way that you are spending 2 hours/day on wither DI or QA +1 hour on VA. So, Monday could be QA (P&C)+VA(RCs), and so on. On weekends you could easily add 3-4 hours more to your study time. So, in a particular week you are spending a total of -25 hours (3hours/day M-F; 5 hours/Sat-Sun); and the subject wise allocation would be- 15-16 hours on QA/DI; the rest for VA). Spend net two months with this schedule. Once, you hit December, you would have winter holidays, start targeting MOCK IMPATs online and gauge your performance; You should be ideally attempting one test on Sunday, starting December-mid. This would help you analyse your performance, the areas you are good at and also, the areas that require additional work. By December you would also have given another round of tests, which would give you insights on your class 12 performance. The idea is to have a fair idea of your performance at both fronts.

Starting January, you should reverse the time spend. Spend 70% of your time on Class 12 boards and 30% on IPMAT Preparation. The reason for doing so- you would have spent 3 months revising, practicing, going through concepts, and testing. You would be spending less time on theory and more time on giving section-based tests, Full length tests and MOCKs. So, your time then would be mostly spent on analyzing your tests and improving/leaving the questions that you are getting wrong. Up the frequency of testing to atleast 2 mocks per week and spend almost equivalent time on analyzing your performance. Meanwhile, with pre-boards in sight, you would be revising or revisiting the concepts to perform well on your pre-boards( after all, you would have another month or so to improve on your scores on Class 12 boards). And by which time, the schools do force you to be regular and make your attendance non-compulsory (most of the schools do that)

Do spend time on understanding how your exams are scheduled as per the board agency. This would give you time to work on scheduling IPMAT preparation. Unless you have consecutive exams or with just a day in-between two exams, make sure you are spending at least 2-3 hours on IPMAT practice questions. Be sure to increase this time around the exams that aren’t demanding such as-physical education exam. Schedule a mock around that time, so that you have a fair idea of your performance. The key here is your are ‘maintaining’ your performance standard, and know that what has worked in past is still working for you.

Over the years, the students who have made through IPMAT recommend that O-N-D months are spent on concepts and topics tests of IPMAT. J-F-M are mostly mocks and analyzing, April is going full-throttle into IPMAT preparation. We feel with the above approach, you would be able to handle both –IPMAT preparation and Class 12 Boards

Disclaimer: The approach above is a suggestion. It has been developed and refined based on the feedbacks we receive from our students about their practices.

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