Coaching for competitive exams: advice for educators

What is the best strategy for competitive exams?

One of the most important skills to develop when preparing for competitive exams is the ability to coach an individual. This skill can be developed in just the final month before your exam, and it is transferable from subject to subject. We suggest that educators focus on developing strategies for coaching lower-performing students and students with special needs. 

As with every subject, the most effective coaches work with individual students. Perhaps your most important coaching task is to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students before each exam. The goal is to help them become better test-takers. This process can take hours or days.

Coaching for competitive exams: advice for educators

Coaching is effective way for individuals in education or other disciplines to improve their test performance and learn more effectively.  

Here are some points:-

1. Ensure the student knows how to find the right answer. A student who has been coached but still fails to find the correct answer will be frustrated and discouraged. But a student who does not know how to find the correct answer feels helpless, incompetent, and lost.

However, your task is not simply to teach them how to solve every question in advance; it’s also important to teach them where they might go wrong and what pitfalls to avoid: what questions are more difficult than others and why; which questions need more effort than others; etc. The best coaches keep their eyes open for general strategies that work for different question types (e.g., eliminate unnecessary choices first).

The best coaches can provide solutions to problems. 

2. They know when and how to solve the problem. This is the most important part of coaching because it requires you to analyze the question thoroughly and select the best strategy. It is not enough to tell someone whether this or that answer will get you a high score; good coaches should explain why they chose one answer over another, how they picked two answers at once, etc.

3. They are able to acknowledge a mistake and correct it immediately. Students who have been coached consistently do not make mistakes on tests; this leads to higher scores. Excellent coach-student relationships lead to trust in what each person knows, which ultimately helps them learn more effectively.

4. They know when to challenge the student. Sometimes, a student seems to be able to answer the question but then turns out not to know something. Good coach-student relationships allow students to practice and learn from questions where answers are questionable.

5. They are able to appreciate a mistake as well as a correct answer. One of the major benefits of a coaching relationship is that you can tell someone that they answered incorrectly, but you don’t have to judge them. For example, a student might have answered correctly but chosen the wrong answer because they didn’t know the right strategy or because they didn’t think of all the relevant facts.

6. They are able to understand themselves and their own weaknesses. This is one of the most important skills in coaching; it helps students develop confidence in their own ideas and strategies. When people feel that they can communicate their ideas clearly, confidently, and effectively, they generally become more confident in everything else.

Why is coaching important in competitive exams?

coaching is important because it helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses and allows them to develop strategies for improving test-taking skills. In addition, students who have been coached have been shown to be more confident in their test-taking abilities and are less stressed during an exam than those who are not. Coaching also helps students identify their weaknesses. For example, they can see that they made a mistake on a previous test or recognize something they don’t know that could get them in trouble on the upcoming test. This is the most important part of coaching because it requires you to analyze the question thoroughly and select the best strategy. It is not enough to tell someone whether this or that answer will get you a high score; good coaches should explain why they chose one answer over another, how they picked two answers at once, etc. Coaching strategies should be highly individualized.