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How to Prepare for CLAT/Law Entrance Test

It is important to take the test seriously. With a little bit of planning and seriousness, you can easily make your dream come true. You have to concentrate on your study without again & again thinking of getting into the top ranks. It is better to concentrate on your preparation rather than focusing on the likely result.

Daydreaming and wishful thinking can hardly lead to success. At the same time, concentrating too much on the negative aspect of your results is bound to affect your performance. Psychologically, you should have a very positive and confident approach while preparing for the test.

Ø  Good beginning

Delay in preparation may breed frustration considering the fact that it takes time to understand what the assessors exactly expect from you as a potential Law entrant. Once you have gone through the objectives carefully you can very well deal with the syllabus of the Test.

Ø  Three essentials

The right guidance, a reasonable level of intelligence and proper planning of time are the three essentials for success. Inspiration is one of the indispensable, whether it comes from one’s parents, teachers, friends or colleagues. You may be inspired by their spectacular success in their career. You may even feel inspired by resolving to meet the expectations of your parents or a near or dear one. Inspiration exhorts you to do hard work whenever you get tired or frustrated. It also encouraged you to keep aside tiredness or fatigue and work towards achieving your goal.

Ø  Consistency

There is no need at all to go at war footing so far your preparation is concerned. Instead a regular study from the beginning will suffice. However, just before the commencement of the Test, you need to devote some more time depending on your knowledge and understanding of the topics. Continuous study stretching over too long hours at one go, may not prove as useful as studying with little breaks in every two to three hours but regularity is a must.

Ø  Adhere to study schedule

Time is perhaps one of the most crucial factors for such serious preparation. You may plan a time table for each day to cover your subjects. You have to devote as much time as you feel necessary to achieve your goal. Whatever time schedule you fix up, you must adhere to it in a disciplined manner. There is literally no substitute to regular study.

Ø  Plan your way

Planning toward a right direction would be of immense help in this regard. Your planning should take into consideration of your strong and weak points. You must know in which papers you have a strong base and which are the areas where you need to study hard. Good planning really implies maximum results with the minimum of efforts. And effective planning means that you work out your own mechanism for checking whether you are spending your time effectively or not.

Ø  Hard work has no alternative

There are no prescriptions for guaranteed success in exams. But you must put in hard labour. If experience of a topper is any guide, “Hard work, a devotion to the goal one has set for oneself and systematic study can take you to your desired goal.”

Ø  Concentration

Concentration is absolutely essential for study and better performance in exams. The ability to concentrate is partly a natural gift and partly a matter of training and practice. Congenial atmosphere for study is very necessary. An environment which is free from disturbance like a library is a good place for study.

Ø  Positive vision

You should always be enthusiastic and optimistic of your sure success. Of course, that asks for being confident. Never doubt your potential because what a man has already done, a man can also do. Always keep in mind, dedication and determination are necessary ingredients of success.

Ø  Develop your own strategy

It is said that man is the best master of himself. No one can understand you better than you. You can take suggestions as well as criticism to apply these constructively, but these are never binding on you. Rely on your own method of study believing that this is the only right method. For example, if you like to study silently, do accordingly. If you prefer a particular spot for your study, it is better to sit there. Also, you may develop habit of reading fast.

Ø  Studying together

Study with a fellow or a group of friends who are also preparing for the same test. Regular discussions with such friends are very helpful. This way you not only revise what you have studied but also learn many points which you might not have covered or did not know. Such a company happens to be of supplementing nature to each other. Besides, it makes your study more interesting and competitive.

Ø  Selective & reflective study

Your study should be quality based not quantity based. You should not lay emphasis on just reading more and more books, magazines and journals but reflect on your subject and try to master it. You should develop your rational faculty to assimilate relevant information and analyse problems dispassionately.

Your reading must be purposeful. Distinguishing between the important and the irrelevant reading material, you must keep in mind what is useful from the Examination point of view.

Ø  Revise once in a week

Periodical analysis of what you have studied and its consolidation is necessary. It will make you realize your weaknesses and your strengths. Without this periodical stop-over, you will keep on learning and you may forget what you piled up in your mind earlier.

Ø  Developing interest

You must develop habit to take interest in subjects and fields that could be helpful in getting through this examination. You must increase your general knowledge by whatever method you like.

Ø  Last few hours before the Test

It is better to start revision early and be prepared to bear the pressure you may have to face in the examination hall. This will give you an opportunity to overcome the difficulties you may encounter in the examination hall.

Ø  While attempting the Question Paper

To being with, have a positive approach. Be confident that you are well prepared to answer the questions.

Follow the golden principle of Simple to Complex i.e. taking up questions that are easy to solve and then go to difficult ones. Glance through all questions quickly and mark the easy ones. Then proceed to answer these questions first. It will save time and also build up your confidence. Now you can proceed to take up the difficult ones and you will get more time to solve these questions.

Try to read each question carefully and also the given alternatives/answers. Many a times all alternatives appear correct. You need not get confused. Ponder over a while and you will hit the nail i.e. solve it. Read, think and then proceed to attempt the question.

Remember, time is really precious. Try to manage within the specified time properly. More often than not, many candidates waste time in the beginning and then find it hard to complete the paper satisfactorily within a short time. Such a waste results in waste. Try to maintain even speed and save time for revision also.

Follow the directions stipulated in the question paper. Mark the answer clearly, darkening the circles properly, wherever needed.

When you live for a strong purpose,

then hard work isn’t an option.

It’s a necessity.

Comments (1)

Very inspirational & to the point Focused article.All The Best.
Sachin Bhatnagar , March 06, 2011

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