NEET

Last-minute Revision for NEET PG 2020: Revising efficiently for success

Author

Prasanth Parameswaran

Date

October 4, 2019

The National Entrance cum Eligibility Test – Postgraduate in 2020, known as the NEET PG 2020 examination, will be held on January 5, 2020. Medical graduates around the country are gearing up to write this competitive exam which determines entry into institutions such as Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC New Delhi), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC Pune), B.J. Medical College (BJMC Ahmedabad), Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC and SJH New Delhi). A candidate’s success in the exam will depend on how effectively they are able to revise the vast syllabus in the coming months and perform in the upcoming examination.

As the examination date approaches, students will start moving from textbooks to their own notes as they start their last-minute revision for NEET PG 2020. With that in mind, we have compiled a few tips to aid their preparation, based on the experiences of successful candidates in the past.

Don’t just practice – you have to revise

For the best possible performance, candidates for NEET PG 2020 must not spend all their time practicing questions. Conceptual clarity and recall of important parts of foundational theory and information will be essential to scoring well in the exams. You might remember these points now, but as the exam gets closer your recall will become weaker. The high-tension environment of the examination would also make it harder for you to recall things you had on your fingertips just months before! 

The most effective way to revise is to go through the theory in detail periodically, not just practice questions. Begin by revising first and second-year medical courses such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pharmacology. This will help you perform better even when you practice questions. Make sure that you cover each unit as many times as possible, as this will help you more than simply practicing questions.

Anatomy, for instance, has a vast syllabus and it is a huge challenge for students to go through it in the limited amount of time they have before the exam. Scanning entire textbooks just a few days or weeks before the exam is almost impossible. However, well-crafted notes or explanations by teachers can help students streamline their revision focus and prepare the subject more effectively for the examination. Dr. Ashwani Kumar, a renowned and experienced Anatomy professor, has compiled his handwritten notes and made them easily available online as a physical textbook, allowing students to revise each topic and section in Anatomy more efficiently. 

Use videos and visual cues for better recall

Videos and visual cues improve your ability to memorize information and are critical tools for you to bolster your score in NEET PG 2020. The reason that many students use a highlighter or coloured ink to mark notes is because it helps them remember things more effectively. This is something you should do as well – mark out your notes with colour in the first revision, and then every time you revise that topic the colour on the page will help trigger your recall! Videos are even better – they will help you comprehend complex systems and remember how they work more effectively than reading text on paper.

There are several useful channels on YouTube for information on specific subjects from such noted experts as Dr. Ashwani Kumar, who covers Anatomy for NEET PG. You can also use his highly rated mobile app, Anatomy by Dr. Ashwani Kumar. This app provides 50+ hours of video lectures by Dr. Kumar to make concept retention and recall easier. It even has a feature which allows you to view videos at a higher or slower speed, helping you review the content at the most effective cadence and derive the most value for your preparation time. Using detailed topic-level notes along with watching the videos can ensure they are able to understand each concept thoroughly and retain it, especially in the crucial few days before the exam.

Prepare better by replicating the NEET PG exam conditions

Stress is an important factor, as we mentioned earlier. To avoid stress which will hamper your performance, practice attempting online tests that mimic exam conditions. Put together exam questions in the right pattern and format and attempt online practice tests in the given time as often as possible to ensure that on the exam day, you feel familiar with the situation. Attempting multiple tests during the revision stage will help you better with retaining what you have learned and improving your performance and scores with each subsequent test. This will also help keep you calm and will give you the experience that will make the exam feel like a familiar situation, not a stressful event. Putting yourself in a comfortable and familiar setting will improve your performance and allow you to put your best foot forward in NEET PG 2020.

We hope this helps! Let us know of any other tricks you think would be helpful to the others to write NEET PG 2020. We’d be happy to hear from you. Write to us at hello@megaexams.com to get in touch!