Importance of self-study in CAT preparations
Self-study is one thing that always helps you in succeeding in whatever you do, may it be CAT preparations. There are many students who solely depend on what the coaching institutes teach them and do not put an effort of their own. The result for such students is always defeat. Coaching institutes are there to help you clearing your concepts and to solve your queries. So the main preparation has to be done by you via self-study.
There are three basic areas which are tested in the MBA entrance exams. They are verbal ability, quantitative ability and data interpretation and logical reasoning. For verbal ability, read a lot. Since reading comprehension is an important part of this section, try speed reading (you have to train how to read and comprehend fast). For quantitative ability, solve questions on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, mensuration etc. For the data interpretation and logical reasoning sections, refer to well known CAT preparation books from TATA McGraw Hill, R S Agarwal, S Chand, Pearson Education, etc. You should also solve crossword and sudoku puzzles every day.
However, self-study remains of no use if you do it without following any strategy as preparing for CAT is not a child’s play. It needs sheer discipline and guidance. Thus, here are some points which would help you in carrying your self-study in a proper way.
- Make a time-table
Firstly, make a time-table for yourself which you feel you will be able to follow. Take out a time which you feel is comfortable for you to CAT exam studies. Then find out the right time to study when you can prepare with full concentration. Prepare according to the importance of particular subjects.
- Bring in discipline
Discipline is very important. Plan your preparation, maintain a fixed schedule and stick to it. Do not be lazy or lenient in following your schedule as clearing CAT is not a joke.
- Bring in the correct preparation material
Few of the books which students should refer to are: ‘High School English Grammar and Composition’ by Wren and Martin; ‘Verbal Ability’ by Arun Sharma; ‘How To Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude For The CAT’ by Arun Sharma and ‘Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations’ by Abhijit Guha.
- Do mock-tests
Mock-tests are important to do a self-analysis. By doing mock-tests you will get to know that how much you know and then you can start preparing accordingly by emphasizing on your weak points.
- Keep in touch with the current affairs
You need to constantly update your general knowledge as it is an integral part of your entire CAT preparation. You need to read newspapers, magazines as well as listen or watch one TV and radio bulletin everyday so that you can keep yourself updated on the general knowledge and current affairs quotient.
At the end, keeping yourself motivated is very important and is a challenge for you. Getting fewer marks in a tough test should not de-motivate you. You have to be self motivated during the entire preparation journey.