COVID-19 – 21 Days Lockdown: A Blessing in Disguise for Students
Amid COVID-19 chaos and the growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting from 25th March. He said, “This is like a curfew, and far stricter than the ‘Janata Curfew’ (on March 22). Seeing the present conditions, this lockdown will be for 21 days. This is to save India, save each citizen and save your family. Do not step outside your house. For 21 days, forget what is stepping outside. There is a Lakshman Rekha on your doorstep. Even one step outside your house will bring the coronavirus inside your house.”
The Prime Minister made the announcement during his second address to the nation on the outbreak of novel coronavirus. This has prompted schools, colleges, universities, and many private institutions to call off several examinations and put them on hold for a definite period. For students and entrance exam aspirants, this move by government is a blessing in disguise as they get a few more days to prepare for their respective exams.
How to Take Advantage of 21 Days Lockdown and Invest Your Time in Self-Study
Globally, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 4 lakhs. In India, the number is constantly increasing which forced the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to postpone various state and national level examinations, thus throwing a lot of plans into disarray. Social distancing, however, has proved to be fruitful for many aspirants. Students should see its positive side, too. Those who weren’t exam-ready now have plenty of time to prepare.
When at home instead of wasting time in watching TV or playing games on mobile phones, they can make the most use of their extended time by focusing on self-study.
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Coronavirus: Preparation Tips for Students for Entrance Exams
- Take Advantage of Enough Time: With the postponement of the exam date, you have now ample time to dedicate to self-study. Don’t commit the same mistake by leaving it until the last minute and regret later. Set up a timetable and sort out the time management worry.
- If Not Following an Organised Pattern, This is The Time: You have to well-organised to succeed not just in exam but in life. Organising things help to concentrate without any distractions. You may like to resort to music and study if this works for you.
- Do a Thorough Revision: Now that you got time to study more, you should shift your focus to the revision part. With ample time in hand, you don’t have to rush through the revision. Also, read the entirety of your notes to refresh your memory.
- Make Use of Mobile Phones for Group Study: Since it is a lockdown situation, use your mobile phone for good. Call up your friends, discuss and find answers you need. Skype Video Calls, WhatsApp Video Calls, etc. are some of the options. Make sure your focus should only be on study.
- Explain Your Answers to Parents: The only good thing that has been bestowed upon is that all family members get to spend some quality time. You have got to take an advantage of it. Ask your father to help you in preparing for your exam. He wouldn’t hesitate – given the fact that he’s invested so much in you (pun). Discussing questions will help you get it clear in your head.
- Take Regular Breaks, Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy: Intake of water and fresh, natural fruits (Vitamin C) will help prevent the coronavirus affecting you. Take breaks from time to time and play with your siblings – what better way to use your time when at home?
List of Exams That Have Been Postponed or Called Off
- JEE Main 2020: The exam-conducting authority, i.e. the National Testing Agency has postponed the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2020 exam, which was earlier scheduled to be commenced between 05 April and 11 April. The new exam dates will be notified later through the registered email ID and mobile number.
- MAH MCA CET 2020: Earlier scheduled to be held on 28th March, the MAH MCA CET 2020 exam has been shifted till 30th April.
- UPSC Civil Services (PTs): The Personality Tests or Interviews has been deferred to the deadly COVID-19. It was initially scheduled to be conducted from 23 March to 03 April 2020. The Union Public Service Commission will announce the new dates soon.
- UPSSSC Junior Clerk and Assistant Exam 2020: The Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Commission has postponed the exam dates taking place between 18 March and 26 March. The exam was scheduled to conduct for the post of Junior Clerk and Assistant.
- NEET 2020: Though the officials have not said a thing about the postponement of NEET 2020, looking at the current situation it can be said that there are high chances of the exam to be postponed.
Don’t step outside the house, stay hygienic, wash your hand regularly, eat healthy (Vitamin C), follow the tips above, prepare for your exam and be a responsible citizen of India in fighting against the novel coronavirus pandemic.