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A Mock a Day Keeps Fear at Bay? NOT!

Akash Deep Singh (AILET AIR 1) explains the enigma of Post-Mock Analysis

I am quite sure all of you would have heard this innumerable times from an uncountable number of people (exaggeration is not always a bad idea :P) that giving mocks is the best way to practice for CLAT. LawKey itself has been telling you the same thing. If I haven’t made it clear already, I am also a part of the same bandwagon and believe that mocks are the best practice you can get. Most of you have taken this advice seriously and are giving one mock a day. Continue reading “A Mock a Day Keeps Fear at Bay? NOT!”

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Mock Tests: Know How (Part 1)

CLAT Mentorship Programme and Mock Test SeriesWhen was the last time you felt like taking a mock test? Sometimes you just don’t feel like giving any. You tend to ask existential questions, why is life doing this to me? In which hellish moment did I pick law? And even if I did, why do these people want me to take a test? I am not prepared at all. I haven’t read January Current Affairs or haven’t practiced blood relations. I am so dead. I won’t make it to a good law school now. Trust me, it’s completely natural.

This is part of what happens during any CLAT prep and you are no anomaly to it. Now, I will explain to you, why this fear is fake and not relevant. Being at law school, I’ll give you the reasonable man’s test. Try and think of any mock test which you happened to be satisfied with either in your preparation or your performance and did not think of getting that 1 or 2 marks more after you saw the result. Can’t think of any? Because there’s no such thing. Even the guy who has been the rank 1 at your coaching center for ages won’t be content. Trust me, even I wasn’t. There’s always this one nagging question that couldn’t be solved and if there’s a friend who did it right while you couldn’t do so, it’s even more problematic.

When this gets stuck in your mind all that it leads to is unnecessary stress. Stress isn’t good for your health or your marks. It translates into bad time management or ends up messing with one section or other which at times can cost you the whole mock test, forget the actual exam, where you are already at peak stress level. What now? Leave alone the prep you couldn’t do, you wasted the prep you did as well. So what do you do?

There’s this economics professor at NLS who told me something that stuck in my mind -“Just do it Ashim, do it.” Exactly what you guys got to do. You will never be satisfied with whatever your preparation is. So just write it and let it be. Treat yourself if you think you scored even marginally better than your last mock. Work towards rectifying your errors and not losing out on any opportunity to grow and be better. Every mock is a milestone towards making your prep finer and better. It is the stepping stone to a better law school and a better life. Never avoid them, cadet, never.

Ashim Gupta

Follow us and ensure that you do not miss a single post. Like our Facebook Page as well and help us grow. If you have any specific doubts, message us on Facebook or write to us at lawkeyforclat@gmail.com. To increase your chances of acing CLAT and getting into the top 3 NLUs, click here.

Posted in CLAT Mock Test Series, Mock Tests

A Mock a Day Keeps Fear at Bay? NOT!

Akash Deep Singh (AILET AIR 1) explains the enigma of Post-Mock Analysis

I am quite sure all of you would have heard this innumerable times from an uncountable number of people (exaggeration is not always a bad idea :P) that giving mocks is the best way to practice for CLAT. LawKey itself has been telling you the same thing. If I haven’t made it clear already, I am also a part of the same bandwagon and believe that mocks are the best practice you can get. Most of you have taken this advice seriously and are giving one mock a day. A mock a day is easy to manage and it leaves you with enough time to keep on working on your weaker subjects. But, please bear in mind you can cut down to 4-5 mocks a week, if it gets exhausting for you. Your mind needs to be fresh before you attempt any mock, otherwise it’s of no use. If you are still in class 12th and worried about not being able to practice mocks. STOP. Boards are the most important thing in your life right now and you have to pay complete attention to them. You can get back to CLAT when boards end, people at NLS and other NLUs have managed to crack CLAT while studying in 12th, you can do it too! You have been preparing for CLAT and as earlier articles on the page have already said believe in that preparation. This is true for any CLAT 2016 aspirant.

