How to balance IPMAT preparation with Class 12 Boards?
If 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?
Study Plan for 12th
We all are aware of how important the 12th board exams are. The first-ever step to successfully score good marks in the 12th board is to prepare a study plan.
Given below are some preparation tips for 12th board preparations
- Start preparing from the very beginning. When you start preparing from the very first day it provides you with stability and clarity. This will ensure that you’re not under immense pressure closer to the exam date. This will also give you more time to focus on other exams you’d want to prepare for.
- Strategize your study plan. Assign the required hours to each subject of the exam.
- Focus on Good and Reliable study Material. Do not indulge in several books this might confuse you. Firstly, pay attention to NCERT. After you’re through with NCERT, turn towards other study material.
- Revise, revise and re-revise. Go through what you’ve learnt already.
- If you are taking any kind of external classes do not only rely on what you study in the class. Self study is most important.
- Consistency is the key to everything. Stay consistent with your study plan and everyday pattern.
How to prepare for both 12th Boards and IPMAT
Strategizing and scheduling is the key.
- 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 withyour 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 aside 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 the 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 analyze your performance, the areas you are good at and also, the areas that require additional work.
- 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 on both fronts.
- Starting in 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 than would be mostly spent on analyzing your tests and improving/leaving the questions that you are getting wrong.
- Up the frequency of testing to at least 2 mocks per week and spend almost equivalent time on analyzing your performance. Meanwhile, with pre-boards insight, 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 the 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 mocked 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
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