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How to Crack JEE Without Fear

The JEE, often considered to be among the toughest of exams, actually consists of two exams — the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The JEE Main is the qualifying exam for National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFITs) — whereas cracking JEE Advanced secures your admission into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Every year, a large number of candidates appear for the exam. This, combined with the difficulty of the question paper, makes getting a good rank even more difficult. Most of the time, fear of failure gets the best of you. Therefore, it is imperative to stay focused and steadily work towards your goal.

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Effective Planning

Time management is the first thing that should cross your mind whenever you are preparing for an exam, whether it be the JEE or something else. A well-organized schedule will ensure that you get your best results.

The first step towards time management is to come up with a timetable that you can follow. Initially, it may be difficult to keep up with a schedule, but gradually you will adapt to it. As you are in the process of adaptation, keep making small changes that suit you the best.

You can begin with a weekly timetable. When you are comfortable with that, you can plan your daily goals. You should keep your goals realistic and doable. Once you have your goal solidly in mind, you would be more confident in your ability to crack the JEE.

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Your plan should complement the lectures (coaching or school) that you attend. Also make sure that you allocate some time to revise what you have learned. In this way, you will retain previous concepts while learning the new ones. You can also try assigning a day for a particular subject. Keep in mind that you should keep your schedule robust yet flexible so that you can compensate for the time that is lost in unexpected ways.

It is essential that your time-table provides you adequate time to study all three subjects – Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. It will help you a great deal in cracking JEE if you follow your plan consistently.

Study Notes

Your notes are your best friend when you are preparing for the JEE. Concise notes are easy to read. Keep your notes direct and precise. If possible, compile every problem that is solved in your lecture for future references.

You should make a note of every possible way that can be employed to solve a problem. It will give you a better understanding of the underlying concepts. Also, the time taken to solve a problem would drastically reduce if you know the correct approach.

Time is of great importance. Do not waste it stylizing your notes. Keep it simple. At the same time, they should be well organized so that you can find what you are looking for in no time. Develop a habit of making notes as you are learning a new concept.

Keep in mind that the contents of your notes are at your disposal. You should include everything that you feel is important or that you are likely to forget. In this way, your notes can be the most helpful study aid you have.

Syllabus

The JEE syllabus is vast. It contains over 25 chapters per subject, amounting to more than 80 chapters combined. You should be aware of the latest syllabus for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. This is a crucial step towards cracking JEE.

While you are preparing for this exam, it is highly likely that you are one of the candidates for board examinations as well. The overlap between the board syllabus and the JEE syllabus is something that you should keep in mind. Since the JEE demands more conceptual aptitude compared to the board examinations, a thorough knowledge of the topics will not only help you crack JEE but also help you score good marks in board exams.

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You can also consider covering some advanced topics that are not a part of the JEE syllabus, but can help you develop your skills in problem-solving.

Revision

Revision is an essential phase of JEE preparation. Regularly reviewing your chapters will give you a firm grasp of the concepts that you have learned. An easy way to revise is to solve problems as soon as you finish a topic.

While you solve problems on a given chapter, do not forget to review the concept itself. Again, as you revise, assign some time to the study of new chapters.

Some Tips to Follow

Always start with the fundamentals. Since the JEE question paper is highly conceptual, good knowledge of the basics will help you understand problems clearly. Hence, you will be able to solve them in less time with the correct approach.

Make sure that the books you study from cover the syllabus. It should lay more emphasis towards developing conceptual perspective, rather than stating the theorems and facts. You should be mindful of the additional advanced topics that the author may choose to build on. Choose a good book and stick to it throughout. Do not buy too many books, as you may find it difficult to complete them all. This will likely just add to your fear, and any pressure you may be feeling.

You should adopt different methods for different subjects. Some topics require theoretical analysis while others are handled better with a numerical approach. Avoid mugging–although you may need to memorize facts and properties in a few of the chapters.

The key to cracking JEE is efficient study. Quality study time is better than quantity. Studying continuously for long hours is highly ineffective. Study for shorter periods of time when you can fully concentrate. Take breaks regularly. It will keep you relaxed, and functioning at your peak. And be careful not to hamper your sleep cycle. It is not a good idea to study late at night if you are not comfortable. You should get yourself the amount of sleep that you feel is necessary to stay healthy both mentally and physically.

In order to crack JEE without fear, you should be well aware of the examination pattern and the kind of the questions asked. Here are some question by question tips:

  • Whenever you try a new problem, read it properly. Try to grab its gist in one read.
  • Do not look at the solution before you try the question yourself.
  • Take your time and try to solve it with the conceptual approach.
    • This may appear cumbersome, but it will help you in the long run.

Practice new questions as much as possible. Try them with different approaches. Once you have command over a topic, start solving the problems in a limited time frame. In this way, you can familiarise yourself with the exam conditions. The more you practice, the more perfection you can attain, and the higher your chances of scoring well in the JEE exam become.

Mock Papers

Once you complete the syllabus, you should try mock papers. Try to simulate the actual exam conditions. It will reduce exam fear and will help you maximize your output. Solve the paper in a continuous three hour session and then evaluate yourself.

You should not distract yourself during this period. It is recommended that you solve the paper in the morning, which corresponds to the actual time slot of your real exam. Sit on a chair and use a study table while solving the practice papers. These measures will help to fend off any unwanted pressure during the actual exam.

Your JEE preparation is also affected by the company you keep. Peers who share the same goals as you will help you be competitive as well as motivated. Choose friends who are helpful. Similarly, you should not refrain from helping them out.

As you make your preparations to crack JEE, remember to strike a balance between your physical and mental fitness. In your timetable, spare some time for physical activities like sports. It will refresh your mind and body and will drive you towards your goal. If you feel anxious during exams, you can practice yoga or breath control techniques on a regular basis. It will keep you relaxed, and you will perform at your peak when you appear for the JEE examination.

Lastly, stay happy and do not crumble under the immense pressure of the JEE. Best of luck!

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