We’ve all been there and we’ve all certainly done it. Most of us don’t even realise we are doing it, until the damage is already done. You may have heard this tape a million times, but you cannot hear it enough!
Here are the 5 mistakes you are likely making while preparing for CLAT (or any other entrance exam, for that matter):
1. Not having a structured time line.
One of the biggest mistakes most CLAT aspirants commit is studying without a structured timeline. Often times, this leads to increased anxiety and a sense of confusion while nearing your boards.
Have a time line since Day 1. Decide as to how many mocks you aim to give, how many GK topics you wish to cover, or even the concepts you find hard.
It is essential that this timeline keeps changing with your preparation. But having it, will certainly provide structure to your preparation.
2. Spending too much time complaining.
Most students appearing for CLAT are aware of its unpredictable nature, yet whenever faced with any setback, spend an increased amount of time complaining and attempting to predict the future.
We see this all the time on the internet, with various channels and peers constantly commenting about a paper change, or a possible postponement. Don’t indulge, stick to your timeline, or make changes to it if necessary.
Be positive in your preparation, you will certainly reap the rewards of your effort.
3. Not doing enough mocks.
The idea of taking a mock is intimidating and most aspirants spend their time studying. There is no substitute to a mock test and a good analysis to it.
It is essential to spend your time practicing questions, under pressure in a timed environment- and the best way to do that is by picking up a mock test. It’s alright to not make the “cut off” on your first mock, trust the process and streamline your study strategy.
It is also important that you do mocks from more than one source, this will give you some perspective into different answer rationales.
4. Obsessing over how others are doing.
We get it, it’s almost impossible not to! But CLAT is a preparation centric exam. It is possible that several students are born with the natural aptitude to crack CLAT, but that does not by any means mean that you will not be able to give the exam.
Everyone’s strengths and weaknesses are different. Rather than focusing on someone else’s, which ultimately ends up beating you down and leaving you demotivated, it is essential to work on yours.
5. Over-diversifying your sources.
It is a truly a task to not get carried away by the plethora of sources on the internet. Everything seems equally important.
However, this only creates a sense of anxiousness. We often watch every single strategy video on the internet, and are left with 5 different strategies for the next month.
Avoid doing this. Find one or two sources that you trust and that help in bettering your prep. (We’ve got you covered at CLATalogue ;)).