How to Ace Chemistry for NEET Without Coaching

 

How to Ace Chemistry for NEET Without Coaching


While many students are busy preparing for the NEET exam, others are wondering how to study chemistry without coaching. However, there are ways to ensure that you score good marks in your chemistry exams without wasting money on expensive coaching classes. In this article, we will learn about these different methods and how you can prepare for the NEET exam with ease. So let’s begin!

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Understand the fundamentals of each topic

If you’re preparing for a science exam, make sure you understand how each topic works. If you understand how atoms react and how ions form, then you should be able to answer general chemistry questions. You can also lookup any topics that give you trouble when studying so that they don’t come up in an exam. This way, if an examiner asks about carbon bonds or makes salt from baking soda and vinegar, you won’t be caught off guard.


Prepare mnemonics

One of the biggest challenges students face in chemistry is trying to memorize all of its many formulas, equations, and concepts. A few years ago, I had a student who told me he was very concerned that he wouldn’t be able to learn all of the chemistry on his own. He said he needed to take classes or get private tutoring because there was no way he could memorize everything before taking his test. When I asked him how much time he spent studying chemistry each day, it turned out that it was only an hour or two at most. He just didn’t realize how quickly you can learn something if you are consistent with your studying!


Learn the key concepts of each chapter

It’s easy to cram by drilling chemical equations and trying to memorize facts, but to really understand chemistry—and do well on tests—you need a basic understanding of each chapter’s key concepts. Figure out what they are by reading through your textbook and then look them up online or ask your teacher or other students who have already taken AP/IB Chem. Write them down and make flashcards so you can memorize them as quickly as possible.


Practice past papers

While learning theories and practicing questions can be extremely beneficial in understanding concepts, it is also important to get a feel of what kind of questions are asked and how they are worded. Using previous year's papers and mock tests is one way of doing so. As a NEET aspirant, you can practice your chemistry abilities by preparing yourself with past year papers. These will help you understand not only how each topic has been tested but also which topics have been included in previous years’ exams.


Memorize by fixing pictures in your mind

When you’re trying to remember something, it’s a good idea to associate it with a concrete image. This can be helpful in chemistry, as abstract ideas aren’t always easy to recall later on. Don’t just read through your notes; rather, really look at each equation or concept and try forming an image of that in your mind—as if you were using photo editing software like Photoshop or GIMP. As you do so, think about how these visuals relate to one another and why they are important. If possible, try creating diagrams or flow charts based on what you’ve learned. (If nothing else, take some time during your study sessions to sketch out different concepts.)


Go through the previous year's papers

It’s a good idea to have a look at all previous year's papers so that you can get an idea of what types of questions are being asked. This will also give you an idea as to how difficult, or how easy it is in comparison to previous years. In some cases, concepts like ‘Mole and Molecule’ may be very different in terms of mark allocation and weightage. You should know these things before sitting down to write your exam. A lot of students fail because they don’t go through the previous year's papers. If you know what kind of paper is going to come, then you can prepare yourself accordingly.


Learn tricks to solve difficult questions faster

Although not all questions are created equal, it’s possible to tackle any question with several tried-and-true techniques. Each question can be identified by its unique characteristics, which you should pay close attention to solve most efficiently. The use of mnemonics and triggers can help you build your memory bank with each new problem that you encounter. It’s also important to know how to manipulate numbers when solving problems, so make sure you practice writing equations from scratch and do plenty of calculations. Finally, keep track of what works best for you—whether it’s drawing diagrams or circling answers—so that you can apply these strategies on test day.


Get enough sleep during exam days

Studying is a combination of practice and knowledge, but if you aren’t getting enough sleep it can be nearly impossible to really learn everything that you need to know. If you’re planning on studying late into the night before your exam, make sure that you have a comfortable area in which to study so that you can get enough rest. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a standing desk so that you can stand while studying. This helps keep blood flowing throughout your body and prevents drowsiness. You should also avoid eating too much food or drinking too much caffeine right before bedtime as both of these things will disrupt your sleep cycle. Instead, try reading something lighthearted just before bedtime to help calm your mind down and prepare yourself for a good night’s rest.


Read expert’s views on important topics before the exam

No matter how confident you are with your ability in chemistry, it is always a good idea to read through what experts have said about each chapter. You can use these resources along with practice sets and books to develop an understanding of topics that aren’t clear or aren’t being covered in class. For example, any resource that covers oxidation-reduction reactions will help you understand oxidative reactions better during your exam prep.


Last Words

If you are preparing to take a competitive exam, then your main goal is, obviously, to clear it. Preparation is key. Study hard and don’t forget that success in an exam can only come from hard work and hours of practice. Good luck!

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