Cracking JEE after an average start in 11th:
After the rigors of 10th standard board examinations, you may have ended up feeling tired and bored of study. Completely understandable; After all, you’ve just crossed the first milestone in your academic life! However, some get so immersed in the vacations, holidays and family time that they hardly feel the need to thumb through yet more books, and studying for JEE becomes a big no-no. Cracking JEE is hardly in your thoughts, and the idyll of peace you live in is just too comfortable.
So now imagine this: You’ve let a few months fly by, and suddenly you realize that cracking JEE is a daunting task. In a desperate scramble to go through books, you let depression overcome you. What now?
Firstly, take a deep breath and realize the fact that you’re still in 11th, mate. You’ve got a lot of time. There are examples of many students who start late but buck up near the end.
Here are a few pointers you should keep in mind:
Focus on Planning
You must have a clear idea of what you are going to do tomorrow and also have a broad idea of what topics you are going to cover in the next 3-4 days, or maybe even a week. For example, you must be sure which sections of which chapter you are going to read up, which problems from which textbook you are going to try out, and how many of them you aim to complete as well. Spend some 15-20 minutes before you sleep every day, outlining the tasks for tomorrow and the time slot for each task. Also, at the end of each day, review what were the things that you did, and what are the pending items.
Join a Reliable Coaching Institute
If you are really not confident about doing this all by yourself, take some help and join a coaching class. Communicate with your professors and tell them about the situation you are in so that both of you are on the same page. Get the material, and also pay attention in class. Stick to classes that make learning fun.
Don’t Jump to Problem-Solving
It is best to start a chapter/unit by studying the theory. Do not start with problems and think that you will learn the theory as the problem demands. Finish the theory off thoroughly. For example, take circles and parabolas as one segment of Conic sections and finish learning thoroughly all the formulae/concepts involved. Only then you should start attempting problems from circles and parabolas. You must be able to tell all the concepts/formulae from memory before you start attempting any problems.
I’ve also put together some basic guidelines that’ll help you cover up the syllabus faster.
- It’s okay to take a break from the college and strengthen your concepts. For example, if they’re teaching you the 5th chapter, and it’s all going above your head. There’s no thumb rule that you have to move along.
- Take a break. Take some time away from people. And flip back to the first chapter. Gain perfection there. Because, in the syllabus, everything is interrelated.
- Once you strengthen your concepts, you’ll gain confidence. Start solving problems.
- When you study, make sure your phone is switched off. Distracted study is incomplete study. You cannot afford that.
- Try to be stress-free. Many students lose hope just because they are lagging behind in the syllabus. Focus on important parts from the examination point of view.
So, stay motivated and work hard until you hit your target.
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All the best!