The most important thing while practicing or revising for any exam is that you should be regular in practice. There are several distractions while solving mock papers, since you know it is not the real exam. But one should be focused and make it a point to complete the given paper within the stipulated time frame. Solving papers will improve your problem-solving speed, ability and accuracy.
Benefits of Solving Previous Year Papers
SOLVE AT LEAST LAST 3-4 YEARS PAPERS
Students should just not read the papers but solve them thoroughly. They should be familiar with the pattern and questions of last 3-4 years questions those came into the papers, so that they can get the fair idea what all come in the exam. Solving previous years papers will help you understand the level you need to achieve
Sometimes we feel bored in solving sample papers because we know that it is not a real exam so we don’t show keen interest in that but students should avoid this malpractice. They should be serious while solving the previous papers. By solving the paper you’ll realize your preparation level, and your strengths & weaknesses.
SIT AND SOLVE AT A ONCE
Students should sit and work on these papers at once like they do in the real exam and should avoid taking any breaks while attempting a single paper. Give proportionate time to each section and each question and develop your approach accordingly. Most of the students make this mistake of reading and solving random questions from paper, it should be avoided. Solve the questions either section wise or better approach suggested is from start of the paper till end.
MEASURE YOUR PERFORMANCE
If you find yourself weak in any particular section or domain note it in your notebook and put extra efforts on that domain so that you will be able to solve that section easily in real exam. See where you wasted time and which section needs maximum improvement.
MONITOR CHANGE IN PATTERN OR TREND
Students should also keep monitoring the change in pattern or trend of asking question or what type of questions are not asked. It may be possible that some type of questions or question from one section may be asked in association with another section. Students should monitor this change and note it down in notebook.
DON’T TRUST BLINDLY
Don’t just rely on previous year papers; every exam is unpredictable. Plus: with the changed exam pattern of many exams, you must be prepared for more difficult questions in the Mains.
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Last but not the least Learn from your Mistakes. After every attempt at a sample paper, make sure you have had enough revision. It also means you have made mistakes and learnt from it. It will help you revise and strengthen those topics, which you were not sure of. This will ensure you are well-prepared for your next attempt.