This guy’s walking down the street when he falls down a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down here. Can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me! Can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’
If you are someone who is scoring moderately in your mocks, let me be that friend who gets you out of the hole. If you are a dropper who just realized that CLAT is less than 4 months away, let me be the friend who helps you out. Let me be that friend for you, because an year ago I was exactly where you are, and I know the way out.
In December 2014, I was confused about what I wanted to do in life. I was pursuing CA and preparing for CLAT alongside it. I was scoring below average in the mocks, and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would actually end up in NLSIU (okay that’s a lie. I did dream big). But my point is, it does not matter if you are not scoring amazing marks in your mocks right now. It doesn’t matter if your friends are done with their preparations and you haven’t even started yet. I was in a similar situation last year, and today I am in National Law School of India University, Bangalore (sounds good, doesn’t it?). You know how I did that? I worked hard. I am not the most intelligent person you will ever meet, neither am I the most dedicated one. However, there’s one thing I know, one thing that is so easy that anyone can do it yet very few actually do. I WORK HARD! You can do the same.
Working hard does not mean studying 15 hours a day. CLAT does not need so much time. Study for around 4 hours a day. Start today. I started off with GK. I went through each and every compendium I could find online, wrote down everything I thought was important, and learnt it. It is as simple as that. Read, Write, and Learn. Then I moved on to English. I read The Hindu every day and completed the Norman Lewis book alongside it. I wrote down all the difficult words I could find and then I learnt them. So, once again, Read, Write, and Learn. Then I moved on to Logical Reasoning. Same approach there. Read, Practice questions (Write), and revise the questions I couldn’t solve (Learn). I approached Mathematics and Legal Reasoning on similar lines. So, no matter what the subject, the approach remains the same. Read, Write, and Learn!
All of us have been doing that since childhood. Why can’t we do that for CLAT as well? People think it cannot be so easy. People say that CLAT is a very difficult exam. Well, people lie. CLAT is one of the easiest entrance exams around. So you do not need to fear the exam. Rather, accept the challenge and start working hard from today itself. You may choose to follow my strategy, or develop one of your own. But remember, it’s only as simple as ‘Read, Write, and Learn!’
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