JEE Main is 4 months away and forms are also out. Tension starts building up among students who have to appear for this exam in the coming April. Honestly, there are only a very few students who are feeling prepared and confident for the exam right now. For others, it is the time to panic.
If you are among those who feel they have not yet started preparing seriously for JEE Main and are worried if 4 months are enough given that for most of you 12th Board exams are in 3 months, we have some advice.
Step 1 – Complete Your Syllabus
First step is to study and understand the entire course at least once. If there are chapters you have not done yet, study them at least once so that they are well versed with the full syllabus. You may not do any entrance specific study in the first pass, just understanding the concepts is enough. You can start with important chapters for JEE Main.
Ideally you should be able to complete this step before December ends.
Step 2 – Revise Your Syllabus
This is the trickiest and the most important part. Spend the time that you are left with after going to school or coaching classes as follows. Pick a chapter (or more if you have more time) from each subject. Revise the basic concepts and learn all formulae and tricks from your notes (or textbook). Divide the time left after basic revision in half and devote to practice entrance level and board level questions.
Chapters can be picked up on the basis of their importance in the exam and more time can be devoted to more important chapters than others.
Do you find chapter reading difficult? Another approach is to start solving questions straight away and look back into your notes or textbook if you get stuck. This usually saves time.
In roughly one month a complete revision of the syllabus can be done. Do not worry if it takes you more time but you can take at most two months to complete this.
Also focus on getting your doubts resolved at the earliest so that your revision is fool proof.
Step 3 – Practicing full length papers
After a full revision is done solving full length papers of previous year and specially prepared mock papers is next important step. This should be done for both Board Exams as well as entrance exam. Start with solving one paper of each. Sit with a stop watch and try to replicate the test environment by avoiding any distractions in the paper.
Once the paper is complete evaluate it with the answer key. Note down key concept areas where you faced difficulty. From the solutions provided along with the answer key, note down tricks to solve such questions.
Take the next few hours (it is fine if it is a day or two) to get well versed with all the questions and concepts you got wrong on the test paper. After that take up another mock or previous year paper and repeat the process.
If you are able do about 10 such papers, you should feel confident about any exam.
Step 4 – Preparing during Board Exams
Usually students leave out entrance preparation a few days before Board Exams start and do not resume before the exams are over. However, there is no need to do such a thing. A lot of time is provided between each paper in the Board Exams date sheet and with prior preparation this time is usually more than enough. You can take a mock or previous year paper and solve the section of just the same subject as the upcoming exam. Since this section will be smaller than full length paper you will need less time to complete it.
Step 5 – Preparing after the Board Exams are over
There is usually not much time between the last Board Exam and the JEE main paper but if you have prepared seriously starting December this is more than enough.
In this time you should revise any important chapter which you find difficult, refer to all the notes you prepared during your preparation and solve at least 2 full length papers.
4 months are more than enough for even an average student to crack the JEE Main. However, consistent preparation is the key.
Author Name: Yogita Bhalla
Description: Yogita Bhalla is Founder and CEO of Simplylearnt.com and has a passion for helping students excel in their lives. She has appeared for 6 different competitive exams (including NTSE, IIT-JEE, GRE) and has gone through the toiling preparation process. She believes that study material can be made more engaging for the students and hence they can fall in love with test preparation.