Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. — Steve Jobs
An engineering aspirant vying for IIT JEE ought to understand that JEE Advanced is all about quality and not quantity. Whereas the preliminary (JEE Main) exam focuses more on speed, JEE Advanced is the test of an aspirant’s conceptual intellect and application capacity. Consider that only quality preparation can fetch you a place in JEE Advanced and not the quantity of hours and books you read. Quality preparation in terms of learning and time devoted can make all the difference.
Embrace concepts qualitatively: An over enthusiastic approach towards JEE Advanced preparation may force you to hoard concepts even if it means not understanding them properly. It is where the preparation can go wrong. JEE preparation is not at all about superficial glances; it tests your conceptual knowledge to the core. This means absolutely mastering the topics. Thus, you must go to the root of the concept and clear all the doubts related to it. The ideal way is to keep it sorted and emphasize on quality study rather than burying yourself under too many books. Follow a comprehensive study material. It is a blunder to think that you can compensate a weak concept by studying ten new concepts. Even if you have studied fewer concepts, your preparation must be strong so you can attempt any question related to it. That not only makes you confident but also helps you in extrapolating your efforts over other related topics. Another most smart practice a month or so before the exam is to focus on the strong topics only. Diving into newer topics or weaker topics can be done when there is still a good amount of time so you can practise enough and improve.
Invest time qualitatively: Another important aspect of JEE Advanced preparation is Time Management. A study routine that comprises of effective learning of chapters, revision of previous concepts and ample practice of studied concepts is the smart way to study. Instead of clocking study hours, try to squeeze out a quality output from whatever time you devoted. Most of you must be appearing for your boards’ exams too. So, device a schedule that works best for you. Assign time for solving previous years’ papers so that you are better placed with the exam pattern. Moreover, devote sufficient time for weak as well as strong subjects. In the exam, there are 3 types of questions you will face: easy, mildly difficult, difficult. The best way to approach the exam is to solve the paper in 3 ways put together:
- Solve all the easy ones first. If you are a student who has practised enough questions, you will know an easy question when you see one. These get solved under 30 secs and usually do not require calculation.
- Solve the mildly difficult ones next that require some calculation. Do not give more than 45-50 secs to such questions.
- Solve the difficult ones at the end. Start with the ones you are sure about. These may be longer calculations. It would be smart to jot down the knowns and separate out the unknowns and then identify the concepts you will employ in order to solve the question.
Only quality time spent on JEE Advanced preparation can ensure success and not the uncountable hours that you spend on your study table.