The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared the dates on which the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) would be held and as the applicants would be aware, the form is already available. Most of the students are focusing on their board exams at this point of time, but the skill lies in juggling both the preparations simultaneously. This article focuses on helping students get into a clear state of mind to tackle the next months of preparatory period. The amount of the syllabus (11th and 12th) is huge if one tries to finish it in this short time period but if the student has a clear view of his/her goals it gets a bit easier.
Month-wise Thought Process
The month of February is crucial as this the only time left to delve into a detailed revision schedule. Students should recognize their strengths and weaknesses in this time period and try to work on the weak sections along with revising the strong ones. Marks are generally lost drop by drop, and now is the time to plug those holes.
The months of March and April will be the curve ball as scholars will have to focus on their board exams too. This time period should be used to practice sample papers or previous years question papers to gain confidence in the subject and get an idea of the paper setting style.
Delve Deeper Into the Material
Where the NCERT books will be sufficient for your board exams, for clearing entrance examinations such as JEE it won’t be enough. The syllabus is almost the same but the depth till it goes down varies a lot for some topics. Most of the question given in the exercises and examples are created with a mindset of board exam.
In a similar way, some people when preparing for JEE Main think that that content is enough for JEE Advance too but that’s not true. When preparing for JEE Advanced some more topics need to be covered outside of the CBSE syllabus as well. The JEE Main exam also has its focus on testing the speed of the candidates. Thus, slightly switch your preparation based on which type of exam you are sitting for, online or offline.
Important Topics for Subjects
Mathematics: Definite Integral in Calculus, Application of Derivatives, Continuity and Differentiability, Functions, Limits, Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry, Parabola , Circle, Matrices in Algebra, Vectors, Probability, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations and Expressions.
Physics: Modern Physics, Optics, Electromagnetic Induction, Magnetics, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Waves and Sound, Heat and Thermodynamics, Fluids, Gravitation and Kinematics
Chemistry: Organic Chemistry, in Physical Chemistry Mole Concept, Ionic and Chemical Equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Chemical Bonding and Coordination Chemistry in Inorganic Chemistry.
Strategy for Preparing in the Three Remaining Months
- It is necessary to practice questions that are on the level of JEE because it will train you to look at the paper from that perspective.
- Take up some the previous year’s question papers and try to solve them keeping in mind the time factor. This will make you familiar with the pattern of the paper and also set the pace of the paper in your head. Although be extremely careful about reading the instructions on the paper and not taking anything for granted as the pattern may have changed.
- Many students try to plan their whole day out dedicating it to a subject or two but be aware that as much as the time devoted matters so does the work that you do in that amount of time. Quality always trumps quantity.
- Be calm. Most of the time even if the student knows the answer they are not able to lay it out on the exam sheet due to mental barriers of tension or worry. When trying to memorize something or study in general, a small amount of tension is good. If that same amount is magnified it may prove to be cumbersome factor for the students.
- Sleep is extremely necessary as it is the reset button for our mind. Take short naps whenever tired during the day and get a good night’s sleep of around six to seven hours. This will prevent you from overstressing yourself.
- Practice the same kind of questions (the ones that have more probability of appearing in the question paper) several times. This will cause a kind of muscle memory to develop which will help you by giving you and edge over others.
- Time is a factor that most of the students do not factor in when preparing for their examination. As discussed above, the JEE Main paper has a clear objective of selecting students that have speed along with accuracy. One can save a good amount of time in math by learning tricks to side step lengthy calculations.
- The paper of JEE Main is not so much difficult as it is tricky. Practice regularly along with clarifying every concept to achieve good results.
Perseverance is the key to acing in life and the same applies to this examination. Whatever be the situation keep your cool and keep on moving towards the goal you want to achieve. Dedication often wins over talent and skill and thus do not lose hope. Do not panic and start referring content you are not familiar with you at the last moment as it is only going to confuse you. Have faith in yourself and you’re preparation. Best of Luck!
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