Good performance in GATE is all about making the most of the time available. We talk about GATE Preparation tips on saving time in this article. Every GATE aspirant, whether from Delhi or Dhanbad, whether smart or stupid, has exactly the same amount of time to complete the examination. It is logical that students who have the ability to save time will, in general, always do better in exams than those who don’t, and saving time, much like saving money, is always done in very small parts. You must keep building tools and techniques and shortcuts that help you save time when solving a problem.
The biggest time – saving device in any exam is calculation shortcuts. Many students waste precious seconds converting CGI to SI units, Celsius to Fahrenheit temperatures, multiplying and dividing large numbers, expanding expressions, and so on. Such tasks are peripheral to the problem you are trying to solve and should be done as quickly as possible so you can spend more time in trying to understand and solve the real problem.
Set aside 10 – 15 minutes every day for practicing these skills and timing yourself so you become faster and more accurate in doing them. A stopwatch is a very handy tool for this. For example, how much time does it take for you to convert 1350C into 0F? ideally it should not take you more than 10 seconds. This might even be possible in 4 – 5 seconds if you practice really hard. These small things create big differences in GATE scores. I suggest you keep a separate notebook of these shortcuts and keep looking for smart shortcuts.
As for the number of hours that you should spend on study per day, you must be careful that you do not put too much stress on the quantity and that you focus more on the quality of the time that you spend. Efficiency is really important as after a few hours your mental abilities will nosedive and you must stop before you hit this point. You must build your stamina, but you should make sure that you do not reach the point of fatigue. Take sufficient breaks between studying slots and refresh yourself by listening to some music or playing a physical sport (not Playstation or computer games).