Making through the exam may seem difficult for many, but the truth is that it is a crucial gateway to almost all the prestigious engineering colleges across the length and breadth of the nation. Preparation for Joint Entrance Examination requires a lot of hard work and determination.

To sail across the choppy tides of questions, you need to hone an inherent set of analytical thinking. Therefore, simply completing the syllabus is not enough as you require to exhibit a greater dexterity over objective thought process. This exam is more like a race against time, where the most influential rule of Darwin is applicable “survival of the fittest”. To crack the most onerous hard hitting yet rewarding competitive exam, it is essential to keep yourself motivated throughout the phase that eventually helps you deliver the optimum on the D-Day.

Motivation is the key to set the ball rolling when you diligently work your way through a similar set of curriculum that recognises your strengths and takes care of your weaknesses.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways where you can keep yourself motivated, while preparing for the JEE:

Positive self-affirmation:

It is common to get stuck as you keep on solving a particular type of problem on a daily basis- maybe it’s the monotony that get’s you or maybe it’s the level of challenges. Whenever you get trapped into a situation, it becomes dreary and gets you demotivated to that extent that you even start contemplating on dropping the subject.

At this point, you need to remind yourself that the struggle is not yours alone as students go through it on a yearly basis and powering through this is the only available solution. Identify the real problem that is stopping you from moving forward and devise the best way to make the most of your time and effort.

Learn from the mistakes:

The fear of failure is a huge myth that requires to be busted — there is no such thing as failure. This happens and the only way to get anything out of them-is to learn from your mistakes. No matter how hard or difficult is the fall, you need to dust yourself off and continue into the path of greatness. No great hero had a worthwhile story free of mistakes —it is how we tackle the lessons that prove our mettle. Coming into terms with shortcomings, soldiering up and moving forward is the way fighters win battles.

Be self-driven:

In this rigorous field of assessment, it is natural to dwindle, yet giving up isn’t the solution. While teachers may guide you and parents may encourage you, the fight is only yours as encountering the problem and being self-driven is the best way to go about it. Find out what drives you and once you identify your drive, it gets easier to deal with the struggles, mistakes, etc. You need to know that you can count on yourself to deal with whatever the exam throws at you. Self-belief is what separates brilliance from average.

Harbour good company:

Humans are greatly afflicted by the energies that surround them. Both positive and negative energy can be infectious, so it is best to keep away from any such energy. This can be overcome through with the right frame of mind and keeping the zeal alive.

When you are amidst good company, it’s just natural to imbibe the good spirits and pass it along.

Make sure you surround yourself with strong-willed, self-driven people and you will find that just being in their company is motivating enough.

Competitive exam is like a race if you don’t bear the required zeal and alacrity to win over it, you are likely to be left behind.

The above tricks should urge you keep your momentum high and in turn, you can be the secret to your success.

(The writer is an expert, FIITJEE)