Avoid CAT Exam PhobiaRahul Singh
” It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Stress management is life management.If you take control of your stress, your life will thank you for it.
While preparing for exams like Common Admission Test (CAT), stress management should always be included in the preparation plan. Often CAT aspirants tend to lose their interest because they don’t understand how to reduce stress. However, stress management is very easy and it brings out a positive energy in CAT aspirants so that they remain focused towards their goal till they have achieved it.
If you can overcome stress, your CAT (or any other exam) preparation will be smooth enough and then you will not see CAT as “a tough paper”, instead, you will start enjoying it. This way your efficiency and productivity will definitely multiply.
Tips to avoid CAT phobia-
First and foremost task before studying for the “toughest exam” is to improve your perspective towards it. The syllabus for the exam is not rocket science. It’s something that everyone has already studied in school. You only need training about how to use your thinking, reasoning and analytic skills to crack it.You should be confident and should have a positive energy around you. You should speak with experts about their experience of writing CAT. This way you will feel positive vibes for your preparation. You will also know how to relieve stress or fear of writing CAT.
To complete the syllabus and have enough revision before the actual exam, one needs to start early. CAT syllabus includes the following:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Data Interpretation
- Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
You should ideally begin CAT preparation when you are 12 months away from the actual exam. Study each and every topic from basics and then go for higher difficulty levels. Work on your vocabulary and reasoning abilities as well. You should complete your syllabus at least 6 months before and spend these months for revision, previous 10 year CAT papers and take mock CAT exams. In case this plan does not work out for you then remember disciplined routine along with self-study is the key to success. Know your strengths and weaknesses by taking chapter wise tests. Solve at least two Reading Comprehension daily. Analyze where you went wrong. You should focus more on your weak areas. Simultaneously spend time in revising your strong areas at least twice a week.
Very often last-moment study plan makes the aspirants unsure about their preparation and in the end, they have no clue about how to handle the stress of CAT preparation.
Make a proper study plan for CAT exam that includes sufficient amount of practice sessions for various sections of CAT syllabus. But planning alone will not be sufficient. One needs to follow that plan religiously. You should start your preparation in your own time slot and fit your plans into it. You should ideally split up your CAT preparation plan into four goal slots.
- ULTIMATE GOAL: To crack CAT with excellent results
- LONG TERM GOAL: Finish CAT Syllabus by end August and then start mock tests.
- SHORT TERM GOAL: You can divide the study time such that you give equal attention to each and every section of the CAT syllabus.
- DAILY TARGET: Study 2-3 hours daily. You should try to solve enough questions so that you finish your syllabus on time.
In your due course of CAT preparation, you will come across some topics or problems that you find difficult to understand or solve. Get your doubts solved from the experts. Holding your doubts will land you up nowhere and in the end, you will find that chapter difficult to master.
A personal mentor plays an important role in one’s CAT preparation so that the aspirant can know how to manage stress or tension regarding their doubts.
Moreover use your gadgets especially mobile phones effectively. A wide variety of applications are available nowadays which help you get used to CAT preparation. But remember these apps just vet your appetite and help you get used to the preparation during spare time. This strategy works wonders with aspirants who travel for work. But no way should these compensate for dedicated preparation time.
All the best!!!!!