Preparing for NTSE – Be Smart!

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Preparing for NTSE – Be Smart!

The National Talent Search Examination Stage 2 or NTSE Stage 2 exam is not too far away. Yes, November is really not that far away. We know that most of you are on the warpath preparing for NTSE, your school, and board exams simultaneously. But instead of overworking yourself, it is time for you to be SMART.

What is the SMART Way?

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Time – Bound

The first step – when setting your goals, make sure that they are SMART.  This will help you to not just give a definite structure to your goals by setting clear milestones but also help you to track your progress in a better manner.

Incorporating SMART Goals for NTSE Preparation:

  • Set clear and well – defined targets

The very first thing that you must do when you begin preparing for the NTSE is setting your desired marks and rank. Apart from serving as constant motivation, this will help you to make a well thought out study plan and give you ample of time to work on your weaknesses.

  • Know your Syllabus

To succeed, it is extremely important to know where you stand. From an examination standpoint, knowing the syllabus and how much you have covered is crucial. Constantly track your performance with a prep tracker.

Track Your Preparation With : NTSE Prep Tracker Tool
  • Preparation Material

When preparing for NTSE, make a note of the following points:

  1. For NTSE Stage 1, treat your state board textbooks as the holy grail and restrain from referring to external sources when studying. For NTSE stage 2, study from the NCERT textbooks.
  2. Do not neglect Social Science as it forms a big chunk of the SAT. Most of the students, tend to focus on Mathematics and Science, completely side-lining Social Science.   
  3. For MAT, solve online tests to build your problem-solving speed and accuracy. You can also use books by Tata McGraw Hill, Arihant etc.
  4. Attempt as many online mock tests as possible. This will not only help you get used to the examination pattern but also aid in covering all kinds of possible questions.
  • Plan in Advance

NTSE is divided into two sections SAT (Scholastic Aptitude) and MAT (Mental Aptitude) and both are equally important.

  1. The secret to acing the MAT section is plenty of practice. This will build your accuracy level and speed.
  2. Social Science has the highest weightage and being a theoretical subject, it is difficult too. To ensure that you don’t lose any marks, study from both your 9th and 10th class textbooks.
  3. For Science and Mathematics, refer to your state board textbooks first and then the NCERT. Make sure you solve as many problems as you can to develop conceptual clarity.
  • Review Progress Regularly

When you attempt online mock test papers and other sample papers, make a note of the chapters and concepts you are weak in, i.e. did not score well in. With every attempt, map your progress in these chapters and concepts. Timely review and analysis of your preparation will help you to take corrective action.

We hope these tips help you learn and prepare better for NTSE 2019. All the Best!

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