How to prepare for CAT during these tough times

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First, I apologize for not having written to you lately. It was probably a time for writing more, and not less.


But here’s the context: faced with fear and uncertainty, the human mind often just freezes. Action becomes impossible; sometimes people aren’t even able to scream when they want to.


This ‘brain-freeze’, happens in all spheres of life. You can witness it in high pressure situations in sports, life or even in your online coaching for CAT, especially when you take a tough test or a RC passage just zooms over your head as minutes fly. Inaction comes most naturally as a reaction to something unknown and possibly horrific.


But my not having written for a while wasn’t inaction.


The past few weeks have been devastating for so many of us. I am sure most of us have seen someone really close, or known to us, suffer for want of basic medical care. In some cases, unfortunately, it has even led to loss of life.


You always have a choice!


To me, 2 things became evident pretty soon:

  1. A sad, scary scenario led by a complete failure of government or systems that we are often conditioned to trust blindly.
  2. It is the informal systems, networks, social media, and even more often real relationships, that came to the rescue of so many who needed help.


I had the choice of focusing upon one of these two. I chose the latter.

So, I wasn’t inactive. I was simply busier than ever. Trying to do what I could, where I could. Because I felt failing at the right thing is better than succeeding at the wrong one.


There is a lesson in it for your CAT Preparation online classes as well. Focus on what you can do. Don’t fret over whether or not the CAT-2021 will be a 2-hour test or a 3-hour one; whether or not your first few AIRCATs will get you poor scores. You can either sit and be crazy worried about these, or buckle up and do what you can. Admittedly, it is easier said than done.


Finding the motivation, for your CAT Online Coaching Classes:


Finding motivation to do the right thing isn’t easy. But it’s always possible – if you really know in your heart that you are doing the right thing.


My initial efforts of trying to help were hugely demotivating. I was getting bad news all around and I was not able to directly ensure help in any of the first 10 appeals for help. I felt like giving up. But then I realized that I do not control the outcome, but the effort was completely within my hands.


I traced back the 10 appeals and found out that 8 out of those 10 had been finally catered to by someone. So, my not being able to help did not matter. Because of people who believed, and worked, the right outcome was achieved almost always. What if these people had not believed or succumbed to dejection?


This motivated me. So far, of the 33 efforts I have engaged with, my direct help has made a difference in only 3. In other cases, I have been nothing more than a messenger, a catalyst for extended reach. But most of these 33 cases have finally ended well. And that’s what matters. Especially when the tax-guzzling systems have a far lower probability of success. This knowledge – the small difference that I was able to make – motivates me more.


So, even if you get less initial success in doing the right things in your CAT online coaching classes to say improve your quant, English or DA, it is imperative that you focus on doing the right thing.

  • Sometime soon, the right thing in your online preparation for CAT will start paying off.
  • And that will motivate you more. It’s a spiral up from there.


The side-effects of doing right things in your CAT Prep:


There are always some additional advantages of doing the right thing. When you get up early (I generally don’t 🙂 ), not only does it make your day productive but it is a healthier habit. Ok, I am probably writing that as a reminder for myself.


Over the past few weeks, I ended up reconnecting with friends and acquaintances I hadn’t connected with in a long time. And I developed some new relations that will hopefully stand the test of time.


So, for example, once you gain some confidence by improving in one of the areas of your CAT preparation, you will know that you can improve in anything that you put your mind to. You can literally replicate success once you know how to succeed.


As things improve, I promise to be more regular in writing to you. Let each of us focus on doing the right thing, the best we can.


I also look forward to hearing how you have been spending time lately. What have you learnt and how can you use it to improve if you had to answer “how to prepare for CAT“?


About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal 🙂 

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