By Sushruti Tripathi
Now I know English is a funny language and can get very tricky at times. After all, there is so much to learn about a language that is not your mother tongue.
There are rules, which have exceptions. Then there are accepted practices which don’t seem to follow any rule at all. All in all, you can never be a hundred per cent sure of all your answers.
I’ve given a lot of entrances, and trust me, you never get all those questions right. But with the right kind of preparation, you can definitely get yourself a great score! Once you decide to take any of those monster exams out there, prepare yourself mentally to put in the best of your efforts, the toughest work hours.
But I would definitely advice you NOT to kill your social life. Do not sit on your desk day in and day out. No. Go out with friends and have fun every now and then. Don’t miss out on the blockbusters or the gaming nights.
Just make sure you put in the requisite amount of work for your exam preparation. It doesn’t have to be 24×7. It just has to be consistent. Even one hour of English every day would be just fine.
Now, make a plan. For English, you need to be sure of your Grammar, Comprehension and Vocabulary. These are the broad headings.
For vocabulary, clichéd as it may sound, read the editorials. Look up common Latin, French, Spanish and Japanese words.
Look up synonyms and antonyms of random words.
Carry a pocket Dictionary at all times. It does help.
Work through the book ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis.
Read as many passages as you can and solve questions that follow for Comprehension practice. ‘Practice’ is the key word here.
And for Grammar, you need to put in a little more effort. Be clear about basics like tenses, subject-verb agreement and active/passive voice.
Then look into other things like parallelisms and analogies.
Take help from your English Grammar books for ninth or tenth grade.
That will ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
Try coaching classes if they suit you. They are very helpful (personal experience).They do guide you and help you prepare better.
If you live in Kolkata, I can be found twice a week at CLATapult!
If you are preparing for any competitive exam, there are a lot of questions that pop up, like what exactly is to be studied and how? I hope I have helped you with some of the answers.
In case you need any other help with anything, from English to the emotional stress during exams, I am right here. Just shoot me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.