7 tips to ace the entrance examinations

‘All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy’, similarly, all inputs and studies without any strategy can let your hard work go to waste. Apart from proper focus and clarity of thought, metal and physical fitness is also important to ace any entrance exam. For entrance examinations such as AICET that provides admission into graphic design courses, fashion designing courses, business management courses and journalism and mass communication courses, the preparation is not as easy as it seems.

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Now that AICET is approaching and catering to the fact that it is one of the toughest examinations in India, we bring you some tips that will take you through. Follow these and give yourself the best chance.

1)    Organizing the study space – The study space should be such that keeps all the distractions away. Phone, sleep and computer games shall have no scope of coming in your way.

2)    Take a proper diet – The habit of not eating while studying is quite prevalent amongst students in the current scenario. But the truth is, not only eating but eating the correct things and in correct amount and on right time is the key to maintaining the balance for success. By correct diet, we mean include right amount of proteins, carbs and fats in the diet. Eat lots of vegetables and salad. Never skip your breakfast!

3)    Keep time for revision – Set a date, mark it on your calendar, phone or stick a note to your table. Plan your mind and schedule in such a way that there is enough time left for revision. It is better to have learnt less and remember all of it than to study everything and remember half of it.

4)    Schedule your subjects smartly – Whenever you start schedule of the day, start with the most difficult subject. The mind is fresh and the concentration is at par in the beginning. Do not align one difficult subject after another as it will drain out all the energy at once. Keep the simpler subjects for lazy hours. Always remember, smart work is the key to success.

5)    Prefer short study sessions over long strenuous sessions – The mind has the ability to perform better and efficiently when it is stressed for less amount of time. A study has also confirmed that the brain absorbs information automatically without any efforts while it is on a break. Preferably, while studying specific information such as dates and time, study not more than 20 to 30 minutes.

6)    Neat handwriting and presentation – However, this point is invalid for OMR based examinations but with them too, the habit helps in saving the space for calculations. With subjective examinations, presentation can impress the invigilator and lead to less deduction of marks.

7)    Stay hydrated – A lot of studies have confirmed that dehydration leads to inefficient mind. Keep a water bottle handy, it is one of the most important steps to score well!

If you keep a hold on right strategy and focus while including the above habits in your learning schedule throughout the preparation, success is bound to be with you. Keep on working hard and have confidence!

We wish you all the best for exams!

Common Entrance Exam for Creative Courses

Students are high on professional courses today since it makes them job ready. To get started on it, a trend has been students taking combined entrance exams that test their credentials in domain knowledge, IQ and general knowledge. While a common entrance exam serves these criteria fine, it fails to evaluate one’s creative aptitude. This is a serious deterrent when it comes to choosing creative careers. No entrance test can map how innovative one is.

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While standardized tests do a good job of evaluating one’s quantitative ability and language skills along with general awareness, it can hardly serve as a pointer for a student or an applicant’s innovative ability. And without it is difficult to find out how apt a candidate would be for a creative course.

So, when I got to meet the chairman of Wigan & Leigh College, Vinay Pasricha, we had a discussion on the status of entrance exams in India. Like me, he too felt that the system needs to change. We need to encourage innovativeness in students so that we can instil leadership qualities in them for a better tomorrow. He told me about the combined entrance test in place at WLCI.

The All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET) for the academic year 2016, to be held on May 8, will test a student’s mathematical, language skills and also general knowledge. An added feature is a special test, to be held under the supervision of leading industry professionals, to evaluate a student’s creative abilities. Following this, students will be interviewed by these professionals to help them choose the right career path.

Registration is on till February 29. For details about AICET and WLCI, go to http://admissions.wlci.in/