The Joint Entrance Exam, commonly known as the JEE, is considered to be one of the toughest college entrance examinations. Since the JEE is the only way for undergraduate admission into reputed NITs and IITs, being well prepared for the exam is of vital importance.
Making Notes for the JEE
Your JEE notes are the best revision tools that you have during the final days before the exam. If precise and well prepared, they will give you an edge and boost your JEE rank. So how do you get this advantage?
Well, the first thing that you should keep in mind for making proper JEE notes is being punctual. Attend classes regularly and be attentive as you listen to your lectures.
It is good to jot down every point simultaneously as it is taught in class. It may be difficult to keep up with the pace, but you can always use shorthand notations — making sure that they are legible. Do not use any complex methods that you may have trouble remembering. And during the lectures, try not to get distracted because you may miss important points.
You should avoid decorating your notebooks with different colorsketches and pens. It is recommended that you use two different color pens. If you use a single pen, your notes may look mundane and uninteresting. Conversely, it is more time-consuming to use multiple pens of different colors. Inculcating these habits will allow you to keep your notes updated without putting in too much extra effort.
Do not use a pencil for your notes, not even for diagrams. If compelled by circumstances, rewrite it in ink later. Graphite pencil fades away with time, and you may not be able to make out anything from your notes after some time has passed.
Your notes are most effective when they are concise yet thorough. Make a notebook for each of the major topics in all the three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. If possible, prepare indexes in your handbooks. This will help you find the facts, formulae, and theories in minimum time. It will be good if you keep your notes as neat as possible, although it is more of a directive than a rigid instruction.
It is highly recommended not to buy notes from the market. Also, avoid using notes which are not prepared by you unless your notes lack essential information. JEE notes that you create yourself is comprehensible to you the most, and it will consume far less time during revision than those which are made by others.
What to Write and How to Write?
Your JEE notes are of any value only if they cover the intended content in minimum words. Make sure that your notes are to the point and do not contain any unnecessary details. Keep them short and simple. Avoid writing in paragraphs and leave at least two line gap between successive points.
Your notes should contain all the theories and formulae in the most simple way that is understandable to you. Apart from these, your JEE notes should essentially cover all the tricks that you learned in your class. They should also lay great emphasis on the solution to the problems that are taught during your lectures. You should keep a log of multiple ways that can be employed to solve a single problem.
While you are preparing your JEE notes, you should frequently take input from your classmates. This will add depth to your understanding of the topic and may help you develop your own method for solving a problem. Feel free to write in your mother tongue or any other language that you are comfortable with. Do not record every comment made during the lecture. Doing so will defeat the purpose of making notes and will leave you frustrated.
When you study a topic, keep your JEE notes with you and go through it simultaneously. It will help you verify your notes with the reference material, in case you might have noted something wrong. Also, it is a good practice to update your notes with the necessary information that you feel is significant.
Sticky Notes and Memory Maps
It is often a good idea to prepare sticky notes and memory maps as a part of your JEE notes. Things that you need to look up every day can be written down on sticky notes. It becomes especially important in the case of Chemistry where you need to memorize certain facts and reactions. You can stick it on your walls such that you come across it on a daily basis. In this way, they will become a part of your routine and will stay in your mind even after JEE.
The other thing that will help you is a memory map. It is a way of depicting information in a pictorial form, mostly flowcharts. While examining a topic, you can go through the memory maps to get a brief picture of what the topic entails. Keep in mind that it should not be obscure. You should try to associate different concepts and ideas together through memory maps.
Keep JEE Notes Simple!
Also, make sure that you do not waste your time stylizing them. They should be plain and simple. The best time to prepare them is when you study a topic by yourself. As you progress through the chapter, update your memory map. You can also make a memory map that links concepts on different topics. Such a memory map would help you develop coherent ideas connecting various topics.
Lastly, you should go through your notes quite frequently. Keep them safe and secure and do not discard or misplace them. Your JEE notes will often prove to be more useful than textbooks. Stay happy and keep yourself motivated. All the best!