JEE Schedule and Time Management Tips

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Hello! In this blog post, we are going to talk about time management in the preparation for IIT-JEE. The JEE is the most important exam for an aspiring engineer in India and it has a vast syllabus. This means you have to use your time very judiciously, stick to your schedule, and avoid any distractions during these two years.

Trust me, getting into an IIT is worth every minute of your hard work.

So, let’s get started. I am assuming that you have joined a coaching class for the JEE. But even if you haven’t, it doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount of hard work you put in. I am going to discuss the JEE schedule in two parts.

Part One – Before You Complete the Entire Syllabus at Least Once

Before starting, there’s a very important point to note. Most books contain extra topics that are not even a part of your JEE syllabus. They make for a good read, but time wasted on them is futile in most cases, as it is not used on the exam. So, before you even begin, you should have a very good idea of the syllabuses for the JEE–both Mains and Advanced (yes, the syllabuses are different for both exams).

In this part, you have two tracks simultaneously going on–one is your self-study and the other is whatever is being taught in your class. It is very important to balance both of these to maintain an efficient JEE schedule.

For this, I strongly suggest that you pay full attention in your class, and read whatever has been taught in class on the same day. Do this both after the lecture and before the next lecture on that subject. Trust me, these habits go a long way in your academics, even after the JEE. After doing this, you can get back to revising the syllabus and studying yourself as per your schedule.

As for the revision part, I suggest giving a greater amount of time to your weaker subjects. There are 24 hours in a day. Take out sleep (maximum of eight hours), coaching classes, and all other activities combined (10 hours are too much for this, but still considering the worst-case scenario). Now, you’ve got six hours remaining in the day. Plan and use these wisely, and you’ll be very comfortable with your preparations.

Pick a subject and go with a topic in that subject. I would say theory is important as much as problem solving in these exams. So make sure you read up well on the subject from a standard book. Then, after making sure you’ve understood it well, solve problems on it until you feel that you can handle the topic really well. If you can apply the concepts and solve any problem confidently, that’s when you know you’re good at that topic.

Now, solve the previous year JEE questions on this topic. If you can solve all of them correctly, awesome! You are ready to move on to the next one. Normally, people suggest revising all three subjects every day. But I personally don’t believe in this method.

I think you should pick a “subject of the day” yourself, and gain confidence in that. Some subjects, like Inorganic Chemistry are just theoretical as far as the JEE is concerned, and you have to remember a lot of things. So, I recommend reading such topics every day before you go to bed. This way by the time your syllabus is completed, you will be confident in all the subjects. Now for the second, and the crucial part.

Part Two – After Completing the Syllabus

This is the most crucial part of your two year JEE preparation schedule. The exam is coming near, and you are getting both excited and nervous. But also, since you know by now what subjects and topics you are dealing with, you can start demolishing them one by one.

By this time, you should have a fair idea of what topics you are good at, and what topics bother you. This is the time when you should give maximum focus on problem solving/numericals. Get as many books you can, and try to solve all of them. If you are still not comfortable with theory, give time to it and then get back to solving problems again. It is important, but emphasis should be put on being able to solve problems in this period, because that’s what you’re going to do in the main JEE exam.

You’ve solved the JEE questions on all topics by now. But still, take the entire past years’ question papers of JEE Main and JEE Advanced, set a time limit, and start solving them. This is a time to sharpen your solving skills and increase your speed as well.

Furthermore, being able to complete your paper in the allotted time is a very important aspect of JEE. Join a test series and solve their questions. I believe you should have at least two full months before your exams to do this. And if you utilised your earlier time well, solving problems on all the topics should be very easy now.

Also, you should be reading the things that need to be memorised every day now, making sure you know everything by heart. They account for easy marks in an exam like this, and you should make full use of them to get the highest rank possible.

At the same time, you must also learn to stay relaxed. Remember, you have worked very hard for this, and now is the time to deliver the final push! The JEE not only tests your knowledge, it also tests your ability to apply that knowledge while remaining calm while under pressure. As your exams get near, sharpen these skills. Keep your cool, stay focused, and stay confident in your abilities and your hard work. All the best!

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