But as you have already noticed, this article isn’t (solely!) about keeping you guys motivated or exhorting you to do more mocks. It is about what to do after you have given a mock. Trust me, and more importantly my experience, when I say that analysis is more important than increasing the number of mocks you have attempted. A person who has practiced only 3-4 mocks a week but has analysed them to gauge his strength and weaknesses and has used the time available to him to work on them, has a much better chance of getting in than someone who gave 3 mocks a day but didn’t stop to analyse them.

It is after you have finished your mock when the real work starts. Mock analysis proceeds at two levels. The immediate one happens just after you have given the mock, which you should ideally do on the same day or the next day. The second approach is to be done with a homogenized set of mocks, by which I am referring to test series released by one single institute, and then analyze it in entirety. I will come back to the second approach later.

The immediate analysis entails looking at every question that you were not able to attempt or those questions you got wrong. Plan how you are going to address each one of them over the next few days. Analyse how much time you took per question. Is there a particular section that you are giving too much time to? Work on setting a time limit for each section and try to adhere to this time limit. Pay particular attention to the time taken by you on incorrect questions. Did you genuinely believe you could solve that question or were you stubborn enough to not move on? These are some of the things that you have to keep in mind while analysing your mocks.

The second approach, and I urge you to follow this at all costs, is to be done with a homogenized set of mocks. Coaching institutes who release these mocks provide you with an answer key unlike myriad other mocks that you will practice. This is an additional reason why the second approach to analyse your mocks must be followed. Also as it is online, you can observe the time taken by you in different questions. Most of the mocks in a test series are of the same level. The difficulty level sometimes goes up or down but that’s also to prepare you better. It’s CLAT, anything can happen. Take 3-4 of your past mocks and go through each of them section wise. You will notice that you are getting a certain type of question wrong again and again. Today’s the day when you will practice them till you get them right. Then move on to the questions which you were able to answer correctly. How much time did you take in them? Learn the tips and tricks to reduce this time. You are going through the paper to recognize the patterns present in your mocks and believe me, they are there. A particular type of question that you are always getting wrong, questions which you spend a lot of time on but do get it right, eventually.

Also you will have tried out different strategies in these mocks and this is an opportunity to check which one suits you. Use the most beneficial one in the next mock. It might not be the perfect one for you but you have time till March end to discover your perfect strategy. After that you have more or less decided on your approach and now you are working on fine-tuning it.

In the end I would like to reiterate, practicing a mock is doing half the job. Until you analyse your mocks, you are getting no benefit out of practicing so many mocks.

All the best.

Akash Deep Singh

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Mock Tests: Know How (Part 2)

I often advice 2016 aspirants on how to go about CLAT prep and life surrounding the prep because your life actually does start revolving around your prep. Your relationships, your eating and sleeping habits, what you do and when do you do it; all of it affects your prep and then your final performance. Kids (as they are called here at NLS, end up here and you will be called the same) ask me anything they feel is important to them at that moment of time. But, there is this one common grievance; it’s there with most of them, most of the times. And what is that? Those 200 mark mock tests that they feel are the biggest concern of their life.
Continue reading “Mock Tests: Know How (Part 2)”

Posted in Mock Tests

Mock Tests: Know How (Part 1)

When was the last time you felt like taking a mock test? Sometimes you just don’t feel like giving any. You tend to ask existential questions, why is life doing this to me? In which hellish moment did I pick law? And even if I did, why do these people want me to take a test? I am not prepared at all. I haven’t read January Current Affairs or haven’t practiced blood relations. I am so dead. I won’t make it to a good law school now. Trust me, it’s completely natural.

