A dream doesn’t become reality, through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.Colin Powell
Moving to Delhi
After the 10th Board Exams, I decided to move to Delhi with the kids in tow for better future prospects and exposure to highest of competition. It was a tough decision to take. Staying with two teenagers without the monitoring and guidance of their father was a big decision. We were staying in a rural area and it was not possible for my husband to come along with us as it could be disastrous for his career. Hence, we decided to take a calculated risk for shaping up their careers. In this post, I will talk about my daughter’s journey towards clearing medical entrances.
Searching of Good School and Coaching Institute in Delhi
I came to Delhi with bright dreams to provide the best possible opportunities and to get an idea of the steep competition to be faced. I had heard a lot about DPS R K Puram and Aakash Institute and dreamt for these elite institutions. I started searching for good schools and coaching institutes on Internet and got to know that DPS RK Puram accepts admission only after 10th Board Result, which would come out later in May. To avail this opportunity, we would have to wait till the results. We didn’t want to waste this time and decided to keep searching form possible opportunities and found one in Amity International, as I had heard that they are accepting admissions on the basis of pre board results. This school also provided coaching along with regular class so we decided to get admitted there. She attended this school for almost a month which proved to be a total a waste of our time and money. After a month, board results were announced and my daughter topped with perfect 10 CGPA. This was the first time that the CGPA system was implemented and even a school as big as DPS RK Puram had only 25 students with a perfect CGPA among over 600 students. A perfect CGPA was a very big deal back then. We applied to DPS RK Puram along with Sanskriti and Mother’s International school as second and third choice. She was selected everywhere and we went with DPS RK Puram. For her medical coaching, she preferred Aakash Institute. She appeared for admission test for that and she got 60% fees waiver.
Highly Disciplined Life in Delhi
You have to lead a highly disciplined life if your child is preparing for an entrance. We stopped watching TV. Luckily, smart phones weren’t as commonplace then and we did not have to deal with the smartphone addiction. The most important thing to be able to accomplish this is for the children to know that this is going to help them a lot down the line. I used to take an interest in her studies. I used to check her daily progress. Occasionally, during her lunch or dinner break, I would ask her MCQs. My daughter used to do few yoga asanas followed by pranayama to help her focus better.
Parent’s health is almost as important as that of the child. I used to go for a morning walk after my children left for school and evening walk when my children were in coaching. Taking care of my children was my responsibility. I also joined yoga classes in JNU which used to take place when the children were in school.
Success stories of students
I used to read success stories of children who has cracked the medical entrances. This helped my daughter in making strategies. You don’t have to follow blindly but you can very well plan your strategies accordingly. Me and my husband never cracked any entrances but my children did. This is because of the hard work of whole family. My husband used to stay alone. Not taking proper care of himself in terms of food. He was basically surviving for better future of his children. He comes to Delhi once in a month.
Strategies followed by my daughter
- Focused hard work is the key to success.
- She made a time table and studied accordingly. She divided her day into 4 parts in Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology.
- NCERT is the bible of medical entrances, especially NEET. It’s the reference book used by all examiners. Don’t ever follow any guide books as it is full of errors. You have to read every word and even read between the lines of NCERT books. My daughter did multiple reading of these books and solved the questions given at the end of the chapter.
- Clear your doubts as soon as you can. Coaching class materials and NCERT is enough for preparation.
- For AIIMS, you have to practice assertion reasoning and stay up to date for the GK. My daughter used to read newspaper daily so she didn’t require any special preparation for GK. H C Verma is also recommended for practising physics numericals.
- Concept is king for the exam. When solving any question, ask yourself if you’re just blindly marking something or if you understand the concept thoroughly. Don’t mug up every formula you come across. Learn only the basic formulae. You’ll likely confuse every complicated formula (like collision formulas) in exam. As long as your concept is clear, it wouldn’t matter.
- Write down important chemistry reactions everyday first thing in the morning. Muscle memory is important as well. Even if you feel panicked in the exam, you’ll instinctively know the correct answer.
- This brings me to my final point. Good instinct and good luck in exam only comes if you’ve practised enough. So practice more and you’ll realise your guesswork will improve as well.
Work Hard in silence, let your Success be your Noise.
The results started coming from May. She got selected in all entrances. Since AIIMS is the temple of Medical Excellence and her dream institute also so she took admission in AIIMS.
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