How to choose the correct approach for IIT JEE Preparation # 1

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Congratulations to all those who made the best of the CBSE and the SSC exams!
After getting success in 10th, you all are planning to put yourself in your interest areas. Many of you want to become an engineer, doctor, while some others might be considering creative field such as fine arts, media, Film making, archeology etc.

Those who plan to choose the path of IIT have a challenge –  Choosing the correct approach for IIT JEE Preparation.

Select your approach for study-
Coaching or Self study are two approaches of preparing for  IIT JEE examination. Balancing both these things is a challenge which confuses the students..
Even though coaching and self-study are two aspects related to IIT, ultimately it is your confidence and intelligence that matters the most.

1. Coaching

For IIT JEE you need guidance for better advancement with self study. For that you need to admit yourself in the best coaching academy. It’s always better to have mentor to check your work.

  • Research– There are many coaching institutes which you can find in your city. The thing which is most important is IIT-JEE Aspirants and parents should do adequate research before selecting a coaching institute. Proper research and paper work is necessary for selecting the best institute.
  • Faculty– If you select coaching for better preparation of IIT JEE, faculty is a key factor that one needs to focus on.It is very important because you need proper experienced teaching faculty and guidance. Ask about the faculty members of the institute and ask about their teaching methodologies, their education and qualification.
  • Reputation – Reputation of the academy is an important factor. From that you can judge strength & weaknesses of that academy.
  • Past results – Check the previous records of performance of the institute.. Interaction with their current students that would help you to understand the teaching level of the institute.
  • Distance – Distance from your school/college to the entrance exam academy should be manageable so that you can save time and energy. This factor is not given much importance in the beginning, however, in the long-run this proves to be an essential factors.
  • Fees – Fee depends on the institute, its reputation, results, quality and quantity of faculty. Generally for a two year program, the fee varies between Rs 1-2 lakh or more than that for two years. Most coaching institutes are planning to hike the annual fee upwards by Rs 10,000 per student. On an average, the annual fee is about Rs 50,000 per student.
  • Batch strength – In the most of the academies, strength of the students usually on higher side that’s what it becomes difficult for students to have one to one interactions with faculties. It is advisable that the environment of the academy should be studied before joining it.


2. Self study

By doing self study without coaching is beneficial because you save money but at a same time you should be confident enough, you need full concentration, and need to be regular and systematic to follow it. You also need a time table to plan these phases.

For effective self study-

  • Setting your priorities straight-
  1. When you want to crack IIT JEE you need to set your priorities. All the distractions should be avoided and the focus should be the IIT JEE Examination.
  2. Go through the syllabus and start with planning. Meet your mentors and discuss how the syllabus is to be covered. Create a time-line for the whole two-year period.
  3. Focus on concepts and generic problem solving techniques. Do lot of sums on each topic and try to solve problems faster.
  4. Learn with your friends and take guidance from seniors. Refering to good books is very important.
  5. Many IIT-JEE problems involve more than one basic concept. Develop your analytical skills. Do not give up solving a problem after just one or two attempts. It is only by doing and trying to solve difficult problems that you can improve your analytic skills.
  • Have good study materials at your disposal – Go for HC VERMA in Physics and NCERT. Go for Arihant publications for chemistry and for Maths go for Arihant and NCERT too. Plus, have a question bank of previous 34 years by Arihant publications or FIITJEE archive. Solve this and you will have a sharp edge over others. If you need to work on Chemistry refer O.P Tandon too.
  • Set separate strategies– A serious aspirant has separate strategies for Boards, IIT-JEE and AIEEE. However, what is common is the Board exam syllabus. Hence it is advisable to make sure that all chapters relevant for Board exams are to be covered first.
  • Revision and taking the exam– Whatever is being taught to you in school or tuition, immediately revise it once you’re back home. This will help you to keep in touch with all topics, since a lot needs to be covered in a short time.

Take breaks. Do not study all day. Read, play, enjoy with your friends. These will actually help in long term in keeping you relaxed and stress free.

Manas Kapoor

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