The Importance of JEE Books at the School Level

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The correct study material is the most important factor in determining your JEE performance. Not only your JEE performance but also JEE books are going to be a very crucial part of your school level exams too.

Aspirants use a variety of books to understand things for JEE. Some books are theory specific, some are only for questions, and some are an overall package of everything. The great variety in which these books come makes their usage much wider. Here is a discussion which will highlight the importance of JEE books for school level syllabus.

The importance of theory specific JEE books for school level

The JEE books like Morrison and Boyd for chemistry or Resnick Halliday for Physics are some of the classic theory books which have helped lots of aspirants throughout their preparation. These books start the chapter from very basics and take things to an advanced level. The focus of these books lies more on explaining things rather than just stating facts.

Theory books like the ones I stated above do not target JEE audience only and just work towards giving things in detail. Thus, these JEE books teach you the topics and not just prepare you for some exam. They make you absorb things.

School exams, both internal and board level, contain a good mix of questions. There are very long answer type, short answer type, single option correct, numerical type and many such types of questions that come up in these exams. Students often think that they would just rote learn things in the last few weeks and score good marks in their boards. But this strategy doesn’t work for everybody and students end up messing up their boards.

Thus, a good idea is to go through the basics from the JEE books equally nicely and not ignore them thinking they are too easy. This will help you understand things for your board exams too and you wouldn’t have to read through the excessive theory of the board level books and can directly move to their questions. The JEE books will give you a strong foundation which is important for all exams.

The importance of question specific JEE books for school level

The JEE books which are made with the sole purpose of practice mostly have a huge question bank. Their question bank consists of questions in an increasing order of difficulty and the initial questions are perfectly basic ones. These initial questions teach you concept application and are followed by similar questions so that you can improve upon your thinking level. These books help you in covering up the numerical portion of the school level exams. The numerical part also matters a lot since it forms almost 50% of the paper and sometimes even more.

Thus, with the practice of such JEE books, which take you to a much higher level, and always start from basics, make you proficient in both easy and tough concepts. So here again you are prepared to face any unexpected questions that might come up in your school exams. Hence JEE books are really good for the school level too.

In general, the books which have both theory and questions are the best since they have lots of solved examples too which give you a better understanding.

JEE books v/s school books: ‘A comparison!’

On comparing the JEE books with school books, there are a lot of different aspects to be considered. Both are great, but each has some or the other cons too along with their pros.

The JEE books, as I already mentioned, prepare you for basics as well as a higher level, since most of the JEE books are meant for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The JEE Main level problems are specifically helpful in preparing you for school level and some of the better problems prepare you for the worst case too.

Many times it has been observed in various board examinations that some question was way too tougher. In such cases, you would get an advantage if your preparation is done for the worst case too. The JEE books focus more on concepts and that is a good factor too if some unexpected thing comes up because you can do it by applying total basics then.

Also, the JEE books don’t elaborate things in an excessive manner, which makes the theory interesting. This is not always the case with the board books which elaborate on a lot of unnecessary things too. Also sometimes their focus isn’t on explaining things and they just state things. This also makes it difficult for students to apply what they have learned.

However, there is one small disadvantage that sometimes aspirants face while giving school exams through the preparation from JEE books. This problem is not knowing how to put down the answers or how to write all that you know in the exam. The school exams depend largely on long answers and long detailed solutions to numericals too. Whereas, the JEE books focus on shorter tricks and might skip steps too since getting an answer without a solution is required for JEE. For scoring well, knowing the concepts and the technique of writing the kind of answers that your school desires are equally important.

Thus, the JEE books are definitely important and helpful for school level syllabus but they should be used in combination with school books to get the maximum benefit.

How to make the best use of JEE books for school level?

Firstly start preparation from your JEE books. Understand everything and don’t skip the easier portions. Then, be thorough with all the JEE Main level questions.

After this, definitely turn over a school level book for some solved questions and see how the answers need to be framed. This will tell you how to attempt the paper in the best way. Also, if you wish to save time in this portion, you might pay attention in class on whatever days you go to school and ask your teachers what kind of answers they expect you to give.

Once all this is done, during the last month, go through the past years’ board papers. You might buy a standard 10 years’ papers book and since it has solutions too, it will help you in understanding the paper pattern and will also show you how to give answers.

The best way would be to keep preparing basics along with JEE preparation and in the last month before the Board exams, turn over the Board specific books once and the past years’ papers as well. Make the most of the preparation gap given in between the exams. Also, don’t leave out Board specific things totally till the very end, as knowing how to answer is much more important than just knowing things!

Make a proper note of the school syllabus and find out the number of chapters that are present only in school syllabus and not in the JEE syllabus. You will have to prepare these topics beforehand and also know about them early otherwise you might be viewing them for the first time in the exam itself, and that would be a problem. Also, attend school during practical class days so that you know how to perform the experiments since they form 30% of the evaluation component. This will help you for JEE too as experiment based questions are asked in JEE Advanced almost every year.

Thus, to sum it all up, JEE books are pretty good and based entirely on concepts. They will give you things not just for temporary use but for remembering life-long. You should use them wisely so that you can minimize the time you would be giving for board exam preparations. However, don’t skip out your school books entirely and strike a balance to gain the maximum out of the entire process. It is not very complicated, just be wise! Good luck!

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