For many, the NEET exam comes as the culmination of months of hard work, consistent preparation and abnegated personal lives. True NEET exam is a milestone for young aspirants and each one of them dreams to make a score with an aim to make it to the premier medical colleges. However, with the recent development that the NEET 2019 will be conducted in the afternoon, students seem more perplexed than accept it as a welcome change.
It is believed that in the morning students are naturally more alert and at the height of their cognitive abilities and as the day wears on they may experience cognitive fatigue which can impact their ability to perform well.
While it is possible to debate the ideal time to write the exam, a little planning can go a long way as you prepare for the afternoon exam. All you really need to do is dissect your fears and prepare strategically for the impending exam.
Let’s read further and find out how to deal with the common issues associated with taking an afternoon exam and not scupper your chances of exam success.
1. Take a break to help your fatigued brain
It is common to feel drained out during hot summer afternoons as your brain tends to get tired. You may experience sluggishness which might reduce your ability to focus. The best way to combat such a situation is by taking a break from your studies at least 2-3 hours before you prepare to leave for the exam centre. This will help to restore the alertness and enhance your performance as you will feel energized for the exam.
2. Eat right to feel light
Strictly avoid heavy food before the exam as it tends to make you feel lazy and lethargic. Instead, opt for a sandwich, have fruits, and munch on some nuts that will keep you high on energy. A light meal will give you the required boost for the exam and you will be able to approach the exam with the right attitude.
3. Play music to calm the stress
As NEET 2019 will be conducted in the afternoon, it is but natural to feel more anxious and stressed while you wait for the exam. Listening to some light music can have a soothing effect on your mind and help you to stay calm. You will feel at peace and will be able to write the exam without stressing yourself.
4. Practice Mock Tests in the afternoon
Make it a point to practice mock tests at the same time of the day that you will write the actual exam. Doing this will help stimulate the actual test environment and you will be all geared up for the impending exam. As NEET will be conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm, it is advised to plan your test schedule around the same time.
5. Stay hydrated, stay active
As the NEET 2019 will be conducted in the afternoon, understand that you will be taking the exam on a hot summer afternoon. Lack of enough water can result in weakness. You might develop heat exhaustion, feel dizzy or have a headache which can severely affect your exam. It is, thus, imperative to keep yourself properly hydrated to be able to beat the heat and write the exam well.
6. Learn nothing new
While afternoon exam may give you time to learn the topics you couldn’t cover, it is advised to strictly avoid the unread portions. Learning anything new at this point will only confuse you and waste your time. Instead, just believe in yourself, be confident of your preparation and stay positive.
Author: Kama Choudhary
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