How to stay safe while preparing: Prevention is better than Cure

The situation with regards to the coronavirus means that it is imperative for everyone to keep certain precautions in mind. The image given below shows the guidelines that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recommends to prevent any chance of infection. These are some things to keep in mind as we travel on our preparation journey.

What happens to your preparation though?

As the coronavirus forces people to isolate themselves, you do not need to compromise on your preparation. You can continue your preparation from home as long as you follow some basic guidelines. One of the fundamental guidelines is that you need to create a proper study plan/online preparation plan before you actually start from preparation from home.

Some of the major reasons that highlight the importance of the online preparation plan are

Time Management

When we have a significant amount of time, it becomes important for you to manage your time properly which is something that the preparation plan would allow you to do.

Insights on improvements

One of the most significant parts of having an online preparation plan is that it is quite flexible and will allow you to work on improvements/modifications as and when you need it.


Generally when we start preparing, we are pretty gung-ho about the entire affair but it starts to peter out as time goes by. This is where the importance of the online preparation plan comes into play. With clear targets available on a daily or weekly basis, the online preparation tends to be more streamlined.

How to Prepare Online effectively

Understand where you stand

Before you start your online preparation, you need to be able to identify where you stand and the areas where you need improvement. In this situation, it always helps if you take a mock test or two before you devise your entire study/preparation plan. This will allow you to allocate more time to your weaker areas and less time to consolidate your strengths.

Prepare with a Plan

Once you have an idea about the areas where you need help, you can start devising your study/preparation plan. The plan needs to be slightly rigid to ensure that you stick to your schedule but still give you some amount of flexibility. In addition to this, the insights derived from the mock test should help you identify the distribution of time to be spent on each section of the exam.

Arrange for Study Material

After devising the preparation plan, you also need to arrange for the study material that can help you prepare for the exam. With the advent of the internet, there are several sources where you will be able to find study material. You can also find free study material on every entrance exam on the Career Launcher App or by signing up on Aspiration.

Stick to the Schedule

While many students get to the stage of devising the plan, they fall away when it comes to actually sticking with the plan. There can be several reasons for this but one of the most common reasons is that the plan that they devised was too rigid/ unrealistic for the student to actually follow. Therefore as mentioned above, it is important for you to give yourself some leeway as well.

Keep track of your progress

While preparing according to your study plan is well and good, you also need to keep track of your progress in comparison to your peers. The most effective means for this comparison is to take mocks. The frequency of taking mocks will depend on the event horizon to the entrance exam.

  • Over 6 months to the exam
    You should be taking mocks every fortnight so that you can identify the areas where you need to focus. This will give you enough time to tweak your preparation plan as you progress towards the exam.
  • 3 Months to the exam
    You should be taking mocks every fortnight so that you can identify the areas where you need to focus. This will give you enough time to tweak your preparation plan as you progress towards the exam.
  • 1 Month to the exam
    You should be taking at least 2-3 mocks each week so that you devise your exam day strategy. This is the time when you should be identifying topics that you wish to attempt first in the exam and decide on the time that you would allocate to any individual question.
Connect with your peers

It was always helps to connect with your peers when you are preparing for an entrance exam. It can lead to more insights, information and allows you to track your progress. There are several forums where you can connect with your peers across the country and the world such as Telegram Preparation groups, Social Media Groups, etc.

Relax and take a deep breath

While your preparation is extremely important, you also need to take some time for yourself. You should not be working yourself to the bone and end up hating your preparation due to which it is important to have some time in the day when you de-stress. You can pursue whatever hobbies you have to enjoy during this time be it music, games, reading, etc.

How to go about the online preparation?

Reading about devising the online preparation plan can be quite intimidating but you do not need to worry. If you feel that you need some help with the preparation plan, you can get in touch with our counselors who can help you devise a detailed study plan for the entrance exam that you are preparing for.

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