by Akash Abhinav
Let me congratulate everyone who has cleared the first hurdle – the JEE Mains. I am sure qualifying in this pre-exam exam before the big JEE Advanced would certainly be a confidence booster. And it should be! Most of you successful JEE Mains candidates can now be confident that you are clear with the basics, which is really important. So let this first step be something that inspires you even more towards achieving the final goal.
Now, coming to the advice and tips that I would like to share with you to help you learn better and solve problems much faster:
Rule #1, DO NOT IGNORE THE BASICS: I am sure at this point you would all already be knowing a lot of the basic concepts and equations involved. Never think that you have now ‘covered’ something totally, and now it’s time to move on to the next. If there is one thing this rigorous exam demands, it is continuous practice. Make it a point to go through the basic concepts and formulae every single day even if you “think” you know them all perfectly.
Solve lots of objective questions daily (you would find a lot of books in the market with plenty of those), even some seemingly simple ones. Continuous use of the concept and formulae would help you make you make sure that your basics are brushed up right till the big day.
Rule #2, FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN PLANNED, DETAILED STUDY AND RANDOM PROBLEM SOLVING: Make a routine. It should consist of regular revision of some topics / chapters daily, going into details, solving the tough, tricky questions in them as well as picking up a book and solving problems randomly from any topic – you could solve previous years’ problems or trusted test papers. The planned study would help you achieve a thorough revision of the entire syllabus before the exam, while a few hours of ‘random problem solving’ would train you mind for an exam-like environment. After all, JEE won’t give you topic wise questions, would it? Your mind should be able to move from, say, Gravitation to Electrostatics to Modern Physics to Electrostatics again, quickly and efficiently.
Rule #3, SOLVE A FEW REALLY TOUGH, LENGTHY PROBLEMS EVERYDAY (The Irodov kinds, to put it that way): Even you can’t solve them fully, don’t be disheartened. Struggle with them, try and think of all possible ways/concepts that can be put to use, all possible equations that can be relevant. While such extremely lengthy, difficult questions may not be asked in JEE as such, pondering over them for a while daily would help you revise a lot of concepts simultaneously and train your mind to keep thinking even if the going gets tough.
Rule #4, MAKE A ROUTINE AND STICK TO IT STRICTLY: The routine should be such that it allows you to cover the whole syllabus before the exam. And do not be lenient. Do not have the ‘I’ll make up for the leftover topics tomorrow’ attitude. The topics designated to a given day should be covered on that day, come what may.
Rule #5, REMEMBER, MEMORISING THINGS DEMANDS AS MUCH REGULAR PRACTICE AS PROBLEM-SOLVING DOES: Well, a lot of us think that we only need focus on the concept-building part over long term, and the things that are to be memorized can, and should, be left for towards the end. Trust me, that’s a blunder. You can’t expect to just memorize a thousand reactions all at once and not make a mess of it in the exam. Be regular. Take some time every day to go through the reactions in organic chemistry, the structure of the inorganic compounds etc. Go through them even if you had once memorized them well. Revise in-not-so-huge-amounts but totally regularly is the best way to memorize things and keep them in your head uncluttered.
Rule #6, LASTLY, DO NOT GET COMPLACENT AND DO NOT DEVIATE: Trust me, you’ll have a lot of time to have all the ‘fun’ you want in life. Pardon me if I am sounding like an ‘old-school uncle’ who all children hate :P. But, yes, you will have to cut up on certain things, a lot of things infact. Remember your goal, be true to your purpose. You have given it a lot already, don’t deviate from your path now. You can always know which TV series is the best or which phone was launched this month or which movie was the biggest blockbuster hit of the year, later – after the exams. Focus, even if it’s just for this little period. Remember, the less attention you pay to useless things, the less you fill your mind up with them, the better it will absorb and process the important stuff.
Be confident, be happy that you’re putting your efforts towards achieving something good, stay healthy and keep studying a lot!!!
Wishing all you wonderful minds all the very best!
Akash Abhinav is a final year B.Tech. student at ISM Dhanbad.
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