New Delhi: India is currently the third worst affected country in the world in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, which continues to rise. All educational institutions, from kindergartens to vocational colleges and universities, were closed in March 2020 due to the start of the pandemic. National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET), one of the nation’s largest entrance exams, and its aspirants have been hit the hardest due to the pandemic-induced lockdown and online courses.
NEET aspirants face several challenges as they have to rely on distance learning for over a year and a half. There is uncertainty about the future of the more than 15 lakh students who are eligible for the highly competitive NEET exam. More than the fear of contracting COVID-19 at exam centers, aspirants face practical limitations in knowledge and self-confidence due to the lack of classroom instruction.
The NEET exam is likely to take place on May 2, 2022 but if the virus is not under control, the center will have to think of a pragmatic solution. Perhaps the review could be rescheduled in September. NEET UG is considered to be one of the toughest and most competitive exams in India and the pandemic is wreaking havoc on the mental health of aspirants alongside the expensive exam itself.
Faced with increasing stress and burnout, Aparna Konnur, a NEET aspirant, told ETHealthworld: “Virtual courses, although delivered live as on a platform such as zoom, have not been as effective as offline courses for a number of reasons. offline course is more of a one-way interaction. “
“Regarding conceptual understanding, covering this in virtual classrooms instead of class discussion has been very difficult, especially when it comes to physics. Problem solving, analytical skills and application subject matter would be best taught and learned in an interactive, in-person environment, ”she added.
The impact of this situation varies from one student to another depending on their learning abilities. Although the pandemic is a strict obstacle for students to perform better. For that Raghav Bhatia, another NEET aspirant said: “Self-study is kind of the crux of everything, so it’s the best pole to lean on. Three main subjects – physics, chemistry, biology – you have to work for two years. And since the councils and The NEETs are entirely separate entities. Studying would have been much easier if I had attended live lessons, interacting directly with teachers, competing with real students and not just their 2D projections . There isn’t that “feeling” online Then sometimes they’re lagging behind, sometimes the devices have issues or distractions, and so on. “
The realities on the ground also reflect the concerns on the other side. Teachers also say studying for NEET has become difficult for students.
“With so many portions removed from the academic curriculum for Classes XI and XII due to COVID-19, it becomes very difficult to explain to a student the simple details of a few topics because the students are not well versed. a lot of extra effort is needed which also takes time. Not to blame anyone, of course, we are very sorry for the students because yes they are missing a lot when it comes to their careers, “said S Gupta, physics teacher and coach for NEET.
The pandemic has forced us to adapt to drastic changes in our daily tasks. Despite the unfavorable circumstances, the professional world is constantly changing. Now the education sector and academia must align their strategies to remain stable, Gupta added.
Self-motivation is one of the key factors to keep pushing yourself. Some important NEET 2022 tips for aspirants:
- Make a plan, set a schedule
- Prioritize topics to review
- Prepare a daily action plan
- Avoid distractions
- Take mock tests online for your assessment
- Improve your speed and accuracy based on testing
- Stay safe and eat healthy