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Learning during Pandemic: Tips for Students Before They Write KCET

Exams such as the KCET are of utmost importance for students wishing to pursue Science, Medicine, and Engineering. Under the given circumstances, students are likely stressed and worried about the future as they prepare to finally write their exams. Inculcating a few last-minute revision and time-saving tips can drastically help improve a test-takers confidence and keep them mentally prepared to perform to the best of their ability. The following are some useful guidelines for test-takers:


Avoid late nights before the exam

The night before the exam, wind up your revision by 7 pm and do not spend the night trying to cram new information. Avoid taking caffeine or similar stimulants. Rest for a minimum of 7 hours, wake up early the next day and finish any last-minute important revision in about an hour. Avoid continuously reading until you enter the exam hall. When you are well-rested, you will be alert and be better equipped to problem-solve during the exam.


Recheck important information the day before exam

Re-confirm important information such as the venue and time of the exam. Ensure that you pack relevant materials such as the admit card, photo ID, spare passport size photos, spare pen, etc. Reach the venue half an hour or so prior to the reporting time to avoid any last-minute confusion and delay. Remember to adhere to the dress code prescribed by the exam organisers, but also ensure you wear comfortable clothing. Check that your pockets/clothing do not contain any non-essential items. Leave electronic devices at home.

Writing the exam

Once you receive the question paper, scan through it and make a mental strategy of your approach. While answering the test, if you feel stuck or anxious, pause and take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and give yourself positive affirmations. Stay confident that you are well-prepared and give your mind some time to recall the right answers. Don’t spend too much time on one question, instead write down all the answers you are confident about and then return to difficult questions.

“Avoid continuously reading until you enter the exam hall. When you are well-rested, you will be alert and be better equipped to problem-solve during the exam”


Also remember,

  • Read the instructions on the question paper carefully
  • Fill out your details and double check them
  • Read the questions carefully and then move on to the options to avoid confusion
  • Attempt the questions that are the easiest and you can finish them faster. This will give you confidence and will also give you more time to concentrate on the tougher questions of the examination


Revision during the last few days

During exam preparations, students must have prepared tables, concept maps/flow charts of important definitions, formulae, diagrams, etc. On the day of the exam, revise and go through all this information or refer to readymade ones, but don’t overdo it. Refrain from starting any new topics as it might overwhelm you.


Covid-19 precautions and safety tips

Safety is of the utmost importance during these times. According to current government guidelines, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public places. Therefore, as a precaution, carry a mask and sanitizer with you. Ensure that the mask is comfortable and not suffocating. This will save you time from having to adjust the mask time and again and from getting distracted. Ensure your stationery is sanitised. Try to keep your distance from others as much as possible.


The KCET exam would mainly include topics from II PU with some portions from I PU. Students can concentrate on important topics such as organic chemistry, chemical kinetics and electrochemistry in Chemistry subject, EMI & AC currents, current electricity, ray optics, wave optics, magnetism, electrostatics in Physics and organic chemistry, chemical kinetics and electrochemistry in Chemistry.

Speed and accuracy are the most important skills required to successfully clear exams like KCET. Having a clear mind and being well prepared physically and mentally to sit for the exam is paramount. Remember to speak to your loved ones, guides, and seniors for that last boost of confidence before you take your exam. All the best!

Inputs by Dr Sridhar G, Founder, Deeksha

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