Joint entrance exam(popular as JEE) have always been more of a hype in India. Therefore, it can be tough as it gets and holds a direct effect on your carrier, but nonetheless, in this exhaustingly competitive world, people seem to forget the very reason for its prevalence. It is to shortlist the capable people among the crowd(for JEE advanced) and provide a uniform standard for everyone to prove their caliber. It is not just about getting to a good college but also of developing the ability and the kind of hard work it takes to get there. As they say, it’s not about the destination but about the journey through it. Preparation for JEE Main and Advanced has always been a challenge for students who are going to school or tuition. However, we will go through some of the important tips you can follow.
Hence, first and the foremost notion is to change the attitude towards it. Hundreds of stories have been heard about intelligent and smart students not able to perform well at entrances due to fear and uncertainty. Eliminating nervousness and anxiety allows your brain to focus better on the reasoning part, ultimately improving your performance.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the strategy, we should first think about the exam pattern. To know about the JEE Main Exam Pattern, click on the link below:
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Starting Your Preparation for JEE Main
Ideally, your preparation should start a minimum of 6 months. Consistency and regularity will take you a long way not only helping in your studies but also your grasping and logical abilities. However, if due to any reason you haven’t been able to start, you can always cope up by putting some extra effort on daily basis.
Remember, late is always better than never.
Setting a goal in your preparation for JEE Main
You should always start by setting a goal. You can decide the colleges you would like to see yourself in and accordingly set the goal of your JEE score. Your goal should be realistic but high enough to inspire you to push yourself to your maximum capacity. For example- If I want to get into IIIT or NIT, I would check previous year’s cutoff list and set the higher boundary as my goal, say between 280-290. Accordingly, prepare a weekly schedule of targets and topics that need to be covered. Maintaining this habit thoroughly will help you by huge differences in getting ahead of the distractions and laziness.
Managing your time for preparation for JEE Main
Time Management holds a crucial factor in determining your performance and your preparation for JEE Main. A better-managed schedule will develop your confidence which will ultimately help you cope up with the time constraint in exams as well. Solving enough questions is important as it helps you build your logical and reasoning abilities while rooting your concepts. However, it should be noted that one must work according to set targets and not according to the number of hours. Straining yourself to studies is not the way how it’s done. Include some time for exercises and recreational activities as well that help you to stay fresh and active, enhancing your concentration.
Maintain a healthy diet
Now, there are a number of important things that might not be directly connected to preparation for JEE Main. Researchers have proven that a higher quality diet is associated with better performance and improved results in students’ academic scores. Studies suggest that decreased amount of zinc in the diet affects memory and slows down recall operations whereas lack of protein induces lethargy. A balanced diet also ensures immunity against diseases that will ultimately help you save time while preparing for your exams.
Decide upon a set of material and follow it
There are a lot of reference books available for each subject. The key is to not go for everything and decide upon a set of materials. Take recommendations from teachers, colleagues and seniors and gather your material accordingly. Overload of information will create confusion whereas sticking to one enables you to recollect easily. Besides, it is not about the number of problems you solve but the quality of problems clearing the concepts that will pave your way to excellence.
Keep a habit of preparing notes and taking down each question that you think is difficult. This will help you a lot at the last moment. When you sit to revise, it will save your time as you will have to refer only a limited bunch of material and not the whole textbook.
Discuss with teachers and colleagues
Doubts should be cleared immediately. For help, you can ask your friends or teachers or even search online as there are umpteenth sources available that will aid your understanding and build your basics. Teachers, mentors play a crucial role in improving our thought process as approaching a problem changes the course of future events.
Read inspirational stories and watch videos
In every students’ life, there comes a point when his/her hopes dwindle a bit and the fear of uncertainty is to tough to keep up with. Apart from perseverance and determination being the key factors, a student can always use external motivating factors such as inspirational quotes, videos, talk to your parents about your anxiety, ask your teachers to help you regain trust and confidence, etc. The important fact is that one should not shy away from taking help. Elders have been through the same phase and they shall always be happy to guide you through it. One such example is about Vaibhav Varun, an IIT JEE Main aspirant shares his experience.
Provide enough time to revision
in the last 15 days, one must avoid going through new topics and concentrate on building on the stronger ones. Revision is crucial because when you have a 2 year hefty syllabus of 3 subjects to follow, you are less likely to recall some formulas and the tricky questions that you solved about months ago. Hence, it is important to revise your prepared notes thoroughly.
Practice previous year’s papers
Previous years papers give you a brief idea on the paper pattern, time limit you need to set and the difficulty level for the same. It also provides you a glimpse through the concepts you need to build and the questions that are likely to be asked. It goes without saying that more number of papers you solve, will cause a proportionate increase in your confidence level as you not only measure your knowledge but also your speed and effectiveness accordingly.
Irrespective of the preparations you’ve done, number of hours you’ve struggled through, conditions you have battled with, all narrows down to the final day. It is very important to stay confident when you appear for your exams. Just have faith in your preparations and the universe. You’ll do well.