The syllabus for the JEE Main–which is a mandatory exam for admission into the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and some Government Funded Technical Institutes (GIFTs)–is vast and consists of over 30 chapters per subject. Therefore, it is imperative to be able to effectively revise your syllabus during the final days of your preparation.
The key to quick and efficient JEE revision is proper time management. You should spend some time identifying your strong and weak topics in all the three subjects and come up with a coherent schedule. Your timetable should lay great emphasis on theory revision for topics that you consider weak while focusing on problem-solving for those that are your forte.
Make a timetable that maximizes your productivity, but at the same time, keep your goals realistic. Pick one topic at a time and finish it thoroughly before proceeding to the next chapter. This is where your timetable comes in. Once you have your goal in mind, JEE revision becomes more productive.
Your revision heavily depends upon the amount and quality of timeyou spend. It is recommended you focus more on the quality instead of quantity. Studying continuously and ineffectively for six hours would yield results no better than two hours of quality study. You should take short breaks for 10-15 minutes every hour. It will keep your mind fresh and increase your mental output. If possible, try eating something during every short break you take. After every three hours of study, take a long break and do something that relaxes your mind.
In your timetable, you should reserve a time slot for an activity apart from studies, that keeps your mind and body fit and motivated towards your goal. You should avoid playing sports like football, cricket, badminton, etc. They will drain most of your energy and render the rest of your day unproductive. Whatever activity you choose, make sure you do not spend more than two hours per day on it. Try to stick with your schedule as much as possible.
What to Revise
This is the best time for you to go through the flash cards, memory maps, and revision notes that you created during your initial preparation. But, if you don’t have any, do not waste your time making them now.
It is a good habit to mark those questions which you consider conceptually good so that you can go through them during your revision. However, you should focus more on solving new problems rather than those which you have already solved.
During your JEE revision, you should try not learn new topics. You should spend your time revising those topics that you already studied. Also, avoid any problems whose solution is not available to you.
The chapters that you should choose for your JEE revision is highly subjective, but a general guideline can be defined.
The syllabus of Chemistry for the JEE covers its three fundamental subdivisions: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. You should go through every topic under each sub-part at least once during your JEE revision.
- Try to grasp the fundamentals of reaction mechanisms in Organic Chemistry. Once you have revised every reaction in Organic Chemistry, try out some new problems.
- For Inorganic Chemistry, you should memorize every fact and reaction that you come across. To make this possible, spare 1-2 hours for Inorganic Chemistry in your daily routine.
- As far as the JEE Mains is concerned, you should stick to the NCERT Chemistry for your Inorganic revision.
- You can quickly revise Physical Chemistry if you go through the formulae at least once.
- Writing down the formulae and reactions will speed up your learning process.
- Solve the last ten years’ papers of Chemistry and make revision notes from them for Inorganic Chemistry. In this way, you will be able to concisely go through all the important facts a couple of days before your exam.
Physics demands a deep understanding of the concepts that are covered under the syllabus. If possible, try to go through the fundamental concepts of each topic, and through your revision notes and flashcards at least once during your JEE revision.
- Try as many new problems as you can.
- Some chapters like Optics, Electromagnetic Waves, etc., have a greater inclination towards formulae. You should go through the formulae at least twice during your revision period.
- Most of the problems in Physics rely upon some important results that can be derived. As you solve new problems, try to keep those results in the back of your mind. This will allow you to solve problems quickly without having to perform the derivation.
- Solve the last ten years’ papers of physics.
Maths can be a big-scoring subject in the JEE. The syllabus for Maths in the JEE is vast, and your strength will vary with the topics. You should single out those topics you consider weak and devote more of your time practicing problems on those chapters.
- It is suggested, whichever topic you choose, you should first revise all the concepts and formula, and then proceed with problem-solving.
- Try to identify the parts which confuse you the most. Do not skip them. Commit yourself to the task of sorting out the confusion.
- After solving a problem, you should check the solution. Even if you got the solution right, it is possible that the solution provides a better and quicker method of solving the problem.
- You should assign a fixed time duration for every problem that you solve. It will increase your speed and help in time management as you proceed with your JEE revision.
- Solve the last ten years’ papers of maths.
How to Revise
While you revise your previous work, make sure you study with full concentration without any disturbance. During mini-breaks, avoid doing potentially time-consuming tasks. It will waste your time and hamper your rhythm.
If you have a desk, use it when you study. Studying while lying downon the bed is not recommended. Avoid studying late at night and try to get an adequate amount of sleep. You should also avoid sleeping during the day.
Whenever you solve a mock paper or past year’s question paper, simulate the exam conditions. Solve the paper in one continuous three hour session, and then evaluate yourself. You should avoid listening to any music during this period. If you have a habit of listening to music while studying, try to get rid of it slowly.
If possible, you should solve the mock papers in the morning corresponding to the actual time slot of your JEE Mains exam. This will program your brain to function at its peak during exam hours. You should avoid solving mock papers with no solutions.
Lastly, you should keep yourself motivated. Stay happy and try not to get overwhelmed by the sheer pressure that the JEE brings. All the best!