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Monday, January 18, 2010

Edition 7: How to Prepare for JEE

Don't start with a bash. It is no use then. You will be enthu-siastic in the beginning and loosen your vision henceforth. You have to be rigorous and persistent in your approach towards preparing for your goal.

Students need to be thorough with the understanding of concepts and various formulations for preparing for IIT-JEE. This can be judged well by going through a topic and then solve related problems. When you are able to solve each and every problem without referring to the topic, then you have understood the topic well. In some cases, when you have understood the chapter but have to refer to the topic time and again, then the preparation is still incomplete. Get down again redoing that chapter.
*A small step towards effective learning includes tabulating all chapters of a subject. Prepare a time-sheet of all the topics, as you have it in school for your subjects.
*Start preparing all subjects, simultaneously. Look through all the test papers of IIT-JEE for the last ten years and segregate each and every problem relating to the topic.
*Classification as per chapter and concept will lead to better understanding of concept and better problem-solving capability.
*It's no use looking at the solutions time and again. Then you are simply wasting time in preparations. Solve the problem, till you have found a solution or reached a dead end.
*You need to solve each and every problem-whether you know it or not. This will increase your speed as writing builds speed and it may not be the same problem that you might have thought of to be.
Writing is important. Solve the problem with all its steps to internalize concepts.
*Try some alternative easier means of solving problems. This will make you probe your abilities to learn.
*It is always better to discuss a problem with your friends because you might be able to find solution then and there. Discussions improve your learning ability. Also friends might suggest alternative method to problem-solving. Just avoid looking at solutions, completely.
*Don't try to copy your friend or relative in preparing yourself for IIT-JEE. Put in quality hours to study. It's no use sitting for hours and hours and not preparing anything.
*Don't consult too many books. Confine yourself to the study material and a few set of books. Too much will confuse you and make you feel nervous.
Prepare with full concentration. Each and every day is important so don't waste time. Utilize it in stepping towards your ultimate goal.
Other FAQs
What is the right time to start preparing for IIT-JEE?
The best thing is to start as early as possible, right from the 9'th standard if possible. However, one must start just after clearing class X'th if not started earlier. In such a scenario the student gets adequate time of 2 years to prepare for the IIT-JEE. This ensure that his/her preparation for the IIT-JEE is complete before the pressure of Board examinations begins to tell.
How does one cope up with the school syllabus and preparation for the IIT-JEE?
The syllabi of the IIT-JEE is nearly the same as that of CBSE Board exams. The only difference lies in the approach. In IIT-JEE, stress is laid on a deep understanding of concepts and therefore a student is required to solve problems based on thorough understanding of the subject, while in the CBSE Board exams, stress is given on reproducing the facts. The best method of managing both is to be regular in classes and ensuring proper time management.
How is marking done in IIT-JEE Mains?
JEE papers are very carefully scrutinized and checked to eliminate the chances of errors and mistakes. Lot of people sit in a big hall, and one person checks one particular question thus reducing the chances of difference in marks for different students for a particular question. Part marks are there and are allocated as per the number of steps matching with the printed solution. There are separate cut-offs for each subject as well as total cut-out.
What is the exam taking strategy for IIT-JEE?
Spend some time to read and comprehend each question in the question paper Classify each question into categories A, B, C & D.
A: Question from a topic that is strong for you , and you can clearly comprehend the meaning of the question. You have done questions containing similar concept earlier and you are confident that you will be able to solve this one.
B: Question from a topic that is not strong for you, but you comprehend this one and you feel that you can do it, OR questions from a topic strong for you, but you are not able to see the light at the end of the tunnel immediately, nevertheless you are confident.
C: You understand certain parts of the question and only when you start solving it, new vistas may open up, that you can't see now.
D: You don't know head or tail of it.
Start solving the question in the priority A, B, C, D to optimize your marks. Even if you spend your initial 15-20 minutes of the paper doing this exercise, it does not matter. It will be highly rewarding.

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