How do you 'analyse' mocks?
People keep asking to take mocks and then to analyse mocks. Is there any approach to do that?
Take the mock analysis section wise. Sectional cutoffs are as much important as the overall cutoff.
1. Devote as much time for analysis as you do for writing the exam. On an average there are atleast 30+ questions that are wrong or unanswered by a top scoring student. Analyse these questions and why you got them wrong.
2. You will find concepts that you were not aware of when re trying the questions. Try the questions yourself to identify the correct answer.
3. Go back to your basics and learn any concepts left out.
Devote atleast 2 hours for analysis of each mock test. It is only during analysis that learning happens and not while taking the exam.
While analysing mock exams, youhave to take special care of the following things:
- Analyse not just the questions which are wrong but also the questions which you got right: While it is important to understand how to solve the problems which you couldn't solve during the test, it is equally important to understand whether your approach to the problems you got right was the best one. Mony a times it so happens that one ends up using a more complicated and time consuming method to solve a problem which could have been solved in a much simpler way.
- Devote ample time to the analysis of mock exams - typically about twice the time spent in taking the test, so it would take you about 6 hours to analyze a 3 hours long paper.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses: You must identify the areas in which you have high accuracy and are able to score more marks in relatively lesser time, such areas would be your areas of strength, similarly there would be areas in which you would find that you invested a lot of time during the test as the problem seemed solvable but either couldn't solve it or got it wrong, these woul be your weakneses, you may want to go back to the basics and brush up your skills.
- Identify patterns in your mistakes: Be particualarly careful of repetitive mistakes. If you have cmmited a mistake in a test, make sure you revise the opic thoroughly before the next test and get all concepts clear so that the same mistake is not repeated.
- Pay attention to small details: While analysing mocks, pay attention to stats such as avergaeaccuracy on the question, average time spent by the candidates in solving that question. If you have attempted a problem where the average accuracy is very low and got it wrong after spending a considerable amount of time, you must be careful of such qustions and either leave such questions or attempt them at the very end. On the contrary if there are questions in which the average accuracy is quite high which you didn't atempt, you have to improve your skills at skimming the paper and selecting the questions.
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Hope it helps. All the best !!