Pressures during JEE preparations – the Exam itself
Now, coming to the exam itself.
A lot of students face issues with
- The vast syllabus
- The tough level of the questions asked (even when the paper is objective)
- Balancing between boards and JEE etc.
Even if you stay away from all distractions (as mentioned in a previous article) the exam and its syllabus is still difficult on its own.
The seemingly infinite syllabus
Actually, class XI & XII science syllabus is too vast.
I have personally looked at books of non-science streams and the syllabus covered (Arts & Commerce) and I think it’s really nothing compared to science syllabus. Yes, commerce guys have to understand accounting – but once you get the basics, accounting is actually an easy subject. Subjects like economics, business studies etc. are not too tough either (especially at the XI & XII level).
I have studied economics through various courses at the graduate and post-graduate level, and it makes the eco taught at XI & XII look like a poor joke, believe me.
Science is the toughest stream of all – and anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaken.
On top of that, the JEE exam asks you difficult questions on a seemingly infinite syllabus!
Well the main trick to taming the JEE is to be disciplined in your approach towards studies and to keep on working steadily, without wavering and without any fear or anxiety. The JEE is a marathon – someone ahead of you may tire out half-way. You have to keep a steady pace and keep running.
Handling pressures during JEE preparations – Syllabus
We have the following tips to handle the syllabus efficiently:
- It is imperative to complete the syllabus as soon as you can and to keep revising any topic you may have completed earlier. A good time-table helps in this. Without revision, you are likely to forget most of the topics you have done earlier.
- A neat way to revise is to make a 2 – 3 page summary of any topic you have completed well and to refer to that summary only during revision.
- Another thing that can be done is to have professionally made video lectures (like those offered by Kaysons Education) and quickly skip to various points in the lecture while revising. I often wish I had access to such video lectures when I was preparing.
Handling pressures during JEE preparations – Tough Questions
- For cracking JEE level questions, my suggestion is to solve as many questions as possible once you have completed a chapter and made its two page summary.
- Any new concept you learn from a question must be added to the summary.
Basically – practice, practice, practice … and then practice some more. You need to practice mainly questions of mid to high difficulty after completing a topic well. Question banks (like those of Kaysons) help a lot here. Topic tests help as well. And in the end, don’t forget to solve previous years JEE papers for the topic covered.
Handling pressures during JEE preparations – Boards
As far as studying for boards is concerned, my recommended strategy is to do any chapter you complete for the JEE from NCERT as well.
The is absolutely no need to refer to reference books dedicated to the boards if you are preparing for the JEE. Just make sure you cover the chapter from NCERT as well (theory as well as questions), and you are done for the boards!
Also, do not ignore lab work – it is important both for the JEE and boards. Lab work gives you an opportunity to carry out simple experiments to tests the concepts in physics and chem. that you have just learnt. Look forward to your lab days and prepare well for them – it’s great fun.