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It goes without saying that parents play a crucial role in a child’s overall development. It is also a universal truth that with strong support from their parents, children can march ahead towards their dream with confidence and put their entire focus towards their goal. Not that it is impossible for a determined child but without helpful behaviour towards a child’s education and goals by parents, one may lose confidence in her/ himself. And we all know what great importance does confidence carries in cracking a highly popular and competitive entrance exam like NEET.
NEET-UG is a national-level entrance examination with over 16 lakh candidates registering every year. This number is a testament to not only the popularity of this examination but also the cut-throat competition that candidates have to go through to make it to the top MBBS colleges in India. Now, you being a parent can surely understand the immense pressure it must put on your child not only while preparing for the test but also during every step of the selection process until the confirmation of their admission. But how can we help, you ask? Fret not because we have the answer to your doubts and questions about helping your children crack NEET 2022. Read the full piece below and find out how you can offer a helping hand to your kids.
Do Not Pressurise Your Children to Crack NEET-UG 2022
As you may have already read in the introductory part of this piece, the massive competition and the desire to do the best already puts immense pressure on children and if you top that off with your constant nagging of how they are not doing enough, it might break them. Being from a generation of overachievers is already hard enough for them and if you keep comparing them with others who might be doing better than them in some fields would cause them to develop anxiety.
If they have researched and put some work into applying and preparing for NEET 2022, they must be serious about it and may genuinely be working hard according to their capacity to yield good results. Of course, as a parent, it is your responsibility and duty to keep your child on track if you find her/ him distracted from the goal, but before interfering, be sure about it.
Motivate Them and Appreciate Them on Their Achievements
Sometimes, while preparing for an exam, it is easy for students to get overwhelmed. Sometimes they might even want to quit or give up. In such situations, you can play a very important role in encouraging them. Hearing the words of encouragement from someone they admire, like their parents, goes a long way. Tell them how well they have been doing and that if they are genuinely aspiring to get admission to the courses offered through NEET, they should keep going. Counting their achievements to them and saying that if they could achieve that in the past, they can definitely do the same again would surely motivate them to keep going.
Ask Them What They Want
As discussed in the previous point, motivate them when they feel like giving up because they are overwhelmed by the process and not by the goal. So ask them if they actually want to crack NEET to study MBBS/ BDS or are they just doing it due to peer pressure or due to the lack of proper guidance. Tell them that there are always other options. For example, if they end up not doing great in NEET, they can always check out the course options for low-rank holders in NEET. If they seem to be inclined towards the medical field but do not feel like doing it through NEET, they can always pursue medical courses without NEET in India.
Help Them Make a Preparation Plan
With all the juggling that Class XII students and NEET aspirants do, they might miss out on some important preparation steps like making a timetable or preparation plan. If they have one already, great, but if they don’t, help them prepare one. You must know what their day is like. How much time they get for studies and how much for playing and recreational activities. Help them make a balanced schedule giving them space for both, studying and resting. If possible, try to reduce screen-time from their day-to-day workings as excess usage of it might make them irritable.
Take Care of Their Physical and Mental Health
Stress could put a toll on not only a student’s mental but physical health as well. We know that both things need to be in complete alignment to be working properly. So, try to take care of them in any way possible. Check if they are eating healthy or giving themselves any time to eat properly. If not, help them. Check if they getting proper sleep. If not, help them. Check if they are having a hard time adjusting to their new preparation schedule. If they do, help them.
Arrange Meetings With Prospective Mentors or High Rank-holders
Talking to the people who know the answers to your questions and have gone through the roller coaster ride that you currently are, helps a lot. If possible, arrange your childrens’ meetings with people who can help them in any way, who understand what they must be going through and how to get out of a discouraging situation. Someone they can ask questions like, “Which books should I prefer? Which coaching institute would you suggest? Do you think I should focus more on this particular topic? What kind of questions do they ask in the XYZ section of the paper?” They must have a lot of questions like these. Help them get the answers.
Give Them Space
With all these suggestions and ways to help your children crack NEET, make sure that you are not on top of them 24*7. It is as important to give them space as it is to help them. Monitoring them constantly might give them anxiety and pressure to keep studying all the time with no regard to taking rest and proper sleep. So, try to create a balance between being and not being with them. It might sound a little tricky but if that’s not parenting then what is, right?
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