How to Study JEE Books for the Best Output?

Most of us think that the JEE is a very tough exam that can be cracked only by exceptionally intelligent students. However, that is not true. The JEE is not difficult, it is just a bit different. It’s different from our rote-learning based education system. This exam requires a clear understanding of concepts and their application. With dedication and sincerity, any student can clear this exam.

So if you are preparing for the JEE, you have to be very smart in selecting the best preparation strategy that suits you and your learning style. You don’t have to follow anybody else, or try to study just like someone else. But you must focus on yourself. Evaluate where you stand with respect to the competition and work accordingly. To ensure that your hard work bears fruit, you have to sail your ship not only fast but in the right direction. Choosing the right books and study pattern is one of the most important aspects of JEE preparation.

Why Do You Need JEE Books?

Most JEE aspirants attend coaching at renowned institutes. Coaching centres usually design their own modules. Those modules do cover concepts according to the syllabus, but they do not contain enough variety and number of questions for practice. So, to give your brain a good work-out, you need to practice questions from other JEE books too.

Solving different types of problems polishes the concepts as you learn to take different approaches to solve the same type of problem. Also, practicing a concept in so many different ways embeds it deep into the mind. It puts the concept in a place where you cannot forget. The deeper the things are in your mind, the more spontaneously they flow. In an exam like JEE–where the syllabus is enormous–you just can’t revise everything all over again in the last few weeks before the exam. The greater hold you have on the concepts, the easier it becomes to revise. This also enhances your confidence in the exam, which is very important. If you are under-confident and perturbed during the exam, you’ll end up messing up questions that you were capable of solving.

How To Choose A Good JEE Book?

There are hundreds of books available in the market for JEE preparation. But you cannot just pick up any random book and start solving. You have to wisely choose a JEE book, and more importantly, know how to use it in the best possible way. Ask your coaching teacher about this. They can tell you the best book for each topic and subject. Teachers have years of experience in teaching as well as setting question papers. So they know the pattern of the exam very well and can suggest accordingly.

How To Make the Best Use of JEE Books?

A student can have a lot of good JEE books, but if he/she doesn’t know how to use them to gain maximum output, they are of no use. We have listed below some tips which can help you make the most out of JEE books.

JEE Books After Module and Class Notes

Before you start solving questions from a JEE book, it is necessary to go through your class notes and modules once. When you study concepts from the modules and class notes you will have a better understanding of them. Moreover, sometimes additional concepts are given in JEE books which are not in the syllabus. There’s no need to study anything not on the syllabus, so studying straight from the book may unnecessarily consume your time and energy.

Solve Selected Questions

There is a large number of questions in JEE books and many of them are of the same type. Sometimes, it is practically impossible to solve each and every question. In such cases, you must solve selected questions. Either you can get good questions marked from your teacher or you can use your own judgement to decide which questions are worth solving. The questions which you find similar in approach, you can solve them mentally, and the ones you think are new, stick to them until you get the final answer.

Previous Years’ Questions

Your preparation is incomplete without solving previous years’ questions. Many JEE books have previous year questions given at the end of each chapter. But if you don’t have access to any such books, just buy the Archive (set of previous years’ papers). Previous years’ papers give you the hang of questions asked in the exam. From these, you can judge the level of questions and decide your preparation strategies accordingly.

Miscellaneous Questions

It is very important to solve a mixed set of questions in which questions are not segregated topic wise. While we are practising topic wise, we know that a certain question is from a specific topic and all we need to do is recall the formulae and concepts studied in that topic. However, the exam demands that you scan through the whole syllabus and find out the exact concept applicable and the correct application of the same. How is that possible? That is possible only when you understand the problem properly and are able to visualise it. That comes with practice and a clear understanding of different topics. You need to train your mind to be fast and flexible.

Things to Keep in Mind While Using JEE Books

Don’t Take it as Burden

Don’t think of JEE books as something extra that is out of the study material. As mentioned earlier, modules and class notes are not enough. So you need to incorporate JEE books in your study material. They will definitely give you an edge over your competitors.

Yes, it is difficult to find time for JEE books along with the modules, NCERT notes, and class notes! At coaching teachers just try to rush through the syllabus. Well, it is okay if you are one or two chapters behind the class when it comes to JEE books. But don’t just leave them because of the time lag. The time lag is natural when the syllabus is so large. Just keep solving questions from JEE books at your own pace.

Don’t Pile Up Unnecessary Books

Many times, students tend to buy all the JEE books by one author for all the subjects. However, different JEE books are good for different topics and subjects. For example, a certain JEE book may be very good for coordinate geometry, but the same book may not have Trigonometry explained so well. That is what you have to research before buying any book. Don’t pile up unnecessary books. This only adds to the clutter on your desk as well as in your mind.

JEE is an exam which is designed to test the flexibility and understanding capacity of your mind. The questions are designed in such a way that they require a totally new approach or a twisted version of the formula. To train your mind to be able to solve such questions, you need to be thorough with the concepts and practice them well.

All the best!

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