This is part of what happens during any CLAT prep and you are no anomaly to it. Now, I will explain to you, why this fear is fake and not relevant. Being at law school, I’ll give you the reasonable man’s test. Try and think of any mock test which you happened to be satisfied with either in your preparation or your performance and did not think of getting that 1 or 2 marks more after you saw the result. Can’t think of any? Because there’s no such thing. Even the guy who has been the rank 1 at your coaching center for ages won’t be content. Trust me, even I wasn’t. There’s always this one nagging question that couldn’t be solved and if there’s a friend who did it right while you couldn’t do so, it’s even more problematic.

When this gets stuck in your mind all that it leads to is unnecessary stress. Stress isn’t good for your health or your marks. It translates into bad time management or ends up messing with one section or other which at times can cost you the whole mock test, forget the actual exam, where you are already at peak stress level. What now? Leave alone the prep you couldn’t do, you wasted the prep you did as well. So what do you do?

There’s this economics professor at NLS who told me something that stuck in my mind -“Just do it Ashim, do it.” Exactly what you guys got to do. You will never be satisfied with whatever your preparation is. So just write it and let it be. Treat yourself if you think you scored even marginally better than your last mock. Work towards rectifying your errors and not losing out on any opportunity to grow and be better. Every mock is a milestone towards making your prep finer and better. It is the stepping stone to a better law school and a better life. Never avoid them, cadet, never.

Ashim Gupta

Follow us and ensure that you do not miss a single post. Like our Facebook Page as well and help us grow. If you have any specific doubts, message us on Facebook or write to us at lawkeyforclat@gmail.com. To increase your chances of acing CLAT and getting into the top 3 NLUs, click here.

Posted in CLAT Mock Test Series, Mock Tests

A Mock a Day Keeps Fear at Bay? NOT!

Akash Deep Singh (AILET AIR 1) explains the enigma of Post-Mock Analysis

I am quite sure all of you would have heard this innumerable times from an uncountable number of people (exaggeration is not always a bad idea :P) that giving mocks is the best way to practice for CLAT. LawKey itself has been telling you the same thing. If I haven’t made it clear already, I am also a part of the same bandwagon and believe that mocks are the best practice you can get. Most of you have taken this advice seriously and are giving one mock a day. A mock a day is easy to manage and it leaves you with enough time to keep on working on your weaker subjects. But, please bear in mind you can cut down to 4-5 mocks a week, if it gets exhausting for you. Your mind needs to be fresh before you attempt any mock, otherwise it’s of no use. If you are still in class 12th and worried about not being able to practice mocks. STOP. Boards are the most important thing in your life right now and you have to pay complete attention to them. You can get back to CLAT when boards end, people at NLS and other NLUs have managed to crack CLAT while studying in 12th, you can do it too! You have been preparing for CLAT and as earlier articles on the page have already said believe in that preparation. This is true for any CLAT 2016 aspirant.

Continue reading “A Mock a Day Keeps Fear at Bay? NOT!”

Posted in Mock Tests

Mock Tests: Know How (Part 2)

I often advice 2016 aspirants on how to go about CLAT prep and life surrounding the prep because your life actually does start revolving around your prep. Your relationships, your eating and sleeping habits, what you do and when do you do it; all of it affects your prep and then your final performance. Kids (as they are called here at NLS, end up here and you will be called the same) ask me anything they feel is important to them at that moment of time. But, there is this one common grievance; it’s there with most of them, most of the times. And what is that? Those 200 mark mock tests that they feel are the biggest concern of their life.

Continue reading “Mock Tests: Know How (Part 2)”

Posted in Mock Tests

Mock Tests: Know How (Part 1)

When was the last time you felt like taking a mock test? Sometimes you just don’t feel like giving any. You tend to ask existential questions, why is life doing this to me? In which hellish moment did I pick law? And even if I did, why do these people want me to take a test? I am not prepared at all. I haven’t read January Current Affairs or haven’t practiced blood relations. I am so dead. I won’t make it to a good law school now. Trust me, it’s completely natural.

Continue reading “Mock Tests: Know How (Part 1)”