How to Prepare for CLAT without coaching
With CLAT coaching centers popping up at every nook and cranny, one might feel that it is absolutely essential to join one in order to clear the exam. Joining a coaching has one key advantage – the presence of healthy coaching. That can, however, be overcome – CLAT can definitely be cracked without coaching.
Subscribe to a good online course / test series
There are several online courses and test series available. The online courses usually come with video lectures, practice question sets and study material. Choose one that is comprehensive. It is a good idea to sign up for more than one test series so that one is exposed to questions of various difficulty levels.
Prepare a Strategy
Find an effective study strategy, allotting time to each and every topic and subject. Remember to factor in the time required for non-CLAT things, such as school, re-creation and extra curricular. Find out what study techniques work best for you – some prefer reading, some prefer watching videos; some study in the morning and some at night. Do not feel compelled to do what others are doing.
Find a Mentor
This is one of the most crucial elements in CLAT preparation – find a mentor from a reputed institute. A mentor is someone to whom you should be able to turn to in case of any doubts or queries; someone who will encourage you to work harder and tell you off in case you are slacking. A mentor should be able to help you through emotional highs and lows.
There are several mentor-ship programs available online, so apply for one.
Note down challenges in preparing for CLAT
Preparing for CLAT, or any entrance exam, comes with a set of challenges. There might be a phase when your mock scores stagnate, or you miss a week of preparation. Recognize that it is bound to happen, and have strategies to cope with any of the situations in case they occur. As long as you do the best that you can, you will be alright.
Spend Good Time to Prepare at Home
The last two years of high school can be very stressful. The workload at school will be heavy, but it is vital to devote time to CLAT preparation (6-8 hours per week). This will require effective time management. It is perhaps a good idea to use CLAT preparation as a break from board-exam preparation and vice versa.
Practice Mock Tests
This point cannot be emphasized enough. It is important to do and analyse mock tests on a regular basis as they provide an effective method of self-assessment, a way determining one’s strengths and weaknesses. Also, by doing an ample number of mock tests, one ensures that as the exam nears, they will have discovered an optimal exam-taking strategy.
Improve your Efficiency
Work towards improving your efficiency while solving papers – find out what approach yields the most marks. Try different ways of solving the paper. Work on your strengths and perfect them, and work on your weaknesses so that they do not let you down during the exam.