JEE preparation time is one of the best learning experiences for an Indian child in their lifetime. It may be the first time you find yourself in a situation where you are driven by a strong purpose. You may find yourself inhabited with an exorbitant amount of motivation to do something useful in your life. So this time is important. In this article, we will look at how you can make the best use of your study time.
There are basically three phases to your JEE preparation time:
- Complete the prescribed syllabus
- Give regular examinations, both subject-wise and comprehensive
- Final revision before the exams
The most important aspect for a rewarding culmination of these phases is planning your studies both on a daily and an overall basis. You need to plan your daily schedule according to your personal pace, and the time you require to complete the syllabus. On an overall basis, you need to understand the hierarchy of the chapters in the syllabus and plan your “big picture” study schedule accordingly.
Starting in class 11, you need to practice healthy learning habits. Strive to improve your learning efficiency and memorization power. Build up your self-confidence as you schedule your studying, and then stick to that schedule!
While learning is an important part of your JEE preparation time, practicing is also a very important part. You can read all you want but without enough practice, you will always question your ability to solve problems. Practice helps you develop an approach for problem-solving and changes the way you see a question. You start looking for hidden clues and underlying concepts within problems. This ability can be developed by giving many tests and solving many sample papers and questions from reference books.
While solving questions, you should take care of some things. For example, you should make a habit of doing clean and organized rough work, and reading questions properly. Don’t worry about the time that you take as long as you are confident that you are doing good work. These things are needed to remove any pessimistic thoughts from your mind while solving problems.
The final aspect is revision. In my personal experience, the revision phase is a “make or break” phase for JEE preparation. It’s the time when some good students spoil all their previous hard work, and some average students with a strategic revision plan begin to shine. Find your weakness and work on them during this phase and solve as many problems as you can. Solve sample papers and previous years’ test papers. Dedicate all of your time and energy to the JEE for these last months.
How to Divide Your Time
When it comes to managing your JEE preparation time, you need to plan very effectively. Your plan should incorporate a few important things like:
- Enough time to conceptually go through each chapter.
- Allow enough time for practicing problems and sample papers.
- Have enough relaxing time between study sessions.
- Enough time for self-study after tuitions and school.
Overall Time Management
I would suggest that you start managing your time right from the outset. Make a timetable which is rigid enough to cover the aforesaid conditions but flexible enough to incorporate any sudden changes. On an overall basis, try to set targets to complete specific topics.
Completion should include in-depth reading of the course content and practicing enough problems to develop confidence to approach any problem from that chapter. The targets can vary anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month, depending on the size of the chapter and the number of problems you plan to complete. You should also set aside enough time for giving full sample papers under “testing” conditions, or as close to it as you can get. You should find three or six-hour slots for sitting and solving sample test papers with an examination temperament.
Daily Time Management
Unlike planning your long-term targets, planning a daily routine is tough because you are likely to experience a lot of fluctuations from day to day. In order to accommodate these fluctuations, you need to find the best plan which suits you. It differs from person to person.
However, the basic idea behind a good daily routine is division of time based on subject priority. So, each day, plan the subjects and topics that you want to give time to and estimate the time required and give your best effort to get them done. If you fail to complete your daily targets, then try to make up for it over the weekend. Check your progress every once in a while. Make a diary for your daily timetable and work according to it. Priority-based planning is the main thing you ought to do for planning a daily routine.
And remember, making a daily routine doesn’t mean that you should jam pack the entire day with studies. You should allow enough time for recreation. Travel with friends or play some sport and try to stay fit and happy. A person who reads all day long without having fun will be prone to nervous breakdowns during exams. So, schedule enough time for fun and relaxing activities, and enjoy your studies.
How to Make Best Use of Your Time
One of the most important things while preparing for the JEE is learning to perform well under time constraints. You must improve your concentration so that you learn very efficiently. Do not allow yourself to get stuck for too long on any particular topic or question.
Don’t Waste Time and Stay on Target
Don’t waste too much time with friends, Facebook, or mobile phones. Try to finish your targets on time as this massively improves your confidence. Do not procrastinate as that will increase your load, and eventually, you will feel overwhelmed by the backlog. Do not read extensively when not interested. Freshen up with a break for 30 minutes and then regain your concentration.
Here is a synopsis of the basics:
- Be organized. Plan an excellent timetable for daily and overall goals.
- Do not waste too much time on unrelated activities.
- Schedule enough time for self-study and for solving questions and sample papers.
- Focus on studying smart — and not just for long hours.
- Complete targets on time and be sure to complete the course comprehensively.
- Make strong efforts during revision to brush up on all the concepts, and solve many problems and sample papers.
In conclusion, I would suggest you to stay calm and focused during your JEE preparation time. Try to give your best at each study session, and work hard. Your dedication and hard work will be fruitful and you will shine brightly at the end of the line. All the best!