It is no surprise that today’s working professionals have to be on wheels, considering their busy schedule and demanding job profiles. Those pursuing MBA, usually struggle between full time job, raising a family (if married) and managing social circle (even that’s important). In this neck-tight schedule, finding time for CAT preparation becomes almost tough. So what to do in such case?
The best way to balance work, family and your preparation for MBA entrance exam is time management. While we cannot turn the clock in your favor, there are simple time management tips for working professionals that can help them make the maximum use of their time for exam preparation, without compromising on their personal life.
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR CAT PREPARATION
CREATE A DAILY TIME PLANNER
The key to tackle the challenge of managing your work and social life with your hectic work routine is to make a time planner with even the minutest details. It should be like a daily planner – schedule all your daily activities, manage time and create a chart for each hour activity. If you strategically prepare a plan and follow it religiously every day, you may get at least 2 hours of dedicated time for CAT preparation.
CONSIDER A JOB WITHOUT TRAVEL
While you cannot afford to quit job at this stage, considering your family responsibilities, find a job that offers you ‘Work from Home’ (slanged as WFH) flexibility. You could probably convince your current employer for this too.
CUT OFF EXTRA WORKING HOURS
In case, it is not possible for you get a work from home or part time job, you should at least try to avoid working ‘after office hours.’ Bo honest about your limitations; explain your employer why you can’t take up anything after working hours. Always remember, saying NO in the first place is ok, rather than committing and not doing the work on time.
Now this was time management tips for CAT preparation. Below we tell you how to manage time during CAT exam.
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS DURING CAT EXAM
Common Admission Test is a 3 hour exam, with total 100 questions to be answered. The paper is divided into three sections, with 60 minutes for each section. Within limited you need to solve all questions for good score and percentile. Hence, time management is the key factor in cracking the CAT.
- In order to manage time properly, it is vital to plan a pattern for answering questions
- For better management, you may also solve questions in which you are more comfortable first and then go for the rest
- Solving the familiar questions first is the best time management formula as it saves your time; it is because it lets you not to get stuck with one question and waste time answering that
- For right time management, solving mock tests is important; through this you can learn from your mistakes.