7 last minute study tips to ace that MAT exam!
For years students across the world are plagued by a simple question of how to be ready for an exam. And there is no right answer to this one. Some say studying from the start, well before time is efficient while others find it easy to focus when the exams are just round the corner. Whichever works for you, one thing is for sure, it is not the amount of time that decides the outcome of your exams but the quality of time that you spend preparing for it. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one such tough nut to crack and requires rigorous and sincere efforts to pass through. When you leave that initial phase of preparation and enter the final countdown of your exams, here are 7 useful tips that ensure smooth last minute preparations for MAT.
7 useful last minute preparation tips for MAT 2017
1. Read, Understand and Apply
The most important step in preparation for any exam is to Read a concept carefully, Understand it inside out and try to Apply it in real life situations. Add that to the limited time you get to solve a problem and you find yourself to be efficient with all the answers that you give. Remember, knowing a concept is easy but having in depth knowledge of it increases your intelligence quotient in general, thus saving you time during exams.
Many people find it time consuming to make notes of what they read and instead end up going through every book they referred just before the clock starts ticking. Keeping a journal of simple notes with headings and sub headings of your topics is enough to remind the concept you studied. Make sure to have your share of notes ready before the exam for efficient revising.
Our elders were not wrong when they said practice makes man perfect. Of the 5 sections that MAT covers, 4 of them require rigorous practice to save time during exams. in the MAT exam pattern, there are a total of five major but different sections. For sections like Data Analysis, Sufficiency and Intelligence, Critical Reasoning, it is easier to develop a rhythm by practicing such that whatever questions you attempt are accurately answered. Not only does it help you finish the section early during your exam but also gives you more time to be prepared for sections like Mathematical Skills which require undivided attention.
4. Solve Sample Papers
Search for sources that provide with sample question papers of MAT or previous years’ question papers for you to get an overview of how the paper might look like. Attempt to solve these questions because probability that questions of this level will appear is more. Take your time to solve each question and it is okay not to have it time bound for the first few papers. The idea is to prepare you for the level of paper that may be given so that you are not surprised. To have a look check these MAT Sample papers.
5. Crash Courses
Crash courses involve money but they are the best examination simulators. They help you have a practice of answering questions in an examination hall with the time constraints and provide you with a similar environment. They also are a very useful indicator of where you stand among ‘x’ number of people so that you can continue your preparations accordingly.
6. Stay Focussed
As the time for exam nears, we usually fear missing out on areas that we haven’t ventured into and so we randomly start going through reference books that we haven’t read before and panic. Instead, it is more helpful to stay focussed, go through your notes, practice questions from Mathematical Skills section again and be aware of your surroundings. A focussed mind is at peace and ideal before entering the exam hall.
7. Time Management
An aspect that everyone needs to follow during exams. You manage your time more beneficially if you take 5 minutes to go through the paper and get an idea of what you should do. Develop a structured approach. It is better to solve the questions that you find easy and then move on to the difficult ones. However, you can also leave some easy questions to be solved one by one in between a few difficult ones to avoid frustration during exams. Also, before you attempt the difficult questions, mentally calculate the amount of time left, the number of questions to be attempted and divide them equally so that majority of your time isn’t spent on one difficult question.
MAT entrance aims at short listing candidates for the various management studies in India and so are on a lookout for students that are well informed, critical thinkers who have their own opinions based on facts. History, science, geography, politics are some of the topics you should venture. Make sure you also focus some of your time on general awareness and be up to date with what is happening around you. It will help you skim through the last Indian and Global Environment section efficiently.
Preparing for exams is hard work but nobody said you cannot make it smart work. Follow these 7 simple exam hacks and be it MAT or any other exams, your exams will pass just as you expect them to be. Here’s wishing you luck to ace your MAT!