Mathematics Tips for JEE – Part 2 – Overall Strategy

As you may have noticed in the previous post (Mathematics Tips for JEE – Part 1 – General Guidance ), in Algebra at the JEE level, all topics are more or less independent of each other.
You can, in theory, do any Algebra topic at any point of time – no order is really necessary or required (except maybe doing Permutations & Combinations before Probability). However, we advise you to study them in the flow we listed in part 1 – i.e. start with Logarithms and end with Matrices & Determinants.

In the rest of the categories (Trigonometry, Calculus of 1 Variable, Vectors & Analytic Geometry) topics are extremely interdependent. For example, you cannot study integration without knowing about differential calculus. Similarly, you cannot (and should not) study circles without completing straight lines first etc.
We recommend that you follow the flow we shared in the earlier post.

In this and the next few posts on JEE Mathematics, we will look at tips for handling each category effectively, plus we will give tips and tricks for individual topics where feasible.

However, before that, let’s look at a general strategy for handling any topic in JEE Mathematics.

JEE Mathematics – General Strategy

For any topic (or category) in Mathematics in general, our recommended route is as follows:

When covering a fresh topic:

1. NCERT (for an introduction to the theory of the topic and the basic questions). This also gives you the satisfaction of having covered the topic from boards’ perspective.
2. Quality Video Lectures, like those of Kaysons, for understanding the topic in depth and also getting to see questions/ examples of all types.
3. Any reference book or online / offline source of questions – primarily for practice – practice as many questions as you can. Make sure you practice past exam questions for sure.
4. Coaching class material & classes (mainly for doubt clearing, further practice) if you have joined such classes.
5. Prepare a 2 page topic summary on an A4 sheet of paper preferably – include theory, formulae, tips & tricks/ concepts learnt by practicing questions, etc. after completing steps 1, 2, 3 & 4 above. These summaries will help a lot during revision.

(Note: We cannot over-emphasise the importance of preparing your very own 2 page summary for every topic that you complete. You have to be able to distill the essence of a topic into a neat 2 page summary – until you can do that, consider that you have not learnt the topic well enough – at-least not well enough from the perspective of both JEE Mains & Advanced.
Your 2 page summaries will come in very handy during revision, when there is no time to go again through reference books or other written material.)

B) When revising an old topic:

1. Refer only to your summaries – review the theory, formulae, tips and tricks. If in doubt, go to relevant video lectures quickly for doubt clearing.
2. Practice questions – refer to old marked questions and practice a lot of new questions. Question banks (like Kaysons online Q. Bank of more than 30,000 questions) can act as a source of fresh, challenging questions.

Rohit Mehra

IIT D , IIM A grad with a passion for education, especially STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math). Love the JEE and the way it has evolved through time ... keen to help students crack it.