The most common mistake that students make after their Class 10 board examination is to develop an attitude that Class 11 can be taken as a ‘time-out’ or resting period before preparing for Class 12 board exams. The problem with such an attitude is that if you’re planning to appear for a competitive exam like JEE then you could be in trouble. The syllabus of Class 11 and Class 12 put together is so vast that preparing them both at the same time can be an uphill task. If you’ve made such an error of judgement in class 11 then this article is for you. Today, we’re sharing some invaluable tips on how to revise class 11 JEE syllabus in Class 12.
Remember, the JEE syllabus is made up of the basic concepts studied in the 11th & 12th standard. For any serious JEE aspirant, regular revision of these basics is essential as mastering a topic in class 11 does not mean that one will remember all its intricacies at the time of the JEE examination.
Now, as promised earlier, let’s take a look at how to revise class 11 JEE syllabus in class 12. For your benefit, we’ve put together some tried-and-tested ways to tackle subject-wise revision as well as some useful general tips.
How to revise class 11th JEE Syllabus in class 12
- Identify Problem Areas: First and foremost, instead of going through all the chapters of Class 11, identify which topics need revision and to what extent. Also, make realistic targets. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or you’ll end up ignoring the Class 12 syllabus.
- Time-Management: Keep aside some time every day to revise old chapters, apart from keeping in touch with those currently being taught. Focus especially on the chapters you are weak at, and cover all three subjects, especially the ones you do not enjoy. For every five hours of study, reserve one hour for revision of old concepts. It is always better to do this revision in the morning, as it will help cement your concepts. Keep revisiting the topics you find difficult or those you do not enjoy.
- Tips to revise Class 11 Physics:
- A good example of a topic for revision is Basic Mechanics. Approaching this chapterof the JEE syllabus has been a difficult task for a long time. The fundamentals learned in this chapter are used in many other, more complex topics, such as Rotational Mechanics. In order to revise these concepts, it is advisable to go through the tough problems from books such as DC Pandey and HC Verma. Avoid using books like Irodov for the revision phase as your main motive at this stage is to get a grip on the existing concepts.
- To revise the theoretical aspects of Physics, the short answer and MCQ type problems from HC Verma should be solved. Make sure you read the small hidden theoretical points that are usually ignored by students as these points feature in ‘More than one correct’ type questions in JEE. It’s also a good practice to learn the derivations of important formulae and keep revising them at regular intervals as this will further improve your understanding of the theory.
- Solve as many problems as possible from the revision packages/books. The revision packages contain objective type questions that are in keeping with the current JEE pattern.
- Since you’re already working against the time it’s important to avoid time- guzzling topics. Don’t waste time on revising topics such as vectors as these ought to be so deeply ingrained by the time you are in class 12 that it would be a waste of time to revise the basics of vectors and calculus. Also, these chapters will be covered at a later stage (in detail) in Mathematics in the 12th standard.
- Tips to revise Class 11 Mathematics:
- The above principle is true for mathematics as well. The derivations of the various formulae should be crystal clear. You can achieve this with regular practice.
- In one hour of revision of Mathematics, spend 15 minutes learning the various derivations and the rest of the time on practicing problems. Use a variety of sources to practice. One useful set of books is the Cengage Series, which has a good set of problems of various difficulty levels from all the topics. Avoid books such as SL Loney in the revision stage, as you only need to practice problems of the JEE difficulty level.
- The key to learning maths is solving problems as it ensures that you won’t forget formulas. If you’re not good at remembering formulas, then you must maintain a notebook which has all the important formulas written in it. You have to prepare the notebook in such a way that you can go through it in a very short time. You can also write the formulas on an A4 size paper and carry it with you so that you can go through it whenever you have time.
- Always keep solving problems either from your own coaching material or revision packages. Make sure you solve fresh questions and remember standard questions that have a hidden trick so that you can co-relate it to some other question.
- There are many shortcuts and tricks to solve maths problems, and this holds true especially for the topics of the 11th standard. It is advisable to maintain notes of these, and glance through them regularly to make sure you remember them.
- Tips to revise Class 11 Chemistry:
- A useful drill for Chemistry is to write down important formulae, named reactions and their mechanisms on Post-Its and stick them to your cupboard or wall. Every time you pass the wall, make it a habit of reading them once. Regularly doing this will help you remember the intricate details.
- Since most of the 11th standard chemistry is Physical Chemistry, solving problems is the key. Again, use a variety of sources, such as P. Bahadur and OP Tandon. This is especially important since physical chemistry constitute a large section of the paper. Some chapters that should be regularly revised are thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium.
- You may also solve subjective examples of RC Mukherjee for a deeper understanding of Physical Chemistry.
- As far as Inorganic Chemistry is concerned, most students learn nothing but Chemical Bonding. However, now is the time to strengthen your concepts on s-block and p-block. You may spend just one hour a day- 15 minutes of revision and 45 minutes of learning new things.
As the JEE examination draws nearer, you should start solving last years’ papers to revise your concepts. Note down the problems you have difficulty with and revise the concepts used in it by reading the theory and solving basic problems.
For JEE examination, both the class 11 and 12 syllabus carries huge weightage in the paper. Hence, revision is extremely necessary!
It’s equally important to remember what you read. Go through some scientific tips to help remember.
All the best!